Power BI is a Business Intelligence (BI) software, to put it simply. “Power BI is a set of software services, applications, and connectors that work together to convert unconnected sources of data into coherent, visually engaging, and interactive insights,” according to the Microsoft description. Your data may be in the form of an Excel spreadsheet or a set of hybrid data warehouses that are both cloud-based and on-premises. Power BI makes it simple to connect to your data sources, visualize and uncover what’s essential, and share your findings with whomever you choose.”

Power BI's components

Power BI is made up of a number of interconnected pieces, beginning with these three fundamentals:

  • Power BI Desktop is a Windows desktop-based application.
  • The Power BI service is a Web SaaS (Software as a Solution) service.
  • Power BI mobile applications are available for Windows, iOS, and Android.

These three components—Power BI Desktop, Power BI service, and Power BI mobile apps—are all intended to help you produce, distribute, and consume business insights in the most efficient manner possible.

Aside from those three, Power BI has two other features:

  • The Power BI Report Builder allows you to create paginated reports that you can distribute using the Power BI service.
  • After developing your Power BI reports in Power BI Desktop, you can publish them to Power BI Report Server, an on-premises report server.

Let’s take a closer look at the Power BI parts.

What is Power BI and how does it work?

Power BI Desktop is a free programme that you can download and install on your local computer that allows you to connect to, manipulate, and display data from different data sources and integrate them into a data model (a process known as modelling). This data format enables you to create visuals and groups of visuals that you can distribute as reports with other employees. The majority of customers who work on business intelligence projects utilise Power BI Desktop to develop reports and subsequently share them with others through the Power BI service.

The following are some of the most typical applications for Power BI Desktop:

  • Connect to data from a variety of sources.
  • To construct a data model, transform and clean the data.
  • Create graphics that give visual representations of the data, such as charts or graphs.
  • On one or more report pages, create reports that are collections of graphics.
  • Use the Power BI service to share reports with others.

Power BI service

The SaaS (Software as a Service) component of Power BI is the Microsoft Power BI service (app.powerbi.com), sometimes known as Power BI online. Dashboards in the Power BI service assist you in determining the pulse of your company. Dashboards show tiles that you may click to launch reports for additional investigation. Dashboards and reports are linked to databases, which collect all essential data in one location.

What are the mobile Power BI apps?

Mobile applications for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 are available from Power BI. You connect to and interact with your cloud and on-premises data using mobile applications. 

In Power BI Desktop, you build reports. The Power BI report service (https://powerbi.com) allows you to build dashboards and reports as well as view them. All of these reports and dashboards are accessible via Power BI mobile applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Try reading and engaging with them on your mobile device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple Watch running iOS, an Android phone or tablet running Android, or a Windows 10 device running Windows 10.

Data Source Microsoft.

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