Power BI is equipped with many different visualization that you can use to tell the story of your data. In addition to the standard visuals, Power BI also allows you to import custom visuals. If you have experience with R then you are only limited to your imagination. Most of us however are not experienced in R, and thankfully Power BI has a webpage where you can download visualization that have been created by Microsoft partners and sometimes even Microsoft.
Today we are going to look at downloading and using the Dial Gauge which has been published by CloudFronts Technologies LLP. The visualization looks good, however some of the field names are not really self explanatory. You will see what I mean in the video below and I must admit, I got it wrong on my first try – just because of the field names.
Although the visualization looks good, there has been much written about the use of Dial Gauge in management dashboards. I would recommend you have a read of ‘Is a gauge or dial effective for visualizing management information?‘ by Metapraxis and Down with Gauges written by Charley Kyd.
In this video you will learn how to download and then install a custom visual to Power BI. Just to note, when you add a custom visual to Power BI, you add it to that workbook only. If you wish to use the same visual in a different Power BI workbook then make sure you save it in a file that you can locate easy enough. That way, if you keep all your custom visuals in the one place, it is easy to add them to the workbooks as required.
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