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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Microsoft Power Business Intelligence (BI)
Microsoft Power Business Intelligence (BI) Technology

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Description: Microsoft Power Business Intelligence (BI) is a business analytics software. This technology allows end users to create and share interactive visualizations with self-service business intelligence capabilities such as reports and dashboards via a drag-and-drop user interface. User generated data models are utilized to shape data imported from a range of sources and to perform analytics without the need for information technology staff or database administrator assistance.

This technology is available in three editions; Power BI Desktop, Power BI Pro, and Power BI Premium. Power BI Desktop has no licensing fee associated with it and provides authoring functionalities to end users in order to analyze and build reports. Power BI Pro allows users to collaborate on shared data by creating a data culture in which users in multiple roles can build reports and share insights. Power BI Premium is configured for large scale deployments and allows users to allocate and manage dedicated server capacity and share data with users both inside and outside of an organization. The scope of this entry is for all three editions.

Data collected by Microsoft Power BI is stored in a Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL) Server database. Additionally, this technology has optional functionality to integrate with Microsoft Azure SQL Databases.

This entry covers the Desktop Edition of this technology and not any mobile versions. Please note that the implementation of mobile technology applications that operate on Mobile Operating Systems must be reviewed and approved by the Mobile Technology and Endpoint Security Engineering Team:

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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v24.4
Decision Date: 04/30/2024 at 18:49:47 UTC
Aliases: Microsoft Power BI Desktop, PowerBI, Power BI Desktop
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Microsoft
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/30/2024 at 18:49:47 UTC).