On the heels of this week’s announcement of Office 365 bringing significant new value to business customers worldwide, Michael Tejedor returns to Microsoft Mechanics to provide a comprehensive look at the hundreds of new Power BI features that are now generally available. Power BI is a business analytics service that allows you to monitor and analyze all your data in one place, through a single pane of glass. It’s been about 10 months since the start of the Power BI preview followed by our June early look at the new updates and customization options for Power BI.
On this week’s show, Michael starts by demonstrating the Power BI dashboard, which provides more visualization capability and includes a new charting engine. He demonstrates the dashboard’s live reports, allowing you to drill into underlying reports and explore additional details as well as obtain new visualizations of the data. A great recent edition to Power BI is the expanded browser experience, and editing capabilities in PowerBI.com.
Beyond the browser and dashboard, we share how your business analysts can use the new Power BI Desktop tool to create interactive reports. We also show how you can create custom visualizations or use pre-packaged Content Packs to quickly visualize data from popular services like Salesforce, CRM Online or Adobe Analytics. Content Packs can now even be built from data within your own company. Michael demonstrates a new capability in Power BI to automatically expose trends and uncover patterns in a dataset by simply clicking View Insights. We get hands-on with all of this and more as we walk through the major updates to the Power BI experience on the show.
You can try Power BI today for free at PowerBI.com. If your company uses Office 365, Power BI Pro is available as part of the new Office 365 E5 plan, or it’s available as a standalone offering. We’ve featured a lot more Power BI in action on past Mechanics shows highlighting Lotus F1 Team’s implementation and predicting the outcome of last year’s El Clasico match in Barcelona.
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