By  Mohona Dutta | Reading time 5 mins

Building a data-driven culture with Microsoft Power BI

When Power BI first came into existence in 2014, the excitement was intense. Finally, there was a BI tool that could be used to gain insights into unstructured and structured data. But soon the excitement dwindled and it gave rise to worry. Users started mulling over the various bugs, complicated interface, complex dashboards.


In 2020, the story is entirely different. The bugs, complexities have given way to ease of use, remarkable visualizations, advanced filtering and formatting capabilities, and so on. It can be argued that Power BI isn’t the only BI tool in the market that has lived up to the expectations of users. According to Gartner’s annual Magic Quadrant for ‘Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms’ (https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/analytics-business-intelligence-platforms) released in February, Power BI is on the highest rung.


Early this year, Microsoft in its Business Application Summit 2020 had spoken about its plans regarding Power BI. With over 1 million users worldwide, Power BI has kindled the imagination of several data aficionados and is engaged in developing and evolving its features with innumerable suggestions and ideas.


Microsoft plans to innovate in three primary quadrants to help its clients drive a data culture. Their vision for Power BI is to empower their customers helping them make insightful and well thought out business decisions.

Data driven culture with Microsoft Power BI - AhaApps

Incredible data experiences:

For creating a data culture, Microsoft believes that everyone needs to have familiar experiences together with AI-infused insights. Power BI gets updated every month with either revamped or new features that include improved reporting capabilities making it easier than ever to administer compelling content as well as a continuous emphasis on enabling AI insights that are instantly impactful.


The aim is to enable every single individual in the organization to obtain insights wherever they are with the world-leading mobile Power BI app and enabled embedding BI in the applications, websites, and portals. This continuous access to Power BI helps individuals with the impetus to drive and grow the data culture within organizations.

Scalable BI:

Power BI can adapt itself to meet the most demanding requirements of organizations of any scale, and this is the reason why more users are choosing to standardize on it. Power BI enables your organization to create a global, scalable, secure, and integrated BI platform that caters to the needs of both self-service and centralized tools. With it, you can benefit from an updated, compliant platform as the sole destination for insightful analytics with primary enterprise-facing updates on industry-based models, data management on a larger scale.

Convenient features:

Power BI has been thus created in a way that it has the capability of infusing itself into the ecosystem of the organization easily. The Power BI team at Microsoft is committed to a fully open platform with its Common Data Model support, the industry-standard XMLA protocol support, and it’s completely open visualization stack. The thinkers at Power BI have also invested in the Data Protection feature so that even when information is exported out of Power BI, it adheres to all the regulations around the world.


Power BI has been created to work with data wherever it originates from or resides – in the cloud or on-premises through 150+ connectors that move out and new connectors that are added every month.


With the dynamic market trends, Power BI has been designed to be more convenient for customers who need to adapt quickly to changing business needs and can quickly move from insight-to-action-to-automation. And when it comes to collaboration in organizations, Power BI makes it easier as it integrates deeply with Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

To sum up:

Considering the unfortunate series of events that have shaken the entire world, utilizing Power BI is one of the best decisions that an organization can make in 2020. Satya Nadella in 2014, had spoken about the importance of data culture for any organization. And in less than 5 years, Power BI has helped over 150,000 organizations to achieve that, empowering their employees, their stakeholders, and even their clients to make data-driven insightful decisions.


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Author’s bio:

Mohona is a Content Writer for the Marketing team in AhaApps since 2019. When she is not busy attending to her creative, technical side, she likes to binge on sitcoms on Netflix. She loves writing poems and reading short stories when she wants to break away from the humdrum of life.