Power BI Overview

Power BI is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights. Whether your data is a simple Excel spreadsheet or a collection of cloud-based and on-premises hybrid data warehouses, Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize (or discover) what's important, and share that with anyone or everyone you want.

Power BI consists of a Windows desktop application called Power BI Desktop, an online SaaS (Software as a Service) service called the Power BI service, and mobile Power BI apps available on Windows phones and tablets, as well as for iOS and Android devices. These three elements – the Desktop, the service and Mobile – are designed to let people create, share and consume business insights in the way that serves them, or their role, most effectively.

Benefits and Features

Faculty and staff can

  • see in one glance information needed to make decisions.
  • monitor the most-important information.
  • ensure all colleagues are on the same page, viewing and using the same information.

Access and Licensing

Current users

Access Power BI by signing in through the Stetson email. Once signed in, click on the grid in the top left corner to expand the menu and select Power BI from the list of programs. In Power BI, click on "Shared with me" in the left menu panel to view reports you have been granted access to. For more detailed information on accessing and navigating reports, see the Stetson Power BI Quick Start Guide.

New users

To request access for a Power BI Pro license, please contact Institutional Research.


Power BI is a self-service portal. Links to guidance resources are provided below.

Stetson Resources:

Microsoft Resources: