How financial companies are using Power BI to transform their Management Information (MI)

Zed Chamaa
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One of the main challenges faced by our clients in the financial sector is how to quickly and efficiently analyse large amounts of data and transform it into deep business insights that continuously drive the decision-making process to remain ahead of the competition.

We often encounter financial organisations with data stored in numerous disparate systems, creating challenges to deliver accurate, on-demand management information. As a result what should be simple questions to answer such as “who are our most profitable customers?”, can often be surprisingly difficult for management to have up to date data on.

While there are a range of Business Intelligence (BI) tools in the market, we have seen increasing adoption of Power BI within the financial services sector over the past few years, as Microsoft have built out the product into a market-leading cloud solution.

With Power BI, executives can create interactive dashboards and reports to visualise complex financial data. This makes it much easier for decision makers to personalise the reporting experience based on their business needs and interact with the data to help uncover key insights relatively quickly and drive better business decisions across the organisation.

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Financial businesses executives can access their personalised Power BI reports in real-time directly from their smartphones and tablets to stay connected to key financial data while on the move. This helps them to effortlessly turn data into opportunity wherever they are.

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Power BI also makes it relatively easy to connect your financial reports to many different data sources to create a unified picture of your business data. Financial businesses executives can link to data that’s currently in spreadsheets, SQL databases and even on the Web, and bring it all together to their Power BI dashboards for quick review and analysis that leads to better business intelligence.

We have leveraged Microsoft's data visualisation solution to help financial services companies gain real-time insights through the use of Power BI dashboards and have found it particularly effective at helping companies break free of the reporting restrictions of legacy systems.

So how do you get started?

If you are thinking about exploring whether a Business Intelligence (BI) tool like Power BI could help your business, below is a list of questions that may help you evaluate the right approach for your organisation:

  • Do you already have a license? As an added benefit with Power BI now included in many Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions, your company may already have Power BI licenses you are not utilising, so it is worth checking this.
  • Do you struggle to locate the necessary metrics to see your entire business picture?
  • Is the data required to give you this full picture stored in multiple systems? If so what connection endpoints do these systems have? If your team is currently compiling spreadsheets to give you this data, walk through with them how they populate this data and from what sources. Power BI is able to pull in data from up to 200+ different sources such as Excel, MySQL, SharePoint and Azure SQL Database.
  • Is your organisation open to storing data in the cloud? If so, you can utilise the cloud based dashboards in the product which open up new opportunities for accessing your interactive reports and collaborating anywhere and at any time. If not, your Power BI also has a set of reporting options that can be rolled out on-premise and within your office network.
  • Is your business looking for a platform that provides powerful analytics capabilities in terms of predictive modelling, optimisation and reporting?

We utilised the solution to help organisations such as Masthaven Bank gain real-time insights through the use of Power BI dashboards. We are also experienced at connecting multiple data sources together to create real-time dashboards for management that drive unique business insights and can have a transformative effect on strategic decision making.

If you’d like any help or advice on implementing Power BI within your organisation, please fill in our contact form and we will be happy to help.