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Integrate Any Data With Power BI

By Zdenek Pecha

Does your data management strategy work for the 21st century?

Power BI is beside Google Data Studio and Tableau as one of the most popular data visualization tools on the market today. This has been the case in 2019 and Microsoft is sure to have the tool on the list of top 10 software players in the segment in 2020 as well.

The main focus of Power BI is data visualization, but creating visualizations is just one small piece of your data management puzzle. Before you get to composing complex dashboards, there is a significant process involved to properly get your data to pass through, so creating the dashboard itself just the tip of the iceberg. The trickiest part of the data management process is data preparation. If you don’t have the right data inputs, the generation of your business intelligence reports can become a time-consuming nightmare. So what issues might you come across when working with dashboarding apps and how can you easily navigate them?

Many companies have chosen to build out custom connectors for their data. They hire a developer either in-house or on contract to build their custom data pipelines. This may be a solution, but it’s likely not the best as there are lots of issues you will likely come across sooner or later. For example, there is problematic maintenance since you’ll likely need to stray from your initial data pipeline configuration. Once your data needs change, your system can be left out-of-date and you’ll need to reconfigure the entire data pipeline which can involve costly and time-consuming development. Custom data connector development also comes without comprehensive monitoring, meaning once one of your data source APIs updates, which for some services is quite often, you likely won’t find out about issues until the data flow is already broken. Another concern is that employees and contractors come and go and if the person who was tasked with building custom pipelines leaves, you’ll need to transfer the responsibility of the system to a new developer who likely has no knowledge about your system.

So how can your organization maintain a system of sustainable data management? The best way to simplify your organization’s data journey, easily manipulate the data structure on-the-fly and seamlessly create complex reports without the need for external developers and additional costs is to use reliable, secure and user-friendly data management tool. Many efficient companies today are utilizing managed services with easy to use interfaces, built-in proactive monitoring, and ultra-flexible architecture. Tools like this allow organizations to easily add new data connectors to create data sources or switch data output from one BI tool to another as business needs change.

Perhaps the most significant value gained by utilizing a tool like this is having one single point for all data management which makes your processes much more organized and frictionless, saving you time and money. Dataddo can connect all of your data sources with your BI tools or dashboarding apps like PowerBI or even your data storage solution so you can manage all of your data from one place without writing a single line of code.


Tags: Data Strategy