Microsoft Power BI


Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools that let you connect to hundreds of data sources and produce beautiful reports to publish in your organization or to consume on the web.

Cost: Free and premium versions
Availability: Online

Rankings in the previous surveys: 

2021: – 2020: 84 2019: – 2018: 125 2017: – 2016: – 2015: – 2014: –
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Comments on Microsoft PowerBI 

“Flexible reporting tool” Michael Krzmarcik, Senior Sales Enablement Programme Manager, USA, 2020

“We have recently begun using Power BI to visualize certain data related to our various qualification programs. I like that once you have the reporting set up, it can be automated so it takes very little effort to maintain.” Susan Manos, Global Learning & Development Director, USA, 2020

Quick Guide to Power BI

Here you will find basic guidance and links on how to use PowerBI for teaching, training, learning and development.

Intended for the workplace Power BI is a suite of tools to let you get insights quickly with an uncomplicated setup.

In 7 reasons to use Power BI (from Stitch), it explains the difference between Power Bi Service and Power BI Desktop

Power BI service is a secure Microsoft hosted cloud service that lets users view dashboards, reports, and Power BI apps using a web browser or via mobile apps for Windows, iOS, and Android.

Power BI Desktop is a free, self-service data analysis and report authoring tool that you install on a Windows computer. It can connect to more than 70 on-premises and cloud data sources to turn information into interactive visuals. Data scientists and developers work with Power BI Desktop to produce reports and make them available to the Power BI service.

This video provides a tutorial for beginners and shows you  how to join data from multiple sources and build and share a dashboard

If you are looking for a comprehensive 4 hour course on Power BI then here it is.

Further resources

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