Microsoft Power BI

Turn your data into a competitive advantage by using Power BI to connect, combine, and analyze your entire data estate.

WHAT IS POWER BI

Power BI is a business analytics service by Microsoft. It aims to provide interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with an interface simple enough for end users to create their own reports and dashboards.Connect to and visualize any data using the unified, scalable platform for self-service and enterprise business intelligence (BI) that’s easy to use and helps you gain deeper data insight.Microsoft Power BI is used to find insights within an organization’s data. Power BI can help connect disparate data sets, transform and clean the data into a data model and create charts or graphs to provide visuals of the data. All of this can be shared with other Power BI users within the organization. 
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Why Power BI

  • Unify self-service and enterprise analytics Meet both your self-service and enterprise data analytics needs on a single platform. Access powerful semantic models, an application lifecycle management (ALM) toolkit, an open connectivity framework, and fixed-layout, pixel-perfect paginated reports.
  • Accelerate big data prep with Azure Simplify how you analyze and share large volumes of data. By using a no-limits Azure data lake, you’ll reduce the time it takes to get insights and increase collaboration between business analysts, data engineers, and data scientists.
  • Find answers fast with industry-leading AI Take advantage of the latest advances in Microsoft AI to help non-data scientists prepare data, build machine learning models, and find insights quickly from both structured and unstructured data, including text and images.
  • Improve publishing efficiency and accuracy of BI content Quickly identify differences and move content from development and testing to production with confidence using the simple visual cues in deployment pipelines.
  • Get unparalleled Excel integration Anyone who’s familiar with Office 365 can easily connect Excel queries, data models, and reports to Power BI Dashboards—helping to quickly gather, analyze, publish, and share Excel business data in new ways.
  • Turn insights into action Go from data to insights and insights to action with the Microsoft Power Platform—combining Power BI with Power Apps and Power Automate to easily build business applications and automate workflows.
  • Stream analytics in real time Know what’s happening now, not just in the past. From factory sensors to social media sources, get access to real-time analytics so you’re always ready to make timely decisions.

Power BI and Microsoft Azure are better together

Extract maximum value from your data Enable business analysts, IT professionals, and data scientists to collaborate seamlessly, providing a single version of data truth that delivers insights across your organization.Bring Power BI visualizations into Azure apps Deliver insights to all who need them by bringing Power BI visualization and reporting capabilities into your Azure apps.Analyze petabytes of Azure data in Power BI Go big with the ability to analyze your entire Azure data estate—no matter the size or type of data—using Power BI.Take advantage of advanced AI everywhere Employ advanced machine learning and AI capabilities within Power BI and connect to even more in Azure as needed.
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Key benefits

  • Create amazing data experiences Easily connect to, model, and visualize your data, creating memorable reports personalized with your KPIs and brand. Get fast, AI-powered answers to your business questions—even when asking with conversational language.
  • Gain insight from your largest BI deployments Make the most of your big data investments by connecting to all your data sources with the scale to analyze, share, and promote insights across your organization while maintaining data accuracy, consistency, and security.
  • Make decisions with confidence Work together easily on the same data, collaborate on reports, and share insights across popular Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Teams and Excel—empowering everyone in your organization to quickly make data-driven decisions that drive strategic actions.
  • End-to-end data protection Better protect your data across Power BI reports, dashboards, and data sets with persistent protection that keeps working even when shared outside your organization or exported to other formats such as Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF.
  • Better together When you use Power BI with Azure and Office, you extract maximum value from your technology and your data. Because Power BI interoperates with the Microsoft technology you already trust, you can use all your data productively.
  • Extensive data connectors With a growing library of 120+ free connectors, everyone gets a complete picture for data-driven decision making. Connect directly to hundreds of on-premises and cloud data sources such as Dynamics 365, Azure SQL Database, Salesforce, Excel, and SharePoint.

API (Application Programming Interface)

An Application Programming Interface (API) allows you to customize your phone system, and therefore may be one of the most important features to consider in your next phone system. An API allows a software developer to extend the functionality of your phone system by integrating it with other third-party business applications, such as your preferred CRM software like Salesforce or SugarCRM. Ultimately, this means you can increase employee productivity, improve customer service, and get more life out of your phone system investment.

BYOD (Bring your Own Device)

The term BYOD is slang term that has been modified to one of the hottest trends, and biggest IT challenges, in business communications. Let’s say your company’s sales director is attached to his/her iPhone, but several of your engineers prefer using their Android phones – and they all want to use the devices for both personal and work use. No problem! The days of issuing a dedicated corporate mobile device are over.

Mobility

Mobility is a term for integrating your fixed desk phone with your mobile phone. This creates a seamless communication experience whether you are at your desk or on the road. Using one phone number, customers can ring you on your desk, mobile, or home phone based on how you set your call rules or preferences. When you call a customer or vendor, your office phone number appears on their caller ID, regardless of the phone from which you are actually calling. This creates what is commonly referred to as a “unified” view of your business.

UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service)

A deployment method for delivering UC to organizations via the Cloud. Traditionally, UCaaS has served mostly smaller businesses who have small or no IT departments. However, over time, UCaaS is beginning to be adopted by midsize businesses and enterprises. UCaaS is considered by most to be the future of communications technology.

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Microsoft 365 Business Voice is a modern cloud-based telephony solution that integrates into Office 365. It gives you calling together with chat and meetings in a single app, Microsoft Teams.

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