A few weeks ago, the Power BI team gave us the ability to freely embed Power BI reports, dashboards and other capabilities into a web frame for all the world to see. The next natural step, you might think, would be a way to to securely embed selected Power BI content and control users’ access to it – and you would be right. Today, at the Microsoft //Build/ Conference, they announced availability of “Power BI Embedded”, an API and tools to manage direct user access and embed live Power BI content into a custom web application.
Here’s a demo from Scott Hanselman and Josh Caplan on Azure Friday that shows the capabilities of this new feature:
This is pretty exciting news because ISVs and developers now have the ability to integrate the power and rich visual experience of Power BI into an application without directing users to a web site or giving them free access to content they want to control. This, with row-level security announced at the Microsoft Business Insights conference last week, provides an entirely securable and customizable analytic solution at very little cost.