by James Phillips, Corporate Vice President, Data Experiences

This morning at Microsoft’s Convergence Conference, we announced new products and services that will enable organizations to create a data culture in all parts of their organizations. Adopting a data culture starts with making information easily accessible to all - our Power BI offering is helping to accelerate that adoption by changing the way people access, use, manage and share data.

First unveiled in January, the new and improved Power BI is a cloud-based (software-as-a-service) business analytics service for non-technical business users. With just a browser or a Power BI mobile app, customers can visualize and analyze their data with easy-to-use, accessible tools and innovative technology. Today we are excited to announce we are making the Power BI preview available globally to 140 markets. In addition, some of the industry’s most popular data sources -- including Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Google Analytics, Zuora, Acumatica, and Twilio -- will be available in the Power BI preview soon.

With Power BI our customers can keep a pulse on their business by bringing all their data together and monitor it through a single pane of glass. Live Power BI dashboards and reports show visualizations and KPIs from data that reside both on-premises and in the cloud, providing a consolidated view across the business regardless of where the data lives.

Power BI enables our customers to get started with data in a matter of minutes by making it possible for business users to directly connect with their data without requiring technical or analyst support. Our customers can access popular services such as GitHub, Marketo, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, SendGrid and Zendesk and we will be adding solutions for Google Analytics, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Acumatica, Zuora and Twilio. These solutions enable marketers with subscriptions to these services to connect and view their data from pre-built Power BI dashboards and reports that are updated continuously and automatically.

Today, anyone with a business email account can experience the preview of the new Power BI for free. Visit www.powerbi.com to find out more.