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Why Choose Us

Why Organizations Recognize EPC Group's Consulting Services as the Industry Leader
Named Gartner's Cool Vendor of the Year
Named Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist,
2015 & 2016
Over 4 million Office 365 users successfully migrated
200+ years combined senior team migration experience
Expertise migrating to Office 365 in every vertical
EPC Group's Chief Architect Errin O'Connor was on the original SharePoint and
Office 365 Beta teams

EPC Group's Power BI Offerings

  • We have 20+ years of experience in database design, business intelligence, ETL and analytics
  • Over 75 certified Power BI architects on staff ready to help
  • We have authored 4 Microsoft reference books on SharePoint and the latest authoritative book on Power BI, the “Microsoft Power BI 2018 Dashboards Step by Step”
  • Comprehensive Power BI training from certified Power BI trainers
  • Proof-of-concept dashboards
  • Create dashboards and visualizations from even the most demanding applications built with exceptional visualization and usability
  • And as part of our unique Power BI consulting service, EPC Group utilizes tailored methodologies to ensure that your dashboards are easy to use and highly functional

What is Power BI?

It’s been some time now since Microsoft launched Power BI and the way things had been progressing for this exceptional Business Intelligence and Analytics tool, it seemed it would only be a matter of time before it became the preferred platform of choice for BI and analytics with the majority of forward-thinking enterprises.

Power BI is a powerful tool in the hands of businesses that want to extract and convert data from multiple disparate sources in order to obtain meaningful insights. It offers unprecedented user experience with interactive visualization opportunities along with true self-service analytics capabilities. All this helps to look at the same data from a variety of angles, not to mention the reports and dashboards can be created by anybody in the organization without the assistance of IT administrators.

Some of the unique Power BI benefits are:

  • Powerful dashboard graphs and visualizations that are being continuously updated.
  • In-memory analytics feature and columnar database supporting tabular data.
  • The best of both worlds when it comes to ease-of-use and performance in a single BI tool.
  • Interactive geo-mapping with by Bing Maps.
  • Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) scripting for creating measures and columns.

Recent Case Study

Power BI Training

Visualization of data is key to discovering useful insights from a business perspective. While there are many tools for this purpose, Power BI has been gaining popularity for offering cutting edge tools that help transform an organization’s data into rich visualizations that offer a panoramic view of the business to users helping them gauge updates in real time. Power BI dashboard can also run on multiple devices.

EPC Group offers comprehensive Power BI training that can be customized to your organizations needs. You will learn the basics of Power BI such as the Power BI desktop, and how to connect to data using Power BI desktop. Our expert trainers will familiarize you with the rich components that drive this tool such as modelling, visualizations, exploring data with the dashboard, working with Excel and publishing and sharing data as well as DAX functionality.

What you will learn:

  • How Power BI will transform data and business
  • Leveraging Power BI desktop and managing and utilizing data.
  • Connecting data from different sources and data modelling with Power BI desktop
  • How to create custom data visualizations and style reports for data representation
  • How Power BI and Excel can work together
  • How to share and collaborate with data with Power BI
  • Power BI Data Analysis Expression(DAX), and its functions

Power BI vs Tableau

EPC Group’s Point of View:

User Adoption The successful adoption rate among new Power BI users is much higher than Tableau. This is because anyone who has utilized Microsoft’s products before might feel right at home in Power BI. Its user interface is similar to Microsoft Excel which makes it easier to navigate for rookies. Power BI has an intuitive learning curve and utilizes Microsoft’s DAX query language which will be familiar to advanced users of Excel. While Tableau becomes easier to navigate once you become more familiar with the tool, the marks menu will take more time to become comfortable with.

Sharing reports Collaboration is much easier with Power BI since you can use Power BI Pro to create and share rich, complex interactive reports on the Power BI.com service. Tableau does have a few built-in sharing options, but they fall short with the lack of customization capabilities when compared to Power BI.

Sharing critical business data and extracting insights can be an overwhelming process but, Power BI simplifies this process from both the adoption and cost perspective.

Visualizations Power BI offers a robust library of visualization options and its open framework enables users to add additional visualizations to their library via the Microsoft Office store.

Power BI gives you the ability to create your own custom visualization allowing you to explore and display your data in captivating ways that allow you to uncover key actionable insights. You can also download visuals created by the community and Microsoft. These visuals are downloadable for you to leverage in your reports.

Tableau’s built-in visuals may be top notch, but they do not allow you the flexibility to create your own custom visualizations

Affordability At just $10 per month for Power BI, users gain access to wide array of features such as real-time dashboard creating capabilities, automatic data updating, shared data collaboration and much more. The Power BI desktop version is free for users and will help start your data visualization journey on the right foot. Tableau is priced at $35 for similar features.

ETL & Data Discovery Suite Tableau really can’t compare with Power BI’s robust set of tools for ETL and data discovery. Data prep is 90% of any reporting requirement. Reporting data-marts can be directly built into Power BI without having to go to a third party.

MSFT Integration Power BI is tightly integrated with the O365 offerings as well as everything Microsoft, making it a much more sensible fit for organizations that run on Office 365 or Azure. This is a huge advantage for organizations that are excel driven but need data from the same source as Power BI based reporting.

Finding Answers There’s no other Business Intelligence product on the market that offer Natural Language Query capabilities. The Power BI Natural Language Query is surprisingly robust as you can simply type in a question and Power BI will select the appropriate visualization for you. What’s even more surprising is that the visualization selected may or may not have been created by the dashboard’s author. This is a game changing feature and will make data accessibility consistently present.

