Understanding the complexities of Power BI might occasionally seem like threading through a labyrinth, considering its rich architecture, diverse components, and plethora of features. I’m delighted to present this unique Power BI diagram, which condenses all these facets into a simple, visual representation.
Below is a concise definition for each of these components:
|Power BI Desktop
A free application installed on your local computer that lets you connect to, transform, and visualize your data.
|Power BI Service
A cloud-based service (also referred to as Power BI online) where you can share and collaborate on reports and dashboards.
|Power BI Mobile
A mobile application available on iOS, Android, and Windows that lets you access your Power BI reports and dashboards on the go.
|Power BI Gateway
Software that allows you to connect to your on-premises data sources from Power BI, PowerApps, Flow, and Azure Logic Apps.
|Power BI Embedded
A set of APIs and controls that allow developers to embed Power BI visuals into their applications.
|Power BI Premium
An enhanced version of Power BI that offers additional features, dedicated cloud resources, and advanced administration.
|Power BI Pro
A subscription service that offers more features than the free version, like more storage and priority support.
A collaborative space within Power BI where teams can work together on dashboards, reports, and other content, as well as manage workspace settings.
A Power BI content package including dashboards, reports, datasets, and dataflows, shared with others in the Power BI service.
A single canvas that displays multiple visualizations, offering a consolidated view usually across numerous datasets.
A multi-perspective view into a dataset, created with a Power BI Desktop and published to the Power BI service.
Detailed, printable reports with a fixed-layout format, optimized for printing or PDF generation.
|Power BI Dataset
A collection of related data that you bring into Power BI to create reports and dashboards.
A data connection technology that enables you to discover, connect, combine, and refine data across a wide variety of sources.
A cloud-based data collection and transformation process that refreshes data into a common data model for further analysis.
A data connection mode in Power BI where data is imported into Power BI’s memory, allowing for enhanced performance at the cost of real-time data refresh.
|Direct Query Mode
A data connection mode in Power BI where queries are sent directly to the source data, allowing for real-time data analysis.
|DAX (Data Analysis Expressions)
A collection of functions, operators, and constants that you can use in a formula, or expression, to calculate and return one or more values.
The language used in Power Query to define custom functions and data transformations.
Labels that can be applied to data to classify and protect sensitive data based on an organization’s policies.
|Power BI Datamarts
A self-service analytics solution enabling users to store, explore, and manage data in a fully managed Azure SQL database.
|Understanding the various components and features of Power BI is crucial for effectively leveraging its capabilities to drive data-driven decisions.