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Discovering the Newest Features of Microsoft’s Power BI Suite

Type: Webcast

Topic: Microsoft, Business Intelligence, Power BI, Mobile

Microsoft’s flagship business intelligence service, Power BI, went into general availability on July 24th, 2015. Since its first release, the Microsoft team has rolled out a number of updates to further enhance capability and user experience. In this 45 minute webcast recorded October 20, 2015, Amanda Quon and Bridget Rauch showcase some of the latest additions to the evolving product suite. 

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Power BI was designed to allow for seamless data retrieval from the most commonly used sources including databases (e.g. SQL, Access, Oracle and Teradata), Excel files and live datasets from websites. This information can then be easily displayed in custom-built reports or dashboards.

As a result of the rapid release cycles, Microsoft is continually improving and adding to the product’s functionality for its user base. A full utilization of all Power BI platforms can increase competitiveness in the current and future marketplace for any business.



In this webinar, we provide an overview of the 3 major components of the Power BI toolset – Desktop, Online, and Mobile – and highlight the newest features in each platform per the latest September release. Microsoft’s active user community allows for rapid development and release of new capabilities; being aware of the newest features allows one to best utilize the full potential of the Power BI technology suite.

  • We introduce the Power BI suite of applications, Microsoft’s intent in creating this toolset, and resources available to the Power BI community.
  • We demonstrate how Power BI Desktop, the local application, can pull in live, web-based data, as well as how the query editor and front-end reporting work hand-in-hand.
  • We show Power BI Online, the cloud-based tenant, and its power to combine multiple datasets into a dashboard giving the information the user needs together in one place.
  • We explore Power BI Mobile, the on-the-go native application for mobile devices, and its ability to view and annotate reports and dashboards.
  • We discuss the user base for each of these three components of the Power BI suite and how the seamless integration between them can create a robust solution for your enterprise.

Is it for you?

  • Do you want to know the updated capabilities available through Microsoft’s flagship BI system?
  • Do you need a system that allows you to easily manage different datasets from a variety of data sources?
  • Are you looking to integrate mobile usage into your BI analyses?