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1. Introduction to Power BI
In this lesson, we’ll introduce the concept of dashboards and discuss why Power BI is an ideal tool for creating them.
Course Outline (00:31)
This course outlines the various products with the Power BI name. It demonstrates how to build a report, upload it to the cloud and share it with colleagues in your business.
Understanding Dashboards (00:46)
A dashboard is an easy-to-read, single screen interface that shows Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) for a business unit. In effect, it is a series of elements, such as charts, tables, and images that provide insights into your data.
Dashboard provide a high-level overview of the business, and make it easy to identify trends and obtain insights from raw data. As a result, they lead to improved decision-making and better results.
Creating Dashboards in Power BI (01:35)
There are many advantages to using Power BI to create dashboards. If you have experience of creating dashboards in Excel, you will find Power BI has the following advantages:
Power BI is a dedicated visualization tool, so you can create detailed, insightful dashboards quickly, even if you don’t currently have advanced data analysis skills
Power BI connects to data from a wide variety of sources
Power BI can handle much larger data sets than Excel
If you have experience of a purpose-built dashboard tool like Tableau, then you will find Power BI has the following advantages:
Power BI is a Microsoft product. If your company runs largely on Microsoft products, Power BI will fit in well
Power BI is considerably cheaper than many competitor products
Power BI receives frequent feature updates