We live in a data-driven culture, and today's businesses need data to thrive and expand. Some members of your organization may require a more comprehensive way to view data than what PDF and email formats alone can offer. Automated BI Report Delivery is a convenient way for your team to gain access to the data insights they need when they need it, delivered in the way that works best for them. Information is delivered efficiently and consistently to end-users at the right time. For example, automated reporting helps sales teams to understand revenue or inventory movement at a glance.
Power BI Report Scheduler (PBRS™) delivers relevant, real-time data in the form of Power BI Reports and Dashboards.
What is the Difference Between a Report and a Dashboard?
Reports and dashboards are often viewed interchangeably, but there are key differences between each. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages they both offer can help you choose the right tool to meet the needs of your organization.
Reports are documents containing data in text and table form. They may include visuals like simple charts and graphs, but they are mostly a representation of specific data sets. The data in a report is not live, so it cannot be manipulated. It has already been cleaned, sorted, and prepared for presentation.
Dashboards, on the other hand, are live. Visualization tools can be tailored and customized to display specific data and metrics. Data is updated in real-time, so visuals can change from minute to minute. Dashboards can be broad and multi-faceted for departments with many functions, or they can be more focused.
What is a Power BI Dashboard?
A Power BI Dashboard is a single page, or canvas, that uses visual tools to tell a story. Limited to one page, a well-designed dashboard will contain only the most important elements of the data story.
These are the features of an effective Power BI Dashboard:
Must-Have a Premium or Pro Version
Different organizations will have different requirements for a Power BI Dashboard to be useful. Premium and pro-versions of the software allow more customization and additional features that a basic program won't have. Upgrades should be seamless with the ability to tack on new features as they become available.
Can be Shared with Colleagues Over Mobile Devices
To be useful to everyone on the team, a dashboard must be formatted for all screens. The whole point of its use is to get data to associates where they are in the manner of their preference. If the program cannot be shared over mobile devices, a portion of the organization will be disadvantaged.
Contains Dashboard Tiles that Provide Various Visualizations
A dashboard tile is a snapshot of your data pinned on by the designer. An effective dashboard will contain the ability to pin standalone tiles with different visualization formats like text boxes, videos, streaming data, images, and web content. Tiles are a doorway into your data exploration. They should be easy to open and capable of generating interesting and interactive visuals based on your data.
Straightforward to Use
Users should not have to be tech-savvy to access a Power BI dashboard. Data should be displayed in the best possible way so that is it understandable, intuitive, and easy to use.
PBRS Can Distribute Comprehensive Power BI Insights
PBRS is an intuitive software that simplifies the delivery and distribution of Power BI Reports and Dashboards. Reports can be scheduled, run automatically, and sent to print, fax, folder, Dropbox, SMS, FTP, Google Drive, Google Sheets, SharePoint, Slack, or email. Formats include Excel, MS Word, PDF, HTML, CSV, and more.
ChristianSteven is "armed" with all the needed insights to make your transition to automated delivery easy no matter how data-intensive your operation might be. So that you can hit the ground running, Power BI comes with report packs and pre-built dashboards for commonly used systems and platforms including:
- Microsoft Azure
- Microsoft Dynamics
- QuickBooks Online
- Google Analytics
You can begin with any of the connector dashboards to get your analysis up and running within minutes if you wish. Because the software is highly customizable, the pre-built dashboards can be tweaked to your liking.
ChristianSteven offers Powerful BI Reporting and Dashboards at your fingertips. PBRS empowers your organization by providing team members with access to the data they need, when they need it, in the way they want to receive it. You can schedule, automate, filter, and distribute your reports and dashboards in any format to unlimited end-users automatically. Contact us to schedule a demo and get a free 30-day trial.