Pros and Cons of Microsoft Power BI – An analyst’s perspective

Pros and Cons of Microsoft Power BI – An analyst’s perspective

Over the past year, our organization has used Power BI to build several self-serve analytics dashboards for our clients. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Power BI is a business analytics software for developing interactive reports and sharing them with users in the organization who are looking for data-driven insights. Microsoft dubs Power BI as a tool that allows you to “Enable everyone at every level of your organization to make confident decisions using up-to-the-minute analytics.” Released to the public in July of 2015, Power BI is a relative newcomer to the business analytics toolkit and is Microsoft’s answer to other popular visualization software tools, such as Tableau and MicroStrategy.  Creating Power BI dashboards for numerous clients has provided valuable learning opportunities and the chance to assess the software’s strengths and weaknesses. As Kelsey Hightower, principal engineer for Google Cloud, wrote, “You haven’t mastered a tool until you understand when it should not be used.” Now that I understand...
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