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Power BI Overview

Power BI is a suite of analytics tools that lets you connect to and import collections of data, or datasets, and bring it together in one place for further analysis. Northwestern faculty and staff can create personal dashboards with a 360 degree view of their data and securely share with colleagues for further discovery.

By creating dashboards, faculty and staff can:

In addition, a variety of report types can be generated from the data and published on the web as well as across mobile devices. 

Power BI Desktop

Power BI Desktop is a report development tool for creating reports and formatting the data into visualizations. These visualizations can be organized in a dashboard for individual use or shared via the dashboard.

There is no cost to use Power BI Desktop, however, a license is required.

Access and Licensing

To request access and for download instructions, please complete the Power BI Request form. Departmental approval is required.

Additional Resources

Last Updated: 20 December 2017

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