Power BI - Getting Started Guides

Power BI is a collection of online services and features that enables you to find and visualize data, share discoveries, and collaborate in intuitive new ways.

Getting Started with Power BI

Power BI is centered on powerbi.com, an online service where you can quickly create dashboards, share reports, and directly connect to (and incorporate) all the data that’s important to you. Power BI also introduces the Power BI Desktop, a dedicated report authoring tool that enables you to transform data, create powerful reports and visualizations, and easily publish to the Power BI service. Power BI extends to all your mobile devices, too.

The guides linked to from this article are designed to introduce you to the collection of self-service business intelligence (BI) features of Power BI, as well as to Power BI Desktop. There's all sorts of helpful content available on support.powerbi.com, including the guides linked to below, tutorials, videos, samples, and lots of great image-rich articles to help you quickly get productive with Power BI.

The Power BI service

The Power BI service is an online Software as a Service (SaaS) offering from Microsoft Power BI displays dashboards that are interactive, and can be created and updated from many different data sources. Four concepts are primary to the Power BI service are:

In Power BI, you create dashboards that keep you informed about what’s most important about your business. Dashboards are collections of tiles that represent important information about your business. Tiles are based on reports. And reports are generated from datasets that are created in Power BI, or they are created in Power BI Desktop and published the Power BI.

In the following image, each of the the boxes in the left screen is a tile. When you select a tile, Power BI takes you to the underlying report from which the tile is based, which is shown in the left screen in the image below.

Power BI - dashboard to report

Ready to take a tour through the Power BI service? Great - the following guide introduces you to the Power BI service, and has lots of links to additional content so you can get up and running in no time.

Power BI Desktop

With Power BI Desktop, you get a powerful and dedicated report authoring tool that enables you to connect to and combine data from lots of different sources. The image below shows a report created with Power BI Desktop, which has multiple pages (note the tabs along the bottom) and many rich visualizations.

Power BI Desktop

Ready to take a tour? Great - the following link takes you to the Power BI Desktop Getting Started Guide:

There's a lot more content, including tutorials and videos, available for Power BI Desktop. Take a look at this page to see the collection of guidance available for Power BI Desktop.

Applies To: Excel 2013, Power BI

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