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9 Spokes

2 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

Top Rated
308 Ratings

9 Spokes

2 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Microsoft Power BI

Top Rated
308 Ratings
Score 8.2 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.

Microsoft Power BI

Great for when you want to develop a measurement/KPI model over a set of data or by combining multiple data sets together, and when you want to share that model and results with others in your organization.Not as accessible for cases where you want analysts to be able to do open-ended analysis and exploration of datasets and models, or when end users need to be able to also create/extend with their own reports over a dataset.

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
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
8.2
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
8.7
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
7.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
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
7.8
Javascript API
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
iFrames
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.0
Java API
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
6.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
9 Spokes
Microsoft Power BI
7.1

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.
  • Advanced Modeling with composable measurement definitions - makes it easy to answer business questions faster and move beyond basic SQL querying to allow us to ask new questions, or to model measurements across different slices of data, very quickly.
  • Data Visualization options are rich without being overly complicated. Chart types are structured and limited to those that are really valuable, and custom visualizations make it easy to add some visual "bling" when it's important or needed.
  • Easy to publish groups of data, reports, and dashboards in an "app" that users in the business can easily find and consume. Publishing model has gotten much simpler, and we can ship updates to apps very quickly to our entire organization.

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.
  • Sometimes it is not able to handle the massive and huge data tables. It can create a time lag in cases of heavy data sets and in many instances users might have to reboot the software and start from scratch.
  • It requires a lot of hands on training for a new beginner to get accustomed to Power BI. It's complexity sometimes can create a negative impact as a lot of time is needed in training and deployment.
  • In the earlier version, it doesn't allow the functionalities like high granularity and scheduling reports. The users need to constantly update on the features which might be sometime time taking to reinstall.

Likelihood to Renew

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

Usability

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Microsoft Power BI8.7
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

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.
Although both MicroStrategy and Cognos currently offer better business analytical capabilities, Power BI is an excellent option to extend the use of this type of solutions to a greater number of users due to its low cost.

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.
Microsoft Power BI8.2
Based on 43 answers
I have found limited issues whens haring data across teams, this could be because our team is relatively small so I rated it lower than a 10 because while our agency is large the team I would be sharing information with is comparative to other larger companies. The control settings are also easy to view and change.

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
Microsoft Power BI8.5
Based on 42 answers
PowerBI supports a variety of data sources although at the moment the best capabilities are found when using Microsoft data sources, whether Excel, Analysis Services or SQL Server (on-premise or Azure).

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