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Adobe Analytics

Top Rated
405 Ratings

Microsoft BI

602 Ratings

Adobe Analytics

Top Rated
405 Ratings
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Score 7.5 out of 101

Microsoft BI

602 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics is great for customizing once you get used to the bogged down UI and the unhelpful location of items. we've used it to mimic paywall systems of costly companies. We have base reports set up to manage our paywalls set up in Adobe and they work great. But getting at the minute data is where the issue comes in and the add-ons are needed.
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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

Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.6
Customizable dashboards
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
Formatting capabilities
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
Publish to Web
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
Publish to PDF
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6
Report Versioning
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
Predictive Analytics
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.3

Access Control and Security

Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6
Dedicated Android Application
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.0
REST API
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
Javascript API
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
iFrames
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.9
Java API
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Adobe Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.0

Pros

  • Next Page Flow reports provide a quick and easy way to see what path customers are taking on the website.
  • The flexibility that creating segments gives the user for analysis purposes is great. A lot of insights can be generated when different segments are compared.
  • The web interface allows for users to quickly pick up on how to use Adobe Analytics, which is a huge advantage over just pointing people to where the raw data can be found since middle management and executives shouldn't be spending time coding and trying to get the data into a visually useful format.
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  • Wide variety of tools : Microsoft BI possesses a wide variety of tools to cater needs of presentation, performance caching, integration and ease of use.
  • Popular online and location communities : Online and local communities around Microsoft BI is very popular. You can find a lot of resources and helpful information online and within your communities more efficiently and effectively.
  • Tighter and broad integration options : Microsoft BI tools are very well integrated with other Microsoft products (Office 365, SharePoint, .NET Apps, Project Server etc...) and Line of Business (LOB) applications. Being a large player in BI domain, there are various third party components available which compliment MS BI.
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Cons

  • Undo button - You wouldn't believe how many times I accidentally do something and "look" for an undo button!
  • We use Ad Hoc in addition to Omniture (due to limited user seats in Ad Hoc). I enjoy working in Ad Hoc more because of the "instant" reporting from dragging and dropping Segments, Metrics and Dimensions. Other business owners who use Omniture and find it difficult to use compared to Ad Hoc.
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  • Visualization and presentation is an area that may need some improvement. I have used a competitive tool Tableau which has better visualization capabilities against Pivot Charts/Power BI.
  • For ultra large organizations, certain BI solutions require more volume of data to be processed. Although Microsoft Windows Azure, HDInsight and various other big data mechanism can cater to this need, other MS BI tools like Power Pivot, SharePoint etc... need to be more performance oriented.
  • Licensing is one aspect which is relatively more complex as compared to its competitors. Microsoft is now following subscription-model approach in a lot of areas but still there is a scope of improvement in providing more clarity and simplicity when purchasing MS BI tools.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Analytics9.8
Based on 29 answers
  • New pricing models are very expensive compared to old pricing model, even though it includes several additional tools, most of which seem to be beneficial
  • Horrible support experience despite working with escalation teams to try and resolve
  • Several bugs in recent releases which remain unresolved for many months at a time
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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

Adobe Analytics6.8
Based on 9 answers
The user interface and business facing side is incredibly powerful and useful, the back end can be a pain point for many.
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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
Easy to use. Good User Interface and visualizations
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Analytics9.0
Based on 5 answers
Adobe SiteCatalyst has great actual uptime in the most standard sense, but long lag times in data during critical time periods (i.e. Holidays) I would consider to be an issue with availability.
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Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

Adobe Analytics8.5
Based on 4 answers
The speed with which visualizations and data sets are returned within the tool and or data warehouse can be dissapointing.
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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

Adobe Analytics5.7
Based on 9 answers
Customer service has always been the Achilles heel for this product. Support is often slow to respond, if at all. Account management has seemed to get better recently.
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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

Adobe Analytics3.6
Based on 3 answers
It was a one-day training several years ago that cost the organization several thousand dollars. There were only about 10 people in the training class. Adobe tried to cram so much information into that one-day class that none of our users felt like they really learned anything helpful from the experience. Follow-up training is too expensive
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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

Adobe Analytics8.0
Based on 4 answers
The online training for Adobe SiteCatalyst consists of short product videos. These are ok, but only go so far. For a while Adobe charged a fee for this, but recently made these available for free. There are many great blog posts that help users learn how to apply the product as well.
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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

Adobe Analytics8.0
Based on 7 answers
The success of implementations depend primarily on the solution design, and also on the ability to work with developers to get the solution implemented correctly. This is not an aspect of the product per se.
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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
You need to have (1) a very solid SQL Server DBA and (2) a Windows Server administrator with domain administrator rights to get the BI stack set up correctly. As most Windows systems people will tell you, a lot of good comes out of doing some security planning on the domain side (users, groups, roles, etc.) before you start the implementation. This is a big integrated system, and getting it set up right is half the battle.On the development side, you will want to have a full time data architect making sure that the model you are developing holds together and supports the reporting requirements of the business. You will also want a technical lead who has rich experience with the stack - that person will be able to shepherd the rest of the development team and help them come up to speed with the tools.
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Breadth of Deployment

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High adoption rates is one of the points Microsoft itself is using to market their product. http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-au/solutions/Pages/business-intelligence.aspx
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Alternatives Considered

I have just recently started to evaluate GA and reserve judgement at this time to compare it against Adobe Analytics. That said, the usability and user experience of the GA platform is much more intuitive and user friendly. The ability to customize GA seems comparable to Adobe Analytics. I have not yet had gone through a support experience with GA.
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I have been using the open source open standards BI tool 'Pentaho' before moving into the Microsoft space and I must admit I was surprised how much more difficult it is to do development in Microsoft. Having said that the cubes (SSAS) and reporting (SSRS) side does seem more robust and not all that difficult to get your head around. Where Microsoft is lacking in comparison with Pentaho is the ETL tool. SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is much more difficult to learn than Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) and even when you know exactly what you are doing it still takes more steps to get the same job done. Regarding the performance it seems that since a lot of the ETL logic gets put onto the database (using SQL statements) it won't make much of a difference which tool you use.
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Collaboration and Sharing

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Microsoft BI8.1
Based on 29 answers
With its sharepoint software the collaboration and sharing capabilties is quite good. They have lot of access control features which helps one to give control based on groups like Managers, Technical, Outside users, Consultants etc. Various control limitations can be set for each documents, informations etc.
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Data Integration

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Microsoft BI8.6
Based on 28 answers
Microsoft BI has a full range of available data sources, from the usual suspects for RDBMSes, to the most common flat file sources
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe SiteCatalyst derives its ROI from improvements made to the website and conversion rate increases that can be attributed directly to use of SiteCatalyst.
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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

Adobe Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Adobe Analytics Editions & Modules
Adobe Analytics
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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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