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  • Blog Post: UK Hospital Sees Cloud-Based BI Service as a Tool to Boost Clinical Outcomes and Efficiency

    Professor Philip Dean is Head of the Department of Pharmacy and Quality Control Laboratory Services at the North Tees and Hartlepool National Health Services Trust in the United Kingdom, which provides hospital-based and community-based healthcare services and screenings to a population of about 400...
  • Blog Post: Meet our Demo Contest Grand Prize Winner: Michael Carper

    It's time to play the music! It's time to light the lights! It's time to announce the grand prize winner of the Power BI Demo contest tonight! (ok, technically today) Congratulations to Michael Carper and his Power BI demo of live tweeting during NBA games . Michael is the grand prize winner of the...
  • Blog Post: Using Power BI to visualize your music collection

    Jeroen Ter Heerdt, Technology Advisor Business Intelligence at Microsoft and part time Power BI Rockstar decided a couple of months ago to use Power BI and visualize his music collection using Power BI and this was the result. Tapping into the data behind his MP3 collection ID3 tags, he exported a...
  • Blog Post: An introduction to the Power BI Admin Center

    As part of Power BI for Office 365 we provide the Power BI Admin Center for IT professionals. Login to Power BI as a Power BI IT Admin to get started today. As we continue to improve these capabilities we invite you to email us at PowerBIAdminCenter@microsoft.com with your feedback. Key Scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Cloud-deployed pilot opens the door for effective self-service healthcare management reporting at Medassets

    MedAssets is a consultancy that partners with hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers to help them achieve financial savings, particularly in areas of supply cost and service delivery. The company accomplishes these savings by gathering product lists and pricing information from vendors, analyzing...
  • Blog Post: Health Authority Reduces Time to Analyze Surgery Trends from 2 Weeks to Less Than a Day

    Helse Vest is a Norwegian regional health authority that operates 50 healthcare facilities and serving more than one million people. Recently as part of a government-driven national safety program, Helse Vest hospitals and those in other regions were asked to collect, visualize and share medical data...
  • Blog Post: Meet Our Demo Contest Finalists: Carlos Costa

    Today we’re launching a series called “Meet our Finalists” so you can get a closer look into what motivates these Power BI rock stars to keep pushing self-service analytics to the limit. Our first finalist is Carlos Costa, creator of this amazing Power BI demo: Integrating Power...
  • Blog Post: Give a High Five to the Top Five in the Power BI Demo Contest

    Talk about an embarrassment of riches. Our panel of judges had a blast watching nearly 6 hours of fantastic Power BI demos videos with some tough calls as criteria was reviewed, boxes were checked, and content was considered to narrow down the 15 semi-finalist videos to just five finalists. Now...
  • Blog Post: Let Power BI tell you a Valentine’s Day Story

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! As our Valentine’s Day gift to you, we offer this bouquet of Power BI visualizations, filled with the most carefully selected data and freshest insights related to this most romantic of holidays. These dashboards are fully interactive so play around them...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the General Availability of Power BI for Office 365

    Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365 , a cloud-based business intelligence service that gives people a powerful new way to work with data in the tools they use every day, Excel and Office 365. With Excel you can now discover, analyze, and visualize data like...
  • Blog Post: Participating in the Power BI Demo Contest? The Entry Deadline is TODAY!

    We’re thrilled to have received dozens of qualified entries in the Power BI Demo Contest . (You can check them out here .) If you’re still building yours, put on those finishing touches and submit it by TODAY, by 5 P.M. Pacific Time . Envision yourself winning one of our fantastic prizes...
  • Blog Post: Analyzing Black Friday and Cyber Monday Results with Power BI

    With the holiday shopping craziness over, we wanted to use Power BI to analyze the last 5 years of research around Black Friday and Cyber Monday including spending, new trends in online shopping and the use of different devices. With Power Query we were able to import and transform data available...
  • Blog Post: Finalizing Your Entry to the Power BI Demo Contest

