17 September 2020

What is Microsoft Power BI?

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You may have seen Microsoft Power BI within your Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics NAV solution... Maybe you have heard or read about it on various electronic media and are wondering, what can it do for me and my business?

Whilst there is some excellent out-of-the-box reporting included within Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central, Power BI is a reporting tool used to import, manipulate and create interactive, visually appealing representations of data. You can use these reports to highlight key information areas and share them across your business. Power BI is ever-evolving every month due to a large online community following who make suggestions for improvements and interact with each other via blogs and forums found here https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog.

Power BI gives you the ability to create reports as well as dashboards. Reports show in-depth and interactive detailed analysis and insights and dashboards provide a top-level view of various BI reports amalgamated into one view.

Example of a Microsoft Power BI report
Example of a Microsoft Power BI report
Example of a Microsoft Power BI Dashboard
Example of a Microsoft Power BI Dashboard

It also doesn’t stop there… Power BI reports can be viewed and interacted with from anywhere in the world – including tablet and mobile, via the Power BI app, available on all iOS and Android devices.

Power BI on mobile devices
Power BI on mobile devices

As a customer of ours, you can use Power BI in conjunction with the following data sources:

  • OData - Dynamics 365 Business Central & Dynamics NAV 2018
  • API - Microsoft Dynamics 365
  • Jet Analytics
  • On-Premises SQL Server

We provide five training courses for Power BI which cater to varying levels of expertise and role-specifics:

This is the ideal starting point for everyone, to get an introduction to the possibilities for your business. You may also want to check this link out: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/what-is-power-bi

If that's not enough, we offer advanced training courses too:

  • Power BI Advanced – Data Shaping
  • Power BI Advanced – Data Modelling
  • Power BI Advanced – Data Visualisations
  • Power BI Administrator

If you want to learn more about Power BI please speak to your Account Manager for further information and to book your spot on our Power BI courses. Alternatively, get in touch.

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