What is Power BI? BI stands for Business Intelligence. Wikipedia says: “Power BI is a business analytics service provided by Microsoft. It provides interactive visualizations with self-service business intelligence capabilities, where end users can create reports and dashboards by themselves, without having to depend on information technology staff or database administrators.”
Wikipedia goes on to say: “Power BI provides cloud-based BI services, known as “Power BI Services”, along with a desktop based interface, called “Power BI desktop”. It offers data warehouse capabilities including data preparation, data discovery and interactive dashboards. In March 2016, Microsoft released an additional service called Power BI Embedded on its Azure cloud platform. One main differentiator of the product is the ability to load custom visualizations.” Power BI was first released to the general public on July 24, 2015.
At Microsoft’s website for Power BI they say this on the front page: “Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools that deliver insights throughout your organization. Connect to hundreds of data sources, simplify data prep, and drive ad-hoc analysis. Produce beautiful reports, then publish them for your organization to consume on the web and across mobile devices. Everyone can create personalized dashboards with a unique, 360-degree view of their business. And scale across the enterprise, with governance and security built-in.”
There is a short video on YouTube (only a few minutes) that introduces you to Power BI Desktop.
Here is another YouTube video showing live data streaming called Power BI and Azure Stream Analytics demo by Amir Netz. There is an audience and they have decibel sensors that send data up to the cloud (Azure) and Power BI tools display the results in real time. Which side of the room is louder?