According to Microsoft, “Microsoft Power BI helps you stay up to date with the information that matters to you. With Power BI service, dashboards help you keep a finger on the pulse of your business. Your dashboards display tiles that you can click to open reports for exploring further. Connect to multiple datasets to bring all of the relevant data together in one place.”* These look great but what if you want to see them on a big screen and interact with the data – we have the answer for you and no, it is not Microsoft Surface Hub!
With Microsoft touting their very expensive Microsoft Surface Hub range of interactive Flat Panels, in this Blog Post we would like to show you how you can use the On Board Android of the TouchIT Y Series to manipulate and control your Power BI Dashboards for a fraction of the cost!
The first thing that you are going to want to do is navigate to the TouchIT App Store and download the Chrome Browser. Clearly you are going to have to be connected to your corporate internet connection for this to work. Chrome is nice and user-friendly and has all the relevant plugins that you are going to need to run your Apps. Once installed, you then want to navigate the the Microsoft Apps page so you can access the dashboards.
In order to access the dashboards, you are going to need to login. For this login, you will need an Organisation Account, not your personal Microsoft account. These are free to create and quite a straight forward process if you are an IT administrator. If not, you may need to get the administrator to create an account for you but the likelihood is that if you are reading this blog post, you already have an account, are already using the dashboards and want to use them on a large interactive touch screen LED like the TouchIT Y Series, so you don’t need to pay the earth for a Microsoft Surface product!
Once logged into your account, you can then navigate to the appropriate App and dashboard. Manipulating this is just the same as using the mouse – really simple. One thing to note here is that using the onboard Android from the TouchIT Y Series means that you don’t need to have a computer connected. However, you could quite easily use your computer and the Edge Browser if you wanted to run the dashboards from your own computer rather than the android – best of both worlds.
Take a look at the video below for how the dashboards look and work on the TouchIT Y Series LED.
*Microsoft Corporation – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-get-started/