You can download Power BI from the URL http://www.powerbi.com/dashboards/downloads/ and you can follow the simple steps as given below:
Step 1: Start Screen
Steps 2: Agree to software license terms
Step 3: Installation path
Step 4: Create a desktop shortcut
Evaluation of the tool:
Step 1: Get Data ( I have downloaded the data from Event viewer in the CSV format and used the data source in this scenario)
Step 2: Select the fields from the right hand side Fields
Step 3: I was putting across a Table and a Pie Chart.
Some problems I faced during data load with PowerBI, takes time to load the data from excel sheet. Otherwise still I believe this is a promising tool. I just tried to export my event viewer tool to and just played around to get the following output.
The drill down capability is filtering the data table according to the chart events is very nice. But still looking to play around with it to understand more.
Assuming you’re a budding manager and you would like to impress your boss with stunning visualization and present the data in a infographic format so that he feels good about the you did. I came across this post which helps you to quickly understand various infographic tools with good example and reasoning too.
Periodic table of visualization also exists which helps to identify which are the ones to be used for Data, Strategy, Information, Metaphor, Concept and compound visualization. These are very useful one to organize the data visualization according to the content. May be it will take your memories to good old days wherein you have seen the periodic table in chemistry for compounds. Credit goes to Ralph Lengler & Martin J. Eppler, Institute of Corporate Communication, University of Lugano, Switzerland for this wonderful research effort which also details about methodologies.
When it comes to number crunching it is essential that you represent data with good charts. But how do you go about choosing the right charts ? Check on this infographics form labnol.org which would help you to choose the right set of chart for data analysis. This gives various chart options to decide based on Time, Frequency, Variables,etc., also seggregated by Composition, Relationship, Comparison and Distribution.
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