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JakeHRogers
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Secure Embed vs Embedded Analytics

I'm finding it difficult to understand what Embedded Analytics offers compared to 'Secure Embed'.

This highlighted sentence on Microsoft Learn is what I need a bit more detail on:

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What kind of "flexibility and control" does Secure Embed not provide that embedded analytics does?

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johnbasha33
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@JakeHRogers 

Embedded Analytics and Secure Embed both serve the purpose of integrating Power BI content into other applications or websites, but they offer different levels of control, customization, and security. Here's a detailed comparison to help understand the distinctions, especially regarding "flexibility and control":

Secure Embed

Purpose: Secure Embed allows you to securely embed Power BI reports and dashboards in public websites, blogs, or applications. It is suitable for scenarios where you need to share reports with a wider audience without exposing them to unauthorized access.

Features:

  1. Simplified Sharing: Provides a straightforward way to embed reports with minimal configuration.
  2. Viewer Authentication: Users need to sign in with their Power BI account to view the embedded content.
  3. Limited Customization: Allows basic customization such as resizing and light formatting, but does not support advanced customization or interaction with the host application.

Limitations in Flexibility and Control:

  1. Limited Interactivity: Secure Embed does not support deep integration with the host application's data and workflows.
  2. Basic Security Options: While it provides secure access, it lacks advanced security features such as row-level security (RLS) or dynamic user-based content filtering.
  3. No API Access: Does not provide APIs for programmatically interacting with the embedded content, which limits automation and advanced customization capabilities.

Embedded Analytics

Purpose: Embedded Analytics provides a comprehensive solution for integrating Power BI content into custom applications, offering extensive control over the integration process, security, and user experience. It is ideal for embedding reports within internal business applications or external customer-facing portals where you need tight integration and control.

Features:

  1. Full API Access: Provides a rich set of APIs for embedding reports, dashboards, and tiles, allowing for extensive customization and interactivity.
  2. Advanced Security: Supports row-level security (RLS), allowing you to control data access based on the user's identity.
  3. Customization: Enables deep customization of the embedded content's appearance and behavior, including the ability to integrate with the host application's data and workflows.
  4. User Interactivity: Allows for creating custom actions, handling report events, and dynamically interacting with the reports based on user actions.
  5. Scalability: Supports scaling the embedded solution to handle a large number of users and concurrent sessions.

Flexibility and Control Provided by Embedded Analytics:

  1. Custom User Experiences: You can create highly customized user experiences tailored to specific business needs, integrating seamlessly with the host application's UI and UX.
  2. Dynamic Data Integration: Allows embedding content that dynamically adapts to the context of the application and user, providing personalized insights and data.
  3. Granular Security Control: Offers advanced security configurations, including RLS, which ensures that users only see data they are authorized to access.
  4. Event Handling: Supports handling events from the embedded content, such as data selection or filter changes, enabling real-time interaction and data manipulation.
  5. Programmability: The API access allows for automation and integration with other services and workflows, enhancing the application's capabilities and efficiency.

Summary

  • Secure Embed is a simpler, more straightforward method for embedding Power BI content with basic security and customization, suitable for scenarios where minimal interaction and customization are acceptable.
  • Embedded Analytics offers extensive flexibility and control, enabling deep integration with custom applications, advanced security configurations, and a high level of customization and interactivity.

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johnbasha33
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@JakeHRogers 

Embedded Analytics and Secure Embed both serve the purpose of integrating Power BI content into other applications or websites, but they offer different levels of control, customization, and security. Here's a detailed comparison to help understand the distinctions, especially regarding "flexibility and control":

Secure Embed

Purpose: Secure Embed allows you to securely embed Power BI reports and dashboards in public websites, blogs, or applications. It is suitable for scenarios where you need to share reports with a wider audience without exposing them to unauthorized access.

Features:

  1. Simplified Sharing: Provides a straightforward way to embed reports with minimal configuration.
  2. Viewer Authentication: Users need to sign in with their Power BI account to view the embedded content.
  3. Limited Customization: Allows basic customization such as resizing and light formatting, but does not support advanced customization or interaction with the host application.

Limitations in Flexibility and Control:

  1. Limited Interactivity: Secure Embed does not support deep integration with the host application's data and workflows.
  2. Basic Security Options: While it provides secure access, it lacks advanced security features such as row-level security (RLS) or dynamic user-based content filtering.
  3. No API Access: Does not provide APIs for programmatically interacting with the embedded content, which limits automation and advanced customization capabilities.

Embedded Analytics

Purpose: Embedded Analytics provides a comprehensive solution for integrating Power BI content into custom applications, offering extensive control over the integration process, security, and user experience. It is ideal for embedding reports within internal business applications or external customer-facing portals where you need tight integration and control.

Features:

  1. Full API Access: Provides a rich set of APIs for embedding reports, dashboards, and tiles, allowing for extensive customization and interactivity.
  2. Advanced Security: Supports row-level security (RLS), allowing you to control data access based on the user's identity.
  3. Customization: Enables deep customization of the embedded content's appearance and behavior, including the ability to integrate with the host application's data and workflows.
  4. User Interactivity: Allows for creating custom actions, handling report events, and dynamically interacting with the reports based on user actions.
  5. Scalability: Supports scaling the embedded solution to handle a large number of users and concurrent sessions.

Flexibility and Control Provided by Embedded Analytics:

  1. Custom User Experiences: You can create highly customized user experiences tailored to specific business needs, integrating seamlessly with the host application's UI and UX.
  2. Dynamic Data Integration: Allows embedding content that dynamically adapts to the context of the application and user, providing personalized insights and data.
  3. Granular Security Control: Offers advanced security configurations, including RLS, which ensures that users only see data they are authorized to access.
  4. Event Handling: Supports handling events from the embedded content, such as data selection or filter changes, enabling real-time interaction and data manipulation.
  5. Programmability: The API access allows for automation and integration with other services and workflows, enhancing the application's capabilities and efficiency.

Summary

  • Secure Embed is a simpler, more straightforward method for embedding Power BI content with basic security and customization, suitable for scenarios where minimal interaction and customization are acceptable.
  • Embedded Analytics offers extensive flexibility and control, enabling deep integration with custom applications, advanced security configurations, and a high level of customization and interactivity.

    Did I answer your question? Mark my post as a solution! Appreciate your Kudos !!

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