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Understanding Power BI Governance and its Approaches in Business

Over the past four years, Microsoft Power BI has proved to be the key to transforming the business intelligence landscape

Over the past four years, Microsoft Power BI has proved to be the key to transforming the business intelligence landscape. Both small and large organizations have benefitted from this tool, enabling business leaders to analyze quickly, find new insights, and act based on these insights.

Power Bi governance overshadows the voice of reason on how best to address planning, deployment, and management of insights. To implement Power BI governance, the first thing you need to decide is what the delivery approach of the project will be. 

A delivery approach dictates the way reports will be made available, and most importantly assigns responsibility to everyone. At its core, an approach will define where the responsibilities of IT stop, and that of business begins. There are three approaches used for Power BI implementations. Read on to verse yourself with these three approaches.

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Power Bi governance overshadows the voice of reason on how best to address planning, deployment, and management of insights. Pixabay

Business-led Self-Service BI

In this kind of approach, business users have the most involvement and control. It incorporates many non-standardized, non-governed data sources. There’s an inclusion of enterprise-governed sources. However, they aren’t the primary source of data. 

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The advantage of these kinds of implementations is flexibility. This flexibility stems from business users controlling both datasets and the visualization layer. 

Given that the most significant impact is that the business units must take ownership and offer support. This approach requires skilled experts. A qualified and technically capable business team brings it to a proper conclusion.

IT-Managed Self-Service BI (Hybrid)

In this approach, business users use Power BI as a reporting layer on top of a controlled and standardized Corporate DWH. The IT organization’s BI team is responsible for creating and maintaining the dataset. However, certain business users with Power BI Pro licenses create reports and dashboards for consumption by other users. 

The business further owns the reports build on top of the data. The advantage of this approach is that both layers can use their release cycle. Therefore, the development cycle isn’t held back by the often slower database/data warehouse development cycle.

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To implement Power BI governance, the first thing you need to decide is what the delivery approach of the project will be. Pixabay

Corporate BI 

Also known as Enterprise reporting, in Corporate Bi, the IT team owns these kinds of Power Bi Governance implementation. The IT team in this approach is responsible for all layers, starting with the data and ending with the reports. 

Corporate BI, however, structured and trustworthy in comparison to the rest of the Power BI governance implementations; it will often have a slower development cycle. It also requires dedicated IT personnel.

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The chosen approach helps set the level of business involvement, which further dictates the kind of power bi governance that the project needs. You have to be actively involved in your business to understand the exact measures needed to improve operations.

It’s important to note that it is okay to employ multiple approaches. Given that each project may have different requirements and user communities requiring different approaches, using multiple approaches in such a scenario is the most suitable thing to do.

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A good example where multiple approaches may come in handy is in a scenario where a self-service report becomes widely used and eventually considered business-critical. In such a case, it is advisable to switch to a manageable approach.

Organizations can choose to deliver and manage their Power BI Governance through IT and standard project workflows. They can also further empower other business users to adopt self-service BI tools offered by credible organizations such as EPC Group that offer consultations as well. 

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