3 Years and Power BI is Still on Top!

Power BI outranks every business intelligence and analytics platform available on the market - again.  

Garnter just released its 2018 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms, and for the third consecutive year, Microsoft stands alone for Completeness of Vision.  Here’s why.  Microsoft is outpacing the market in development, continuing their monthly release that started when Power BI launched in 2015. Those monthly releases aren’t token, they’re a non-stop flood of new and better functionality for transforming your organization through data.

Blue Margin Releases VSTS Solution Template for Power BI

Blue Margin, Inc., Microsoft Gold Partner in Data Analytics and Data Platform just released a VSTS Solution Template to provide project managers the insights they need to manage their portfolios.  The VSTS Solution Template is an end-to-end data-management and business-intelligence solution that can be set up in just a few clicks. 

Our "Secret Sauce" for Creating Power BI Dashboards that GET ADOPTED

Fact:  The difference between dashboards that just "look good," and those that get adopted is subtle. 

More Important Fact:  The impact of "pretty" dashboards vs. dashboards that get adopted is all the difference in the world.

Designing dashboards that touch a nerve, that change behavior, and that improve performance – from the CEO down – is both an art and a science.  And, if you know anything about our approach to designing dashboards that move the needle, you know it comes down to ADOPTION. 

Power BI Heats Up Summer with their June Update

We admit we sound like a broken record lately, but this month’s Power BI update has got to be one of the biggest to date!  We encourage you to read about the latest features in their full release summary and if you have a half hour to spare it’s worthwhile to view their full demo.  We’ll break down the highlights for you here.

When it comes to new visual capabilities in reports, we are excited that data bars are now available!  These customizable bars are a quick and easy way to compare values in a table (consider it a marriage between a bar chart and a cell value). 

Moneyball for Business: How Dashboards Transform Companies (Part 2)

Let’s recap.

In our last article, we talked about how “dashboards” (displaying business-critical information in story-board form) informs decision-making and motivates everyone at every level in a business. From the CEO down, dashboards keep employees focused on the activities that most directly improve company performance.

Financial Execs Know:  Good Dashboards Transform Companies (Part 1)

Perhaps you’ve heard the adage, “You don’t fatten a pig by weighing it.”  While this holds true on a farm, if you’re in business, experience shows that “what gets measured, gets managed."

You also know that if your M.O. is to manage by reaction, putting out fires only when they’ve reached critical levels, you won’t likely surge ahead of the competition anytime soon. 

Power BI May '17 Feature Summary: The Biggest Release To-Date?

Power BI announced more exciting updates this month and some MAJOR news about Power BI Premium their new licensing/pricing structure (more on that here) and Power BI Report Server for an on-premises infrastructure.  But first, let’s cover the plethora of other new enhancements for this month, including table upgrades, added quick measures, and improved labeling, to name just a few. 

The Latest from Harvard:  Motivate Employees with Your Data, Not Your Instinct

At Blue Margin, we’ve experimented with various tactics to motivate our employees and executives (we sometimes feel like guinea pigs, but hey, it's important to eat your own guinea pig food).  We're guessing you tinker in the same way at your company.  Why?  Because "How do we motivate our employees?" is a question that has surely dogged every employer since the first wage was paid.     

Power BI’s April Feature-Release Is No Joke!

We got fooled – no kidding.  Some of the features in Power BI’s April release looked too good to be true.  But they’re real! (we’re pretty sure).  What are we most excited about?  The ability to connect a new report to a data set already loaded in the Power BI Online environment!  This allows developers to re-use existing data models in new reports more easily, while maintaining a single source control for that model.  

Pot O' Power BI Gold!

This month’s trusty Power BI Preview feature release is full o’ tools we love - as usual. 

Introducing Report Theme Packs!  This feature is for those of us who know the difference between good color design and bad color design, but will never master the subtleties of when to use primary colors and when to use pastels.