Get started with Zebra BI Charts

Zebra BI Charts is one of the most powerful charting visuals in Power BI.

It renders waterfall, variance, column, area, line, dot, lollipop, ‘hills&valleys’ and other types of charts. You can easily create combination (combo) charts and above all, create small multiples of any chart type.

Pixel-perfect, fully responsive charts that automatically calculate PY, plan or forecast variances, YoY growth rates, and totals will vastly simplify your underlying data model while making your reports and dashboards utterly understandable and actionable.

Zebra BI Charts

#1 Business charts galore

One visual, many charts.

Simply click on the side arrows to get your data visualized in the most appropriate way. Professional data analysis made as easy as browsing pictures on your mobile phone.

Responsive layout

Zebra BI visuals for Power BI are the world's first fully responsive BI visuals. They will automatically adapt the content presented to the available space.

One-click calculations

Absolute and relative variances, YoY growth rates, etc. It's all there. No more messy DAX formulas. Zebra BI will save you weeks in creating your reports.

Just click on the labels to change calculations.

One-click axis break

Axis break, while being a slightly controversial dataviz method, can help present the contribution of data elements to the total result more clearly.

This frequently requested feature in business reporting is just one click away in Zebra BI!

#2 Amazing small multiples in Power BI 😮

Small multiples are considered one of the most powerful data visualization methods. That's why Zebra BI contains the most advanced algorithms for rendering small multiples among BI software so far.

Just add a data field to the Group bucket and the visual will magically show multiple charts, all perfectly scaled. Works with all Zebra BI charts, even with combo charts!

This will allow end users to compare and analyze multiple data categories at the same time, understanding their actual importance and trends:

Make sure you explore all the layouts available in the Small multiples group of settings in order to find the perfect display for your dataset:

#3 Advanced features – take your dashboards to the next level

Waterfall charts with subtotals

Zebra BI Charts visual supports waterfall charts with extremely flexible subtotals.

This type of waterfall chart can be built by using just one single measure (called 'Value' in the above picture) and a category data field (called 'Account' in the example above). To display an element on the chart axis as a subtotal, just right-click on the element name (e.g. EBIT 2019 in the screenshot above) and select Result from the menu. Similarly, you can invert a selected element in case it represents a "bad" KPI (e.g. costs/expenses) that decreases the final result.

This powerful feature allows you to build waterfall charts for practically any data structure imaginable. Heck, it even works in small multiples!

Here's an example where the price-volume-mix variance analysis is calculated and presented visually for 15 countries simultaneously:

Just add forecasts!

Segmented charts allow multiple comparison points in the same chart., which is an especially suitable option for displaying forecasts.

A typical example of that is the comparison of both the actuals (AC) and forecasts/estimates (FC) to the plan/budget (PL) in the same chart. E.g. your AC running from Jan to Jul, your FC running from Aug to Dec (rest-of-year) and all of that compared to the plan. Try adding 3 measures to the Value, Plan and Forecast fields respectively and Zebra BI will display them like this:

You can even show multiple comparisons at the same data point. E.g. it's perfectly possible to display the actuals compared to PY and plan/budget at the same. Will answer questions like: "If we have positive growth from previous year, are we also on the target and for how much?"

Combo charts

Combination charts allow you present more data series in the same space, adding context and insight into your datasets within the same visual.

Zebra BI can easily combine two different measures and even let you control the secondary Y-axis to make sure the data points do not overlap.

To build a combo chart, simply add two measures to the Value bucket. That's it! When you're done, modify the Combo chart settings to adjust the secondary Y-axis and other design properties if necessary.

It gets better. You can create combo charts with any other chart type that Zebra BI supports! And that's loads of them...

Here's an example where a waterfall chart (presenting sales compared to plan) is combined with the gross margin trend in %:

Drill-down (in a really nice way…)

Drill-down allows you to interactively explore data from a top overview down to the detail.

Just add multiple data fields or even better, a hierarchy, into the Category well.


The standard Power BI drill-down icons will appear in the title bar, allowing users to:

  • Drill-down into a value,
  • Navigate to the next level in the hierarchy or
  • Expand all elements down one level in the hierarchy.


Flexible number formats (e.g. negative values in parentheses)

Sounds trivial, but so many Power BI users out there are struggling to set up their favorite number format.

Not in Zebra BI! Simply choose to display negative values in parentheses or with a minus sign from the menu:

Native support for Dr. Hichert’s IBCS®

Zebra BI visuals are the first and only IBCS®-certified visuals for Power BI. They're fully compliant with Dr. Rolf Hichert's IBCS (International Business Communication Standards).

The IBCS standard design notation is rendered automatically, without adjusting any kind of settings!

The typical business scenarios like actual (AC), plan or budget (PL, BU), forecasts (FC) or previous year (PY) are automatically coded with standard patterns. The variances are presented in intuitive plus-minus, lollipop or waterfall charts. Even the tiniest details, such as the difference highlights, outlier indicators, semantic axis, etc. are automatically rendered in pixel-perfect accuracy.