PowerBI is a powerful tool for data analytics. This Business Intelligence tool is developed by Microsoft. This application was originally conceived by Thierry D’Hers and Amir Netz of the SQL Server Reporting Services Team at Microsoft. It was originally designed by Ron George in the summer of 2010 and named Project Crescent. Project Crescent was initially available for public download on July 11, 2011, bundled with SQL Server Codename Denali. Later renamed to Power BI it was then unveiled by Microsoft in September 2013 as Power BI for Office 365. The first release of Power BI was based on the Microsoft Excel based add-ins: Power Query, Power Pivot and Power View. With time, Microsoft also added many additional features like Question and Answers, enterprise-level data connectivity, and security options via Power BI Gateways. Power BI was first released to the public on July 24, 2015.
Gartner, In February 2019, confirmed Microsoft as Leader in the “2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platform” as a result of the capabilities of the Power BI platform. This represented the 12th consecutive year of recognition of Microsoft as a Leading vendor in this Magic Quadrant category.
In this article, I am attaching a presentation that I created some time back and uploaded on Slideshare for the benefit of other community members. Although PowerBI can be used to connect to any kind of data store and generate any kind of dashboard and reports, yet in this presentation, I am limiting myself to “Project Online”