Business intelligence and data visualization have become essential tools in today's data-driven business environment. As organizations seek to harness the power of their data, Power BI has emerged as a leading solution. Power BI enables users to create interactive reports and dashboards, offering a wealth of insights that can drive better decision-making. This article will introduce Power BI and discuss key differences between Power BI Embedded and Power BI Premium.
Power BI: A Brief Overview
Power BI is a collection of software services, applications, and connectors that work in tandem to transform raw data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights. It allows users to connect to a variety of data sources, clean and model the data, and create interactive reports and dashboards that can be shared across the organization. Power BI consists of three main components:
- Power BI Desktop: A Windows-based application for creating, developing, and designing reports and data models.
- Power BI Service: A cloud-based service that enables users to share, collaborate, and publish reports and dashboards.
- Power BI Mobile: An app available on iOS, Android that allows users to access and interact with reports and dashboards on-the-go.
When it comes to embedding your Power BI reports into a custom app, a portal, or an internal application. There are three options available:
1- Publish to Web
This method allows you to create a public, shareable link to your report, which can then be embedded into your application using an iframe. While this method is simple to implement, it does not offer any security or access control. It is best suited for scenarios where the data is not sensitive and can be shared publicly. Note that Publish to Web option makes your reports publicly available to unauthenticated users.
2- Using REST API
This method enables developers to securely embed Power BI reports, dashboards, and other visuals into their applications, providing end-users with interactive data insights without leaving the application.
3- Power BI Embedded Service
Power BI Embedded vs. Power BI Premium
What is Power BI Embedded
Power BI Embedded is designed for app developers who want to add Power BI features to their apps. It is a pay-as-you-go service that charges based on usage, making it cost-effective for businesses with fluctuating needs. Power BI Embedded provides easy integration, customization, and scalability. Some key features of Power BI Embedded include:
- Easy Integration: Developers and ISVs Add Power BI visuals to apps for a smooth user experience.
- Power BI Embedded allows developers to personalize their reports and dashboards. This ensures the design aligns with the application's design.
- Scalability: As an Azure-based service, Power BI Embedded can scale to accommodate growing workloads and user bases.
- Cost Management: Power BI Embedded follows a consumption-based pricing model, ensuring that organizations only pay for the resources they use.
What is Power BI Premium
Power BI Premium is geared towards large organizations with extensive data needs and performance demands. It offers more capacity, better security, advanced data modeling, and unlimited sharing. Power BI Premium has a fixed monthly or annual subscription pricing model, making it more predictable and suitable for organizations with consistent data and user requirements. Power BI Premium provides enhanced capabilities, including:
- Greater Capacity: Power BI Premium offers dedicated cloud capacity or on-premises resources, ensuring optimal performance and faster data processing.
- Enhanced Security: With the option to deploy on-premises using Power BI Report Server, organizations can maintain stricter control over their data and adhere to compliance requirements.
- Advanced Data Modeling: Power BI Premium supports larger data models, incremental refreshes, and advanced data transformation features, allowing for more complex data analyses.
- Unlimited Sharing: Power BI Premium users can share reports and dashboards with an unlimited number of users within their organization.
Which Power BI option is right for you?
As a Power BI developer, making a decision on which approach to use, requires evaluating the following:
- Audience: Who will be using your content and are they internal or external users?
- Content access scenario: How will users view your content? Using internal applications such as SharePoint and Microsoft Teams, or via a custom web or mobile application. Or both?
- Licensing: What type of licenses does users need to view your content?