If you have ever used SharePoint lists before, you know they provide a very simple way for users to store and share list-based items. Simple text and number fields are straightforward, but complex field types in SharePoint (such as lookups, managed metadata, rich text, locations, etc) can present several reporting challenges that SharePoint by itself can’t solve.
This is where Microsoft Power BI comes into the picture. Power BI provides specific tools to aid with these kind of reporting challenges when you are using complex SharePoint field types.
For example, if you are using the new modern “Location” column in your SharePoint List to capture address information, you might want to visually show this location data on an interactive map. Leveraging Power BI in this situation offers you the best possible reporting capabilities to fit your needs.
For a deeper look into this topic, check out Microsoft’s new white paper entitled “Using Power BI with Complex SharePoint Field Types” that examines the specific Power BI tools that aid with these challenges. It’s completely free, so check it out today.
And as always, if you need any assistance with your modern reporting and dashboarding efforts that leverage SharePoint and Power BI, just know that Imaginet is here to help you. For more than 15 years, our certified SharePoint and Business Intelligence consultants have been helping organizations around the world with all of their enterprise content, data, reporting, and dashboarding needs… and we’re ready to help you, too. Contact us today to get started.
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