Microsoft Power BI Solves Seattle Bar's Operating Inefficiencies, Saves $30k/year

Jacquelyn Baillie

by Jackie Baillie on 7/24/2014

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What could your business do with an extra $30,000 a year? By implementing Microsoft Power BI business intelligence on SharePoint Online, your next problem could be deciding where to spend that big chunk of cash you just saved.

As reported by Simon Bisson on, this was the case for one Seattle bar that used Microsoft’s Power BI to rein in revenue losses of $5,000 a month due to discrepancy between alcohol poured and alcohol sold.  The bar’s owner used Power BI’s Q&A natural language tool, which allows users to type in queries in close-to-normal English, to isolate the problem: vodka sales.

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