Power BI is Microsoft’s standard data visualization tool. It is available for free as a web service or as part of one of the business editions of Office 365. However, while it is generally available to just about everyone, it is not used as often as it might be.
That is a problem, because in the age of big data and the Internet of Things (IoT), data visualization plays a vital role in business communication and decision making. One of the simplest ways to take advantage of Power BI’s data visualization abilities is to link it with an Excel workbook—it is the way most business users will employ the Power BI tool.
Author: Mark Kaelin