Microsoft Power BI License Options for Education

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You may have seen our previous post on Power BI and are looking to learn more. This article will give you an overview of what is available through Power BI to the education market and the different ways that administrators and IT staff can utilize it within your district or campus.

What Is Power BI?

Microsoft Power BI is a business analytics service that provides interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with an interface simple enough for end-users to create their own reports and dashboards. Power BI was first released in 2015, and it has since grown to become one of the most popular business intelligence platforms worldwide. With Power BI, users can connect to a wide range of data sources, including Excel spreadsheets, cloud-based data stores, and big data sources, among others.
Power BI is available in several licensing types and can be used in many industries, including education.

Power BI Licensing Options

Microsoft Power BI offers four different licensing options:

Power BI Free:

This option is entirely free, but it has limitations, such as limited data refreshes, sharing, and limited data storage. This option is best suited for individuals who are trying out the platform or working on small projects.

Power BI Pro:

This option provides full functionality, including scheduled data refreshes, more data storage capacity, and the ability to share dashboards and reports with other users. Power BI Pro requires a monthly subscription fee and can be purchased through an existing Enterprise Agreement or as a standalone license.

Power BI Premium:

This option is designed for large organizations with extensive data analytics requirements. Power BI Premium provides dedicated capacity for data storage and processing, as well as improved performance and security. We have started to see this option increase in popularity in recent months. This can also be added through an existing Microsoft EES.

Power BI Embedded:

This option is designed for developers and provides the ability to embed Power BI functionality within other applications.

Uses and Advantages of Power BI

In education, Power BI can be used to analyze student data, such as grades, attendance records, and other academic metrics. With the use of this software, educators can identify patterns and trends to help improve learning outcomes. Power BI can also be used to analyze data related to school operations, such as finances, admissions, and student retention.
In addition to being a powerful tool for data analysis, Power BI is also user-friendly. The platform provides an intuitive interface that is easy to use for both experienced and inexperienced users. With drag-and-drop features, users can quickly create custom reports and dashboards without the need for coding. Another advantage of Power BI is the ability to share and collaborate on reports and dashboards. With the Pro version, users can share reports and dashboards with other users, including those who do not have a Power BI account. This feature makes it easy for educators to share information with other members of the education community, such as administrators and parents.

For a more in depth look at how school administrators can take advantage of Microsoft Power BI, view this article here.

ScholarBuys and Power BI

In conclusion, Microsoft Power BI is a powerful business intelligence platform that can be used in many industries, including education. Power BI offers four licensing options, each designed to meet the unique needs of different users. With Power BI, educators can analyze data related to student performance and school operations, identify patterns and trends, and make data-driven decisions to improve learning outcomes. The platform’s user-friendly interface and collaboration features make it an excellent tool for education professionals. ScholarBuys is committed exclusively to the education market. Let us leverage our experience to find the right solutions for your school.

Please contact one of our education technology experts to for more information on Power BI. ScholarBuys can help evaluate your environment and find the licensing model that best fits you!
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