Microsoft Power BI Visualizes Project Data, Supports Intune MDM
Users can now glean insights from Microsoft's cloud-based project management solution while administrators keep a lid on Power BI data on mobile devices.Microsoft has added a Project Online content pack to the growing pile of content packs available for Power BI, the software giant's cloud-based business intelligence and analytics product. "The Project Online content pack for Power BI allows you to explore your project data with out-of-box metrics such overdue projects or a burndown of current project work," Theresa Palmer, a Microsoft Power Query program manager, said in a Nov. 18 announcement. Project Online is Microsoft's Web-based project portfolio management software delivered via Office 365. Once linked to a Project Online account, Power BI can start visually exploring metrics related to the status of their projects. "You can also try asking a question of your data, such as 'show total active project out of compliance' or 'active issues by priority in a donut'. If you're not sure of what to ask, select the question box for suggested questions," Palmer added. Users can further tune their results using Power BI's Fields and Visualizations panes. Acknowledging that Power BI users may be exploring sensitive data on their smartphones and tablets, Microsoft also announced support for the company's mobile device management (MDM) platform, Intune. "This new version of Power BI for iOS and Android enables organizations to better protect against access to sensitive information in the application and prevent data leakage," Microsoft's Power BI Team wrote in a Nov. 17 blog post. "In addition, organizations can do mass provisioning of the Power BI apps to a large number of employees at one time."