As Power BI approaches 2 (24-July-2017) I’m amazed by the progress that has been made so far and the pace that growth and development are happening. The milestones are coming thick and fast! Thinking back to my kids when they were two I’m really surprised, by just how much Power BI can do already. I wonder how many human years are in a Microsoft year? #thingsToMakeYouGoHmmm
The end of Free?
In a lot of ways, Free is now dead certainly for a corporate customer perspective. I’m sure Microsoft is actually very happy about that as I have been told by their team in the past the Free is NOT for corporate customers.
A new hope?
At last, there is an Enterprise strategy within Power BI, this will not be seen as great by many people, but for me in the corporate world, it’s great. Power BI Premium means that suddenly I don’t have to go cap in hand back to management every five minutes to ask for another few Pro subscriptions. Free never really worked in a corporate environment since you could only share manually (or 3rd party) refreshed data, suddenly the shackles are off. It will be a challenge selling the initial jump up to management but considering you are in a much, much better place once you switch it’s worth it. All that’s missing now is a confirmed date for release… come on Microsoft!
Overall I’m really excited by the changes that have come about around this birthday, and really looking forward to taking customers through the changes and watching as the data expands peoples understanding of their own business. I’ve never seen anyone see Power BI for the third time and not just be dumbstruck. The First view is always seen as a scripted demo, the second people are always overwhelmed, but by the third, they start to get it and start to build their internal use cases and realise just how much time this will save while giving themselves so, so much more.