Power BI, a business analysis service from Microsoft. I intend to do a series of tutorials on the subject so keep watching this space. You might have wondered how they do those enterprise grade dashboards that are interactive and gets updated with live data? or like me wondered how can I make such stuff? if your answer to any of those questions is yes. then you are in for a treat.
so what is Power BI?
It is a business analytics service that is used to find insights within an organization’s data. Power BI can help connect disparate data sets, transform and clean the data into a data model and create charts ,graphs or tables to provide visuals of the data. All of this can be shared with other users within the organization. It allows simple folks like me with no technical knowledge to prepare some pretty awesome reports to share with people and discover insights in their data which are otherwise hidden from the naked eye.
is it Free?
All good things comes with a price tag, but that doesn’t mean that you will need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to take this baby for a spin. They have a single user desktop version free for use. You can use it as much as you want and connect to as many data sources as you like as long as you are keeping it to your self.
If you want to share the reports you have made with people, that’s a bit tricky and that’s where the pricing is. you can get a Power BI pro license to share your reports on the cloud that other users can see, update and filter till their heart is content. If you are a big organisation and want to benefit from the enterprise advanced analytics, then you can go for an Power BI premium license.
details can be had from the official site of Microsoft Power BI here.
what are some examples of its usage?
Glad that you asked, Microsoft have a ton of content to showcase the capabilities of their product. you can visit here to access the Galleries where official and community contributed content is made available.
Download Power BI
We will begin by installing Power BI desktop edition to begin with. The process is simple and straightforward just like any other software.
if you are on Windows 10, the link will follow the Microsoft store and and you can choose to begin the installation from the store. No separate installer is required. everything will be taken care of automatically.
for any other version of windows, you can download the installer from the following Link and select the version specific to your windows installation 64 bit or X86.
This concludes our Getting started with Power BI. That’s all for today, once we have the Power BI installed. We will begin with our journey of exploring more.