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Get the Most Out of Power BI with SkyBITS

Buoyed by their continued investments in Power BI, Microsoft was far and away the leader in Gartner's 2021 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms. This is the 14th straight year that Microsoft was noted as a leader in this category.

 

Power BI is a powerful technology for enabling self-service use cases. Data visualizations created with it create new insights that inform better decision making. Power BI also makes it easy to report from nearly any data source. 

 

Many organizations start small with a handful of people creating one-off dashboards that quickly show value. The demand for more dashboards quickly follows, but Power BI's ease of use can be deceiving. It's easy to get started, but difficult to scale across the organization. Power BI is not immune from the data wrangling challenges that exist with ad-hoc approaches to reporting and analytics, including:

 

  • Source data is complex and difficult to merge; resulting reports don't show the full picture

  • Reports and dashboards don't agree, and there are multiple versions of the truth

  • Large queries perform poorly and can bog down core systems

  • It can take a long time to load large data volumes with complex queries

  • Business rules are scattered across the organization and inconstantly applied

 

The Key to an Enterprise Data Analytics Solution

We believe a key pillar of an enterprise data analytics solution is the creation and curation of a centralized data model. This enterprise data model becomes the basis of an organization’s “single source of truth” – leading to great improvements, including:

 

  • Merged internal and external data

  • Simplified taxonomies to be more user-friendly

  • Codified and automated complex queries and business rules

  • Asynchronous processing of data models for improved performance

 

How to Enable Scalable Self-Service with Power BI

We built SkyBITS to truly enable self-service use cases with Power BI at any scale. Its benefits include:

 

  • Data modeling principles are automatically applied to an enterprise data model that merges, simplifies, and makes data more discoverable

  • High-performance orchestration is layered in to quickly load data into the model for up-to-date insights

  • Data is optimized for Power BI visuals that quickly respond to user input even with large volumes of data

  • The simplicity of the data model and better performance results in data that is more accessible and enables self-service use cases.

 

If you'd like to learn more about how to optimize your data for Power BI with SkyBITS, contact us today. We'd love to learn about your organization and share how we can help you get the most out of your Power BI investment.