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  • Writer's pictureKatya Ryjoukhina

5 ways to use Power BI for your financial reporting

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Using Power BI for your financial dashboards

If you regularly produce financial reports or rely on your finance colleagues to provide them, you're aware of their critical role in steering a business beyond basic compliance requirements. Clear, timely, and accurate financial reports not only help you manage your company's financial health but also offer valuable insights for strategic decision-making.

However, creating these reports can be time-consuming. With Power BI, Microsoft's leading business analytics tool, you can significantly accelerate and streamline this process.

Here's how you can use Power BI to improve and simplify your financial reporting workflow :

1. Centralize data sources with Power BI

Power BI allows you to consolidate various data sources, eliminating the need to manually gather information from different locations. With Power BI, you can connect your reports directly to databases, shared Excel files, ERP systems, CRM systems, and other operational platforms.

This centralized approach saves time and ensures that all necessary data is integrated into your reports. It also reduces the risk of errors associated with manual data collection.

2. Real-time data updates

By connecting your data sources to Power BI, you can ensure real-time updates in your financial reports. For example, if you connect Power BI to your CRM system, you can track daily billing data without manual intervention.

This real-time connectivity eliminates the need to manually extract data for each report, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. You and your teams have always the data to hand: no need to send daily emails to ask your colleagues for it!

3. Customize reports with interactive visuals

Power BI's flexibility allows you to create personalized reports using a variety of visualizations, including graphs, charts, tables, and maps. So far, nothing very different from Excel, right? The difference is that these visuals are dynamic and can be linked together, providing an interactive experience. With a click on a specific data point, the entire report can update to filter data based on the data point selected. Additionally, Power BI supports custom calculations using DAX formulas, enabling you to create metrics and KPIs tailored to your financial reporting needs.

4. Set email alerts for key metrics

Power BI allows you to configure email alerts based on specific thresholds or conditions. This

feature is particularly useful for monitoring key financial metrics. For example, if your monthly revenue exceeds a target value, you can receive an email notification without having to manually check the report. This proactive approach ensures that you stay informed about critical changes in your financial data.

Similarly, if you connect Power BI to your CRM system, you could send email notifications to the sales team to let them know about the progression of their sales objectives, based on pre-defined thresholds or based on regular timings (eg. each Friday).

5. Control access and share reports securely

Power BI offers flexible sharing options, making it easy to distribute reports to relevant stakeholders. With Power BI's online version, you can share reports via a simple hyperlink, allowing colleagues to access the visuals without additional software. You can also use the "read-only" option to prevent unauthorized modifications.


For enhanced security, you can set up customized access for each report user, using RLS – ie. Role Level Security. Using DAX formulas, you can also very easily give access to a certain region, a certain territory. This ensures that sensitive financial data is protected while still allowing for collaboration.

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In conclusion, Power BI is a powerful tool that can transform your financial reporting processes, providing real-time insights, customizable visualizations, and robust security features. By implementing these five strategies, you can optimize your financial reporting and make data-driven decisions with confidence.

If you need help with setting up your financial reporting with Power BI, we are of course always happy to help!


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