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Power BI Governance: What You Need to Know

Digital transformations are revolutionising the business world, enabling companies to access new technologies and reach customers in unprecedented ways. Data governance is essential for making the most of these technologies, allowing companies to store, protect, and make the most of their data.

But let’s start with…

“It's a system of decision rights and accountabilities for information-related processes, executed according to agreed-upon models which describe who can take what actions, with what information, and when, under what circumstances, using what methods.“

Data governance is everything you do to ensure data is secure, private, accurate, available, and usable. It includes the actions people must take, the processes they must follow, and the technology that supports them throughout the data life cycle. The true focus is governing user behaviour to ensure organisational data is well managed.

The optimal balance between control and empowerment will differ between organisations. It's also likely to differ among different business units within an organisation. You'll be most successful with a platform like Power BI when you put as much emphasis on user empowerment as on clarifying its practical usage within established guardrails.


Power BI governance helps organisations to manage and control the use of Power BI within the organisation.


If your organisation has implemented Power BI without a governance approach or strategic direction, there could be numerous challenges requiring attention. Depending on the approach you've taken and your current state, some of the following challenges may apply to your organisation.


• Lack of proper planning;

• Lack of governance strategy.


• Lack of Security and privacy requirements;

• Lack of defined processes;

• Lack of Data Quality.


• Resistance;

• Lack of Accountability, roles, and responsibilities;

• Lack of Skills.

Organisations must be conscious of Power BI governance because it can significantly impact their success. Proper governance ensures that Power BI is used effectively and efficiently to achieve business objectives while protecting sensitive data and complying with regulations. Failure to implement governance can result in data breaches, regulatory fines, loss of trust, and damage to the organisation’s reputation.

But how can we help your organisation?

Well, we focus our implementation on four pillars:


  • Governance Model;

  • Data Sources;

  • Master Data Management;

  • Enterprise Data Catalog;

  • Enterprise Data Dictionary.


  • Environment Administration;

  • Tenant Settings;

  • Architecture;

  • Enterprise Gateways.


  • Roles and Responsibilities;

  • Security standards;

  • Audit Logs;

  • Access management.


  • Environment and Reporting consistency;

  • Published data;

  • Sharing;

  • Shared Data Sets;

  • WorkSpaces;

  • Apps;

  • Training.

We have experience working with many organisations on topics related to Power BI governance. We have seen that though all organisations have their setup and situation, some tasks are needed in every environment. The goals of governance are to ensure availability, usability, consistency, data integrity and data security.

As well as processes that support these high-level goals.

how can we help your organisation
how can we help your organisation


Depending on your organisation’s current situation with Power BI the answer to this question is very different.

So feel free to contact us and ask us how we can help your organisation.

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