What Are The Major Components of Power BI?
by Christian Ofori-Boateng on May 21, 2020 12:15:00 PM
Power BI is a top-rated tool that most analysts are using in the business intelligence realm. It is feature-rich, quite easy to use, and gives you the ability to make the best of your data. Moreover, you can personalize your Power BI toolset to get the most out of your data analysis. However, to make the most of your Power BI experience, you must update yourself with all the building blocks of Power BI.
How Does It Work?
A typical Power BI workflow involves all of its building blocks: visualizations, dashboards, reports, and datasets. A Power BI user collects data from datasets, brings it into Power BI toolset for analysis, creates reports full of visualizations that provide insights, designs dashboards with the help of all the visuals, and shares the reports and dashboards with key stakeholders.
A Power BI dataset is a collection of data that business analysts import or connect to process the data. They then use it to build reports and dashboards. As a business analyst, you don't interact directly with datasets, but you use the Power BI service to process it and create visuals. Each dataset represents a source of data, which could be an Excel spreadsheet or a SQL dataset.
Data visualizations provide insights that Power BI discovered in your data. In addition, visualizations make it easier for you to interpret the insights because your brain can comprehend a picture faster than numbers. You can utilize Power BI to create visuals such as waterfall, ribbon, treemap, pie, funnel, and scatter. Additionally, you can also use custom visuals for your benefit if the standard available Power BI visuals are not meeting your needs.
A Power BI report is a collection of various visualizations and graphics that you have processed through Power BI when you are processing your organizational data. All of the visualizations in a report come from a single dataset. A business analyst can share these reports with consumers, peers, and even with executives for data-based decision-making.
A Power BI dashboard represents a customized view of your underlying dataset. You can create a master dashboard or various dashboards depending on your business needs. Besides, you can share these dashboards with critical stakeholders, and they also are a convenient tool in executive meetings.
With an in-depth knowledge of Power BI, a business analyst can make the best of the toolset and create very insightful reports and dashboards for the organization. With so much data at your disposal, data processing and analysis is key to taking your business to the next level.