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12 Microsoft Power BI success stories

Thor Olavsrud | Aug. 17, 2017
Microsoft Power BI provides organisations with self-service business intelligence tools that allow users to analyse, visualise and share data using the familiar Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Here are 12 success stories built on Power BI.

Working with Microsoft Services, Real Madrid built a platform-as-a-service solution based on Microsoft Cloud and Office 365. It includes a fan engagement platform, extended video platform, and consumer app, all of which provide telemetry data surfaced through Power BI.

"We can create a one-to-one relationship with fans around the planet with the Microsoft solution, connecting this huge community of people and making the experience of being a supporter of Real Madrid much better," Sánchez says.


ABB Italy accelerates custom BI reporting

ABB Italy, a subsidiary of manufacturer ABB, needed a state-of-the-art BI application to provide deeper market analyses and visual reporting for the region's manufacturing business. At first it built its own solution. Accessing available reports was easy, but generating new reports required going through an IT liaison to the company's external IT supplier. That process could take up to four weeks.

"Our users are more tech-savvy than they were a few years ago," says Massimiliano Cimnaghi, IS technology manager at ABB Italy. "They use mobile phones, shop on websites — and expect the tools they use at work, including BI, to be as easy to understand, and as fast and simple to use, as their personal technologies."

ABB adopted Power BI and freed up IT resources, reduced reliance on outside suppliers, and empowered marketing managers and business users to query internal and external data sets and develop more insightful reporting. ABB Italy can now generate custom reports in just a few hours.

"Before, you really thought twice about ordering a custom report and sometimes you didn't do it," says Alessandra Gilberti, BI manager for ABB Italy. "Now, if you have a question, you can use Power BI to find the answer. There's no barrier between you and the analysis you want to perform."


Carnegie Mellon slashes energy consumption

Established in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a leading research institute with seven globally recognized schools and colleges. CMU sought to manage energy efficiently in large buildings and across multiple sites.

For example, the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace at the CMU School of Architecture’s Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics is a 7,000-square-foot laboratory that includes more than 10 data collection and control systems, and hundreds of sensors and actuators that control functions like heating and cooling, lights, ventilation, plug load, and security. Data was collected separately from each system for analysis, a time-consuming process that produced limited insight into system performance.

CMU partner OSIsoft created a Power BI-based solution called PI System that allowed them to track energy usage over time, by category, by building, and so on. The solution uses Power Query, Q&A and Power Maps to ask questions of the data and get immediate answers and to display energy usage in a map-based format. CMU has provided access to the data to a range of employees throughout the university. By making the data more accessible, the university has been able to identify faulty equipment and cut energy consumption in its own laboratory by one-third.


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