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AssociateConsultant,Lulu Chen, shares how to unleash your data’s potential through PowerBI.

In today’s digital age, data is everywhere, and businesses must make sense of it to make informed decisions. PowerBI is a robust business intelligence (BI) tool that helps businesses of all sizes to analyse, visualise, and share data insights.

PowerBI is a cloud-based data visualisation and BI tool from Microsoft which allows users to connect to various data sources, including Excel spreadsheets, SQL Server databases, and cloud-based data platforms such as Azure and Google Analytics. It can process and transform data, create interactive reports, and share insights with others.

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5 reasons to use PowerBI.

    1. Easy to Use: PowerBI has a user-friendly interface that allows users to create powerful data visualisations with minimal coding experience. For instance, the drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to add data sources, create custom visuals, and create interactive reports.

      2. Quick Insights: With the Quick Insights feature, users can quickly analyse data and identify patterns, trends, and correlations. Quick Insights also uses machine learning algorithms to analyse data and identify hidden patterns in data sets.

      3. Real-time Dashboards: PowerBI offers real-time data visualisation, which allows users to see data changes as they happen. These are also useful for monitoring business metrics and making quick decisions.

      4. Data Security: PowerBI uses Microsoft’s robust security infrastructure to protect data. It also allows users to control data access and sharing through role-based permissions and secure sharing options.

      5. Integration: PowerBI seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft products, including Excel, SharePoint, and Teams, therefore making it easy to share data insights across the organisation and collaborate on data analysis projects.

      Who should use PowerBI?

        1. Sales and Marketing: PowerBI can help sales and marketing teams to analyse customer behavior, track sales performance, and identify new market opportunities.

        2. Finance and Accounting: PowerBI can help finance and accounting teams to monitor financial performance, track budgets, and forecast revenue.

        3. Human Resources: PowerBI can help HR teams to analyse employee performance, track recruiting metrics, and identify areas for employee development.

        4. Operations: PowerBI can also help operations teams to monitor production metrics, track inventory, and optimise supply chain operations.

        5. Service and Support: For service providers, tracking multiple types of services and employee performance can be challenging, particularly with different systems for booking appointments, checking employee availability, and conducting customer surveys. PowerBI’s various data connectors allow you to consolidate multiple data resources into a single report, enabling you to analyse performance based on relevant data sources. This can also help you better track employee performance and service outcomes.

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        6. Human Resource (HR) analysis: As many organisations have shifted from on-site to work-from-home, opportunities for HR departments and management teams to engage with employees have been reduced. However, with the web version and mobile version of PowerBI, HR departments and management teams have the flexibility and accessibility to track employee productivity metrics and stay up-to-date on important data such as the number of completed projects and time spent on each task. As a result, this enables them to adjust employee workload and make informed decisions that support business goals.

        7. Financial reports: Traditionally, report developers would create a spreadsheet to organise data and a slideshow to present findings. However, for financial reports that are produced on a regular basis, relying on traditional reporting methods can result in wasted time. With PowerBI, report developers can save time on repetitive tasks such as data collection, data cleaning, and presentation preparation.

        In conclusion, PowerBI is an essential business intelligence tool that enables businesses to make informed decisions based on data insights. Its easy-to-use interface, real-time dashboards, and data security features make it a popular choice for businesses of all sizes. As a result, its ability to connect to various data sources, create interactive reports, and share insights with others, it is a must-have tool for businesses looking to stay ahead in today’s data-driven world.

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