Microsoft Power BI provides those in the world of analytics with a set of tools that allows them to share information and analyze data. Furthermore, “Power BI dashboards provide a 360-degree view for business users with their most important metrics in one place, updated in real time, and available on all of their devices.”
Power BI also offers analysts the ability to create dashboards easily through its access to dashboards that are pre-built (by industry experts, no less) and applications that are used throughout the industry. Even better, Power BI gives users the ability to access their data via a mobile app.
For those who frequently deliver reports on analytics, Power BI gives you the option to show a little creativity. One such way is through Power BI’s desktop, which provides for both report authoring and data mashup. These tools allow you to take your data from various databases, web services and files in order to help you provide quality data and fix any issues with formatting automatically.
It’s formatting that has us at Innovative Architects so stoked! In April, Power BI Desktop received an update that allows for formatting inside table reports. Given that Power BI was originally intended to work on visualizations, it’s understandable that the way tables were displayed was lacking. Before there was no way to control color, borders or font size.
Prior to the update, there was nothing you could do to spruce up your tables; therefore, you were left with sad, plain visuals. However, since the update, you have the option to play with:
- Text size
- Background colors
- Value rows
- Row appearance
- Header font color
One thing to remember is that just because you can change any or all of these options doesn’t mean that you should. Make thoughtful choices to ensure that your tables are not only attractive but also easily readable and functional.
Hungry for more? The Microsoft content management experts at Innovative Architects can help you wade the waters of Microsoft’s newest updates.