The title should give you a pretty good idea of the subject matter: the aim is to help anyone who intends to roll out Power BI within their organisation understand the different components of Power BI, the ways it can be deployed, how the licensing works, how it can connect to different types of data source, how it should be monitored and administered, how security works and so on. In fact, at 188 pages, it’s more of a book than a white paper and it is substantially expanded, updated and improved compared to the previous version. One of the aims that Melissa and I had when we started on this new version was to clarify certain topics that we know everyone struggles with, such as what the differences between the various Premium tiers are, what embedding is and what licenses are necessary to do it, and how sharing and collaboration should be managed. There’s also a certain amount of new information about how Power BI will be changing in the next few months (you should also read the very new October 18 release notes for Power BI and data integration if you haven’t done so already). I certainly learned a lot myself while writing it.
I would like to say a particular thank you to my co-author Melissa who was, once again, a pleasure to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable (especially about things like the new Azure data-related services that I know very little about), a great writer, very good at designing tables and charts (which I’m awful at), very reliable and above all very patient. I am also incredibly grateful to Adam Wilson and Lukasz Pawlowski from Microsoft who spent many long hours on calls with us explaining how things work in Power BI and what’s coming in the pipeline, and also to Meagan Longoria and the large number of other Microsoft employees who reviewed it.
I hope you enjoy reading it!