What are the Differences Between Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power BI Dashboards

Posted on: September 25, 2018 | By: Jim Bertler | Microsoft Dynamics CRM

So you have Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Microsoft Dynamics CRM) up and running and people are using the system.  However, the issue you are facing is that your team is not getting enough data out of the system.  Sure there are views, advanced finds and the embedded dashboards, but you need real Business Intelligence and Reporting.  Well, have you considered Power BI and what are the differences between Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power BI for reporting and dashboards.

Power BI is Microsoft’s Business Intelligence and Reporting tool.  Power BI can be used to create things like dashboards, reports and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).  While a Microsoft Dynamics 365 dashboard can share useful information you are limited to six panels per dashboard.  You are also limited to using data in Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Microsoft CRM).  With a Power BI dashboard you can have as many dashboards as you want and you can include data from Dynamics 365 and other applications (whether Microsoft based or not).

Another major difference would be access to information.  In order to use dashboards in Microsoft Dynamics 365 you would need to be a user of the system.  While Dynamics 365 Team Member licenses are relatively inexpensive Power BI accounts can be setup for free with an Office 365 account. 

One final difference is the creation of the dashboards.  Creating a dashboard in Power BI will require more knowledge of databases and SQL than Microsoft Dynamics.  However, once the initial data view is built in Power BI dashboards can be built by users.

If you feel as though you are not getting the information you need from your Microsoft Dynamics 365 system please contact Logan Consulting and we can assist in finding the best solution for your dashboard and Business Intelligence needs.

Logan Consulting is proud to be a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Partner and Cloud Solution Provider. 



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