Compelling stories start with a great script. Power BI users
engage their audience in a gripping tale from start to
finish. Organize, streamline, and share your personal story
with these four easy steps.
Develop Your Setting
Revisit the six genres and decide which one best
influences your metric. Want to compare how
your hero performs across different categories?
Maybe you want to track growth over time or
how the hero performs in different regions. Find
the right location to really leverage your story.
Choose Your Hero
What are you trying to follow on this journey?
What do you want to measure? What is your
audience rooting for? Find something important
and tell your audience why they should care
Discover Your Villain
What doesn’t belong? Your villain is the wrench
in the gears that your hero overcomes. What
relationships exist between your bad guy and
the other well behaved bits of information? Look
for those relationships to help your hero conquer
this new challenge.
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Share your findings, discover the next big thing,
and use your stunning imagery to dazzle your
audience and be the envy of your peers.
The genres of data visualization are the data director’s tools for seamless analytical storytelling.
These archetypes equip every director with the most insightful medium for creating their own
blockbuster data visualizations that maximize audience impact and simplify data.
Stocks, histograms, and fan graphs, Distributions
thrive in the dramatic representation of hundreds
of smaller parts building together to tell a greater
story. Each shift in a cell can have a grand impact
on the surrounding elements, and Power BI allows
you to see those changes in real time
at the push of a button.
Charts such as scatterplots and word trees show
the interaction between two different variables to
reveal the link between them. Power BI equips you
to examine these relationships across a vast array
of unlikely mediums and visualize periodic change.
Strictly framed in geography, these maps
and cartograms exist to demonstrate the
unique features of individual locations.
Power BI’s Power Map feature allows you
to create compelling scenes using
columns, charts, and heat maps plotted
in real time.
These visualizations break your data into smaller
pieces like pie graphs or tree maps, with each
chunk building a unique part of the greater tale.
Power BI allows you to quickly create visualizations
that allow your audience to instantly assess how
each piece fits into your overall story.
Straightforward and to the point, time is easy
to track, follow, and understand with spikes and
valleys that follow a linear path. With Power BI
you can track those changes and watch how
your star data points evolve over a 30-year
series or in a few short weeks.
Bar graphs, word clouds, and heat maps
explore the growth, change, and relationships
between multiple values as they span a set
category. The variables in Power BI are rarely
limited to just two plot points. Explore the
depth and layers of relationships with variables
within variables and categories within categories.
Plot Your Own
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You don’t have to be an award winning director to tell compelling
stories. Data contains its own narrative; good data analytics show
where an organization’s been and where it’s going, but great analytics
show how to get there.
Fortunately, with Microsoft Power BI, translating custom analytics
into stunning data visualizations is quick and easy. Aspiring storytellers
can tell their own data story with one of the six analytical genres,
and get two thumbs up from their audience.
Take your seat in the director’s chair and get
your data story rolling. For more information
on how Power BI helps you astonish your
audience explore our free eBook,
The DIY Guide to Dazzling Data
The DIY Guide
to Dazzling Data
It’s never been easier to delight colleagues, dazzle
bosses, and boost your value in the workplace.