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Power BI Program Manager Sirui Sun revealed in a blog post yesterday that Power BI now supports real-time data flow from the dashboard. The dashboard integration has been designed for an easy setup, while still retaining all of the information users need to make decisions.

“Real-time data empowers users to make quick decisions on time-sensitive information, and to identify emergent trends as they happen,” says Sun, “Power BI further amplifies the power of real-time data with an easy setup process, and an array of powerful visualization and analysis tools.”

How it Works

Real-time tiles utilize PubNub to push data to the Power BI Rest APIs. For those unfamiliar, PubNub is a real-time data streaming service that is used across industries to build web and mobile applications.

PubNub has designed the streaming datasets to stream to the dashboard quickly and efficiently. It can also be integrated with Azure Stream Analytics, for which documentation will be coming soon.

“The power of real-time data, combined with the 60+ data sources already available in Power BI, allows you to create a truly 360-degree view of your business,” says Sun.

And getting it all to work is relatively simple. As usual, Microsoft has provided extensive documentation:

Sun’s announcement post also runs over the setup quickly, and can be found here.