Power BI is a business analytics service by Microsoft, with an aim to provide businesses with a professional looking, intelligent and efficient reporting suite. Do you want to bring Power BI to your company but don't even know where to start? Here at further we can bring this technology to you, by constructing a dynamic reporting system that you can access in the office or on the move.
Once the initial report templates have been constructed, Power BI will take raw data at a chosen frequency and turn this into dynamic reports with little human interaction. Power BI takes away the inefficiencies of large Excel reports and bundles this with a comprehensive library of visualisations.
From Azure databases and Excel spreadsheets to live websites, Power BI can combine the data from a huge variety of sources. No longer do you have to copy and paste data from multiple locations to power your reports. Power BI takes care of all the heavy lifting, allowing your business to focus on the analysis.
Nor do you have to view your report exclusively in the office, with Power BI’s mobile application you can access all of the functionality of your reports on the go. Perhaps you’ve forgot your laptop for an important meeting? Not a problem, Power BI can be accessed from any computer connected to the internet, simply by logging into the Power BI web service.
Power BI is built with Excel users in mind, allowing for you to seamlessly pull data from either software. It also doesn’t mean you have to change all of your reports from Excel to Power BI, you can decide which reports work best in each.
Power BI is one part of a trio of “Power” applications. It sits alongside Power Apps (a web app building tool) and Power Automate (process automation software), both of which Further can utilise. While each individually will revolutionise your business, when combined, they can provide you with a professional analytics and data collat
Power BI is one part of a trio of “Power” applications. It sits alongside Power Apps (a web app building tool) and Power Automate (process automation software), both of which Further can utilise. While each individually will revolutionise your business, when combined, they can provide you with a professional analytics and data collation team without the staff footprint. Fundamentally, this will save your business significant time and cost.
Power BI gives you freedom over when a report should refresh, for monthly finances to near real-time operational dashboards. No longer are you anchored to a manually configured Excel spreadsheet, speak with Further today about building a comprehensive reporting package tailored to your business needs.
Turn data into insights
At Further, we understand that the vast majority of companies use Excel as their primary source for reporting and data collation. That’s why, while we are happy to automate your business using more advanced tools, sometimes it can be a simple case of re-designing your existing excel reporting suite.
Power Query/Power Pivot
You may want the ability to automate loading & cleansing of multiple rows of data from other excel files, that Power BI is famous for, but don’t need the fancy visualisations. Perhaps, as mentioned above, you are reluctant to change to a new reporting software but, would love to move away from manually copying and pasting of data into another spreadsheet. If either of these cases sound familiar, then Power Query & Power Pivot could be the tools for you. Combining the powerful query language that drives Power BI, with the functionality of Excel, the Power Query & Pivot addons are invaluable in modern business. If you’d like to hear more, or have a specific project in mind, then contact us today.
Visual Basic for Applications is a programming environment that lets you really get under the hood of your excel sheets. If you don’t want to migrate all of your excel documents to a new software such as Power BI, but long for smarter spreadsheets, then VBA is the tool for you. Not only is VBA a valuable asset in itself, it can also be combined with Power Query to really produce an efficient and clean excel process, with minimal manual interference.
VBA is effective and efficient when it comes to repetitive solutions to formatting or correction problems. For example, have you ever changed the style of the paragraph at the top of each page in Word? Have you ever had to reformat multiple tables that were pasted from Excel into a Word document or an Outlook email? Have you ever had to make the same change in multiple Outlook contacts?
If you have a change that you have to make more than ten or twenty times, it may be worth automating it with VBA. If it is a change that you have to do hundreds of times, it certainly is worth considering. Almost any formatting or editing change that you can do by hand, can be done in VBA.