close

Power BI Embedded Supported Data Sources

Posted by Kevin Booth on Dec, 16, 2021 04:12

Power BI Embedded is a Microsoft-developed application that provides the user company with the access to utilize dashboards, reports, and other analytical tools within the existing application. The Power BI API and the Azure features contribute several rich features that enhance the functionality and the user experience within the Power BI cloud platform through the user company’s application. This significantly decreases the time, cost, and complexity of deploying a new range of applications.

In addition to this, the application does not require any end-user licensing, the user organizations can pay as little as a dollar an hour for using the analytics features while their business expands. Thus, in totality, the Power BI Embedded also performs seamless integration of reports and dashboards, KPIs, and other graphic visuals into any SaaS application.

EPCGroup provides Power BI Embedded Consulting for integration, reports creation, and generating custom dashboards.

Data sources: An Explanation of the concept

As the name suggests, the term Data source refers to a source of data or information. This data source can be a file, database or DBMS, or a live feed of information. The data can be located in the same computer as the program or a distant computer on the same network. The main utility of a data source is to derive technical information required to access the data that is relevant for performing business activities of the user company.

This set of information is expected to consist of the driver name, network address, network software, and others. The concept of Data sources can be further categorized into the following:-

  • Machine data sources
  • File data sources

More often than not, the terms, datasets, and data sources are used synonymously. But the meanings of these terms are far from being similar. The term Dataset refers to a collection of information that includes pointers related to the data source and its credentials. At times, the dataset also consists of a portion of data copied from the data source. In a situation where the user organization designs visualizations in reports and dashboards, the data displayed is often a part of the dataset.

Power BI Embedded Reports visualization

On the other hand, the term Data source is the source of the data kept in the dataset. For instance, data sources can be of the following kinds:-

  • An online service like the Google Analytics
  • A database in the cloud platform like the Azure SQL Database
  • A database or file on a local computer or server is kept within the internal system of the user organization. 

Supported Data sources in Power BI Embedded:

The natively supported data sources of Power BI Embedded include the following:-

  • The Azure SQL Database and
  • The Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Azure SQL Database, developed by Microsoft in 2013, had its origin in the on-premises Microsoft SQL Server. Later, in 2015, the Azure SQL Data Warehouse was added to the Azure application portfolio. This application originated from the on-premises Microsoft Analytics Platform System. While these two applications can seem to be synonymous, in practice these have slightly different purposes.

The Azure SQL Database can be defined as a database as a service that is designed on the relational model using the Microsoft SQL Server Engine. On the other hand, the Azure SQL Data Warehouse can be understood as a massive yet parallel processing database that is also built atop the cloud platform. The application is designed to process large volumes of data and analyze data with high scalability. The understanding of both these data sources can be cleared only based on the differentiation between the two.

Check out Power BI Embedded Pricing

How Power BI Embedded Works

Differences between Azure SQL Database and The Azure SQL Data Warehouse

  • Manner of Processing – The Azure SQL Database uses Online Transaction Processing which refers to a set of operational data that consists of short transactions and multiple users or processes. The data is usually stored in tables and highly normalized. On the other hand, the Azure SQL Data Warehouse consists of Online Analytical Processing which refers to consolidation data consisting of less volume but far more complex queries. This data is less normalized and stored in tables using a star schema.
  • Architectural setting – The architectural setup of Azure SQL Data Warehouse is far greater than the Azure SQL Database. This is proved by the quick scan of the Azure SQL Data Warehouse which reveals that a collection of Azure SQL Databases along with separate storage can be fit into it.
  • Storage limitations – While the Azure SQL Database has storage size limitations around 4TB, there exists no storage limitation in Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
  • Pricing structure – The Azure SQL Data Warehouse is understandably more expensive than the Azure SQL Database as several such SQL Databases can fit into one Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Conclusion:

So, currently, the Power BI Embedded seems to support only the Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse as its data sources.

