Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that enables anyone to visualize and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding. It connects users to a broad range of live data through easy-to-use dashboards, provides interactive reports, and delivers compelling visualizations that bring data to life. Through the course of the preview over 45,000 companies, 500,000 users, cross 185 countries have used Power BI. That is a decade’s worth of growth in last generation business intelligence. With Power BI, this is an enormous user population of people that are now connected with data in a way that was either previously very difficult or for many, impossible.

Power BI in many ways is a connector between people and the power of the Microsoft Data Platform. Including data that lives in our cloud, other people’s clouds, or your on-premise systems while also being processed by this wide variety of intelligence analytical capabilities that we have (statistical analysis, machine learning, building custom application). All of this technology and the value of converting data into intelligence flows through Power BI.

Power BI dashboards

With updates to Power BI customers can now see all their data through a single pane of glass. Live Power BI dashboards show visualizations and KPIs from data that reside both on-premises and in the cloud, providing a consolidated view across their business regardless of where their data lives.  Simplifying how you interact with data; natural language query is built into the dashboard allowing users to type questions and receive answers from data in the form of interactive visualizations. You can then explore their data further by drilling through the dashboard into the underlying reports, discovering new insights that customers can pin back to the dashboard to monitor performance going forward.

Stay connected from any device

Power BI mobile apps are available for iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, and Windows 8.1 and above.

Power BI Desktop

Currently known in preview as the Power BI Designer, Designer is a powerful new visual data exploration and interactive reporting tool available for free at PowerBI.com. It provides a free-form canvas for drag-and-drop exploration of your data and an extensive library of interactive visualizations, while streamlining report creation and publishing to the Power BI service.

Connect live to on-premises Analysis Services models

Realize the benefits of a cloud based BI solution without having to move your data. With the new Power BI connector for Analysis Services you can create a secure connection to SQL Server Analysis Services from Power BI. When users view and explore dashboards and reports the system will interactively query the on-premises cube to fetch the data using the user’s credentials. With this hybrid solution, you can continue to manage and secure your data on-premises, removing the need to have data reside in the cloud.

Conclusion:

Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service for pulling together live views across all your data. Connecting to data that resides on premises in SQL Server Analysis Services, data from Microsoft Cloud properties like Dynamics and Office 365 or from Azure data services like SQL DB, Azure Stream Analytics or from a partner solution hosted on Azure.