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Power BI Power Platform 2021 release wave 2

The upgrade wave Power Platform 2021 Release Wave 2 will be rolled out in October, and a number of upgrades for Microsoft's Business Intelligence application Power BI will be launched.

A data-driven business culture

Power BI helps to support and drive a corporate culture based on data and where all departments at all levels across the company are able to make decisions and determine business strategies based on insight into data, regardless of data volume.

To enable companies to incorporate and operate this data culture, Microsoft is investing in three key areas of Power BI:

  • To give every single employee in the company access to instant and familiar AI-based insights.
  • To give all company teams BI (Business Intelligence) as an embedded part of the structure of where they operate, thus making data a part of every decision they make.
  • To give all companies, regardless of size and type, the opportunity to meet even the most demanding business needs for scalability and management.

Strengthen the individual employee with data insight in Power BI

Make it easy to work with data

With Power Platform 2021 Release Wave 2, Microsoft continues to innovate their business intelligence application Power BI, making it easier than ever for all of its employees, regardless of their background, to work with data.

Data access for everyone

In order to create a corporate culture based on data, it is important that each employee has access to already known user experiences and easily accessible data insight. Whether it's creating and writing reports using the free Power BI Desktop tool, exploring and analyzing data in the Power BI service and mobile applications, or for the employees using Microsoft BI data in the Microsoft 365 apps to make better and more informed decisions, Power BI makes it easy and convenient to work with enterprise data.

Access to data via mobile app

The development team behind Microsoft Power BI has greatly benefited from the many AI-technological advances in Microsoft Research to help Power BI users find patterns in the vast amounts of enterprise data and insight into this data, and not least to make data easy accessible and easy to work with. Supported by upgrades and new functionality released with Power Platform 2021 Release Wave 2, both the general user and business and data analysts will have an even greater opportunity to gain insight into data with AI-infused user experiences. To ensure that this insight is available to all corporate employees and teams, no matter where they are and regardless of context, Microsoft has developed a world-leading mobile app that delivers integrated functionality to your applications, websites and portals. Therefore, every single employee across a company has the opportunity to operate, support and develop the company's data culture.

Strengthen your business teams with Power BI

With Power BI, data insight becomes an integral part of everyday life and the daily decisions of all teams across the company. By thoroughly integrating BI (business intelligence) in the places where your teams operate and infusing data insight into even the most common work tasks, your teams will be better equipped to make informed decisions.

Integration with Microsoft Teams

The direct Power BI integration to Microsoft Teams is with Power Platform 2021 Release Wave 2 still evolving , i.a. by creating even deeper integration in channels, chats and messages in Microsoft Teams.

From insight to action to automation

In addition, the Power BI development team has listened to the users, who appreciate the unique opportunity to quickly go from insight to action to automation, which is made possible through the Microsoft Power Platform apps Power BI, Power Apps and Power Automate. Through built-in integration, these applications are developed to work together and thus make it easy for users to adapt business processes to changing requirements and needs.

Insight where decisions are made

The more the insight you gain from your data is shared across the company and its employees, the more valuable it becomes. With continuous integration between Power BI and Office 365 (Microsoft Teams, Excel, PowerPoint and more), insight is added where decisions are made and there is cooperation.

Power BI strengthens your entire business

Power BI is largely a scalable business intelligence solution and can meet the needs of everything from small and medium-sized businesses to larger organizations, with significant amounts of data. With cutting-edge technology, Power BI delivers centralized administration, management and industry-leading security functionality, and the employees who work with the company's data therefore always have full visibility, insight and control.

Power BI Premium

Power BI Premium delivers unique features and capabilities in a single integrated BI platform. This means you do not have to connect multiple applications from multiple vendors, which often leads to high costs and incoherent user experiences. With Power BI Premium, you get functionality that has previously only been available to very few data engineers in major IT organizations. With Power BI Premium, time is transformed into value, and more control and management is placed in the hands of the companies.

Standardized BI

And precisely the balance between operations and IT is one of many reasons why more and more companies are increasingly standardizing their BI and moving away from older and expensive older BI solutions and instead opt for Power BI.

Ongoing updates

For each Release Wave launch where a new version of Power BI is also released, new options and features are added to the solution to help companies optimize and accelerate the delivery of large-scale insights. This includes many areas, such as Microsoft-owned resource management, automatic scaling and pay-as-you-go pricing, advanced self-service data preparation, interactive user experiences in big data management, and meeting advanced security and management requirements.

Power BI Premium

Premium helps the companies to combine self-service and enterprise BI on a large scale.

Feature Available for Public preview General availability
Multiple contributors to Power BI dataflows Users, automatically Nov 2021  
Chargeback reporting for Power BI Premium administrators Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically Mar 2022  
Improved refresh oversight for administrators in Refresh Center Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically Mar 2022  
Long-term historical and near real-time performance and usage analytics Users by administrators, decisionmakers or analysts Jun 30, 2021 Okt 2021
Automatic aggregations Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically   Nov 2021
Power BI dataflows in deployment pipelines Users, automatically Jun 15, 2021 Dec 2021

Power BI Pro

Encourage and support a data culture in companies by helping all employees across departments and teams to discover and collaborate on data insight.

Feature Available for Public preview General availability
Export to Excel improvements for table and matrix visuals Users, automatically Oct 2021  
Power BI datasets hub enhancements Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically Oct 2021  
Quick create on Microsoft Dataverse Users by administrators, decisionmakers or analysts Oct 2021  
Sparklines for table and matrix visuals Users by administrators, decisionmakers or analysts Dec 2021  
Power BI integration with PowerPoint Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically Jan 2022  
Natural language to DAX generation Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically Feb 2022  
Artifact-level access for Power BI apps Users by administrators, decisionmakers or analysts Mar 2022  
Improved Power BI administration and operations Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically Mar 2022  
Release notifications in Power BI for administrators Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically Mar 2022  
Enhanced insights on report usage and performance Administrators, decisionmakers, marketers or analysts, automatically   Oct 2021
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