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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
8.0
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
7.7
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.6
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.1
Predictive Analytics
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Microsoft BI
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft BI
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.5
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.7
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
7.9
REST API
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.0
Javascript API
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.1
Java API
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
7.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
8.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
9 Spokes
Microsoft BI
7.7

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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  • The layout of Power BI is very intuitive. Someone that is familiar with Excel and working with Charts and Graphs in that environment will find the learning curve a rather short one to start using Power BI.
  • I like the way Power BI fits an assortment of users and how the functionality that you engage is replicated in Excel, that being Power Query and Power Pivot. So what you learn in one tool can be readily applied towards the other which allows you to more effectively apply your training.
  • I appreciate how Microsoft is working to develop tools that go a long ways to empowering the end user. Prior to Power BI I would have had to consult with a "BI" professional to develop a dashboard. With Power BI I don't have to consult with anyone, I can work to put together the dash board I want and using a tool set that is really robust and allows me to engage an enormous amount of data. It's provides a great deal of flexibility and the types of data I can connect to.
  • Updates...Microsoft is working diligently to keep Power BI current with monthly updates. They do a really good job of listening to the end user, if there is functionality not currently present just give them a month or so.
  • Just to be clear, even though it's easy to get going right out of the gate with Power BI it provides plenty of opportunities to create some really sophisticated reporting solutions. With DAX in Power Pivot and M language in Power Query, you are provided with plenty of head room to do some really amazing things in Power BI.
  • Training...there are resources across the web for learning and growing your skills and Power BI. And what's even better is the majority of those resources are free.
  • Data engagement, when presenting the data to the end user Power BI goes a long way to allowing that end user to engage the data and begin to identify root cause by simply interacting with the graph/chart/data set. It allows for really fluid engagement. Prior to Power BI so many times during the presentation of data we often times ended the engagement with that data with more questions than what were answered. With Power BI, more often than not, the end user is able to get answers to the questions by simply clicking on the data in the graph/chart/dataset to see the details. This tool really does have the capacity to make you look like a rock star.
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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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  • The desktop version is free, monthly updates, free training resources...what's not to love. I'm sure that someone with a higher degree of technical learning will be able to better articulate some negatives for Power BI, I'm just not that guy. I have nothing but appreciation for Power BI.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
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Usability

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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
It's a good rating for people willing to learn and get used to it, but it's not inherently user friendly, especially to people who are not Excel power users.
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Reliability and Availability

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

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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

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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
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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

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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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It's deployed in departmental and company-wide implementations through our customer base. In the global 2000, we typically find either Microsoft or SAP as the corporate standard. There is probably a bit more SAP than Microsoft out there, particularly for ROLAP implementations. When MOLAP is leveraged, there are more Microsoft customers.
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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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We chose Microsoft BI due to performance, functionality, TCO and openness (yes, I know, this sounds strange for Microsoft).
  • SAP Business Objects has a less attractive GUI for end users, inferior Excel integration, inferior SharePoint integration, requires more labor to enhance performance and has higher licensing costs than Microsoft BI.
  • Tableau Server has no real ETL capabilities... and thus requires an underlying BI stack. So, while Tableau rules the visualization world with Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server doesn't give us all of the capability we need for a full BI solution for our clients. Tableau Desktop makes an excellent complementary product to Microsoft BI. We typically recommend using both to customers in certain situations.
  • Microstrategy - Comprehensive Multidimensional/HOLAP platform, expensive, visualizations are better than SAP BO, but not as strong as Microsoft, especially Microsoft SSAS + Tableau (which can be acquired at a lower price point). Excel integration isn't as seamless as SSAS to Excel either.
  • Oracle - Expensive, patchwork of acquired BI tools rather than a platform, inferior visualizations. This platform is meant for customers who are already trapped in Oracle licensing.
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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 BI8.4
Based on 34 answers
The way it works is that the analyst/developer/report creator builds the report and publishes it to the report server. From there, anyone who is given access to the report (which is synched up with Active Directory for authentication) can view the report and download a copy of the report. When you download a copy of the report itself (not a PDF or XLS of the report but the report definition file) it actually will download the application (Report builder) along with the report definition file. From here you can edit the definition, share it with others etc. Access control is very simple because of how it synchs up with Active Directory
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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 BI8.5
Based on 33 answers
I can only speak about the data source we used which was SQL Server. That worked flawlessly. I really am not sure how the application works when you connect it to any other data source or when you merge data (or if thats even possible).
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Return on Investment

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  • I would say making work easier for internal marketing reports is a great time saving activity in which Microsoft BI excels. Instead of downloading data manually from various sources, it integrates live data from applications.
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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
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