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Introducing Power BI deployment pipelines (Preview)

The use of analytics within the organization is a daily practice for many. Stakeholders across organizations rely on the information and insights to take decisions and actions, making analytics mission-critical to the success of the organization. As users consume more, they also require more of their analytics- more data in a single report, smarter and easier ways to answer questions, and obviously data must always be fresh, available and reliable. To keep up with the ongoing requirements, BI teams are required to deliver updates faster while maintaining excellent quality so end-users will not lose trust in the data.

We are happy to announce the public preview release of Power BI Deployment pipelines, a new and improved way for BI teams to manage content lifecycle within Power BI Premium.

Why should BI creators use deployment pipelines?

  • Improved productivity
  • Faster delivery of content updates
  • Reduced manual work & errors

 

Deployment pipelines help enterprise BI teams build an efficient and reusable process by maintaining development, test, and production environments. BI creators can incrementally transition new or updated content between environments, reconfiguring them with the appropriate data connections and permissions. Pipelines are very easy to use and take only few minutes to setup. No previous expertise or coding skills required.

 

Note: We’ve started to roll out the feature today and it will be enabled for all users by end of week. 

 

How do I get started?

Pre-requisite- You need to be the admin of a new workspace experience that resides in a Power BI Premium capacity, to get started with a pipeline.

If you meet these requirements, you will see a new button on the navigation pane in Power BI service:

 

To quickly get started with your first pipeline, please follow these steps.

Want to get your hands dirty and implement deployment pipelines to your release process? Then you can dive into how deployment pipelines work, and follow best practices to make the most out of deployment pipelines.

If you still have any questions, you might find answers here, or you can post your questions in the  Power BI community forum (please add ‘Deployment pipelines’ tag).

One last thing

This is our first step in a journey to make the life of BI teams easier and more comfortable. We believe it can generate a lot of value, but this new tool still can’t provide answers to all of lifecycle management problems.

To continue and provide you with features you will use and love, we want to hear what you think. Please post ideas or vote for them so we can know what is missing for your team.