Power BI – Enabling Great Decisions & Visibility

Decisions are made based on the information you have available at the time. You rely on that information being accurate and timely – information that you can trust to serve as a reliable base on which to make a choice and implement change.

Businesses often use spreadsheets and static reports that are painstakingly crafted, often from a variety of sources, to provide some visuals that give a quick overview or status of a situation. These can be flawed – the information is old, often static and the reports are created by a few experts who have the knowledge to support them. Or you may have multiple reporting dashboards but no one ‘source of the truth’.

OfficeLabs can help you bridge the gap between data and decisions by enabling the Power BI reporting platform in your organisation. We can connect data from multiple sources and create aggregated, easy to use, responsive and real-time ‘live’ reports that can be made available to stake holders, decision makers, other staff, and partners. We can improve the entire reporting process by changing the way information is collected and held for reporting – data stays in-place, removing manual steps and freeing up resources.

Power BI reports are interactive and allow for deep diving into the data. It is no longer the case that if you need to see a different layer you need to design a separate report. Reports can be published and shared on a SharePoint site to communicate messages and give real feedback on performance and how staff efforts directly impact the way the business performs and improves engagement.

Business intelligence can join up data from multiple sources – bringing information together allowing for a joined-up picture of how separate parts of the business are working, showing correlation, trends and analysis of comparison data. There are hundreds of connectors that OfficeLabs use to bring data from all of your data stores whether in the cloud or on-premises. Power BI also brings reporting to legacy applications that do not have a reporting ability. The power of good reporting can give transparency to business activity – show improvement opportunities and how change is impacting the business.

Show me some examples of how you have helped customers with Power BI?

We have designed, built, migrated, deployed, and supported cloud-based business-critical solutions that have increased reporting and decision making for our clients. Click on the below for examples:

Invoice Document Approvals – we made the invoice approval process work – enabling documents to be analysed, tracked, and actioned – reducing manual effort.

Incident Management – we eliminated manual processes around incident reporting, tracking and analysis.

Power BI Training – we trained 60 staff to be able to create and update reports in Power BI.

How Can OfficeLabs Help?

These are just some of the benefits Microsoft Power BI can offer your organisation. When you book an appointment with an OfficeLabs consultant, they will talk to you in depth about your business needs, and how best to utilise Power BI. Remember, Power BI is just one tool in the Microsoft 365 suite — OfficeLabs will ensure you get the most out of each application. We can also help if you need additional licensing. Making sure your organisation runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible is why OfficeLabs has been chosen by both FTSE 250 companies and public sector bodies, and our no-jargon approach will let you talk to us with confidence about your requirements.

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