Insights into complex data is vital for business success and survival. Microsoft Power BI is a tool to accomplish just that. Visualise complex data, obtain insights – and do it in style!
By Hannelize de Villiers
Microsoft Power BI succeeds most impressively in providing the right information for the right people, at the right time and in the right place. The tool enables building rich dashboards using data various data sources, has custom data refresh capabilities, making sure the users has access to most recent data and it allows sharing and interaction of reports on all devices.
According to Gartner Inc. the popular platform for Business intelligence and data analytics is Microsoft Power BI. Microsoft has managed for 11 consecutive years to deliver technologies that feature in the Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms 2018 edition. “Microsoft is positioned in the Leaders quadrant again this year, with continued strong uptake of Power BI, and high levels of customer interest and adoption. Microsoft has clear and visionary product roadmap that includes vertical industry content.” – (Gartner 2018)
But what makes Power BI magical?
- A great price point: According to the Gartner Report, the second reason for Power BI popularity of Power BI is the low license cost per user. XContent makes this even easier – visit XCNimbus if interested.
- Ease of use = adoption of the product.
- Positive customer experience: An overall great experience working with Power BI allows users to get better information and insights. According to the Microsoft Power BI blog and the Gartner report the newest innovative update (still in preview) is Power BI that can integrate with virtual reality. Power BI teamed up with Microsoft Holo Lens, allowing users to view and interact with report in the real world. How Exciting!
- Product vision: Power BI allows for integration with other BI applications that Microsoft offers namely; Azure, Microsoft Flow, Microsoft Dynamics 365 and many more.
At XContent Business Solutions, we utilize Power BI to analyse the business performance. The data is sourced from Microsoft Dynamics 365 to visually monitor and gain insights into our sales efforts in terms of opportunities won and lost. Using this analysis tool to interact with the data, the overall health of the company can be established and determine what aspects of sales we need to improve on.
This all from one single place offering more intelligence than the in-house Dynamics 365 reporting.
Utilising Power BI to its fullest capabilities ensures having access to the right business insights to achieve a competitive advantage and there’s magic in that!
Source: Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms, February 2018.
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