Microsoft Power BI: Make Your Data Work for Your City

| MSNE Staff

Microsoft Power BI: Make Your Data Work for Your City

This is the final installment in a three-part series on the role of Microsoft Office in local government.

The “BI” in Power BI may stand for “business intelligence,” but this doesn’t exclude the public sector from using its data like never before.

Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that enables anyone to visualize and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding. Microsoft Power BI also includes Power BI Desktop, a powerful new visual data exploration and interactive reporting tool that provides a free-form canvas for drag-and-drop exploration of your data and an extensive library of interactive visualizations. Power BI allows users to easily share reports and dashboards with other city employees and constituents.

There are no other services that fully combine the power of Microsoft products with cutting-edge data visualization tools.  Cities can meet all of their data needs with Power BI – no additional software is required, nor is any database or programming experience necessary.

Through this presentation, I highlight the powerful uses of these tools combined with their ease-of-use.  Thanks to Power BI, any city employee could create a visualization using government data, share interactive visual reports with citizens, or use natural language instead of complex syntax to “ask” their data a question.  All of these tasks use the familiar interface of the Power BI Service and Desktop rather than a complex series of prompts or menus.

Indeed Power BI is a cost-effective solution for bringing powerful data analytics tools to city governments of any size.  Download the presentation below (update with messaging and features of the included deck) to get started and visit to try Power BI today.

Microsoft Power BI: Make Your Data Work for Your City

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