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How Power BI dominates the BI industry with the help of Microsoft Fabric

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In May 2023, Microsoft introduced a new product, ‘Microsoft Fabric,’ which they uncovered as a unified solution for enterprises’ end-to-end data analytics. This great move has not only solidified Microsoft’s position in the Data Analytics world but also did a word of good to Power BI in the market for data visualization tools. In the last few months, we have seen several big companies starting to migrate to Fabric from their existing data platforms mainly because of its comprehensive integration of various data tools and services into a single platform. This trend also resulted in migration to Power BI from existing data visualization tools.

Let’s see the factors that make Fabric stand apart from the rest of the market and also how it, in turn, helps Power BI rule the BI and visualization market.

Power BI's Domination

Seamless integration with Power BI: Power BI is basically incorporated as one of the components of Fabric. As a result, if your data is hosted in the fabric environment, then you can easily see the real-time insights from your data using the Power BI reports and dashboards. More importantly, with the advent of OneLake in Fabric, there is also no need to manage multiple copies of your data. It is always centrally stored and managed. It provides a single and unified storage for all, where sharing of data is easy with centrally enforced security. Even if your data is outside of Fabric environments, with Fabric, Power BI users can easily connect, combine, and transform the data from multiple sources to get a consolidated view of the business data.

Copilot with Power BI: One of the biggest challenges enterprise Power BI users are facing is the lack of individual copilot licenses for Power BI. However, if you are using Microsoft Fabric F64 SKU or a higher version in your organization, then you will be able to use Copilot in Power BI, which automatically creates reports with the help of your suggestions.

Dealing with Large Data: When it comes to dealing with large data in Power BI, there is a question as to what storage mode must be adopted in Power BI. If you go with ‘Import’ mode, then you will face storage issues after a certain limit. If you go with ‘Direct Query’, with a large dataset, it may result in latency issues on the reporting front. The multi-cloud data lake called OneLake from Fabric is important. It can store large amounts of data in different formats and also help reflect the changes in Power BI reports with minimal latency.

Performance: As discussed above, if the data is stored in OneLake in Fabric, it will significantly boost the performance of your Power BI reports. The query responses and data refreshes become much faster.

Cost Benefit: Using Power BI with Fabric helps in saving a lot of costs. As mentioned in the first point, Power BI is one of the components of Fabric. That means when you purchase the Fabric SKUs, the users will be able to use Power BI as a part of that, along with other data tools like Data Factory, Synapse Data Engineering, Synapse Data Warehouse, etc., to name a few. However, please note that if you want someone to author reports and deploy them to end uses, you may need an additional PRO license, depending on your requirements.


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Microsoft Fabric is basically trying to provide a single and unified platform for data engineers, data scientists, and data analysts. The fact that the different data tools/components also share the same pool of resources is an added advantage in terms of costs incurred. This has fueled the increase in the migration to Power BI from various other existing data visualization tools.

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1. What is Microsoft Fabric, and how does it integrate with Power BI?

ANS: – Microsoft Fabric is a framework that integrates various Microsoft data services and tools, creating a unified platform. It enhances Power BI by providing seamless collaboration between Azure Synapse, Azure Data Factory, and Power BI, allowing for a comprehensive data solution that supports all roles within an organization.

2. How does Microsoft Fabric contribute to Power BI's dominance in the BI industry?

ANS: – By offering a lake-centric SaaS solution that unifies data management and analytics, Microsoft Fabric empowers Power BI with advanced capabilities. This integration facilitates a robust data culture, enabling faster insights and decision-making, which is crucial for maintaining a competitive edge in the BI industry.

3. 3. Can Microsoft Fabric improve collaboration within my organization using Power BI?

ANS: – Microsoft Fabric’s integration with Power BI is designed to foster collaboration across various roles, including data engineers, data scientists, and business analysts. This collaborative environment helps streamline workflows and ensures that everyone has access to the data and insights they need to contribute effectively to the organization’s goals.




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