Microsoft Power BI Launches Today
Data, data everywhere and not a drop to drink. Well in this case, not drink- but interpret, but the saying still rings true; what’s the point of having all of this business information without being to able to understand it. That’s where Microsoft Power BI comes in, it is a cloud based business analytics service that allows users to visualise and analyse data and drill down on the information. It has a central dashboard feature where you can log-in and view data from your business and other third parties like Google Analytics.
Background behind Power BI:
Power BI first launched in July 2013 as part of Office 365, but the company has notably upgraded the service. Microsoft released Power BI as a beta earlier this year, and the new service is finally ready to exit preview and become generally available this month.
Microsoft built its Power BI around three essential components: datasets, reports, and dashboards. Power BI can draw content from a firm’s data, for instance, leveraging connections to multiple sources such as Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure SQL Database, SQL Server Analysis Services and more. You can have a look at the the full list of the features here.
Power BI currently supports 44 languages and will also work on multiple platforms. Preview builds are already available for Android and iOS, as well as Windows, and the final release will hit mobile versions as well.
Power BI Freemium Model:
Interested customers will be able to try out Power BI for free if they sign up with their business email address, but the free tier comes with a 1 GB data cap per user and allows users to update their data only once a day. A Power BI Pro subscription will be available for $9.99 per month for each user, boosting data capacity to 10 GB and allowing users to refresh their data every hour, in addition to other perks and benefits.