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Microsoft Power BI , first released in 2011 has gone from strength to strength with a huge community following. It is no longer a standalone desktop tool for the creation of just data visualisations, it now forms part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of software becoming a business users preferred tool to consume, model, visualise, publish and share data products. Depending on your definition of a 'data product'.

With an entire marketplace of custom plugins and third-party software to support the creation and management of complex data models, Power BI has become an end-to-end business intelligence platform.

A key differentiator for Power BI for companies already heavily involved with a Microsoft stack is the price, the desktop product can be used for free without a licence. Although be warned that can soon change if requiring professional, premium or even full Microsoft Fabric licences to use the platform on an enterprise scale.

See MS Learn for more information on this Resource here.


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