Power BI is an excellent tool for anyone, but it is definitely the best choice for users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Business Central, here is why.
Familiar interface and features
Because power BI was built by Microsoft, it has many of the underlying features that microsoft users already know and understand. it is familiar because of its user interface, so it has the same look and feel as all the other microsoft productivity tools you use.
Easy-to-use language for building visualizations
The primary competitors for power bi are Tableau and Qlikview. they are relatively easy to use, but they require users to learn their proprietary languages. in order to build a visualization in tableau for instance, you need to be able to understand that proprietary language. but, if you can write an excel function, you can use power bi. in addition, connectors are included for big data, sap, oracle, and most of the database providers.
Easy to deploy
With Dynamics NAV or dynamics 365 Business Central, there is minimal “implementation”, you can be up and running in a day. other products, however, require some amount of implementation; you or someone on your behalf would need to build the dataset. with power BI, anyone can get you up and running.
Cost-effective without compromising on features and usability
the power BI app is part of Microsoft Office 365, which means any user of office 365 can add the app to their subscription. There are three levels of licensing for power bi: free, pro, and premium. the free version is an individual license, it can only be used by the individual user. it’s a great way to try out power bi, but to get the benefits of a true bi tool, you need access to data across the organization, and the appropriate people need to be able to share that data. That is why Microsoft offers the pro and premium options, depending on your needs. Regardless, all options are very reasonably priced.
Often, we get this question from our customers: if power BI can be free or very low cost, is it really as good as the competition? it is understandable to be wary of a lower-priced option. In the case of power BI, however, you are not compromising. Microsoft is simply in the position where they can sell power BI at a price point that makes it accessible to anyone. Make no mistake: power BI is better than its more expensive competition. power BI can do all the same things the others can and more, and microsoft is willing to put their money where their mouth is so you can try it, risk-free.
Taps into the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning
power BI has visualizations that utilize both artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ml)—specific visualizations that can pinpoint causes for certain scenarios within the data. these show the power of Microsoft’s AI/ML capabilities in a snapshot. Since power bi is built on the azure platform, you can use the dataflows to pull information from data sources and map the data to the common data service. The dataflows are stored in the azure data lake gen2 storage containers and as such can be used with azure machine learning. With relative ease, any company can quickly start using Microsoft’s ML tools and begin taking advantage of AI.
Offers visualizations, not just reporting
Power BI is not a replacement for your reporting system; it is a supplement that you will find very valuable. approximately 65% of the world’s population are visual learners, meaning that they process information better looking at it graphically that is why using power bi to visualize your data is so powerful. For example, showing people where your company has been and where it is going—based off your data—is much more impactful than a report.
Power BI is about making information very readily available to your executive team so they can make decisions faster, be more agile, make changes, and see how the business is actually running versus waiting two or three days for your accountant produce a spreadsheet. power bi gives you information in as nearly real time as it gets because data is refreshed periodically.
Easy and inexpensive to build a proof of concept
If you are on the fence about whether you need a bi tool or you are in a position of needing to sell the idea to your executive team, it would be wise to build a proof of concept. the problem with other bi tools is that they require you to go to the manufacturer or one of their vendors to have them build a proof of concept for you. if you want to use your own data, it will likely cost you because you are going to have to get a consultant involved from that company. In addition, you will only get a partial dataset. in other words, getting a proof of concept can get expensive and involved.
with power BI, on the other hand, a proof of concept typically takes only one to two weeks, and the cost is essentially free other than the time it takes you to build the proof of concept because power bi for an individual can be downloaded for free. the built-in apps in business central connect to your database, and you only need to spend a minimum amount of time to transform it, build some reports, and create a dashboard to make your case.