Building Dynamics CRM 2015 Dashboards with Power BI

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  • Organize and consolidate Dynamics CRM 2015 datasets
  • Add summaries and visualizations using charts and maps
  • Enhance data clarity with filters, slicers, timelines
  • Improve analysis by joining other data sources
  • Deploy and present the dashboard to Power BI for Office 365 site
  • Use the advanced Q/A functionality with Power BI to query data in the dashboard graphs and charts
  • Connect the dashboards to Dynamics CRM 2015
  • Extend functionality with Power BI mobile apps

Dynamics CRM 2015 holds a wealth of information about customers and the sales pipeline, but sometimes leaves users with basic end-user reporting and dashboard options. Power BI is a great new tool for analyzing and presenting data, giving us the ability to dig deeper into the information. With the increased requests for real-time sales analytics, Power BI when connected to Dynamics CRM offers a self-service approach to build, shape, and present data through an easy-to-use interface. The set of features within Power BI will give all users a tool to generate real-time sales productivity reports and dashboards to enhance their sales performance.

This book will provide you with the skills you need to learn how to build and present Dynamics CRM 2015 sales dashboards using Power BI. It follows a step-by-step process to build an interactive dashboard by organizing and consolidating datasets, improving the look and feel of graphs, charts, and maps, and enhancing data clarity with filters and slicers.

By sequentially working through the steps in each chapter, you will learn how to use the Power BI Q/A functionality to query data in the dashboard, extend the dashboards to the mobile apps for the iPad and Surface, and leverage the pre-built workbook template provided by Microsoft for Dynamic CRM 2015 sales, service, and marketing dashboards.

  • Create Dynamics CRM reports using Power BI for Office 365 and Power BI Designer
  • Discover best practices to build and deploy these dashboards to Power BI sites and Dynamics CRM 2015
  • Learn how to extend dashboard to mobile iPad and Surface Power BI apps
Page Count 184
Course Length 5 hours 31 minutes
ISBN 9781785289101
Date Of Publication 20 Aug 2015


Steve Ivie

Steve Ivie is a Microsoft business solutions advisor and author. He is also the founder of DynShare (, a learning and discovery site focused on business productivity, social collaboration, integrated solutions, and business analytics with Dynamics CRM and Offi ce 365.

For 15 years, Steve has been working on business technologies for industries such as finance, biopharmaceutical, healthcare, professional services, manufacturing, sports, and entertainment. He is one of the few people who have a principle-level consulting record and holds professional certifications in Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, SharePoint, and business intelligence. Steve is an active speaker of CRMUG and a facilitator at Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience (CIE).

As a solution architect at Tribridge, he is responsible for building and presenting customized business solutions with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365,
in addition to integrating Power BI and marketing Dynamics GP, Dynamics AX, and related ISV products.