How to Enable Microsoft Fabric for Your Organization

Microsoft Fabric is an all-in-one analytics platform that covers everything from data storage and data movement to data science and real-time analytics. It offers a comprehensive suite of services, including data lake, data engineering, and data integration, all in one place. With Fabric, you can enjoy a highly integrated, end-to-end, and easy-to-use product that is designed to simplify your analytics needs.

In this blog post, we will show you how to enable Microsoft Fabric for your organization and explore some of its features and benefits.

What is Microsoft Fabric?

Microsoft Fabric is a unified platform that brings together a diverse range of technologies and tools into a single solution. It combines new and existing components from Power BI, Azure Synapse, and Azure Data Factory into a single integrated environment. These components are then presented in various customized user experiences that are tailored to specific personas and tasks.

Microsoft Fabric is built on a foundation of Software as a Service (SaaS), which takes simplicity and integration to a whole new level. With the Microsoft Fabric SaaS experience, all the data and the services are seamlessly integrated. IT teams can centrally configure core enterprise capabilities and permissions are automatically applied across all the underlying services. Additionally, data sensitivity labels are inherited automatically across the items in the suite.

Microsoft Fabric allows creators to concentrate on producing their best work, freeing them from the need to integrate, manage, or understand the underlying infrastructure that supports the experience.

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What are the components of Microsoft Fabric?

Microsoft Fabric offers a comprehensive set of analytics experiences designed to work together seamlessly. Each experience is tailored to a specific persona and a specific task. Microsoft Fabric includes industry-leading experiences in the following categories for an end-to-end analytical need:

Data Engineering: Data Engineering experience provides a world-class Spark platform with great authoring experiences, enabling data engineers to perform large-scale data transformation and democratize data through the lakehouse. Microsoft Fabric Spark’s integration with Data Factory enables notebooks and spark jobs to be scheduled and orchestrated.

Data Factory: Data Factory experience provides a cloud-based data integration service that allows you to create data-driven workflows in the cloud for orchestrating and automating data movement and data transformation.

Data Science: Data Science experience provides an integrated environment for developing, training, testing, deploying, and managing machine learning models using various frameworks and languages. It also supports automated machine learning, which simplifies the process of building models by selecting the best algorithm and hyperparameters for your data.

Data Warehouse: Data Warehouse experience provides a cloud-based relational database service that supports both structured and semi-structured data at petabyte scale. It also supports SQL Server features such as stored procedures, user-defined functions, and table partitioning.

Real-Time Analytics: Real-Time Analytics experience provides a cloud-based streaming analytics service that enables you to process and analyze data in real-time from various sources such as IoT devices, web applications, social media, etc. It also supports complex event processing, which allows you to detect patterns and trends from streaming data.

Power BI: Power BI experience provides a cloud-based business intelligence service that enables you to create interactive dashboards and reports from various data sources. It also supports natural language queries, which allow you to ask questions and get answers from your data in plain English.

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How to enable Microsoft Fabric for your organization?

Microsoft Fabric is currently in preview mode. To enable it for your organization, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Sign up for the Microsoft Fabric preview program here.
  2. Create a new workspace or use an existing one in Power BI.
  3. Go to Settings > Premium > Capacity settings > Workloads > Microsoft Fabric (Preview) and turn it on.
  4. Go back to your workspace and click on the Microsoft Fabric icon on the left navigation pane.
  5. Enjoy the Microsoft Fabric experience!


Here are some frequently asked questions about Microsoft Fabric:

  • Q: What are the prerequisites for using Microsoft Fabric?
  • A: You need to have a Power BI Premium license or an Azure Synapse Analytics license to use Microsoft Fabric.
  • Q: How much does Microsoft Fabric cost?
  • A: Microsoft Fabric is included in your Power BI Premium or Azure Synapse Analytics license. There is no additional cost for using it.
  • Q: How can I learn more about Microsoft Fabric?
  • A: You can check out the following resources for more information about Microsoft Fabric: