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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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Power BI is well suited when we are connecting to other databases and sources. The visualizations are constantly improving. This helps it to be more effective in meetings and presentations. Some of the places where it is not very appropriate is that it is not available in the cloud. This makes it a little inconvenient. The deployment needs to be more flexible and there need to be video tutorials available so that it can be more user-friendly. Added mobile support will be a major plus. This is one area that has not been explored by other BI Tools.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Predictive Analytics
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.8

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
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
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
REST API
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Javascript API
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
iFrames
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.0
Java API
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
6.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
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 excellent visualizations, patterns, spot charts.
  • It has a great length of connectivity with databases and other software. This includes: MS Access, PL/SQL, JSON, SAP HANA, MySQL, etc.
  • It's very cheap and helps focus on the right areas during presentations/meeting discussions.
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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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  • Connectivity with non-Microsoft tools: Power BI is great to integrate with other MS tools, but if you want to connect it with statistical or machine learning tools (R, Python, Mathlab, JMP, etc.) you might get in trouble. Tableau, for example, has an easy integration with R and Python.
  • Not all features are available in the online version: If you want to use more advanced features, you will probably need to download the desktop version of Power BI.
  • No desktop version for Mac: So, I use a Mac and I needed to use some extra features on Power BI. When I tried to download the more complete desktop version, I realized that there's no desktop version of Power BI for Mac! I had to borrow a PC from a colleague to run the analysis I wanted.
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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 is usually the cheapest solution and most user-friendly for most people (since we are all used to the Microsoft Suite). However the connectivity to non-Microsoft soft tools (databases and data analysis tools) are somewhat limited, especially when compared to its biggest competitor: Tableau.
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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 BI8.0
Based on 53 answers
We personally did not run into this, but I did read about some limitations of creation from within Office 365, and the ability to share across domains. Access control itself seemed straightforward and was easy to set up and get going. Report distribution and formatting were both easy to accomplish with the tools built into the software.
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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 BI8.3
Based on 52 answers
I've only used it in conjunction with Excel data, it was extremely easy and usable.
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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