Power BI is the buzzword in Business Intelligence circles these days. Increasingly, organisations are realising that data clarity is the key to achieving business success. It may seem like a simple formula on paper, but finding a clear solution is not always straightforward.
Gaining a true understanding of data comes with experience, and we possess over 10 years' worth of it. As a leader among microsoft business intelligence consulting companies, we are backed by a track record of significant achievements that validate it.
Our team of Power BI experts and consultants upholds a commitment to delivering excellence to business users and achieving impactful outcomes that foster innovation and provide decision-makers with vital insights for their business.
Whether you’re looking to explore the different paths in which the Power BI platform can help you to visualise your business data, or you’re seeking expert help with unlocking and understanding a specific aspect of it, our business intelligence consultants are ready to show you how.
We deliver versatile, custom-built dashboards that integrate seamlessly into your operations
How you utilise your business data is changing. An endless number of spreadsheets to record your core metrics is now a thing of the past in the world of business intelligence. The Virtual Forge Microsoft Power BI Services will enable you to discover your data in a new, powerful way.
Experienced business intelligence consultants can provide expert assistance in various services, such as planning analytics consulting, integration, implementation, dashboard design, QA, and training.
In order to get your Power BI project started on the right path, consultancy services diminish the uncertainity that often comes with correctly aligning any data strategy:
Whatever the format of your data and wherever it lives, VF's Power BI consultants have extensive experience with ingesting and integrating data from a wide array of sources:
Whether it’s a need for a assistance in a particular skill set or end-to-end BI dashboards development, our expertise can cover any of the following:
Our team knows that the better the look-and-feel, the better the end-user engagement. We offer the following to maximise the visual appeal and get valuable insights out of your reports with Power BI:
Even the best looking reports are only as good as the data they’re built upon. The Virtual Forge QA & support services ensure the utmost confidence in your KPIs:
Whether it’s an end-of-project hand-off, enhancing team skills, or simply understanding the basics of Power BI navigation, expert Power BI Training empower your teams to maintain and consume reports with confidence:
Microsoft Power BI is for everyone. No matter your role, it will provide you with the easy on the eye, intuitive, engaging and architected dashboards that will take you through an incredible data journey. Yours.
As a best-in-class business intelligence platform, Power BI features empowers everyone with clear and concise insights, from Directors seeking a consolidated view of company-wide performance to individuals managing day-to-day company operations.
No database? No problem. With a wide-ranging selection of native data connector options, Power BI is designed to quickly get you connected to the data you need without the need for a middle layer, so you’re able to start visualising data at a fraction of the time and cost.
The vast majority of the core functions in Power BI, from Power Query to visualisations, are designed around simple point-and-click interfaces to carry out complex operations. This in turn means that you can ingest, prepare, and visualise your own data, with no coding knowledge required.
With a single click of the canvas, your end-users can delve as deep into the story your data tells as they like. Slicers allow an easy way to filter by date or category. Via cross report filtering, they can click on a visual data point of interest, and all other visual elements respond to and are filtered by that selection.
The Power BI desktop application is updated on a monthly basis (as are many related tools within the Power BI/Fabric ecosystem), the bulk of which are quality-of-life improvements suggested by you, the end-user. As a Power BI user, you are part of a vast community whose members form not only a network of support and knowledge-sharing, but also a force for change via the Ideas platform.
Our business intelligence consulting services are a global operation with locations in London, Lisbon, and Doylestown. As an experienced business intelligence consulting firm, we have over one decade of experience in providing Business Intelligence Solutions and IT support services.
The Virtual Forge global team of Power BI consultants will ensure your business gets the best ROI and insight from Power BI.
Similar to today’s world, a software development and data process is not an immutable force. It changes. It develops. It grows. At The Virtual Forge, we have an agile mindset that makes us capable of adapting to unforeseen circumstances.
Our team comprises seasoned professionals from diverse backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
A team of creative and analytical minds leverage cutting-edge technologies and out-of-the-box thinking to deliver innovative software solutions. We’re always on the lookout for new technologies that can enhance our offer, helping our clients materialise their needs into new systems that streamline their business processes.
