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I'm sure many of you will already know that today is Power BI's 5th birthday. It has been another great year of development by the Power BI team at Microsoft and the product has literally become so compelling that virtually every organization should consider implementing this tool.

I cite just two pieces of evidence that Power BI is a freight train phenomenon.

1. Google Trends

I first shared a Google Trends chart on Power BI in 2014 (well, it was just Power Pivot back then).

Here it is again

Power Pivot was released around 2011, hence the reason I started this chart from that year. You can see from the graph that there has been a small Covid effect this year, but other than that, it is force to force. It's also nice to see a small increase in interest for Power Query.

2. And then there's Gartner

As you can see in the image below, Microsoft has improved every year as recognized by the Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI.
Gartner 2020
Is it any wonder Tableau was sold to I think it's a good move - time to get out!

You can read about how I created this image in my original blog post.

My celebration logos

You most likely don't know this, but I've been working with my daughter Maddie every year (she's a graphic designer) to produce an annual Happy Birthday Power BI logo since Power BI was just 2 years old.
(I didn't love Power BI when I was 1 🙂.)

Here are the birthday logos from the previous year

I think this year is the best (see below).

I liked it so much that I used the logo and made it a limited edition t-shirt for some of my friends (sorry I couldn't do enough for everyone). Here's the shirt some of my friends, Tina and MooBoy (aka Gilbert) are modeling.


Happy Birthday!