Top 10 features of Zebra BI visuals for Power BI

#1 Chart slider

The Zebra BI PowerCharts visual features a "chart slider". To use it, simply hover over the visual and you'll see two arrows (< and >) on left and right side of the chart. Click on them and enjoy your data visualized with a different advanced business chart.

#2 Responsive layout

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

#3 One-click changing of variance calculations

You can change the calculation of variances and difference highlights by clicking directly on the labels.

#4 One-click sorting

In the Zebra BI PowerTables visual just click on the column header to sort by the respective measure, presented in the column. If you're doing that on a hierarchical table, a multi-level sort will be applied automatically (across multiple levels simultaneously)!

#5 Our favorite: Small Multiples!

If you add another dimension to your existing chart (called "grouping" in Power BI), you'll get the multiples of whatever chart you chose. All the charts will be automatically rendered according to the same scale (automatically synchronized Y-axis). This enables end users to compare multiple data categories on the same page:

Introduced by J. Bertin and popularized by E. Tufte, the small multiples are considered one of the most powerful data visualization methods. That's why Zebra BI visuals for Power BI contain the most advanced algorithms for rendering multiple scaled charts among BI software so far.

Make sure you explore all the layouts available for displaying small multiples in the PowerCharts Zebra BI visual in order to find the perfect display for your dataset:

#6 Axis break in waterfall charts

One of the most frequently requested features in business reporting is just one click away 🙂

The 'axis break', while being a slightly controversial dataviz method, can help present the contribution of data elements to the total result more clearly:

It gets even better, the axis break works also in small multiples!

#7 Hierarchical tables (fully responsive)

Advanced hierarchical tables will automatically calculate absolute and relative variances and adjust the display of all the elements to available space:

These hierarchical tables are ideal for visualizing Profit & Loss reports (income statements):

In hierarchical tables you can expand/collapse rows by simply clicking on the row arrows.

You can add an unlimited number of levels and show exactly the ones you want:

#8 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.

#9 Segmented charts – visualize your 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:

#10 Drill-down (in a really nice way…)

Drill-down allows the users to ad-hoc analyze the variances and other important values in charts.

If a hierarchical dimension or multiples fields are added to the Category data field, the Zebra BI visual will automatically present the standard Power BI drill-down icons, allowing the 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.

Here's a classic example of drilling down form the full year to quarters and then months:


Note the additional animated 'drill-down tile' that appears at the top of the Zebra BI visual, clearly indicating which elements were selected for the drill down.

Just make sure you add multiple fields or even better, a hierarchy, into the Category data field: