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Power BI Service Consumer Dashboard

Power BI Service Consumer Dashboard is a single page, often called a canvas, that uses visualizations to tell a story. Because it is limited to one page, a well-designed dashboard contains only the most-important elements of that story.

Microsoft Power BI is a collection of software services, apps and connectors that combine together to turn your unrelated sources of data into logical, visually immersive and interactive insights.

Your data may be an Excel spreadsheet, or a collection of cloud based and on premises hybrid data warehouses. Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize and discover what is important and share that with anyone or everyone you want.



The visualizations you see on the dashboard are called tiles and are pinned to the dashboard by the report designers. In most cases, selecting a tile takes you to the report page where the visualization was created.

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

Visualization on a Dashboard

Visualization on a Dashboard

Advantages of Power BI Service Consumer Dashboard

Dashboards are a wonderful way to watch over your business, to look for answers, and to see all of your most-important metrics at a glance. The visualizations on a dashboard may arrive from one underlying dataset or many, and from one underlying report or many.

A dashboard can combine on-premises and cloud data, providing a consolidated view regardless of where the data lives. A dashboard is not just a pretty picture, it is interactive and the tiles update as the underlying data changes.

Dashboards Versus Reports for Power BI Consumers

Reports are often confused with dashboards since they too are canvases filled with visualizations. But there are some major differences from a Power BI Consumers point of view.

Capability Dashboards Reports
Pages One page One or more pages
Data sources One or more reports and one or more datasets per dashboard A single dataset per report
Filtering Can’t filter or slice Many different ways to filter, highlight, and slice
Set alerts Can create alerts to email you when certain conditions are met No
Featured Can set one dashboard as the featured dashboard Cannot create a featured report
Can see underlying dataset tables and fields No. Can export data but can’t see tables and fields in the dashboard itself. Yes. Can see dataset tables and fields and values.

View a Power BI Service Consumer Dashboard

As a Power BI consumer, you receive dashboards from creators. Power BI consumers spend a lot of time viewing the dashboards. Dashboards are designed to highlight specific information from the underlying reports and datasets.

And Power BI consumers use that information for tracking, monitoring, answering questions, testing, and more — in order to make data-driven business decisions.

Power BI Dashboard

Power BI Dashboard

Power BI Pro is required for both sharing a dashboard and viewing a shared dashboard. Dashboards can be opened from many locations in the Power BI service. Just look for the dashboard icon. Once you’ve identified a
dashboard, opening it is simple – just select it and the dashboard fills your Power BI canvas.

You may find dashboards in all of the containers in the left navigation bar.

  • Home
  • Favorites – if you’ve set a dashboard as a favorite
  • Recent – if you’ve recently visited a dashboard
  • Apps – most apps contain both dashboards and reports
  • Shared with me – if a colleague has shared a dashboard with you
  • My workspace – if you’ve downloaded any of the Power BI samples

The way you interact with Power BI will depend on your job role. As an end user or consumer, you are the person who receives dashboards, reports and apps from colleagues.

You work in Power BI service to review and interact with this content in order to make business decisions. As a consumer, you won’t have access to the full capabilities of Power BI.

The Power BI service is a cloud-based, online service for light report editing and collaboration for teams and corporations. You can connect to data sources in the Power BI service, too, but modeling is limited. For more information on Power BI Service Consumer Dashboard, please contact us.

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