Embracing challenges is acknowledged by our experts as a common part of any custom software development and data journey. With unwavering persistence and confidence in our capabilities, we tackle every obstacle head-on. You can rely on us to persevere until we find effective solutions, ensuring successful outcomes for your project.
Quality is our core focus. Our team ensures high standards through rigorous quality assurance processes, thorough testing, code reviews, and continuous improvement.
Our track record is a testament to our reliability. Always by our client’s side, ensuring that nothing is left to chance. With our commitment to excellence, we pride ourselves on delivering dependable solutions that businesses can trust.
Our Power BI Specialists understand that the data analysis needs for each company and department are unique, and our process is focused on listening and understanding to deliver Power BI reports and visualisations tailored to your requirements, enabling you to generate and share clear and useful data snapshots.
Knowing that the quality of any visual can only be as good as the quality of the data, we stress the value of a solid foundational data model, developed in line with industry best practices to deliver meaningful insights that anybody can trust.
Upon contacting us, you will be connected with one of our Power BI consultants. They will conduct an initial consultation to understand your business, your specific business needs, and the unique aspects of your situation.
After the initial consultation, VF experts thoroughly review the information gathered, including any provided sample materials. Further clarification may be added as needed.
Once we have agreed upon the solution, whether it involves data modeling or visual design, we value the client's active involvement throughout the process. Your feedback is vital, and our team will keep you engaged at a pace that suits you best.
After reviewing and approving the core development for end user consumption, we offer ongoing support tailored to your requirements. Our services range from hands-on maintenance and advice to custom training, catering to users of all levels, from novices to experts.
We have the capability to deliver the best visualization solution for your technology setting. With our proficiency in various visualization tools such as Tableau, Power BI, Qlik, or QuickSight, we can work within various technological ecosystems and provide the professional assurance you require from your data partner.
Our approach is pragmatic. Our goal is the delivery of accurate and effective data dashboards that will integrate seamlessly into your existing operations and help reduce the cost often associated with the effort behind the manual production of traditional BI solutions.
Custom Power BI solutions are revolutionising the way data is transformed into actionable intelligence, surpassing the limitations of traditional business intelligence tools.
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Our extensive knowledge in the manufacturing sector makes us a trustworthy partner for data-driven digital solutions.
The Virtual Forge team has more than 20 years experience developing custom solutions for Life Sciences clients.
We are experts in designing and developing data-driven custom software solutions for global brands in the automotive industry.
We can leverage our financial expertise to the most in-demand financial software. Our extensive range of customised financial solutions is specifically tailored to address the distinctive challenges faced by your business and sector.
The Virtual Forge is a trusted supplier of data-driven software solutions to Government and the Public Sector.
The Virtual Forge was responsible for creating a new technological solution for CleanCar, a smart analytics platform that can help fleet operators assess the costs and benefits of switching from ICE to EV fleets. The challenge was to rebuild the previous solution from the ground up to be capable of handling the large data influx.
The time required to execute an AI project can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the problem, the availability and quality of data, the scope of the project, and the specific requirements. Some AI projects can be completed in a matter of weeks, while others may take several months or longer. It is crucial to thoroughly analyse the project requirements, assess the data availability, and develop a comprehensive project plan to estimate the timeline accurately.
If you are facing challenges that involve processing large amounts of data, identifying complex patterns, making predictions, automating tasks, or improving decision-making based on data-driven insights, AI may be a suitable solution. Consulting with our experts can help assess your specific problem and determine if AI is the right approach to address it effectively.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that can perform tasks, learn, and make decisions. Machine Learning (ML) is a subset of AI that focuses on enabling machines to learn and improve from data without being explicitly programmed.
This can admittedly be a tough sell, and a barrier to adoption - no matter how you try to meet the needs of your entire user base, there are some who prefer their own self-directed analysis, typically based on large Excel-like tables. The good news is that, to some degree, all modern BI platforms support the generation of CSV or Excel-based extracts, up to and including the entire data model. In that sense, BI platforms allow users to continue exploration beyond the page’s visuals so no one is, in effect, left out.
Choosing a BI platform can be difficult, since on the surface, they all achieve the same outcome.
That said, your technology stack and data ecosystem will play a significant role in your choice. If, for instance, you are a 100% Microsoft business, we’d likely recommend Power BI. If you have a large Salesforce.com user base, we’d suggest Tableau CRM.
