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9 Spokes

2 Ratings

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings

9 Spokes

2 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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9 Spokes

Good for letting your investors, employees and others know at a glance how your company is doing. The interface is clean and organized well. I just wish more of the app's functionality was available for testing and implementation. "Coming soon" is not really encouraging when we already have been waiting for a year or more.
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Microsoft BI

Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.2
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
Microsoft BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft BI
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft BI
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.7
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.4
REST API
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.6
Javascript API
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.4
iFrames
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.4
Java API
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.0

Pros

  • Grouping several apps in one place for easy viewing.
  • Clean dashboard interface that looks uncluttered when viewing several apps at once.
  • Setting up the apps is a breeze when the platform supports them.
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  • SSIS is by far the easiest and most efficient ETL (Extract, Transform & Load) tool available, after trying many different tools over the years there is no tool that is more flexible and easier to develop solutions with. What takes days/weeks or longer to setup in other tools can be done in at least half the time and perform better.
  • SSRS is one of the best web reporting tools available for companies of any size that doesn't require you to re-architect your entire existing database structure. SSRS can connect to all of the major databases and work with data from multiple of them all in the same report. For web reporting that needs to be up and running fast, but be secure and easy to develop on there is no better tool available today.
  • SSAS is for more in depth analysis of your data and it has the same capabilities as all other Microsoft tools to connect to multiple data sources and present the data to the user in standardized format. Most users will love that they can access so much of the companies data in Excel using the PivotTables that they probably already use today, but now you are controlling the data and know that it is the correct data. With the new Tabular capabilities in SQL Server 2012 and up it allows end users to help build the initial version of these complex data structures which can then be migrated over to IT to add security, automation and quality control to the final solution.
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Cons

  • Integration with apps that are listed. Some of them are not supported yet and it seems the wait is taking longer than I'd like.
  • iPhone support. It would be nice to have this in the app store. Not available as of 04/25/2018.
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  • Power BI maturity: Power BI is a combination of add-ons for Microsoft Excel and a special Office365 hosting site. However, the primary presentation tool, Power View, has a long way to go to catch up with such competitors as Tableau and even Microsoft's current analytics platform, PerformancePoint. To address these concerns, Power BI releases are being scheduled out-of-band from normal version upgrades in order to address requirements of the user community.
  • Office 365: There are currently size limitations, like a 250GB max for PowerPivot worksheets, which might cause issues with organizations who want to utilize very large data sets with Power BI.
  • Messaging: Some of the marketing and best practices around the new cloud-based solutions are unclear, making it difficult for someone who doesn't work in the BI world to understand the benefits and the architecture for such solutions.
  • Multiple data manipulation languages: Currently there are four or five distinct query languages in the Microsoft BI stack: T-SQL for SQL Server, MDX and DAX for Analysis Services, and the Power Query Formula Language for Power Query. In Integration Services, there is yet another language used in some of the tasks. That seems to be a lot to keep abreast of!
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Low Cost and catching up to the market expectations
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Usability

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No answers yet
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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
The product is very usable compared to competitive solutions. I didn't give it a full 10 because Microsoft needs to improve their Report Builder module.
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
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Support

9 Spokes5.0
Based on 1 answer
Support was helpful in the beginning but no longer needed because I didn't use the software as much. The experience that I did have with support was very friendly but not enough to give a good review. If the support team was called for initial setup, video chat or messenger app was used.
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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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Breadth of Deployment

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I have implemented Microsoft BI in small departments with less than 10 people all the way up to full enterprise deployments with multiple IT groups and 1000's of users. The only difference will be what of the provided Microsoft BI tools will you use and how many servers will it all be installed on. Once it is setup it is very easy to keep up-to-date and even expand in the future. Some of the tools do need more IT involvement to get up and running, but once it is setup and working it can easily go into a hands-off setup and just works. I have been oncall support for an enterprise SSRS deployment that was on multiple servers across multiple data centers and only received calls of issues once or month or less and most of time those were cause by human error and not following the procedures that were established.
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Alternatives Considered

I actually chose QuickBooks (currently using) and Method (used for a month) before deciding that 9 Spokes is just good for looking at a few apps in one place. I'll keep checking back with them to see if they have improved. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 Spokes improves their product within the next 6-12 months.
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With over 20 years in IT, I have experienced a full range of relational and non-relational data solutions, from Oracle and Informix to MongoDB and Hadoop. In my opinion, the Microsoft BI stack is the most complete, well-rounded, high performing data management system on the planet right now. More and more, the ability to make data-driven decisions sets organizations apart from their competitors, and no one offers a better solution than Microsoft and its partners. As more and more of what we do in business life moves to the cloud, Microsoft is again leading the way with its Azure platforms.
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Collaboration and Sharing

9 Spokes7.0
Based on 1 answer
Access control capabilities are OK. Ease of sharing is great because the app design is made special for that purpose. I haven't dove that far into the app enough to generate reports. Formatting is very flexible because 9 Spokes allows the user to customize how the info is displayed. Security or lack thereof is not a factor for me so I am unable to give feedback on security.
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Microsoft BI8.2
Based on 27 answers
Microsoft BI's templates are superb and result in a graphical summary of information that is easy to display/present to the wider team
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Data Integration

9 Spokes5.0
Based on 1 answer
I gave 9 Spokes a five because the range of data sources is minimal. Ease of merging data from disparate sources is pretty good for the ones they do support. I just want to have more apps available for arranging on their nice looking interface. Perhaps next year my review for 9 Spokes will be better than 5
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Microsoft BI8.7
Based on 26 answers
I really like how Microsoft brings data from multiple sources together. I think this is one of the strengths of the software allowing for a more complex accumulation of data and information. This results on more complex analysis but again Microsoft BI does a superb job at making this complex data easy to interpret and take action on.
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Return on Investment

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  • Business users easily learned self service BI with training and what to do and what not to do with self service BI
  • Learning curve for Powerpivot and other office 365 tools for IT team who already knew about data warehousing concepts is steep
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Pricing Details

9 Spokes

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
9 Spokes Editions & Modules
9 Spokes
Additional Pricing Details
9 Spokes is free to use - that’s joining, using the smart dashboard and connecting your apps to it. You'll only pay for any new apps you decide to purchase, but you can trial most of the app recommendations for free! If you want to purchase an app, we'll direct you to the app's website so you can sign up with them. If you sign up to a plan, you'll pay the apps directly and then you can connect the app to your dashboard.

Microsoft BI

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Microsoft BI Editions & Modules
Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details