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Demystifying Power BI — Understanding Power BI Ecosystem and Landscape

A dummy's guide to simplifying and understanding the Power BI ecosystem

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The flow of work in Power BI

A typical workflow in Power BI (Image by author)

Power BI Service, Power BI Online, and Power BI Portal is the SaaS (Software as a Service) part of Power BI. These terms refer to the same entity ( and are used interchangeably.

How you interact with different Power BI Components

How different roles interact with Power BI (Image by Author)

Power BI Landscape

The four components of Power BI (Image by author)

Back-end Platform & Capacities

Data Management

Data & Report Design Tools

User Applications & Interfaces

Third-Party Tools


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