But Power BI really takes this to a whole new level. Imagine your IT department has created the ideal analytics starting point: a data warehouse with all the quality data you need.
Now, instead of having IT create predefined reports and reporting models (cubes, universes, etc.) for you, Power BI simply allows you to create your own reporting models and lets you name them whatever you want. Need a new field? Just add it to the model you created yourself.
The next step is to create your own reports and share them when needed. With Power BI, creating a report is as simple as performing some drag-and-drop operations. You actually change the visualization in just one click.
Maybe you don’t want create your own reports: you just want to query your data right now! Want to know which customers generated between 100.000 and 500.000 euro of revenue last year? Simply type into the Power BI Q&A system “show customer name as table, where total gross sales amount in 2015 between 100000 and 500000”, and… voilà. A results list is instantly generated. Agile BI at its best!
Finally, you may want to better understand what you’re looking at. After all, 100 is just a figure. Really understanding why this is 100 and not 10, requires you to dig into the details behind this figure. With just one click on the See Records button, you can now see all the ins and outs of each figure.