Power BI, the cloud-based business analytics tool, is laden with great features and capabilities to display data in the form of different visualizations. These visualizations are a great way to display insights from streams of seemingly random and unstructured data. The slew of data presentation options it offers includes area charts, bar & column charts, line charts, maps, and plenty more. To ensure the best user experience of Power BI visualizations, one must bear in mind the preferences and conveniences of the report consumers.
Here are a few critical points to adhere to while using Power BI visualizations to ensure the best results for your business
Keeping it simple
Power BI offers a massive gallery of reporting and data visualization options to deliver your message. These options vary from one another in style and complexity and choosing the one that best delivers the message to the target audience is critical. In most cases, keeping the design simple and clear is always a safe option. Following a few thumb rules would come handy in designing the visuals. Always remember that people usually read top left to bottom right; vertical and horizontal bars should be used to display general data and data rankings respectively; lines are apt for displaying time series when there is a requirement to compare multiple data series.
To best way to grab the attention of the audience is to craft a compelling story with the data you want to present. Power BI offers an array of features that help users to interactively illustrate information in the form of a story for readers. The Timeline Storyteller is a proven tool for displaying information that changes over time. While crafting the story, the focus should be on presenting the data in a chronological list showing the duration of events in a sequential manner. If you wish to touch upon the history of your business, highlight growing demands, or explain anything where the sequence of events is important, the storytelling approach would be the best.
Explore ‘What-If’ scenarios
Power PI allows users to analyze different scenarios using a slider bar to show changes. Since any business prediction or forecasting involves different variables and parameters, the what-if parameter allows you to demonstrate how your data behaves under various scenarios. You can add logic to the Power BI visualizations to explore how the data changes when the conditions are changed. From a business perspective, you can show how your profit would varywith varying investments in different areas.
Create delightful reports
Use the host of alignment and distribution tools to create functional reports for your audience. To keep the reports short and save the reader’s time, you can adjust multiple visuals in one go. To complement your reports, you can import matching themes using the Switch Theme option from the Home ribbon. The Power BI marketplace offers amazing widgets to help you highlight your insights. Using tabs would help you declutter the dashboards and split the different elements intothemes/subtopics for a better representation.
The best thing about Power BI is that it lets you pull relevant business data from different sources in the cloud and on-premises to analyze it and present it through feature-rich dashboards. With the plethora of Power BI visualization options, making effective business decisions is not only faster and easier but also a delightful experience.