It’s happened: Microsoft released Power BI Preview globally this last March, allowing users to get a real taste of things to come with this productivity tool. Still, confusion may reign for at least a nanosecond as we try to keep Microsoft’s BI offerings straight.

Trying to catch up with Power BI Preview?

First off, let’s assume your company is deep in the weeds in learning about the drill down on company data that Power BI for Office 365 can provide, especially through Dynamics CRM.

Of course, this suite is available as a cloud service (SaaS) that links with Excel 2013. The nifty thing about this suite is the capability for all authenticated users to get a deeper understanding concerning the inner-workings of their department and company.

Using Power BI for Office 365 enhances overall collaboration throughout the company. It’s cloud access means users can:

—Share Excel workbooks that include their own data and insights.

—Team members can use Power Query (Excel) to build and manage their data queries for generating reports

—Ask a question, and answers appear in ‘natural language’ with interactive visualizations.

Microsoft’s ‘Power BI Preview’…

Microsoft made it easier for the non-technical user to get up and going without the need for assistance from their IT staff. Furthermore, businesses can not only connect more quickly without such support, but they can access other services as well: Dynamics CRM, SendGrid, Zendesk, GitHub and Marketo, to name a few options available in the Microsoft Power BI Public Preview.

Updated reports happen continuously and automatically on customized Dashboards. Consequently, not only will users benefit with outstanding visuals, but they’ll receive real-time KPIs from sources on-premise as well as cloud-based links.

Discover the many levels of productivity achievable through Microsoft Dynamics. Contact us today.