Better user experience (UX), augmented intelligence and embedded analytics will be the three pillars of the Power BI platform development in the future.
During Microsoft’s Inspire conference last month, Arun Ulagaratchagan, Corporate Vice President of the Business Intelligence Platform at Microsoft, outlined the Power BI development strategy. Going forward, Power BI developers will focus on the three main focal points – better UX, more AI, and easier embedding with other Microsoft tools.
In terms of UX, the plan is to make Power BI even more functional and visually pleasing. The objective is to make Power BI as easy to use and familiar in its visual appearance to Excel and PowerPoint.
“This is the beating heart of Power BI, the ability to get beautiful insights that are very simple for the end user to consume,” he said.
Power BI has already done significant improvements to its AI features this year. In May, Microsoft added the smart narratives feature (read our article on benefits of reporting using the smart narratives feature). In June, Microsoft introduced AI features in Power Query, giving users opportunities to improve their data preparation with machine learning.
Lastly, when it comes to embedding, Microsoft is working to improve Power BI’s ability to blend with Azure Synapse Analytics, Excel and other Office 365 tools.
The ultimate goal of Power BI is to help companies around the world develop a proper data-driven culture and embrace analytics. Amid the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are struggling to stay afloat. In these challenging times, the use of business intelligence tools can help businesses survive.
“That’s how we think about a data culture,” Ulagaratchagan said. “Helping customers create a data culture is about helping everyone in the organizations make better decisions with data. It’s about everyone, and all the decisions they make, the ability to harness all of the data and translate that into insight to drive your business forward.”