As a System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) administrator, I’m sure that you get asked hardware and software inventory questions all the time. Then after you review the built-in SCCM reports you discover one of two things. Either one of the reports will help answer your boss’ question or you will need to create a new one. Does it matter if the new report is a SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report, a Power BI report or an Excel spreadsheet? Well, if you decide to go with Power BI reports we can help! The Enhansoft team recently put together my series of blog posts as a Getting Started with Power BI and SCCM eBook and now it is yours for free!
Getting Started with Power BI and SCCM eBook
This jam-packed 44-page guide will walk you, step-by-step, through the process of how to create your first Power BI report and how to leverage data within SCCM. Along the way, you’ll read how Microsoft defines Power BI, what the various versions of Power BI are, and the recent changes to its licensing. You’ll read about the importance of getting your SQL Server query setup correctly and how you can fix it if you don’t. As well, there is an entire section devoted to the role color plays within any report and why you should always pay attention to it!
Topics covered include:
-Installing Power BI Desktop.
-Connecting to the SCCM database.
-Creating your first table.
-Adding a calculated column to a table.
-Creating your first chart.
-Customizing a chart.
How Do I Get My Free Getting Started with Power BI and SCCM eBook?
To get your copy of this eBook go to the following webpage and fill out the form. The eBook will be emailed to you within a few minutes.
If you don’t want to try your hand at writing your own Power BI or SSRS reports, make sure to check out Enhansoft’s free monthly giveaway page. Each month we giveaway one report that’s sure to help you get answers about your SCCM environment.
What Reporting Tool Is Right for You?
Back to my earlier question, “Does it matter if the new report is a SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report, a Power BI report or an Excel spreadsheet?” There isn’t one simple answer, however, in this day and age, who can ignore Power BI? No one! In order to get the most out of SCCM, you need to report on the information within SCCM. You might need a report that is as simple as a count of software titles to a more complex report such as the overall compliance of software updates within your SCCM environment. As many of you know we love reporting here at Enhansoft, so it doesn’t matter if it is SSRS, Power BI or even Excel. Using the right tool is important and Power BI should be one of those tools in your arsenal. We hope this eBook gets you started on the right path with Power BI.
If you have any questions about the free Getting Started with Power BI and SCCM eBook, please feel free to contact me @GarthMJ.