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It is an continuation video article of our Microsoft Power Platform introductory course for Beginners series? Where we will learn about What is Microsoft Power Platform? This article is a short introduction about Microsoft Power BI. Well officially as per Microsoft

What is Microsoft Power Platform?

The ‘Power Platform’ is a collective term for the following four Microsoft products: Power BI, PowerApps, Power Automate (previously known as Microsoft Flow) and Power Virtual Agents

“The Power Platform is a low code platform that enables organizations to analyze data, act on it through applications, and automate business processes. It allows everyone, from the professional developer to the frontline worker, to participate in driving better business outcomes by building apps.

Microsoft Power Platform
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Microsoft Power platform

What is Microsoft Power BI?

Power BI Tutorial for Beginners “Microsoft Power BI is a business analytics tool that allows you to easily connect to data sources, create visuals, and gain business intelligence quickly.” Click and connect with Microsoft and third-party cloud services, as well as on-premise data sources.

Easily manipulate data and create visuals, such as charts, dashboards, maps, and many more – so you can present your data in an easy-to-digest format. Use natural language to query data and get results (i.e. “show me our sales pipeline for 2018 by month, by salesperson”).

Microsoft Power BI is a business intelligence and analytics tool which provides you with real-time insights by presenting your data in a variety of interactive visualizations that are placed within dashboards and reports.

Microsoft Power BI Overview

  • You can connect Power BI to the data that is stored within the CDS, or many other data sources, such as Excel or SQL databases or third-party sources such as MailChimp or Google Analytics. 
  • You can create custom dashboards and reports to display data from many different areas of your business such as sales, marketing, customer service or any other business functions.
  • Power BI allows you to get deep insights from your data as you can slice, filter and drill-down into it.
  • Natural language (NL) querying is also available within the application, allowing you to ask questions about their data in the same way you’d ask a search engine—dashboards and visualizations are automatically updated to provide you with the answers you need.
  • You are also able to share and collaborate your dashboards and reports to your team or embed them on websites, in SharePoint, apps and more.

Why use Power BI?

Here are the most prominent use of Power BI tool:

  • Pre-built dashboards and reports for SaaS Solutions
  • Power BI allows real-time dashboard updates.
  • Offers Secure and reliable connection to your data sources in the cloud or on-premises
  • Power BI offers Quick deployment, hybrid configuration, and secure environment.
  • Allows data exploration using natural language query
  • Offers feature for dashboard visualization regularly updated with the community.

Types of Power BI tools

Now in this Power BI desktop tutorial, we will learn about types of Power BI tools.

Some Important Power BI tools are:

Power BI Desktop

Power BI desktop is the primary authoring and publishing tool for Power BI. Developers and power users use it to create brand new models and reports from scratch.

Costs: Free

Power BI service

Online Software as a Service (SaaS) where Powe Bl data models, reports, dashboards are hosted. Administration, sharing, collaboration happens in the cloud.

Pro license: $10/users/month

Power BI Data Gateway

Power BI Data Gateway works as the bridge between the Power Bl Service and on-premise data sources like DirectQuery, Import, Live Query. It is Installed by Bl Admin.

Power BI Report Server

It can host paginated reports, KPIs, mobile reports, & Power Bl Desktop reports. It is updated every 4 months and installed/managed by the IT team. The users can modify Power Bl reports other reports created by the development team.

Power BI Mobile Apps

Power BI mobile app is available for iOS, Android, Windows. It can be managed using Microsoft Intune. You can use this tool to view reports and dashboards on the Power Bl Service Report Server.

History of Power BI

  • Power BI was conceptualized by Ruler and Dhers Netz of the SQL server coverage services team at Microsoft.
  • It was designed by West Chadic George in the year 2010 and named as a Project Crescent.
  • In 2011, It was bundled with SQL Server Codenamed Mount McKinley.
  • Microsoft unveiled the first preview to Power BI in September 2014.
  • The first version of Power BI released on 24 July 2015. It was based on Excel Based Add-ins like Power Query, Pivot, view, and Map.

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