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About Microsoft Power BI
Power BI is the business intelligence (BI) offering from Microsoft. The solution offers a wide range of functions that make it easier to manage big data needs. Through Microsoft’s Power BI platform, businesses can transform their data into meaningful information and make decisions based on that information.
Power BI offers a robust platform on which to analyze big data. One of the platforms most impressive functions is its integration with Excel. Through Power BI, data in Excel can now be analyzed and manipulated in a whole host of new ways. Through cloud connectivity, data can be accessed from other areas of the business. Data can be cleaned and merged from multiple different sources, all through a simple to follow interface. The new Power Pivot option allows the user to analyze data in new ways, offering more insight into data sets. Power View and Power Map allows the user to analyze their data through graphs and maps, that are created to allow for a more bird’s-eye view of the data. Charts, data sets, and maps can be combined into on dynamic view, so that multiple different data sources can be compared together at once. Power BI even offers geo-spatial data visualization through the use of interactive maps that allows a user to view various forms of data across 2D and 3D maps. Power BI also features reporting functionality with intuitive report templates, which allow users to share their findings graphically. Collaboration is made simple with Office 365 integration, where users can share their findings and data visualizations with anyone on their network, and other Office 365 users. Power BI even offers a smart Q&A feature, where a user can begin typing a question, and the platform provides the answer in the form of an interactive chart or graph. With the Power BI platform, Microsoft has created a system that makes analyzing big data easier through its robust features, real-time graphics creation, and easy-to-use data visualization models.
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(Last updated on 03/21/2016)