Getting started with Zebra BI visuals for Power BI

Zebra BI visuals for Power BI are designed to help you build extremely clear, detailed and insightful business reports and dashboards in Power BI.

A special attention and a great deal of effort have been invested into making the process of building even the most complex business dashboards a straightforward, extremely fast and enjoyable experience.

The Zebra BI visuals work in the Power BI Desktop application as well as in the Power BI service (cloud). You can share them with your audience through the Power BI service, Power BI Report Server, Power BI mobile apps or Publish to Web.

Here we’ll guide you through the basic functions of our visuals.

Let’s dive in!

Begin by watching this introductory video guide from Andrej Lapajne, Zebra BI founder & CEO:

Zebra BI Visuals Explained

Each Zebra BI for Power BI license includes access to both Zebra BI custom visuals:

  1.  Zebra BI Charts is one of the most powerful charting visuals in Power BI.  Zebra BI Charts
  2. Zebra BI Tables is the best visuals for income statements, variance analysis and other tables in Power BI.  Zebra BI Tables

Zebra BI Charts

Zebra BI Charts features charts with a horizontal axis, such as column charts, line charts, waterfall charts, variance charts, 'hills&valleys', and any other types of charts. You can easily create single or combination (combo) charts and above all, create small multiples of any chart type.

This custom visual is therefore useful for visualizing time-related data (years, quarters, months, days, ...) and will automatically calculate PY, plan or forecast variances, and YoY growth rates.

Explore some examples below:

PowerCharts

To learn more about Zebra BI Charts, follow this link.

Zebra BI Tables

Zebra BI Tables features charts with a vertical axis and various table-chart combinations. These charts are used for visualizing structure data such as products, customers, regions, accounts, business units or cost centers.

With Zebra BI Tables you can create spectacular sales dashboards, income statements (P&L), cost vs. budget, and similar reports in Power BI.

PowerTables

PowerTables-hierarhical

To learn more about Zebra BI Tables, follow this link.

Single-KPI Charts

To insert single-KPI charts, select one value field (measure, KPI) from your dataset:

You will get a simple chart with clearly visible trends. Click on the left/right slider buttons to choose the most suitable chart type.

In general, use column charts with a small number of categories (e.g. a few yearly values or months) and line charts to present trends over longer time-series.

Similarly, use the Zebra BI Tables visual to present a breakdown of a single value by a structure dimension, such as products, customers, business units, accounts, etc.:

But the Zebra BI visuals for Power BI really shine when you select another value field (KPI) from your dataset …

Comparison Charts

To get the comparison charts (variances, waterfalls, etc.), simply select two value fields (KPIs) from your dataset - the first one for the actual values and the other one for the comparison (for example budget/plan or previous year):

The category field will be displayed on the axis.

The sorting, layout and the handling of outliers works automatically in both visuals (based on the values and available space).

Tip: If you haven't seen it yet, now would be the perfect time to watch this video tutorial: Building Spectacular Power BI Dashboards >>

Advanced Settings

You can adjust more advanced settings of Zebra BI custom visuals here:

Only the relevant settings in the context of the currently displayed chart/table will be presented to you.

You can adapt the design of our charts to your preferred or corporate colors, choose the most appropriate formatting of data labels, turn chart features on/off, control the placement of titles, manage the font types and sizes, and adjust even the tiniest of details in charts, such the density of gridlines, suppression of small labels or pixel-perfect positioning of category labels.

What’s next?

We recommend that you continue with Zebra BI Expert Session for Business Analysts - and learn about advanced Power BI techniques & ways to build the most popular types of reports in Zebra BI visuals.

Click here to watch.