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9 Spokes

2 Ratings

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318 Ratings

9 Spokes

2 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Microsoft Power BI

Top Rated
318 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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 Power BI

Power BI is great at dynamically reflecting real time data. It has wonderful views of data and can narrate a story that is powerful and impressive. Decisions can be made on the overall visuals shown. BI can show you where your sales are picking up while showing you areas to focus on. The quality of your BI dashboard tremendously improves with the overall quality of your incoming data. BI has great capability to share results across the organization in a secure and safe way in almost any computer platform. Mobile phones welcome too!
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.2
REST API
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Javascript API
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
iFrames
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Java API
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
6.9

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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  • Microsoft Power BI has beautiful visuals that are made in-house and externally. It really helps you develop a story.
  • Microsoft Power BI also has an easy to setup database model reader and can really help you at ease with development of buttons/controls for the end user.
  • The web portal works well and users have easy access to their sales data.
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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 lacks in horsepower compared to other tools with more robust ETL components built in. Particularly if you connect to any type of source system database like SQL, you have to either have a SQL View built for you that limits the volume of data your bring in, or have solid knowledge of the SQL table structures to build yourself custom (and correct!) connections to the tables.
  • Security is not as robust as other BI tools, like Qlik Sense. We often need to restrict subsets of data by customer and even functional position of an individual within a customer. Power BI’s security seems to be built for using just within a company, so if you leverage your work outside the firewall there can be issues when figuring out security streams.
  • I do not like the pricing. It’s really a dirty trick, Microsoft goes around and says the product is free. Well, the stand-alone is free, yes, but you have to pay for the “enterprise” version so you can share files. They say it only costs $10 a month/user, which again is a white lie. You need much more IT infrastructure and people to build SQL views and Tabular Models so you can use the tool, and Microsoft does not tell you that. So we find it is a good stand-alone tool to analytics, but a fairly heavy cost structure if you roll it out enterprise-wide as compared to Qlik or Tableau (which are more expensive per license, but require less back-office support).
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft Power BI10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

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Microsoft Power BI8.8
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
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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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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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Power BI does not have the feel of a fully independent and robust BI Solution. It tackles smaller functional or department-level analytic needs and can operate in a small or solo roll-out environment. But scaling up to enterprise would be better suited for Qlik or Tableau. Same thing with any imbedding into Salesforce, if you’re rolling this out from a NOT IT-driven perspective you should go with Power BI for the cheap licensing and let IT absorb the costs for additional staff to support it on the back end. If you are IT-driven in the roll out, use Qlik so the business units pay the higher license costs but you need less staff to support them.
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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 Power BI8.3
Based on 46 answers
The paid version is required to share and collaborate, and it does so well if you don’t need many security layers involved. I don’t feel it plays well with even its own family of tools like Word or PowerPoint. We’ve always had trouble imbedding visualizations into any other presentation tool and end up using the Snip tool to just get a static image to use. It also has limited report bursting, when most other tools can automate and schedule excel reports or pixel perfect reports in a wide variety of ways. Good for sharing amongst a team but there are better options for broader enterprise or global sharing.
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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 Power BI8.4
Based on 45 answers
It works great with many different files at a time spread all over the place (within your firewall). Connects to most things, but not a lot of speed when leaving your home internal network. I would not consider it to have its own built in ETL tool like Qlik does. I think it’s great on number crunching and dashboard building, but super slow on managing the data or getting the data into the tool. Power BI is like Excel on steroids, where other tools are more robust and environmentally inclusive of the data like SQL.
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Return on Investment

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  • It's a good start for setting up customized dashboards.
  • Available for all users based on Office 365 platform we have in place.
  • Doesn't really allow depth of report - specifically customization of visual displays.
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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
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 Power BI

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details