Microsoft Power BI
What is Power BI?
Power BI is a business analytics solution that lets you visualize your data and share insights across your organization, or embed them in your app or website. Connect to hundreds of data sources and bring your data to life with live dashboards and reports.
Why Is Data Visualization Important?
The way, human brain processes information, it is easier to use images, charts or graphs to understand and to visualize large amounts of complex data, than to go through spreadsheets or reports. Take any image for example, we all know the phrase ‘An image is worth a thousand words’. This is completely true because images aren’t just a mere collection of pixels, they also hold a lot of information. This information in visual form is easy to understand than reading the same facts in text form.
Data visualization is a quick and easy way to convey concepts or information in a universal manner. Data visualization can help to:
Identify key areas and hidden patterns.
Get factors that give better customer insights.
Analyse and associate data and products properly.
Make proper predictions.
Need For Power BI
Following points make Power BI one of the prominent tools for data visualization.
Spot trends in real time: Traditional BI tools like Tableau or Qlikview restrict you to historical analysis. By using Power BI you can access real-time information so you can identify trends early. By doing so, you can identify issues and improve performance.
Automatically search hidden insights: With Power BI, you can auto-search data sets for hidden insights in seconds with Quick Insights. Users can simply ask questions and Power BI Q&A will answer their questions with immediate effect.
Custom visualizations: With Custom visuals, Power BI allows you to visualize data in almost every possible way you can imagine. Thus you are not limited to something that lies in the box.
Enterprise-ready: With Power BI and Power BI Desktop, you can securely connect to your own on-premises data sources. With the On-premises Data Gateway, you can connect live to your SQL Server and other data sources. It gives secure, scalable and reliable enterprise-grade information technology.
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