Top 5 Myths Explained
Myth 1: Power BI Free Service is all I need to get started
The Power BI Service with Power BI Free is limited to what a user can do. Power BI paid version contains hundreds of templates content data packs with preset reports or the customized advanced features within the paid version.
- Viewing reports and dashboards are available and live within the Power BI Service.
- Business users in the free service can only schedule data refresh, dashboards, and data alerts and are typically installed on an individual user machine and best suited for only personal use only.
- The Power BI Service can be used with a Power BI Free license, the downfall doesn’t allow the user access to features like Analyze In Excel, Power BI Service live connections, and email subscriptions are not available with a Power BI Free license.
- Visualizations, download reports, create dashboards, persistent report filters, data alerts, publish datasets and publish to web and export to PowerPoint can be done in the Power BI Free Service and In My Workspace.
Power BI Free Service cannot create easy to understand reports using Timeline Storyteller by combining data pulled from various data sources such as Mailchimp software, Google Analytics, Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce, SAP software, Excel spreadsheets, and Adobe Marketing with customize dashboards that make sense for your team with your industry is only available in the license paid version.
Power BI Free cannot do any queries, dataset, templates or customized visualizations with the Power BI Free license and is recommended for personal use only. The free version doesn’t allow for sharing or collaboration in a Personal BI scenario.
Power BI Desktop for personal use is a free singe use tool that allows users to data cleanse, clean old data, preparation, custom visuals and can publish to Power BI Service. The Power BI Pro plan costs $9.99/per user/per month. Users have 60 days before deciding if they want to purchase the subscription.
Advanced features are available in the licensed version: Build timelines, grids, a sequence of events snapshots and chronological lists are easy to build. Spirals and charts for number crunching-tells an impelling story and using What-ifs parameters for situational scenarios by setting the data type and using a slider bar within the tool for calculated measures of revenue.
Myth 2: The Power BI has all the tools I need and add-in tools are not necessary
This myth is completely false and Power BI would benefit from independent advanced software add-in products that allow troubleshooting DAX queries, improves the readability of DAX, and improves how the natural language Q&A functionality, aids in removing unused data elements, and one tool has an auto-documentation generator.
These community tools are a lifesaver and will help advance the usability of the software by aiding in cutting down process time and brings simplicity to the software. These add-in tools are not supported by Microsoft, some are free, while others are paid products. It’s worth looking into and adding at least a few of these products within Power BI.