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Microsoft’s Power BI For Office 365 Comes Out Of Preview, Simplifies Data Analysis And Visualizations

by Dashboard Insight, Dashboard InsightTuesday, February 11, 2014

Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch, delves into Microsoft Power BI for Office 365, after it has come out of preview. Despite IT remaining in control of what data is accessible it appears on of Power BI for Office 365's biggest strengths is the "self-service" it provides users:

After more than half a year in limited preview, Microsoft today launched Power BI for Office 365, its Business Intelligence for Office 365 Enterprise subscribers. In combination with Excel, Power BI allows users to model and analyze their data and query large datasets with complex natural-language queries. The tool also allows users to easily visualize their data in Excel with the help of Power View and Power Map.

As Eron Kelly, Microsoft’s general manager for SQL Server product marketing, told me, most business users feel so comfortable using Excel, that the company decided not to build a new dashboard for Power BI. “We want to make use of the ubiquity of Excel,” he said, and Power BI will allow far more users access to critical business intelligence tools than ever before.

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