A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is a visual cue that communicates the amount of progress made toward a measurable goal. For more information about KPIs, see Microsoft Developer Network.
KPIs are a great choice:
to measure progress (what am I ahead or behind on?)
to measure distance to a goal (how far ahead or behind am I?)
A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is based on a specific measure and is designed to help you evaluate the current value and status of a metric against a defined target. Therefore, a KPI visual requires a base measure that evaluates to a value and a target measure or value, and a threshold or goal.
Currently, a KPI dataset needs to contain goal values for a KPI. If your dataset doesn't contain one, you can create goals by adding an Excel sheet with goals to your data model or PBIX file.
To follow along, sign in to Power BI and select Get Data > Samples > Retail Analysis Sample. We'll create a KPI that measures the progress we've made toward a sales goal.
Or watch Will show you how to create single metric visuals: gauges, cards, and KPIs.
Select Sales > Total Units This Year. This will be the indicator.
Add Time > Month. This will be represent the trend.
IMPORTANT: Sort the chart by Month. Once you convert the visualization to a KPI, there is no option to sort.
Convert the visual to a KPI by selecting the KPI icon from the Visualization pane.
Add a goal. Add last years sales as the goal. Drag Total Units Last Year to the Target goals field.
Optionally, format the KPI by selecting the paint roller icon to open the Formatting pane.
When you have the KPI as you want it, pin it to a dashboard.
KPIs are also available on your mobile devices – keeping you always connected to your businesses heartbeat
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