PowerBI for real-time dashboard

You might already be using Power BI to create your dashboards and reports, but have you tried to create a real-time dashboard before? Typically, you need to set up a refresh schedule. What if you want to see your dashboard update live, as soon as fresh data comes in? This is where you can use a streaming dataset in Power BI, to view and act on your data in real-time.

Here are some examples of times you could consider using a real-time dashboard:

  • IoT devices: sensors, machinery. Anything with a constant flow of data you would like to view accurate information on. This is a great option for being able to detect anomalies in equipment.
  • Collecting survey responses and viewing feedback immediately
  • Viewing weblogs
  • Inventory Management: monitoring stock levels

Streaming datasets can be created from Power BI Service. When heading over to Power BI Service to create your streaming dataset, you have 3 types to choose from.

The API option is the most accessible for anyone to get started with. Using the API option creates a “Push Dataset”, i.e. the Power BI API takes your data and pushes it into a dataset for you. You can use tools such as Power Automate or PowerShell to add rows into your table. When this happens, your dashboard tiles update automatically with the new data. The benefit of using a push dataset is that data is getting stored in a database in Power BI Service. You can do historical analysis- go back in any point in time and see what occurred. In addition, you also get the full report building features too, like all the visuals and creation of measures.

Azure Stream and PubNub require you to have access to these services and are ideal for IoT use cases. They allow you to rapidly output your data stream to Power BI. If you are currently using Azure Stream Analytics (e.g. such as for monitoring sensors), you can link it up your jobs to Power BI so that you can visualise current levels and trends as they come through in Azure Stream.

Reach out to Prometix if you’re interested in seeing how we can assist you with Power BI and real-time streaming. If you’re looking to upskill your teams on Power BI or the rest of the Power Platform, we can also run training in-house for you.

Prometix as a Microsoft Gold certified partner and certified O365 consultants (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne & Perth), we have extensive experience in delivering Office 365 based solutions. For more information, please contact us from enquiries@prometix.com.au

Unveiling Azure Synapse Analytics

Today, businesses are forced to maintain two types of analytical systems, data warehouses and data lakes. Data warehouses provide critical insights on business health. Data lakes can uncover important signals on customers, products, employees, and processes. Both are critical, yet operate independently of one another, which can lead to uninformed decisions. At the same time, businesses need to unlock insights from all their data to stay competitive and fuel innovation with purpose. Can a single cloud analytics service bridge this gap and enable the agility that businesses demand?

Azure Synapse Analytics, a limitless analytics service, that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources, at scale. Azure Synapse brings these two worlds together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate business intelligence and machine learning needs.

Simply put, Azure Synapse is the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. We have taken the same industry-leading data warehouse to a whole new level of performance and capabilities. In fact, it’s the first and only analytics system to have run all TPC-H queries at petabyte-scale. Businesses can continue running their existing data warehouse workloads in production today with Azure Synapse and will automatically benefit from the new capabilities which are in preview. Businesses can put their data to work much more quickly, productively, and securely, pulling together insights from all data sources, data warehouses, and big data analytics systems.

With Azure Synapse, data professionals of all types can collaborate, build, manage, and analyze their most important data with ease, all within the same service. From Apache Spark integration with the powerful and trusted SQL engine to code-free data integration and management, Azure Synapse is built for every data professional.

Azure Synapse delivers insights from all your data, across data warehouses and big data analytics systems, with blazing speed. With Azure Synapse, data professionals can query both relational and non-relational data at petabyte-scale using the familiar SQL language. For mission-critical workloads, they can easily optimize the performance of all queries with intelligent workload management, workload isolation, and limitless concurrency.

Build end-to-end analytics solutions with a unified experience. The Azure Synapse studio provides a unified workspace for data prep, data management, data warehousing, big data, and AI tasks. Data engineers can use a code-free visual environment for managing data pipelines. Database administrators can automate query optimization. Data scientists can build proofs of concept in minutes. Business analysts can securely access datasets and use Power BI to build dashboards in minutes, all while using the same analytics service.

Azure has the most advanced security and privacy features in the market. These features are built into the fabric of Azure Synapse, such as automated threat detection and always-on data encryption. And for fine-grained access control, businesses can help ensure data stays safe and private using column-level security and native row-level security, as well as dynamic data masking to automatically protect sensitive data in real-time.

As a Microsoft Gold partner and certified Viva consultants in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne. We have extensive experience in delivering employee engagement solutions. For more information or a Microsoft Viva demo, please contact us from enquiries@prometix.com.au