Power BI Consultants
What is Business Intelligence?
Business intelligence (BI) is about understanding your business through the analysis of data. It doesn’t matter if you are a multinational company with a fully implemented Data Warehouse or a small company simply using excel as a data source – you can still build a data platform that enables you to ask questions and make informed decisions based on data.
BI data sources allow you to build static reports for operational usage, dashboards for management consumption and ad-hoc reporting for insightful analyst questions. There isn’t an area of your business that cannot benefit from becoming data rich.
What is Power BI?
Microsoft Power BI is a tool that we at Dolphin recommend to unlock the potential of your data. Cost effective and fully integrated with Microsoft 365, it enables you to visualise and explore your data with simple button click functionality, seeing the patterns that were once embedded in a spreadsheet.
Power BI contains hundreds of connectors built into the product, so if you have a SQL Server database you can connect up in real time and interrogate that data. If you’re using Azure data, or if perhaps Excel is your preferred data source, you can easily to connect to them and build a month report to analyse your costs. However you connect to your data, Power BI offers a solution.
Our Power BI Consulting Services can help you understand the benefits Power BI can bring to your business. Our experts can work with you to either build the reports you need, or give you the tools to build your own reports.
Power BI Features
The Power BI platform offers robust, self-service, business intelligence features. Thanks to the way it manages data our Power BI consultants can easily filter, sort, and visualise the information in the format of different dashboards & reports. These tools help you make more informed decisions and can be uniquely configured to support your business needs. In addition, Power BI can reduce business costs and security risks by covering all of your data analytics needs under a single platform instead of relying upon multiple solutions.
On its own, Microsoft Excel is a powerful, flexible tool, for data analysis, but when combined with a business intelligence platform such as Power BI, a user has access to even greater analytics and visualisations. In order for this to be possible, Power BI has Excel connectors that allow interactive analytics to run through existing Excel workbooks. Furthermore, to make this even easier for users, Power BI data models can also be inserted into Excel, so that PivotTables and charts can be easily created.
Simplify Data Sharing
Power BI's data sharing features allow users to reduce the time spent on giving access to different reports & dashboards to other users, both inside and outside of an organisation. When a dashboard or report is shared, all the data is available in read-only mode, allowing the user to interact with the report but not edit it. In addition, the report can't be re-shared unless otherwise specified.
Integrate with the Microsoft Power Platform
Turn data into insights, and insights into actions, using the Microsoft Power Platform. Power BI can be combined with Power Apps, a graphical software, for writing bespoke, low-code business applications, and Power Automate, for creating automated workflows. As an example, Power Apps gives you the ability to write a simple app which can collect, store, and return information; Power Automate can apply the business logic to that application and its data; and Power BI can then visualise that data.
Power BI has a mobile application for iOS and Android. This allows users to interact with reports & dashboards wherever they are stored – on-premises or in the cloud. All you need to do is create your reports in Power BI Desktop, then use the Power BI mobile app to view and engage with all the resources.
In addition to a tight Excel interaction and out-of-the-box connectors to a variety of data sources, Power BI offers users built-in AI, removing the need for employing data scientists. Instead, through the Power Query Editor, a user can access pre-trained machine learning models which enhance visualisation, interpretation, and analysis of data.
Our Power BI Portfolio
Our Business Intelligence Services
SQL Server and Data Warehousing
With many years of experience in business intelligence solutions, and designing and building enterprise level data warehouses, we can deliver not only a BI solution, but also company-wide data warehouses to serve the whole business, with master data for reporting, auditing and business intelligence.
Power BI development
With Microsoft Power BI's extremely versatile & flexible business intelligence development platform, we can provide you with security trimmed dashboards and reports that you can drill-down, helping you to guide project deliveries, manage staff and resources, and drive sales targets, as well as develop any level of business intelligence reporting needed in the business. To have a better understanding of how our Power BI consulting services can benefit your company, check out our portfolio above showcasing previously successful Power BI projects we have delivered for our clients.
Data Migrations & platform upgrades
There often comes a time when it's necessary to migrate to a newer version of your database, or migrate your data to the cloud. With years of experience in data migration, we are here to help! Whether it's a system upgrade, or a complete re-build of your data model, we can guide you through the project from scoping to go-live.
SQL Server Business Intelligence
We have a great deal of experience in using SQL Server's suite of Business Intelligence tools, including SSIS (Integration Services), SSRS (Reporting Services), and SSAS (Analysis Services). There is a huge range of powerful tools and features within your SQL environment to drive data consistency, accurate real time reporting, and multi-dimensional data analysis. Give us a call to discuss your options.
Cloud hosted data solutions
More businesses are moving their hosting to the cloud. There are many advantages and reasons for doing so, including cost reduction, data sharing, scalability, as well as security, failover and redundancy. Dolphin IT Solutions is a Microsoft Azure Partner, and as such we can help you scope out your cloud migration and hosting options, and, in many cases, get you a better deal on your cloud hosting.
Security, backups and disaster recovery
When you have a business intelligence and data hosting solution in place, the final step is to make sure it's secure and recoverable (in case of an unforeseen data loss), and has failover built in where needed, so the business can keep running in the case of an IT failure. There are many options here, but this is a vital step to ensuring your solution is robust.