Power BI team roles vary depending on whether the organizations goal is pursuing a Bottom/Up or Top/Down approach. One thing to keep in mind is that one key role must be present regardless of the deployment strategy: The Power BI Super-User is typically passionate about the possibilities of a data-driven culture and is a technically very skilled in end-to-end Power BI development. This includes Power Query, Power Pivot / DAX, dashboarding best practices and Power BI deployment strategies. The Power BI Super-User supervises and assists the more technically inclined departmental Power Users with implementation, communication with stakeholders, collaboration and best practices as well as offering mentoring and training when needed. Ideally an organization would have one single Power BI Super-User with departmental Power Users.
The most prevailing difference between roles for Self-Service BI is between report consumers and modelers. Report consumers interact with report views and dashboards, but wouldn’t normally define M queries, data model artifacts or DAX calculations within a report. Power BI data modelers would own the queries, data models and calculations. Its recommended to have a dedicated Power User monitor usage in a Self-Service BI scenario. This Power User would work to understand patterns and uncover popular Power BI reports and models that could become candidates for upgrade to other tools, like SQL Server Analysis (SSAS), Tabular models and SQL Integration Services (SSIS) ETL processes. In a corporate BI scenario one of the most important roles is the Power BI Super-User. This individual must ensure the strategic prototyping process is being deployed methodically to assist with requirements discovery.
Finally, Power Users, and the Power BI Super-User must all collaborate during the ownership transfer process from their IT Partner post implementation. EPC Group can help you organize and streamline this process.