    With less than 3 weeks to submit demos for the Power BI contest, we wanted to highlight the entries we’ve received so far and give everyone some final recommendations on what to include in yours, especially since the Q&A preview is now live to work with your own data and samples. You can...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays with Power BI, Part 2: Tracking Santa with Power Map

    Following up on our Holiday post last week , we wanted to track Santa using Power Map! In this video you can find Santa’s official NORAD route around the world with more insights about some destinations and visitors to the official NORAD Santa Tracker . We also provided an...
  • Blog Post: An Excel and Power BI-inspired "Santa Baby" Jingle for your Christmas Cheer

    In honor of the holiday today, one of loyal Excel and Power BI lovers, Santa Monica-based Excel Consultant Szilvia Juhasz belts out this Power Pivot/Excel version of the classic “Santa Baby”. Thanks to Mr. Excel, Bill Jelen for sharing this great rendition with us. Follow Szilvia ( @Xszil...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM Online in Power Query

    In the December update of Power Query , we included a variety of new features including support for Dynamics CRM Online. This is an exciting addition to the data sources that Power Query can connect to and will allow Dynamics CRM Online customers to load their data easily into Excel. In this post we’ll...
  • Blog Post: Live Now! Q&A with your Data

    We are excited to announce that any Power BI customer can now preview Q&A with their own data! In August we launched Q&A over a set of samples workbooks. Since then we’ve evaluated over 500,000 requests with the Q&A natural language engine. From your feedback, it’s clear that...
  • Blog Post: One Step Closer to Simplifying Data Analysis and Visualization, New Features Added to Power BI for Office 365 and Power Query Add-in for Excel Preview

    Today we’re pleased to announce the addition of significant new features to both the Power BI for Office 365 and the Power Query add-in for Excel previews. Introduced in July and currently in preview, Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud based solution that reduces the barriers to deploying a self...
  • Blog Post: One Year Old Travels: A Father and Son's Journey Through the First Year of Life

    One year ago, I was holding my wife's hand as she completed the most amazing and difficult journey of her life so far: the birth of our son. We've each grown so much since then, it's hard to remember how different we were before he was born, and it's fun to look back over this last year to remember all...
  • Blog Post: A Behind the Scenes Tour: Thanksgiving with Power BI

    During Thanksgiving week we shared with you a Power BI sample for turkey production and consumption . This week we wanted to take you behind the scenes and give you a glimpse into how we did it. Especially nearing the final month for accepting submissions to the Power BI demo contest , this video...
  • Blog Post: Where Do Turkeys Come From? Let's Find Out Using Power BI

    Thanksgiving is here! The Power BI team decided to look for some data and find out where our favorite Thanksgiving meal is produced and how much is consumed. Watch to find out, and then try the visualization, storytelling and sharing capabilities for self-service analytics with Power BI . So how...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Creating a Great Video for the Power BI Demo Contest

    With our Power BI demo contest in full swing, we wanted to provide some quick tips around guidelines, demo creation, and Power BI features & tools that you can use to bring your demo to the next level to improve your chances of winning some great prizes! First and most important: How will your...
  • Blog Post: Test Your Geography Knowledge with the Power Map Geo Quiz for GeoWeek 2013

    The Power BI team loves geography so in honor of National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week November 17 th -23 rd , we created this video to quiz you about some of our favorite “geo facts”. Where are highest and lowest points on Earth? Where is the hottest and coldest point?...
  • Blog Post: Power BI Demo Contest Open Now

    Do you enjoy creating dazzling visualizations and unlocking amazing insights from everyday data? If that sounds like you, today you can start submitting videos for the Power BI demo contest at www.powerbicontest.com . To enter the contest, use the Power BI for Office 365 Preview to create a three...
  • Blog Post: Happy Haunting! Find the Best Places to Trick or Treat Using Power Map

    This Halloween, we decided to visualize the best places in the U.S. to go trick or treating. What city do you think will win? Watch to find out, and then try the upcoming 3D visualization and storytelling capability for self-service business intelligence with Power Map Preview for Excel . The interactive...
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