Robert Walters implement live Business Intelligence onto Global office screens

3/09/2019 by Nick Johnson

Microsoft Power BI digital signage

Robert Walters are one of the world’s leading specialist recruitment consultancy and outsourcing providers. They currently employ 4,300 staff operating across 31 countries.


As a rapidly growing global business, Robert Walters set about with an agenda to better improve employee engagement by making real time data visible and target driven. Digital screens located throughout the global offices were identified as a primary outlet to achieve this and as such the IT team at Robert Walters were immediately tasked with finding a way to securely display live business intelligence reports onto their 200+ screens.


Being an enterprise-level user of Microsoft Power BI, the ability to collate data from hundreds of data sources and then visualise them into business critical data reports and live dashboards, was not a concern for Robert Walters. The issue lay with being able to present these reports securely onto a screen without making them publicly available across the web.


Up stepped NowSignage, with the only solution on the market that enables Microsoft Power BI users to display their private reports onto screens through their digital signage network. By activating the Microsoft Power BI within the NowSignage in-platform app store, users can connect their Microsoft Power BI account directly to the NowSignage platform through a ‘first of its kind’ integration. Once connected the NowSignage user can select their private reports and broadcast them as stunningly animated visualisations which tell their data stories with real-time content on any targeted office screen.


Sean Paul Bradley, Continuous Improvement Director, Robert Walters, said: “Digital signage was the perfect tool to broadcast our live metrics and targets to our employees across the globe. NowSignage were the only offering we found that could provide a secure solution to PowerBI on digital signage, and we’re delighted with the result.” 


Until now, many digital signage providers have claimed to have integrations with Microsoft Power BI, however this has always been limited to displaying only publicly available links. When it comes to displaying private business intelligence or confidential financial data, it is incomprehensible for companies to knowingly generate these private reports as a public links.


Nick Johnson, CEO, NowSignage, stated: “Here at NowSignage we are dedicated to driving forward groundbreaking technology and making it accessible to all. After months of working alongside Microsoft to achieve this integration we are delighted to announce the release of Power BI into the platform. Customers can now login to NowSignage, activate Power BI through our in-platform App Store and immediately start displaying their private reports across screens in global office locations. NowSignage is the only platform to do this securely without any visible public access”.


Microsoft Power BI reports on screen