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Microsoft BI

602 Ratings

Amazon QuickSight

15 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon QuickSight

Amazon QuickSight is well suited in any organization that is making business decisions based on performance data whether it be Marketing, Sales, Call Center, etc. It is a great tool especially for mature organizations that have a lot of data to work with. Amazon QuickSight may be not as well suited for newer organizations that are just beginning to drive data/performance metrics. The data available becomes more and more valuable to more that you have.
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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

Amazon QuickSight
7.4
Microsoft BI
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Microsoft BI
7.6
Customizable dashboards
Amazon QuickSight
6.3
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Amazon QuickSight
5.8
Microsoft BI
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Amazon QuickSight
6.5
Microsoft BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
Amazon QuickSight
7.2
Microsoft BI
8.4
Formatting capabilities
Amazon QuickSight
6.2
Microsoft BI
8.4
Report sharing and collaboration
Amazon QuickSight
6.3
Microsoft BI
8.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft BI
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Amazon QuickSight
5.5
Microsoft BI
8.4
Report Versioning
Amazon QuickSight
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Amazon QuickSight
3.0
Microsoft BI
7.9
Publish to Web
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft BI
8.4
Publish to PDF
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft BI
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft BI
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Amazon QuickSight
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Amazon QuickSight
5.8
Microsoft BI
8.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Predictive Analytics
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft BI
8.3

Access Control and Security

Amazon QuickSight
6.4
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Amazon QuickSight
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Amazon QuickSight
6.7
Microsoft BI
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Amazon QuickSight
6.7
Microsoft BI
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Amazon QuickSight
4.0
Microsoft BI
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

Amazon QuickSight
9.7
Microsoft BI
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Amazon QuickSight
9.5
Microsoft BI
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft BI
8.6
Dedicated Android Application
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft BI
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

  • Amazon QuickSight is a really easy program to learn how to use.
  • Amazon QuickSight allows our team to customize the data using the various data sets, which makes the available reports incredibly powerful to our organization.
  • Our organization has the ability continually adjust our reports and build new reports as business needs change.
  • Even though our organization has different reports built for different departments, each department can still access and understand reports from across the company.
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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

  • One of the primary challenges I've had with Amazon QuickSight so far is that some of the reports I want to build use data from different data sets. Instead of being able to put all of the information I want to see into one report.
  • Some of our Amazon QuickSight reports only update every 24 hours. It would be great to see that data in real-time.
  • I would remove the various time zones from Amazon QuickSight and only use the time zone we are in.
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  • Power View is a quick and easy tool to use for developing dynamic dashboards but lacks some very basic features. The color scheme and styles are applied across all views with no method for choosing which colors apply to certain objects. Users cannot rename visual components, you must make sure you cube field have the names you intend end users to see.
  • Report Builder allows for quite a bit of customization but we found it be missing some the features that make other application like Crystal Reports so easy to use. Simple features such as moving columns within a table can be a bit frustrating. Formatting text and writing formulas (expressions) is easier in Crystal Reports.
  • Parallel Data Warehouse is not a true SQL Server 2012 database and is missing much of the SQL Server 2012 feature set.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is a great tool but may require additional, expensive staff to maintain the software and keep it running on a day to day basis from an operational perspective. Other BI products are making the jump to "Self Service" Business Intelligence, empowering the end user to create and modify their data needs. However, if a company resides on a MS SQL server structure, Microsoft's BI tool is easy to integrate and can deploy an enterprise BI solution in a relative short time. Considering the initial software costs, you get a lot for your money
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Usability

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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

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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

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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
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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

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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
We are a consulting firm and as such our best resources are always billing on client projects. Our internal implementation has weaknesses, but that's true for any company like ours. My rating is based on the product's ease of implementation.
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Breadth of Deployment

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I have implemented Microsoft BI in small departments with less than 10 people all the way up to full enterprise deployments with multiple IT groups and 1000's of users. The only difference will be what of the provided Microsoft BI tools will you use and how many servers will it all be installed on. Once it is setup it is very easy to keep up-to-date and even expand in the future. Some of the tools do need more IT involvement to get up and running, but once it is setup and working it can easily go into a hands-off setup and just works. I have been oncall support for an enterprise SSRS deployment that was on multiple servers across multiple data centers and only received calls of issues once or month or less and most of time those were cause by human error and not following the procedures that were established.
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Alternatives Considered

All of the other reporting platforms my organization has used previously were within our CRM and not a standalone program. In that we were very limited in being able to slice and dice the data the way that we wanted to
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Microstrategy - I went with Microsoft BI because of features, usability, integration capabilities, performance, availability of talent, cost, and end-user (self-service) capabilities.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Amazon QuickSight5.8
Based on 2 answers
There are many members across my organization that use the QuickSight reports throughout each business day. There are various reports built for various departments as well as reports that cross over to all departments. There have not been any issues across the various departments with viewing the reports and using unique filters to look at the reports differently. Our IT department is the only department within the organization that has the necessary permissions to create new reports and/or make changes to existing reports
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Microsoft BI8.1
Based on 29 answers
We have found that the ability to share info in basic formats for quick review or with more details drill-down capabilities is helpful when dealing with users with different skill levels.
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Data Integration

Amazon QuickSight7.5
Based on 2 answers
All of the data that feeds into Amazon QuickSight comes from our CRM, Clarity. We do not have data coming in from any other sources. Some of the data that comes in is in real-time and some of the data only updates every 24 hours. Overall, the API feed of data seems to be very seamless and there have not been any hiccups in the feed.
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Microsoft BI8.6
Based on 28 answers
I really like how Microsoft brings data from multiple sources together. I think this is one of the strengths of the software allowing for a more complex accumulation of data and information. This results on more complex analysis but again Microsoft BI does a superb job at making this complex data easy to interpret and take action on.
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Return on Investment

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  • Greatly reduced reporting project development time (and associated costs).
  • Significantly larger pool of experts to assist on large / ad-hoc projects.
  • Faster availability of critical business data to our users (due to decreased development time as well as performance of overall system - we are able to keep the data very fresh).
  • Significantly increased ETL / data integration capabilities means that more legacy and external system data is making it into the data warehouse.
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Pricing Details

Amazon QuickSight

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