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All About Power BI Adoption: 3 Takeaways from the Microsoft Data Insights Summit

Ross Fulton, |

The data-driven cultural revolution sweeping enterprises today was on full display at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit held earlier this month in Seattle. Pointing to the explosive growth of Power BI adoption in the past year, the event had a huge increase in attendance this year.

The incredible rate of roll outs of Power BI by organizations across the globe was a key theme in Microsoft Corporate Vice President James Phillips’ keynote on day one. James used Microsoft itself as one leading example of an organization that has embraced a data culture and adopted Power BI as part of its daily toolkit.

 So, what is it about Power BI that enables such broad and deep adoption? Here are three key takeaways from the Summit that offer some clues:

1. Power BI is enterprise-ready

The headline announcement of Power BI Premium general availability at the Summit is the latest advancement in the ‘enterprisification’ of Power BI. Capabilities including enterprise distribution of reports without individual licensing requirements, on-premise deployment via Power BI Report Server, and dedication of Power BI Service capacity to the customer all enable another big step forward in Power BI adoption as an enterprise standard.

2. Power BI is the foundation for intelligence insight

The Summit’s inclusion of numerous sessions on integrating the wider Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite emphasizes Power BI as the foundation to value-realization for organizations looking to adopt Azure Machine Learning (ML), Azure Analysis Services and Azure SQL. At Eclipse, we’ve enabled such value realization with Kotahi, a global shipping company, that adopted Power BI, Azure ML, Azure SQL – all combined via our Exceed Analytics solution.

3. Value-realization with Power BI is faster than ever

Templating and automation were front and center at the Summit and are key to accelerating time-to-value. Power BI solution templates, enhanced integration with Microsoft Power Apps, and new data refresh APIs were just some of the new capabilities that further reduce the complexity of Power BI adoption. Microsoft is investing heavily in both Power BI and the overall Azure-driven Cortana Intelligence Suite and capability enhancements in templating and automation for Power BI will continue to roll out new functionality.

 

Ultimately, adoption of Power BI is driven by its enhanced functionality and ability to turn data into actionable insight along with its deep integration with Microsoft tools users are already leveraging.

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