Power Bi is a great cloud based business intelligence tool that has a suite of business analytics tools that can deliver insights for you, so how can Office 365 Power BI help boost your business performance?
Read on to find out!
Businesses – small, medium, or large – have to process a lot of information and data, but only those who succeed in turning this data into helpful business insights can perform better. In the modern world, this process is called “Business Intelligence”.
To help businesses to achieve this, Microsoft offers a powerful business intelligence tool called “Power BI” integrated within its Office 365 suite. Like other tools and apps by Office 365, Power Bi is also a cloud-based service and tool.
You can also define it as a powerful business analytics tool that can help you analyse data and then you can make decisions based on the informational and decisive insights.
An Advanced and Smarter Version of Microsoft Excel
Power BI is the far better version of Excel that is traditionally used by small and medium businesses to sort data and to put information into charts and other representable forms. But to use this tool to its full capabilities it requires a bit of effort and time.
But like anything, the rewards for putting in the time can be great.
Unlike Excel, the cloud-based tool pulls data from multiple sources and sorts it out automatically into one central system, to then use that data to create reports and also produce predictive forecasting on its own. It also allows better options to turn the data into more illustrative charts along with powerful tools to organise the data as well.
Why Power BI?
Do you want to organise your business data into more productive way?
Do you want to get useful insights from your data?
Are you looking for the advanced business intelligence tool that can replace old traditional Excel spreadsheets or graphs?
Do you want a smart tool that integrates with other tools and apps as well?
Microsoft Office 365 Power BI is the answer to all these questions above. Now let us provide some more details about benefits of Power BI and its potential to help you grow your business.
It Can Bring Data Together on its Own
With Excel, you have to manually enter data, but with Microsoft Office 365 Power BI, you only have to integrate it with your data sources and it will do the rest on its own. With built-in dashboards for different needs and data sources, you can go through, visualise and get the insights you need within seconds.
Power BI can connect with data sources like Excel spreadsheets, SQL Databases, Google Analytics, and other on-premise data sources
In addition, it can also integrate with other third-party tools and cloud services like Zendesk, Marketo, Salesforce, Xero, and also Microsoft Dynamics.
As there are a lot of options to integrate and connect Power BI with, but many people can get confused where to pull data from.
This is where Greendata can come to your rescue and help. We know Power BI and we understand the unique needs of small and medium businesses.
We help our clients integrate Power BI with the most important data sources and apps, to keep it simple but productive
Another option is using the Power BI REST API that allows businesses to pull data from any cloud service to Power BI dashboard.
What more, it’s also interactive. You can simply ask a question, through Power BI Q&A feature, and the tool will respond back to your query in the form of interactive charts or graphs. Truly amazing!
Helps You Track Key Business Metrics in Real-Time
Organising your data is sometimes not enough, is it? No, we also need to learn about the insights, what the data means, and what it predicts. Power BI does exactly the same for your business.
You can use the built-in dashboards to analyse data in different forms and for different reasons , or use simple drag and drop user interface to build your own dashboard that suits your needs and gives you the numbers you want.
You can also place and save each interactive report to your dashboard where you can track many of the key metrics in real-time.
This allows you to centralise all important reports and metrics into one dashboard that is accessible from mobile and desktop devices alike.
Track all your data from multiple applications on one dashboard on Power BI
This means you can track and keep an eye on key metrics in real time on the go.
Keep Ahead of your Competition by Identifying Opportunities and Risks
To keep ahead of your competition, you must have a clear picture of future, what opportunities and risks your business has to face next. Power BI makes it easier for businesses to identify risks and opportunities by offering a feature – Power View – that helps with your predictive forecasting.
It helps businesses visualise the future, the performance of the business or a product. The Power View feature is very detailed and offers much more than just predicting the data series. It offers a complete picture of upcoming future and provides insights that you may miss with other similar tools.
Microsoft Office 365 Power BI also comes with downloadable Power Bi Desktop, a dedicated report-authoring tool that allows you to quickly create and print reports.
The best thing about Power BI is its minimal learning curve. You can get started with the tool and can start creating data charts and building dashboard within 10 minutes.
Some other key features of the Microsoft Office 365 Power BI tool include:
- Live data monitoring
- Easy to use interface on desktop and mobile devices alike
- Explore data without any risk on cloud-based service
- No learning required of knowledge of any programming language
- No need for IT help once the Power BI integrates with the SQL Server Analysis Service and other on-premises databases
Power BI is designed to boost business performance, but only if you are taking the full advantage of the features it offers. There is always a risk of getting it too crowded with useless reports and charts or underutilising its features too. So we make sure when you start, that you keep it simple.
Do you want to get started with Microsoft Office 365 Power BI?
All in all, Power BI is one of the best business intelligence tools out there that can be more effective when integrated and connected with hundreds of Office 365 and third-party apps. There are so many opportunities with Power BI that you may find it difficult which feature to use or what app to connect with it.
For this, you can always seek help from us here at Greendata. It’s what we do, its why we get up in the morning.
Our team of experts with deep knowledge of Office 365 can create customised dashboards with relevant charts and graphs that cater to unique needs of you and your business.
And you can’t get much more personal than that.
If your small business is ready for more growth without the hassle, get in touch.
You can give us a call on 07 5526 0278 or send us a message on our “Let’s Connect” page and let’s help you work towards you getting the extra data you deserve to help your business grow.