What is Power bi

This tutorial, we will discuss what is Power BI? How to download and install the power bi desktop to create reports and dashboards.

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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.

download power bi desktop

Double click on the setup to start the installation.

download and install power bi desktop

Then click on Next.

power bi desktop download

Then accept the terms and conditions check box and click on Next.

Then select the installation folder like below:

power bi desktop latest version

Then click on Install button to start the installation.

power bi desktop tutorial

The installation will go like below:

power bi desktop download latest version

Then click on the Finish button to finish the installation.

power bi desktop download for windows 10

Once the installation is over, you can search for Power BI Desktop in the system and you can see like below:

power bi desktop installation steps

Then we can create report by getting data from various data sources like below:

create report using Power BI desktop

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:

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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