Recent Power BI Clients

Power BI Online, Power BI Pro or Power BI Premium

What's best for you?

Power BI Online
Power BI Online is a cloud-based application which works on the Microsoft Azure platform. The Power BI Online platform is not available as a private cloud or internal service.

Power BI Pro
The Power BI Pro license is user based and depends on how many users require the basic functional upgrade from a free version.

The Pro users help in collaboration and interaction with users across the workspace, sharing of dashboards and publishing reports within the workspace. One can also integrate content and analyze the same in Excel or Power BI Desktop

Power BI Premium
The Premium version is capacity based depending upon the number of users accessing the Power BI service. Premium also removes the down limits for refreshes, dataset sizes which thereby increases the stability and performance for isolation with a dedicated hardware. The Premium access unlocks larger limits of data and higher capacity spaces as per large scale deployments.

The Costs
The prices may vary from user to user across the country and may change without any official announcement from Microsoft. The billing of Power BI Premium occurs monthly and it requires an annual commitment.

EPC Group Power BI Case Study

Leveraging Power BI for Data-driven, Informed Decisions to Improve School Programs

Industry
Education

Customer Profile
The school district is home to 48,500 students from pre-K through 12th grade. This district has a richly diverse body of students that are White, Hispanic, Native American, Black and Asian.

Benefits

  • Turned unstructured data into powerful visual reports that gave deeper insights on their key performance areas
  • With the advanced Power BI Reports, the Board of Trustees are able to utilize effective, data-driven, decision-making processes that improve the School’s programs and employee satisfaction
  • Now students feel more valued as they see changes to continuously improve and raise the bar of quality education provided to them.
  • Employees feel more empowered as they get insights on how the district is doing, and how they can take action to serve the students better.

 
EPC Group assisted a school district in gaining deeper insights into their data, enabling better decision making and improving overall student performance and satisfaction.
 

Customer Situation

  • Customer had years of unstructured data, but without the required insights from the data
  • Customer required a solution that will give them critical insights on the student performance by grade, class, school and other dimensions
  • The solution should help the customer forecast student performance for effective planning

EPC Group’s Solution

  • Data Extraction – Extracted the data from existing on-premise SQL Server databases and migrated the data into Azure SQL
  • Implemented solutions which aggregating data and data elements from numerous internal and external data sources
  • Created various intuitive, interactive and customized visualization reports
  • Building rich, live dashboards to monitor crucial data from across the organization
  • Developing dynamic visualizations, including charts, maps and graphs
  • Integrated R language with Power BI for creating stunning interactive reports and dashboards
  • Provided Power BI Training to drive user adoption through Train-the-Trainer Trainer, Administrator Training and End-User Power BI Training
  • EPC Group brought raw data to life through dynamic visualizations that delivered actionable intelligence for the entire organization
  • Developed data dimensional model (OLAP) using SSAS
  • Integrated the data source to Power BI to create KPIs and measures to analyze and gain insights on sales figures, quantity, returns based on geographies, agencies, channels, and custom time period across different product categories

EPC Group’s Key Challenges

  • The unstructured data comprised 150 million sales transaction records of different agencies in Excel sheets and 20 million records in a SQL Server database
  • Transforming the raw data into a structured form, so that it results in efficient data analysis & design
  • Data was also both on-premise as well as cloud-based and EPC Group implemented a hybrid Power BI solution to enable the projects long-term success

Power BI Consulting: Cloud & Hybrid It Business Intelligence Solutions
The Power BI consultants at EPC Group use their expert knowledge of data to empower clients by enabling them to have comprehensive business intelligence solutions from data silos to data discovery that create a full picture of corporate initiatives and improve decision making.

  • Over 20 years of experience in data-base design, business intelligence, ETL and analytics
  • Over 100 Power BI architects on staff
  • Create dashboards and visualizations from even the most demanding applications
  • Provide comprehensive Power BI training from certified Power BI trainers

Office 365 Power BI: Know Your Numbers
Thanks to Power BI’s easy visualization capabilities, informed decisions are good decisions. Here’s a look at just some of the benefits you can expect:

  • Find and visualize data and collaborate with colleagues in intuitive new ways.
  • Show and share data from across your whole organization, and easily separate content so each department has their own dashboards and reports.
  • See immediate key info via built-in compatibility with Salesforce, Marketo, and Google plus more than 100 other third-party providers.
  • Access Power BI from any Apple, Windows or Android phone and tablet for extra convenience. EPC Group also develops reports for the Apple watch

Power BI Data Import and ETL From 100+ Data Sources:
EPC Group will guide you through the process of incorporating data from different silos into Power BI to create visualizations with relevant, actionable data. Many organizations lack the time, expertise or resources for ETL.

  • Prepare data for optimal visualization
  • Import data from almost any database, flat file or web service using custom interfaces (API), custom connectors or web services
  • Prepare rich data sets using any data source regardless of whether its on-premise or in the cloud.

Power BI Consulting Services From EPC Group – Reduce Your Dependency
Power BI reduces your dependency on IT because it’s easy to use and quick to deploy. It enables you to quickly see the data you need to see, so you can easily interpret and act on it. Drag and drop features let you go deeper with your data and explore it in new ways by asking simple questions. There’s no need to learn a new language with Power BI. You’ll be easily cleaning, shaping and modeling your data to create useful, shareable reports in no time.

Power BI Data Visualization

  • Power BI dashboards built with exceptional visualization and usability
  • Proof-of-concept dashboards
  • Customized training for your needs and experience level
  • As part of our unique Power BI consulting service, EPC Group utilizes tailored