Enhance Your MS Project Experience with Power BI

With many project managers already familiar with the benefits of Microsoft Project, it is important to highlight how this experience can be further optimised through smart integrations, such as Power BI.

The author of this page: Brianna Bracken
Brianna Bracken, Marketing Assistant Apr 27, 2021

Microsoft Project is a leading project management solution helping to streamline project management across all industries. As with most Microsoft technology, users can get the most value from Microsoft Project by adding relevant integrations to enhance visibility and maximise business impact.  One commonly used integration with Microsoft Project is Power BI.

Why Power BI?

Power BI is Microsoft’s powerful analytics tool known for its data visualisation abilities, bridging the gap between data and decision making for businesses. Allowing users to make sense of complex data sets, Power BI delivers important insights in a seamless, easy to digest manner.

Below are some of the benefits that Power BI can bring to your Microsoft Project solution;

Combined Data

One of the main drivers for using Power BI is its intelligent visual data presentation. Although Microsoft Project has its own internal reporting tracking on the important elements of projects, there is no doubt that Power BI enhances it. Using Power Bi with Microsoft project allows users to feed data into multiple systems that are used alongside it to help manage project management, for example, accounting software. However, it is Power Bi that has the ability to pull data from multiple sources in multiple ways combining it in a way that these systems cannot alone. Power BI pulls all project information from disparate systems in a quick and easy way, making project reporting a much easier task.

Actionable Insights

Previous reporting styles often involved pulling multiple data sets into excels where more time was needed to analyse the data, compare trends and extract insights. Power BI saves users valuable time by cutting out this process and presenting data visually where insights can easily be spotted. By presenting data in an easy to understand way, users spend less time scanning through endless data and more time actioning easily accessible insights empowering business decisions based on real-time information.

Completely Customisable

No matter the size or complexity of the project, Power BI can provide multiple data reports creating a unique data experience. Users have the option to personalise what data is reported depending on what is most important to each project. Power BI also allows users to use advanced filtering on data visuals to drill into important measurements for individual projects. Often, project managers juggle multiple projects at any one time; it is important to not only see high-level general reporting but also to be able to drill down into specific details if required. Equally, users may like to have a quick snapshot of multiple project data highlighting some key features such as timelines and budgets. This can be beneficial to use for presentations with stakeholders when data needs to be reported on quickly, and deadlines are tight.

If you would like to learn more about how Microsoft Project and Power BI can optimise your project management processes, contact Storm's experts.

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