Power BI

What is Power BI

Power BI is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights. Your data may be an Excel spreadsheet, or a collection of cloud-based and on-premises hybrid data warehouses. Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize and discover what’s important, and share that with anyone or everyone you want.

Power BI can be simple and fast – capable of creating quick insights from an Excel spreadsheet or a local database. But Power BI is also robust and enterprise-grade, ready for extensive modeling and real-time analytics, as well as custom development. So it can be your personal report and visualization tool. It can also serve as the analytics and decision engine for group projects, divisions, or entire corporations.

Power BI Cost

Power Bi Desktop application is free to download from Microsoft.  With the free Power Bi version users can save Power Bi files locally and share.

A Power Bi Pro license is $7.25 a month per user license.  Power BI Pro Licensing allows users to share, distribute, collaborate on reports with others and embed reports to websites within a dedicated workspace.  Workspaces are the place to collaborate with colleagues to create collections of dashboards, reports, and paginated reports. Then you can bundle that collection into an app and distribute it to your whole organization, or to specific people or groups.

Power BI Setup

Power BI Desktop Installation and Setup on your Laptop

  • You will need a computer that meets these minimum specifications:

    • At minimum, a computer with 2-cores and 4GB RAM running one of the following version of Windows: Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 (64-bit preferred), Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Download and install Microsoft Power BI Desktop from the following link:
    • https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45331
    • If you have downloaded Power BI Desktop prior to October, 2017, please download the latest version of the software at the link above.  You will be using exciting new features that are released!
    • Please choose appropriate 64-bit or 32-bit version depending on your platform. Microsoft Power BI Desktop is available for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) platforms.  Most likely, you'll be installing the 64-bit application.
  • Please contact your IT support team if you have questions or need assistance with this step.

Power BI Training and Resources

Training Tutorials

Free Power BI Tutorial For Beginners

Free Beginners Guide To Dax

Free Dax Guide

Free Power BI Book Download

Free Webinars/Tutorials

Excellent Resource For Power BI

Power BI New Release Information

Join The ND Power BI User Group

Join The LinkedIn Group For The ND Power BI User Group


Additional Recommended Resources

Power BI User Group

Guy In A Cube

Channel 9

SQL Dusty

Microsof Power BI

Microsoft Power BI Learning Academy

Power BI Twitter

Power BI Youtube

Power BI Linkedin Learning Academy


Associated Rates

Title Current Rate Current One Time Fee
Power BI 7.25/user


Power BI BriefingEvent occurs on: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 10:00amEvent

Join us for an informational Power BI Briefing presented by David Bachrach from Microsoft.