Often enough though, enterprises cross multiple systems and methods for capturing and storing data, so the choice often comes down to which platform is the most appealing, both in terms of visual output and capabilities, and price. At VF, we tend to stay platform-agnostic when entering a new situation in order to find the best fit that meets the majority of your needs.
Typically, most BI platforms offer some sort of trial period to “test drive” the tool. Some, like Power BI, allow you to create and publish dashboards and reports without any additional licensing, though at some point, in order to be able to easily share and collaborate, licensing will definitely be required. Once you’ve reached that point, the level of licensing will vary depending on the size of your intended audience, as well as platform-specific considerations.
In general, the answer is almost always “yes”, though to what extent varies by situation.
There’s always some degree of cleansing and preparation, though the scope of that effort depends on the maturity of the data in question, and the means by which it is accessed.
If, for instance, you have an established data warehouse, consuming data from multiple sources in a central location, it’s very likely that little to no preparation is necessary.
By contrast, if the sources are Excel-based and touched by many hands in the chain of control, or derived from web-based sources, then it’s very likely to require anomaly detection and resolution, and a high-degree of shaping to fit the ideal reporting data model.
While a data warehouse should be considered an integral part of any enterprise-wide analytics solution, it’s not necessarily a pre-requisite to be up and running on most BI platforms.
Modern BI solutions, to varying degrees depending on the platform, have incorporated at least some level of data pipelines, transformations, and cleansing, functions typically carried out in the traditional warehouse.
While the data warehouse is the more complete solution, these platforms are designed to get you started exploring your data quickly, which is great news for smaller businesses or teams where a full-blown warehouse isn’t financially feasible.
A dashboard is a user-friendly interface that displays critical information and data in a visual format (bar graphs, pie charts, heat maps, scatter plots, etc.). The purpose of a dashboard is to provide quick and easy access to key metrics, data, and insights that help inform decision-making and drive business performance. Dashboards can be designed to display a wide range of data from multiple sources, including real-time updates, historical trends, and predictive analytics.
Data Dashboards become essential by providing real-time insights, improve communication, increase productivity, and enable data-driven decision-making. They can be customised to meet the specific needs of your business, providing a single source of truth for decision making.
By linking dashboards to particular metrics or KPIs, you gain critical business intelligence and the capability to delve into specific pieces of information, enabling you to continuously track your progress.
There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question - it depends on the maturity of the data in question, and the means by which it is accessed. If, for instance, you have an established data warehouse, consuming data from multiple sources in a central location, it's very likely that little to no data preparation is necessary. By contrast, if the data sources used are Excel-based and touched by many hands in the chain of control, or derived from web-based sources, then it's very likely to require anomaly detection and resolution, and a high-degree of shaping to fit the ideal reporting data model.
Put simply, a Power BI consultant is an expert in the field with a situation-dependent, malleable role. Through years of experience on the data platform side, a Power BI consultant has acquired the knowledge to fulfill many roles: data modeler, visual designer, advisor, and trainer. Above all, a Power BI specialist has learned to listen to you, and to assume the role that best meets your needs.
Whether you're just starting out in Power BI, encountered a seemingly intractable problem, or simply need an expert to review your implementation, , and data models, Power BI experts and consulting services exist to help you meet your unique needs efficiently and with minimal investment in time and manpower.
Fabric is the latest innovation from Microsoft, with the aim of establishing an all-in-one, tightly integrated analytics platform. It encompasses ETL pipelines, data warehousing, AI capabilities, and visualisation via Power BI in a single scalable package.
Working with The Virtual Forge was a pleasure. The relationships that we build, quite quickly, led to a really lovely experience. The whole team was highly efficient, creative and tactical.
Working with The Virtual Forge made everyone enjoy being part of the project. It never felt like two separate teams, but just one big team. Everything felt natural, easy, even when there were challenges.
The Virtual Forge collaborates with several strategic partners to guarantee the delivery of cutting-edge services that meet and exceed clients' expectations. We are trusted by some of the most recognised technological brands in the world.
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With Learning Technologies 2023 on the horizon, we’ve decided to share some critical components for custom software in enterprise learning. There is a wide range of solutions, but we will focus on 3 essential solutions most applicable to many teams.