[gravityform id="43" title="true" description="false" ajax="true"]
<div class='gf_browser_chrome gform_wrapper gform_legacy_markup_wrapper' id='gform_wrapper_43' ><div id='gf_43' class='gform_anchor' tabindex='-1'></div> <div class='gform_heading'> <h3 class="gform_title">Subscriber - Powerbi e-book</h3> </div><form method='post' enctype='multipart/form-data' target='gform_ajax_frame_43' id='gform_43' action='/power-bi-embedded-supported-data-sources/#gf_43' > <div class='gform_body gform-body'><ul id='gform_fields_43' class='gform_fields top_label form_sublabel_below description_below'><li id="field_43_7" class="gfield gfield--width-full gform_hidden field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_text'><input name='input_7' id='input_43_7' type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' aria-invalid="false" value='https://www.epcgroup.net/power-bi-embedded-supported-data-sources/' /></div></li><li id="field_43_4" class="gfield gfield_html gfield_html_formatted gfield_no_follows_desc field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" > <div class="description_data"> <p class="dp_one">Subscribe to our newsletter and get the first three chapters of the eBook for <strong>free<strong>.</p> </div></li><li id="field_43_6" class="gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label gfield_label_before_complex' >Name<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_asterisk">*</span></span></label><div class='ginput_complex ginput_container no_prefix has_first_name no_middle_name has_last_name no_suffix gf_name_has_2 ginput_container_name' id='input_43_6'> <span id='input_43_6_3_container' class='name_first' > <input type='text' name='input_6.3' id='input_43_6_3' value='' aria-required='true' placeholder='First Name' /> <label for='input_43_6_3' >First</label> </span> <span id='input_43_6_6_container' class='name_last' > <input type='text' name='input_6.6' id='input_43_6_6' value='' aria-required='true' placeholder='Last Name' /> <label for='input_43_6_6' >Last</label> </span> </div></li><li id="field_43_2" class="gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_43_2' >Email Address<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_asterisk">*</span></span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_email'> <input name='input_2' id='input_43_2' type='text' value='' class='medium' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" aria-describedby="gfield_description_43_2" /> </div><div class='gfield_description' id='gfield_description_43_2'>Please enter your correct email address. You will receive an email to download the eBook.</div></li><li id="field_43_3" class="gfield g-captcha field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label screen-reader-text' for='input_43_3' ></label><div id='input_43_3' class='ginput_container ginput_recaptcha' data-sitekey='6LdQ388UAAAAAJaahWs7D_jWzeQhUZW6-VNwWfaU' data-theme='light' data-tabindex='0' data-badge=''></div></li><li id="field_43_5" class="gfield gfield_html gfield_html_formatted gfield_no_follows_desc field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><div class="note_description"><p><i><strong>NOTE: </strong>We will never send you spam or pass on your email address to any third party. You may choose to opt-out at any time.</i></p></div></li></ul></div> <div class='gform_footer top_label'> <input type='submit' id='gform_submit_button_43' class='gform_button button' value='Download Now' onclick='if(window["gf_submitting_43"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_43"]=true; ' onkeypress='if( event.keyCode == 13 ){ if(window["gf_submitting_43"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_43"]=true; jQuery("#gform_43").trigger("submit",[true]); }' /> <input type='hidden' name='gform_ajax' value='form_id=43&amp;title=1&amp;description=&amp;tabindex=0' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='is_submit_43' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_submit' value='43' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_unique_id' value='' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='state_43' value='WyJbXSIsIjEwNTJhNGVmMWMyNzI3YTJmMjdiZTA1NjU4ZDMzYzY3Il0=' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_target_page_number_43' id='gform_target_page_number_43' value='0' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_source_page_number_43' id='gform_source_page_number_43' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' name='gform_field_values' value='' /> </div> <p style="display: none !important;"><label>&#916;<textarea name="ak_hp_textarea" cols="45" rows="8" maxlength="100"></textarea></label><input type="hidden" id="ak_js_2" name="ak_js" value="43"/><script>document.getElementById( "ak_js_2" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() );</script></p></form> </div> <iframe style='display:none;width:0px;height:0px;' src='about:blank' name='gform_ajax_frame_43' id='gform_ajax_frame_43' title='This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.'></iframe> <script type="text/javascript"> gform.initializeOnLoaded( function() {gformInitSpinner( 43, 'https://www.epcgroup.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/ezgif.com-gif-maker.gif' );jQuery('#gform_ajax_frame_43').on('load',function(){var contents = jQuery(this).contents().find('*').html();var is_postback = contents.indexOf('GF_AJAX_POSTBACK') >= 0;if(!is_postback){return;}var form_content = jQuery(this).contents().find('#gform_wrapper_43');var is_confirmation = jQuery(this).contents().find('#gform_confirmation_wrapper_43').length > 0;var is_redirect = contents.indexOf('gformRedirect(){') >= 0;var is_form = form_content.length > 0 && ! is_redirect && ! is_confirmation;var mt = parseInt(jQuery('html').css('margin-top'), 10) + parseInt(jQuery('body').css('margin-top'), 10) + 100;if(is_form){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_43').html(form_content.html());if(form_content.hasClass('gform_validation_error')){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_43').addClass('gform_validation_error');} else {jQuery('#gform_wrapper_43').removeClass('gform_validation_error');}setTimeout( function() { /* delay the scroll by 50 milliseconds to fix a bug in chrome */ jQuery(document).scrollTop(jQuery('#gform_wrapper_43').offset().top - mt); }, 50 );if(window['gformInitDatepicker']) {gformInitDatepicker();}if(window['gformInitPriceFields']) {gformInitPriceFields();}var current_page = jQuery('#gform_source_page_number_43').val();gformInitSpinner( 43, 'https://www.epcgroup.