Build a collaborative data culture using the Data Catalog in Power BI for Office 365.
One of the most valuable assets to a business is its data, but those assets won’t matter if no one can find or trust the data. The Data Catalog gives you features to control the data assets created by your in-house business experts. It is a central repository for storing shared and certified queries created using Power Query. The Data Catalog can make a difference to your team when you have all your valuable data sets in one spot. Your role determines the benefit of Power BI.
I’m an expert in my business, and I want to: (generally a Business Analyst role)
- Find data sets fast. Using the Data Catalog, you can know exactly where to find the right data to more quickly solve your business analytics problems. See Find and Use Shared Queries.
- Use the right data. Using the Data Catalog, you can be confident that you have the right data because it originated from other business experts and can be certified by your Data Steward. See Understanding the Role of Data Stewards in BI Data Management.
- Explore and innovate on data. Using Power Query, you can explore data from your Data Catalog and external data sources, innovate on that data, and easily collaborate with your Data Steward so that others can use your insights. See Microsoft Power Query start page.
- Define a functional business query that contributes to an organizational BI project. Using Power Query and the Data Catalog, you can define a functional business query that produces a data set you need now, and then share this data set to contribute to an organizational BI project. This is more effective to define what you need as compared to getting an excel dump from a report and then sending it as an attachment over email.
I'm a business professional responsible for organizational BI programs, and I want to: (generally a Data Steward role)
- Manage more predictable BI projects. Using the Data Catalog, you can empower subject matter experts to build reports from data that they understand rather than going through a lengthy and involved specification writing process. See Share queries to the Data Catalog.
- Have control over data sets with agility. Using the Data Catalog, you can control enterprise data while empowering business experts with Excel BI capabilities and certifying that data sets use the right data. See Certify queries in the Data Catalog.
- Reduce dependencies on IT. Using the Data Catalog, you can make data sets broadly available to Information Workers across your organization and reduce dependencies on IT. See Manage data source information using the Manage Data Portal.
- Understand what data sets a team uses. Using the Data Catalog, you can see the data sets that various teams have shared. This helps you better understand how enterprise data fits together. See Find shared queries in the Data Catalog.
I'm an IT Professional, and I want to:
- Retain control over who can access data. Using the Power BI Admin Center, you can retain control over who can access the data in the systems for which you are responsible. See Power BI for Office 365 Admin Center start page.
To learn more about the benefits of using the Data Catalog, see Do more with your data with the Data Catalog.
Understanding the Role of Data Stewards in Data Management
Getting Started with the Manage Data Portal
Data Management Experience in Power BI for Office 365 Help