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What is POWER BI?

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a business intelligence tool that allows you to connect to various data sources, and is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights. Your data might be an Excel spreadsheet, or a collection of cloud-based and on-premises hybrid data warehouses. Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize and discover what’s important, and share that with anyone or everyone you want.

Power BI is made up of 3 main elements:

  1. Power BI Desktop — A windows application and free desktop application for building and designing reports.

  2. Power BI Service — An online software as a service (SaaS) for online publishing service for viewing and sharing reports and dashboards.

  3. Power BI mobile apps — It is an app for Windows, iOS, and Android devices for viewing reports and dashboards on the go.

These three elements — Power BI Desktop, the service, and the mobile apps — are designed to let you create, share, and consume business insights in the way that serves you and your role most effectively.

Beyond those three, Power BI also features two other elements:

  • Power BI Report Builder, for creating paginated reports to share in the Power BI service

  • Power BI Report Server, an on-premises report server where you can publish your Power BI reports, after creating them in Power BI Desktop.

Compare Power BI Desktop and the Power BI service:

Power BI Desktop is a free application that you download and install on your local computer. Desktop is a complete data analysis and report creation tool that is used to connect to, transform, visualize, and analyze your data. It includes the Query Editor, in which you can connect to many different sources of data, and combine them (often called modeling) into a data model. Then you design a report based on that data model. Reports can be shared with others directly or by publishing to the Power BI service. Sharing reports requires a Power BI Pro license.

The Power BI service is a cloud-based service, or software as a service (SaaS). It supports report editing and collaboration for teams and organizations. You can connect to data sources in the Power BI service, too, but modeling is limited. The Power BI service is used to do things such as creating dashboards, creating and sharing apps, and analyzing and exploring your data to uncover business insights.

The following Venn diagram compares Power BI Desktop and the Power BI service. The middle shows some of the areas where they overlap. Some tasks you can do in either Power BI Desktop or the service. The two outer sides of the Venn diagram show the features that are unique to either the Desktop application or to the Power BI service.

Navigating Power BI: Power BI provides of various tool and services to make creative, interactive and intelligent Business Reports.

Import/Export .csv files

On following the above steps, the dataset will be uploaded and a window will pop up. This window is called the Query Editor. If the Query Editor window does not pop up automatically. Just click on Transform Data in the above Navigation panel.

What is Query Editor?

Query Editor in Power BI is used to edit or format the data files before they are loaded into the Power BI Model. The Query Editor plays the role of an intermediate data container where you can modify data type or the way the data is stored by selecting the particular rows and columns.

Views in Power BI There are 3 different types of views in Power BI. You can switch between the 3 views using Navigation Pane.

Report View:

· Report view is a section of Power-BI where you can create any number of report pages with visualizations.

· This view provides a designing environment where you can move visualizations around, copy and paste, merge, and so on.

· You can add one/multiple pages here for various visualization of BI-Reports.

Data View:

· Data view is a section of Power-BI that helps you inspect, explore, and understand data.

· It’s different from how you view tables, columns, and data in Power Query Editor.

· With Data view, you’re looking at your data after it has been loaded into the model.

Relationship View (Model View):

· Model view shows all of the tables, columns, and relationships in your model.

· This view can be especially helpful when your model has complex relationships between many tables.


In conclusion, Power BI stands out as a leading business intelligence platform, empowering organizations to visualize and analyze their data in a meaningful and actionable way. Its intuitive interface, robust data connectivity, and advanced analytics capabilities enable users to gain insights quickly and make informed decisions. As businesses continue to leverage data as a strategic asset, Power BI remains a vital tool for driving innovation, improving efficiency, and achieving competitive advantage in today’s data-driven

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