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Power BI Mobile App Dashboard

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Power BI Mobile App Dashboard

In this article, you will explore a sample Microsoft BI Dashboard and report in the Power BI mobile app on an Android phone. You can also follow along in other mobile apps.

Dashboards are a portal to a company’s life cycle and processes. A dashboard is an overview, a single place to monitor the current state of any business. Reports are an interactive view of the data, with visuals representing different findings and insights from that data.

A Microsoft BI Dashboard is a single page, often called a canvas, that uses visualizations to tell a story. Because the canvas is limited to one page, a well-designed dashboard contains only the most-important elements of that story. The visualizations you see on Microsoft BI Dashboard are called tiles and are pinned to the dashboard, from reports, by dashboard creators.

The visualizations on a Mobile BI dashboard come from reports and each report is based on only one dataset. In fact, one way to think of a Mobile BI dashboard is as an entryway into the underlying reports and datasets. Selecting a visualization takes you to the report that was used to create it.

Microsoft BI Dashboard Prerequisites

1. Sign up for Power BI

If you have not signed up for Power BI, sign up for a free trial before you begin.

2. Install the Power BI for Android app

Download Power BI for Android app from Google Play.

Microsoft Business Intelligence i.e Power BI works on Android devices running the Android 5.0 operating system or later. For checking your device, go to Settings > About device > Android version.

3. Download the Retail Analysis sample

The initial step in the quickstart is to download the Retail Analysis sample in the Power BI service.

  • Open the Power BI service in your browser and sign in.
  • Click on the global navigation icon to open the left navigation.
  • Inside the left navigation pane, select Workspaces > My Workspace.
  • In the lower-left corner select Get data.
  • In the Get Data page, select the Samples icon.
  • Select the Retail Analysis sample.
  • Select Connect.
  • Power BI imports the sample, adding a new Mobile BI dashboard, report, and dataset to your My Workspace.

Dashboard View on Android Device

  • On your Android device, open the Power BI app and sign in with your Power BI account credentials, the same ones you used in the Power BI service in the browser.
  • Tap the global navigation button
  • Select Workspaces > My Workspace
  • Tap the Retail Analysis Sample Mobile BI dashboard to open it.
  • Select the star icon in the title bar to make this a favorite Microsoft BI Dashboard.
  • Scroll down and click on “This Year’s Sales, Last Year’s Sales” filled line chart.
  • In focus mode, tap Apr in the chart. You will see the values for April displayed at the top of the chart.
  • Tap the Report icon in the upper-right corner. Report related to this tile opens in the landscape mode.
  • Click on the yellow “040 – Juniors” bubble in the bubble chart.
  • Swipe up to see the toolbar across the bottom, and tap the pencil icon.
  • Click on the smiley-face icon in the Annotate toolbar, and add some smiley faces to your report page.
  • Tap Share in the upper-right corner.
  • Fill in the email addresses and add a message, if you so desire.

Clean Up Resources

After you finish the quickstart, you can delete the Retail Analysis sample dashboard, report, and dataset, if you wish.

  • Open the Power BI service and sign in.
  • Inside the left navigation pane, select Workspaces > My Workspace.
  • In the Dashboards tab, select the garbage can Delete icon next to the Retail Analysis dashboard.
  • Click on the Reports tab and do the same for the Retail Analysis report.
  • Click on the Datasets tab and do the same for the Retail Analysis dataset.

Microsoft BI Dashboard Advantages

  • The Dashboards are a wonderful way to monitor your business, to look for answers, and to see all of your most-important metrics at a glance.
  • Visualizations on the dashboard may come from one underlying dataset or many, and from one underlying report or many.
  • A dashboard combines both on-premises and cloud-born data, providing a consolidated view regardless of where the data lives.
  • A dashboard isn’t just a pretty picture; it’s a highly interactive and the tiles update as the underlying data changes.

Locus IT provides Power BI dashboard services for Mobile applications including BI Dashboard training, implementation and support. For more information please contact us.

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