Just over a year ago, on July 24th 2015, Microsoft released its new cloud-based business intelligence solution Power BI Service. Since its inception, the Power BI Service has gone from strength to strength – over 200,000 organisations are now using Power BI – and there have been a dizzying 535 updates to Power BI in the past 12 months.

Modern BI

At the Microsoft Data Insights Summit 2016, held this March, it was clear that Microsoft saw Power BI as a service that didn’t simply allow you to “look back” at your data and analyse it, but as a

dynamic service that would enable you to look at what was happening right now in your business and act on that information.

The Summit’s opening keynote “From Insight to Action: Your path to Modern BI” was delivered by James Phillips (corporate vice president of Microsoft’s business applications, platform and intelligence organization). In his speech he dealt extensively with Microsoft’s vision for Power BI as a service that would move BI from focusing on straightforward data analysis into an environment where actions could be automated from within the insights revealed by the data analysis.

Flow, Power Apps and Power BI – together

Pairing new offerings, like Microsoft Flow and Power Apps, with Power BI brings that ambition to life. Microsoft Flow is a service for automating processes across applications and services that are used every day, whilst with PowerApps you can build custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile. When Power BI is teamed with Flow and Power Apps, users gain predictive insights, prescriptive advice and actionable next steps.

To understand how Power BI, Flow and Power Apps work together, catch Microsoft’s webinar “Insights to Action: Leveraging Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow to get the most out of your data”.