When it comes to business intelligence and data visualisation, Power BI is recognised as a market leader. Let´s talk about 5 Power BI Features to Help You Interrogate your Project Portfolio Data.
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What is Power BI?
For those not yet familiar with Power BI, it is described as a business analytics tool. Connecting users to a broad range of data through easy-to-use dashboards, interactive reports, and compelling visualisations that bring data to life.
When tied together with the rich data sources generated through Project Online, Power BI provides valuable, real-time Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) data visualisation, enabling project and programme executives to gain actionable insights for data-driven decision making.
Power BI is also available as a cloud-based service, providing access to PPM information anywhere and anytime. Depending on your job role, you may be someone who designs reports, or you may also be someone who consumes or uses reports.
This article looks at how some of the features available to report consumers can be used to help to interrogate Project Portfolio Data.
Natural Language Q & A
Often described as the ad hoc reporting tool, the Q&A Feature in Power BI lets you use natural language to ask questions and receive data visualisations in response.
You’ll find Q&A on dashboards in the Power BI service…The dashboard will contain tiles pinned from one or more reports, so you can ask questions about any of the data contained in any of the underlying datasets.
When you select the Q&A question box, you will find that a number of questions are listed to get you started, alternatively, you can ask your own.
Q&A Feature in Microsoft Power BI
You can specify the way the data is presented by asking something like “number of risks by category as a pie chart”, or you can let Power BI pick a layout that suits the data by asking something more general such as, “benefits by Project name”.
As you type, Power BI will also make suggestions to help you shape your question.
If you like the result, depending on your permissions, you can then choose to pin that visualization to a dashboard. Either to an existing dashboard or a new one.
Pin your data visualisations to the dashboard in Microsoft Power BI