New Power BI features for 2021

Date 25/05/2021
Category Big Data

According to Gartner’s last Magic Quadrant, Microsoft is still the leading company of the Business Intelligence sector. Gartner is the leading company in the research and consulting of new technologies. Power BI is their main data analysis tool, since it allows creating data models from any source to analyse them and, subsequently, create visuals for their interpretation.

What makes this the leading tool between all technology manufacturers is its constant evolution and implementation of new improvements. The Power BI development team looks to fully adapt to the users’ needs in a way that the reviews and behaviour of the customers serve to include and modify new features. The developers published, on May 5th 2021, the new features they plan to make available to users this year; some are already available while others will be added soon, in order to offer better reports and be able to better optimize our business. The features we consider the most interesting are:

  • Smart Narratives. This new feature will allows us to obtain an analysis based on the visuals created in our reports. This brings readability and comprehension to the dashboard, making our reports more meaningful and accessible.
  • Data in Space. This feature allows visualizing reports in the physical environment through IoT sensors located wherever we are found. Thanks to these devices, we can measure a place’s capacity, the CO2 levels in the air or the attendants’ temperature. All of that from the commodity of our smartphone, improving user experience and connectivity to information.
  • Tracking goals in Power BI. Defining goals helps optimize the compilation, tracking and analysis of your business’ KPIs. In addition, thanks to the release of the Power BI app for smartphone, you can have access to them anywhere. Just a reminder: if it can’t be measured, it can’t be improved.

  • Power Automate visual. The user can load an automated data flux within a Power BI report. This way they will be able to obtain a complete dynamic vision of their business.
  • Paginated report visual for Power BI reports. A type of graphic with multiple views will be added and we will be able to export it without altering the format. The landmark of this Business Intelligence tool has always been visuals, and counting with new objects to work with adapted to different devices makes the tool much more efficient.

  • Embed Power BI in Jupyter Notebook. The most popular programming language in the world of data analysis is Python – we will talk more in-depth about it and other languages in the next posts –, and it uses Jupyter Notebook as its interface. Through Python libraries and without needing a high level of programming, we can treat, debug, analyse and visualise different sets of data. Microsoft implements a tool that allows combining this interface with Power BI in such a way that we can have different views of the report and, thanks to the dashboard configuration, facilitate the data storytelling.

These are just some of the new features Microsoft plans to make available to users. As we can see, the company bets on an even greater integration of their apps in order to increase productivity and allow you to know the state of your business anytime anywhere.

Click this link if you want to check out the rest of the new features. At Integra, we are experts in Business Intelligence tools, and we offer data analysis and dashboard creation services that help control your company’s KPIs. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to learn how else we can help.



Marta Camarero