KB124: What Is Power BI? What Are Its Core Features?

Power BI

KB124: What Is Power BI? What Are Its Core Features?

KB124: What Is Power BI? What Are Its Core Features? 2560 1440 Shrutidhara

Power BI is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors offered by Microsoft for Self-Service & Enterprise Business Intelligence. It is a unified and scalable platform that connects & transforms unrelated data sources into rich interactive insights. Moreover, it offers a secure and intelligible interface and enables businesses to interact & understand their data effectively. By using Power BI, businesses can simplify their everyday business processes related to data analysis & data visualization. They can easily connect to their sources of data, visualize the data, and accordingly share it with others.

As a smart solution, it comprises of  3 different parts namely Power BI Desktop, Power BI Service & Power BI Mobile Apps.

Power BI Desktop

Being a  free Microsoft Windows desktop application, it helps businesses in connecting to the various data sources. Simultaneously, it allows them to transform  and filter the data for creating a data model. Furthermore, it also allows them to visually represent the data through charts or graphs & create interactive reports with rich visual analytics.

Power BI Service

It is an online Software-as-a-service ( SaaS) tool. It allows businesses to publish the reports created on a Power BI Desktop & share them with others. At the same time, it also helps them in building dashboards for creating rich visualizations.

Power BI Mobile App

It is a set of mobile apps available for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 mobile devices. It allows businesses to connect & interact with their cloud and On-premises data. The shared dashboards and reports that it offers provides businesses with a 360-degree view of their data on the go.


With Power BI, businesses can represent their data in a visually appealing manner through charts, graphs, color-coded maps, etc. As a result, they can easily create quick insights and offer their customers real-time analytics.


It is a collection of data using which businesses can create rich visualizations. It can be created based on a single source like Microsoft Excel, for example. Likewise, it can also be created based on the combination of multiple sources. For instance, online results of an email marketing campaign, website table, microsoft Excel, and so on. In Addition, the in-built data connectors allow businesses to connect to the data, filter it, if necessary & focus on data that is relevant to them.


Reports allow businesses to create multiple visualizations such as treemaps, line charts, etc. Moreover, they can also organize these visualizations in one page or multiple pages  for meeting their unique business needs.


Power BI dashboard  is a selected group of visuals from a single page with which businesses can get quick insights into their data. They can create dashboards in the Power BI service & share them with others. By doing so, businesses can not only monitor the health of their business but also create a personalized view of the relevant metrics for creating a seamless customer experience.


The template apps enable businesses to develop Power BI apps with little or no coding. They can create out-of-the-box content for customers & allow them to connect within their accounts for unlocking the data.

To put it in a nutshell, Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools for analyzing data & sharing insights. It bridges the gap between data and decision-making. It provides businesses with rich & interactive real-time analytics & paves the way for faster and well-informed data-driven decisions.

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