This tutorial, we will discuss what is Power BI? How to download and install the power bi desktop to create reports and dashboards.
What is Power BI – Video Tutorial
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What is Power BI
If you are working with huge data, then you need a business intelligence tool Power BI to analyze your organization data.
Power BI 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.
Ultimately, by using Power BI you can store and share business data in the form of reports and dashboards to analyze and make business decisions.
The functionality works in the below order:
- Get raw data from various data sources
- Model data
- Create Reports and Dashboards
- Share with Others
To import data and to create various reports and dashboards, we require Power BI Desktop which is a free tool.
Power BI components
Below are the Power BI components:
- Power BI Desktop: This is a desktop application which you can install in your local desktop
- Power BI service: A SaaS (Software as a Service) based service.
- Power BI mobile apps: Various mobile apps for Windows, iOS, and Android devices.
- Power BI Report Server: Allows you to publish Power BI reports to an on-premises report server.
The first 3 are designed to let you create, share, and consume business insights.
Power BI Report Server allows you to publish Power BI reports to an on-premises report server, after creating them in Power BI Desktop.
May be your company is not ready to move the reports to the cloud, wants to keep inside your premises within your corporate firewall.
Power BI Report Server is a solution that you deploy behind your firewall and then deliver your reports to the right users in different ways, whether that’s viewing them in a web browser, on a mobile device, or as an email.
Power BI Report Server is also compatible with Power BI in the cloud, you can move to the cloud when you’re ready without any problem.
Download and Install Power BI Desktop
Power BI desktop is the free tool which you can download and install in your local system.
We can use Power BI desktop to import your data, do the data modelling and then to create reports and dashboards.
Microsoft Power BI Desktop is available for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) platforms. You can download according to your system requirements.
Download power bi desktop latest version from the below link.
For my 64 bit machine, I have downloaded the 64-bit version of Power BI Desktop.
Double click on the setup to start the installation.
Then click on Next.
Then accept the terms and conditions check box and click on Next.
Then select the installation folder like below:
Then click on Install button to start the installation.
The installation will go like below:
Then click on the Finish button to finish the installation.
Once the installation is over, you can search for Power BI Desktop in the system and you can see like below:
Then we can create report by getting data from various data sources like below:
You can also check out the below tutorial on how to create a Power BI report from excel using Power BI desktop.
Understand Power BI Visualizations Dashboards and Reports
Watch the below video to understand Power BI Visualizations Dashboards and Reports.
A Power BI dashboard is a single page which contains single or multiple visualizations. A Power bi report contains a single or multiple pages.
You can check out the below tutorials on Microsoft Power BI:
- Create a Power BI Dashboard and Add Reports to Power BI Dashboard
- How to share Power BI Dashboard and Report
- Power BI Custom Visuals
- Power BI Visualizations
- Add Title, Image, and Video to Power BI Dashboard
- How to use weekday function power bi with example
- How to use Power BI sync slicers
- Power BI Calculated Column Example
- How to Create Report in Power BI from SharePoint List
- How to split column in Power bi
- What is the difference between calculated column and measure in Power BI
- How to create and use Power BI Bookmarks
This tutorial, we learned what is Power BI desktop? various components in Power BI and also we saw how to download and install Power BI desktop.
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