Welcome to the Nightingale HQ overview about Power BI services.
Here we aim to introduce people to what they need to know.
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.
Power BI helps teams implement business intelligence with ease. It is relatively simple to start building dashboards of interactive visualisations from a range of data sources, so you can start to see actionable insights very quickly. Being able to share reports and dashboards with select teams gives Power BI the advantage of making relevant insights available to the right people quickly.
You may need Power BI if:
The benefits of Power BI to your business include:
Power BI can also be used to publish interactive data visualisations, for example by integrating them into your application for your users to explore.
While use of Power BI desktop is free, adopting shared dashboards on the Power BI service comes at a cost. You can measure your return on investment by considering the following KPIs:
Creating a Power BI Service account and installing Power BI Desktop are both completely free.
Microsoft provides comprehensive documentation to help you get started with Power BI, but you may find that to get the most out of it you will need to provide training for the staff who use it. You should take the cost of training into consideration when deciding if Power BI is right for your business.
People who are proficient with Excel - especially Power Pivot and Power Query - will find it easier to start using Power BI than those who are not.
One of Power BI’s main strengths is the huge number of data sources to which it can connect. With more sources added monthly - and the option to develop your own Power BI connectors - whatever your data source, you can almost certainly bring your data into Power BI.
Currently supported data sources include:
View the full list here.
Power BI desktop software can be installed for free, providing you with instant access to powerful data modeling and visualisation tools and connect data from many different sources. Providing tiered access to dashboards to teams requires a subscription to the Power BI service from £7.50 per user monthly.
Other business intelligence tools do exist that perform similar functions to Power BI.