Connect Multiple Data Sources to Power BI

ZAP Data Hub is an automated data management tool, designed to help you get the best out of Power BI. ZAP Data Hub unifies all your business data — from any source or location — integrating it into a governed, central hub, and preparing it for expert analysis in Microsoft Power BI. Accessing data sources from ZAP Data Hub is a more secure, straightforward and faster process than ever before. No more manually loading data into Power BI, or directly connecting to source databases. ZAP Data Hub automates all these processes, saving you time and money while providing game-changing insights.

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Preparing Data for Power BI

With ZAP Data Hub, the time and resource required to find, understand and prepare data for analysis in Power BI is greatly reduced. ZAP Data Hub connects to and collects data from any source — cloud or on-premise — integrating it and automatically creating a data warehouse. ZAP is capable of connecting to unlimited data sources. And there are no restrictions on the complexity of query that can be performed or the volume of data that can be analyzed.

As an automated data management solution, ZAP replaces manual data preparation and the risk of human error. It handles data security and legislative compliance, and reduces the need for specialists, data engineers and key-person dependencies when accessing disparate or siloed information. ZAP Data Hub can connect and prepare even the largest data sets ready for analysis.

Using ZAP Data Hub for data preparation allows users to perform complex analysis within Power BI, without impacting performance, operational timescales or the integrity of underlying databases. It removes the need to manually prepare or load data, as well as the limitations of accessing underlying databases with Power BI’s DirectQuery function. As a result, users are free to explore and analyze multiple, integrated data sources and uncover previously hidden insight.

Find out more about how ZAP Data Hub can help you get greater insights from multiple data sources in Power BI in a fraction of the time.

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How ZAP Data Hub works

ZAP’s hybrid data collection connects to data sources of any type. Its intuitive, metadata-driven process uses familiar business terminology and drag-and-drop elements to make data modeling as simple as possible. The Data Hub creates an automated semantic layer, data warehouse and integration process, ready for analysis in Power BI.

Power BI Data Security and Governance

Data governance and security may be at risk when manually preparing your data for analysis with Power BI. This could be due to human error or a lack of process or audit trail. Additional workload and consultancy hours may also be required to handle everything from password and access control to reconfiguring mismatched data definitions. ZAP Data Hub removes these concerns and overheads as it automates, controls and logs all aspects of data governance and security.

Enterprise-class controls set security permissions, regulate access and protect data at any level of granularity, while data governance is controlled at four separate levels: user, resource, warehouse data and cell data. Data lineage is governed separately, with history tracking, auditing and monitoring also included.

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Pre-packaged, automated and easily-configurable, ZAP Data Hub connects to all sources of business data. Whether it’s ERP, CRM, HRM or accounting, ZAP Data Hub can connect it to Power BI. Marketing automation, collaborative and e-Commerce systems and APIs are all also covered.

As a result, all functions of a business become information-empowered. IT, finance, sales, marketing, HR and operations will all benefit from a ZAP powered Power BI tool. As Harvard Business Review confirms, “ensuring smart data management is the responsibility of all C-suite executives, starting with the CEO.”

Power BI, as Microsoft explains, allows you to “produce beautiful reports, then publish them for your organization to consume on the web and across mobile devices.” And a growing number of businesses are discovering that their Power BI reports deliver brains as well as beauty when combined with ZAP Data Hub.

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