Microsoft is Microsoft, right? It’s a certified leader on pretty much all levels of software production, but also in analytics and business intelligence platforms, including solutions such as the Microsoft Power BI platform.
Microsoft Power BI is used by data-intensive companies like supermarket chains and even London Heathrow, where a flood of data from numerous sources must be crunched and packaged, often on demand. Here are six ways Microsoft Power BI helps companies, large and small, to manage their data.
Power BI integrates easily with a variety of other solutions, including mobility solutions in the cloud. Essentially, it’s a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn numerous and varied sources of data into digestible and good looking visuals.
This means easier reporting and more detailed reports. The information in these reports can include service calls, technician information, location of technician, tech feedback, working hours, and screen time.
Whereas older systems would need to integrate middleware to work with new software, Power BI is accessible and you don’t have to know how to code to use it. Deployment is instant.
Microsoft understood that businesses today are mobile and agile, and developed Power BI with the ability to be managed remotely and operated from a Windows desktop application called Power BI Desktop; which is an online SaaS (Software as a Service) service called the Power BI service’ and a mobile Power BI app which is available on Windows phones and tablets, as well as iOS and Android devices.
BI for all platforms
Power BI enables employees in various roles throughout the business to access the service and make use of it from a variety of different platforms. While you may use mainly the Power BI service, your employee in accounts might use Power BI Desktop, which allows them to publish reports to the Power BI service for you to view remotely. Your colleague in sales may use the Power BI phone app to keep track of her sales quotas and she can use the data to explore other sales leads.
Power BI enables you to create vivid visuals with company data that can be shared with colleagues on any device. The data is cloud-based, so you can analyse the easily digestible graphs and other visuals on premises or remotely. For board meetings, these visuals can also be printed and packaged.
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Power BI is a powerful business reporting tool that tracks productivity and presents information visually, all from one point of view. Reports can be customised for use by employees at various seniority levels, depending on whom you share it with. This functionality enables a manager to oversee clearly the productivity on the floor and manage how tasks are spread throughout the business.
At Nashua Communications we use this information to generate unique productivity reports for each technician, check their monthly petrol usage as well as the hours used by each technician on specific calls and projects. Integrated with your SLA with on-site staff, for example, Power BI becomes a powerful monitoring tool to ensure that all parties are bringing their side of the bargain.
You can set up, measure and track specific results-driven KPI goals using measurable data which helps managers make informed and fair decisions, quickly and accurately.
There are a myriad of other ways that Power BI enables and empowers companies to cope with the huge amounts of data available to them. As the maxim goes, with Big Data comes big responsibility. Power BI is the first step in understanding and employing the data available to you in a responsible way.
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