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/ezgif.com-gif-maker.gif' );jQuery(document).trigger('gform_page_loaded', [43, current_page]);window['gf_submitting_43'] = false;}else if(!is_redirect){var confirmation_content = jQuery(this).contents().find('.GF_AJAX_POSTBACK').html();if(!confirmation_content){confirmation_content = contents;}setTimeout(function(){jQuery('#gform_wrapper_43').replaceWith(confirmation_content);jQuery(document).scrollTop(jQuery('#gf_43').offset().top - mt);jQuery(document).trigger('gform_confirmation_loaded', [43]);window['gf_submitting_43'] = false;wp.a11y.speak(jQuery('#gform_confirmation_message_43').text());}, 50);}else{jQuery('#gform_43').append(contents);if(window['gformRedirect']) {gformRedirect();}}jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [43, current_page]);} );} ); </script>
[gravityforms id=41 title=”true” description=”false”]
<div class='gf_browser_chrome gform_wrapper exit_intent_popup_wrapper gform_legacy_markup_wrapper' id='gform_wrapper_41' > <div class='gform_heading'> <h3 class="gform_title">Exit Intent</h3> <span class='gform_description'></span> </div><form method='post' enctype='multipart/form-data' id='gform_41' class='exit_intent_popup gform_legacy_markup' action='/power-bi-embedded-supported-data-sources/' > <div class='gform_body gform-body'><ul id='gform_fields_41' class='gform_fields top_label form_sublabel_below description_below'><li id="field_41_1" class="gfield gform_hidden field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_text'><input name='input_1' id='input_41_1' type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' aria-invalid="false" value='https://www.epcgroup.net/power-bi-embedded-supported-data-sources/' /></div></li><li id="field_41_11" class="gfield gfield--width-full gform_hidden field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_text'><input name='input_11' id='input_41_11' type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' aria-invalid="false" value='ddd01b75-d4fc-ea11-a816-000d3a591fb8' /></div></li><li id="field_41_12" class="gfield gfield--width-full gform_hidden field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_text'><input name='input_12' id='input_41_12' type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' aria-invalid="false" value='' /></div></li><li id="field_41_13" class="gfield gfield--width-full gform_hidden field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_text'><input name='input_13' id='input_41_13' type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' aria-invalid="false" value='' /></div></li><li id="field_41_9" class="gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_41_9' >Full Name<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_asterisk">*</span></span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_text'><input name='input_9' id='input_41_9' type='text' value='' class='medium' placeholder='Full Name' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" /> </div></li><li id="field_41_6" class="gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_41_6' >Email<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_asterisk">*</span></span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_email'> <input name='input_6' id='input_41_6' type='text' value='' class='medium' placeholder='Email Address' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" /> </div></li><li id="field_41_7" class="gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_41_7' >Phone<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_asterisk">*</span></span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_phone'><input name='input_7' id='input_41_7' type='text' value='' class='medium' placeholder='Phone Number' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" /></div></li><li id="field_41_10" class="gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_41_10' >Company Name<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_asterisk">*</span></span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_text'><input name='input_10' id='input_41_10' type='text' value='' class='medium' placeholder='Company Name' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" /> </div></li><li id="field_41_8" class="gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_41_8' >Message<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_asterisk">*</span></span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_textarea'><textarea name='input_8' id='input_41_8' class='textarea medium' placeholder='Type your message here...' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" rows='10' cols='50'></textarea></div></li></ul></div> <div class='gform_footer top_label'> <input type='submit' id='gform_submit_button_41' class='gform_button button' value='Submit' onclick='if(window["gf_submitting_41"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_41"]=true; ' onkeypress='if( event.keyCode == 13 ){ if(window["gf_submitting_41"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_41"]=true; jQuery("#gform_41").trigger("submit",[true]); }' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='is_submit_41' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_submit' value='41' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_unique_id' value='' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='state_41' value='WyJbXSIsIjEwNTJhNGVmMWMyNzI3YTJmMjdiZTA1NjU4ZDMzYzY3Il0=' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_target_page_number_41' id='gform_target_page_number_41' value='0' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_source_page_number_41' id='gform_source_page_number_41' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' name='gform_field_values' value='' /> </div> <p style="display: none !important;"><label>&#916;<textarea name="ak_hp_textarea" cols="45" rows="8" maxlength="100"></textarea></label><input type="hidden" id="ak_js_3" name="ak_js" value="26"/><script>document.getElementById( "ak_js_3" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() );</script></p></form> </div>