Overview of Power BI 2020 release wave 1


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Microsoft business intelligence simplifies how organizations derive insights from transactional and observational data. It helps organizations create a data culture where employees can make decisions based on facts, not opinions. We’re investing in four key areas that drive a data culture: intuitive experiences, a unified BI platform, big data analytics, and pervasive artificial intelligence (AI).

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Self-service analytics for everyone

To build a data culture, everyone in your organization needs to be empowered to work with data. At its core, BI is a collaborative process. We’re investing in simple, intuitive experiences that are deeply integrated with Microsoft 365. Get monthly updates that’ll include navigation, streamlined viewing, and user collaboration—focusing on simpler ways to explore, find, and share insights. To enable everyone in the organization to get insights wherever they are and in context, we developed the world leading mobile BI app and enabled embedding BI in your applications, websites, and portals. Also, take advantage of rich authoring capabilities, from evolved formatting controls to performance-tuning tools.

Unified platform for enterprise BI

Enable your organization to create a global, governed, scalable, secure, and unified BI platform that meets the needs of both self-service and centralized BI. Move to one modern, compliant platform as the single destination for business analytics with key enterprise-facing updates on enterprise-grade semantic models and reporting at worldwide scale.

Big data analytics with Azure data services

As your data volumes and complexity continue to grow exponentially, invest in an analytics solution that’s easy to use, fast, and secure, so you can extract critical insights from your data and take timely actions to maintain a competitive advantage. Our investment in petabyte-scale analytics makes Power BI and Azure an unmatched combination.

Pervasive artificial intelligence for BI

Help your employees explore your data, automatically find patterns, understand what your data means, and predict future outcomes to drive business results. The new AI capabilities, pioneered in Azure and now available in Power BI, require no code, enabling all Power BI users to discover hidden actionable insights in your data and drive better business outcomes.

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