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Transform your business with the all new Power BI

Power BI has the potential to transform the “business of business intelligence.” The reason? It allows any company to adopt a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools that don’t require an expert.

It’s good to see a public preview of the new Power BI has finally made it to New Zealand after being available in the United States for some time. 

Power BI is a SaaS (software-as-a-service) analytics service. It allows users to deeply connect and explore business data from various internal and external sources, through interactive visual reports and dashboards. It’s been available in its current version since March last year. 

Let’s have a look at what’s new in the upcoming version:

  1. A direct connection from Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce that makes it easier to deliver data from CRM into flexible, interactive dashboards – the kind that we build for our customers. We were using OData connection previously, but it can be slow. I’m also pleased to see a wide variety of new out-of-the-box data sources, including GitHub, Marketo, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, SendGrid and Zendesk. Microsoft has already announced more new data sources coming soon, like Inkling Markets, Intuit, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Sage, Sumo Logic, Visual Studio Application Insights, and Visual Studio Online. Obviously, all the sources available in the current version, such as SQL Server, Oracle and Excel spreadsheets, are still staying.
  2. Power BI Designer. This new tool allows users to model and visually analyse their data. It looks nice and easy to use.
  3. I really like the new Power BI App for iPad mobile App (downloadable from the Apple App Store). Very cool. Microsoft has tipped that later this year they will also introduce iPhone, Android and Windows universal apps.

Once Power BI becomes generally available, Microsoft will offer it free and, for a low monthly price, introduce Power BI Pro with additional data capacity and enterprise features. In anticipation of this, Microsoft is lowering the price of the current version. More information on these offers is available here. You can sign up for the preview of Power BI for free here.

Intergen has been busy implementing projects to help our clients generate actionable insights through  Power BI.  We’re delivering interactive dashboards that include KPIs and KRAs, along with the ability to drill down to the details easily, highlight any anomalies, and allow clients to make decisions confidently.  Coupled with our extensive industry experience and innovative delivery framework, it’s leading to significant, tangible outcomes in amazingly short timeframes. 

Posted by: Anna Tarasoff, Data Insights Manager, Data Insights | 01 April 2015

Tags: Business Intelligence, Data Mining, BI, BI implementation advice, big data investment

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