What/Why is PowerBI and History of PowerBI?

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a Data Visualization , and Business Intelligence tool which helps to convert data from different data sources into interactive dashboards and BI reports. It provides interactive visualizations with self-service business intelligence capabilities where end users can create reports and dashboards by themselves, without having to depend on information technology staff or database administrators.

Power BI provides multiple connectors, software, and services. These services based on the SaaS and mobile Power BI apps which are available for different platforms. These set of services are used by business users to consume data and to build BI reports.

Power BI desktop app is used to create reports, while Power BI Service (Software as a Service - SaaS) is used to publish those reports. And Power BI mobile app is used to view the reports and dashboards.

Different Power BI version like Desktop, Service-based (SaaS), and mobile Power BI apps are used in different platforms.

Why Power BI

Here are some significant reasons to use the Power BI tool:

  • It allows real-time dashboard updates.
  • It provides secure and reliable connections to the data sources in the cloud.
  • It allows data exploration using a natural language query.
  • Power BI provides a hybrid configuration, quick deployment, and secure environment.
  • It provides features for dashboard visualization regularly updated with the community.
  • It provides pre-built dashboards and reports for SaaS solutions.

Power BI History

  • Power BI was thought by Ruler and Dhers Netz of the SQL server coverage services team at Microsoft.
  • Power BI was designed by the West Chadic George in 2010 and named as a Project Crescent . In 2011, it was tied up with SQL server codenamed Mount McKinley .
  • In September 2014, Microsoft revealed the first preview to Power BI.
  • The first version of Power BI is released on 24 July 2015. It was based on Excel-based Add-ins such as Pivot, view, Power Query, and Map.