7 Reasons Why Power BI is Your Best Bet for Deep, Insightful, Actionable Analytics

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A visual context to complex data makes it very quick and easy to comprehend information. Trends, patterns, and outliers become evident, and the ability to extract actionable insights expands exponentially.

Microsoft Power Platform’s Power BI interfaces with Salesforce, Google Analytics and other platforms across desktop and mobile devices and analytics tools, allowing you to visualize data from different angles.

The platform has rich features that make it a fantastic tool for decision-makers. Here are seven out of several, which are most helpful.

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1. Data Visualization

You can design and create reports and dashboards for customized data and targeted insights using a straightforward interface. Pull the data you need from SAP HANA, Salesforce, MailChimp, or Google Analytics, and create dashboards based on metrics that you have specified.

Power BI integrates with all- interactive and connects to an array of data sets. Users can use these to extract information for visual reports that are easily shareable.

2. Timeline Storyteller

If you want to trace a journey that occurred over a specific period, BI’s Timeline storyteller is the most appropriate tool to capture the progress perfectly.

A feature unique to Microsoft BI, Timeline Storyteller, is an open-source visual storytelling environment component. Presenting timelines in Microsoft Power BI is ideal for showcasing chronological data. You can even use it to present the information in customized shapes or ready circle and grid templates.

3. Compare using What-if

The What-if scenario is another helpful tool that accentuates the potential outcomes of multiple scenarios. Using just a slider, you can visualize and compare different scenarios in Power BI. Add a new parameter with a click of a button to revise your what-if scenario. If it is a calculated measure like revenue, you can reference it to use in a formula elsewhere.

4. Ease of Natural language with Q&A

The ability of machines to break down and interpret natural language is the ultimate frontier in man-machine interactions. For example, in Power BI you can use the Q&A visual question box to type in questions in natural language, such as “What were the revenue numbers in the month?”

Power BI responds with answers in the form of data and visualizations based on keywords. It even offers suggestions on the terms you may be searching for or which you can add. While suggesting, Q&A uses names of tables, columns and calculated fields in the dataset as specified by the users.

5. Streaming dataflows and AI-powered visualizations

Most BI is based on data extracted at a particular point in time. For BI on real-time streaming data, Power BI connects to Azure Streaming Analytics to provide real-time reports that flag exceptions, trigger actions across batched and streaming data.

With this, you get to view reports that are accurate, up to date and most current.

6. Powered by AI and ML

You can embed Power Apps into Power BI reports and use the Power automate function to automate workflows. If a required action is dependent on the outcome of a process, it can be built into the app.

Power BI comes with exciting AI-powered features such as the decomposition tree, anomaly detection and Smart Narratives.

The AI visualization-driven decomposition tree provides you a view into data across multiple dimensions. It aggregates data which can be drilled down for more details. Its augments root cause analysis. 

The Smart Narratives is a handy feature that helps quickly summarize visuals and reports and highlight key takeaways.

The anomaly detection feature automatically detects anomalies in time series data. This makes it easy to enhance the insights from your line charts. It goes a step further with explanations for anomalies based on root cause analysis.

7. Goals hub in Power BI Premium

You can set goals and track performance with the Goals hub feature. Whether it is revenue targets, sales, hiring, or user numbers, enter the goals and the relevant points. Then, connect the scorecards and set automated alerts based on performance targets. Goals hub will ensure you stay focused and on track.

A data-driven culture supports informed decision-making based on data. Goals hub, which allows setting up scorecards within Power BI based on customized metrics, eliminates the need for external tools to track performance and achievement.

If you like to view or present graphically represented data, Power BI is just the tool for you. The visual representation simplifies the most complex information and data relationships through customized dashboards, charts, plots, graphs, and images.

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