Microsoft Power BI is a suite that is a collection of business intelligence tools such as software services, apps and data connectors. It is a cloud-based platform used to consolidate data from varied sources into a single data set. These data sets are used for data visualisation, evaluation, and analysis by making sharable reports, dashboards, and apps.
Microsoft offers three types of Power BI platforms i.e. Power BI Desktop (a desktop application), Power BI Service (SaaS i.e., Software as a Service) and Power BI Mobile (for iOS and Android devices).
Power BI can be deployed both on-premise and on-cloud. It can also import data from local databases/data sources, cloud-based data sources, big data sources, simple Excel files, and other hybrid sources. Thus, Power BI, a leader amongst a lot of other BI tools proves to be an efficient and user-friendly tool for data analysis. It enables the users to consolidate data from multiple sources, make interactive dashboards, evaluate data, create informative reports and share it with other users.
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With Power BI Desktop, you can:
The Power BI Desktop makes discovering data easy. You can import data from a wide variety of data sources. After you connect to a data source, you can shape the data to match your analysis and reporting needs.
- Create relationships and enrich your data model with new measures and data formats
When you import two or more tables, oftentimes you'll need to create relationships between those tables. The Power BI Desktop includes the Manage Relationships dialog and the Relationships view, where you can use Autodetect to let the Power BI Desktop find and create any relationships, or you can create them yourself. You can also very easily create your own measures and calculations or customise data formats and categories to enrich your data for additional insights.
The Power BI Desktop includes the Report View. Select the fields you want, add filters, choose from dozens of visualisations, format your reports with custom colours, gradients and several other options. The Report View gives you the same great report and visualisations tools just like when creating a report on PowerBI.com.
With the Power BI Desktop, you can save your work as a Power BI Desktop file. Power BI Desktop files have a .pbix extension.
- Upload or Publish your reports
You can upload the reports you created and saved in the Desktop to your Power BI site. You can also publish them to Power BI right from Power BI Desktop.