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Highlights

Microsoft Power BI and Amazon QuickSight are business intelligence (BI) tools aimed at helping companies interpret and understand business data. Amazon QuickSight is a lightweight solution optimized for as-needed use. In contrast, Microsoft Power BI is designed for dedicated usage across a company, with standard per-user pricing and deep customizability.

Microsoft Power BI is almost equally popular with mid-size businesses as well as enterprise-level corporations, likely due to its per-user licensing and integration with the Microsoft Office 365 suite. Amazon QuickSight is most popular with mid-size companies and larger enterprises as well, although it also has a strong presence among SMB users. This is likely because its pricing model’s pay-as-you-go feature makes it affordable for smaller organizations.

Features

Although both products offer shareable charts and other data visualizations, they have individual strengths that set them apart from each other.

Microsoft Power BI thrives on its variety and customization capability. Its open-source repository contains a broad selection of high-quality user-submitted visualizations, all of which can be individually tweaked by end users. Its sharing features make it easy to show others the visualizations you’ve created, and it integrates well with MS Azure and Office 365.

Amazon QuickSight, as its name suggests, is designed for speed and ease of use. It’s lightweight and runs well even on large datasets with many users. QuickSight’s library of standard charts and visualizations can be quickly applied to various data sources, especially data from other Amazon Web Services (AWS) products. Users without an Amazon QuickSight license can access charts for a small per-usage fee, making it an attractive option for businesses that don’t require regular access to BI software for their employees.

Limitations

Amazon QuickSight and Microsoft Power BI both provide essential BI functionality, but they each have unique drawbacks to consider before purchasing.

Amazon QuickSight can be lightweight to a fault for some users. Its library of graphs and charts is limited when compared to some other BI solutions, and it doesn’t allow for the extensive customization Microsoft Power BI supports. New users report that its UI can be unintuitive at times. Amazon’s active development of the product means new features and improvements, but it can also introduce unexpected bugs and errors for end users.

Microsoft Power BI’s extensive variety, though helpful for many, can cause its own problems. Finding proper documentation for user-submitted visualizations may be difficult, and some may be missing documentation entirely. Some users may face a steep learning curve before they’re able to use the software’s advanced features. Microsoft Power BI can also consume a large amount of computer resources and may run slowly for some users. Finally, its pricing model may be reasonable compared to its competitors, but is less granular than Amazon Quicksight’s model.

Pricing

Amazon Quicksight offers two pricing models for its base product, and an add-on pricing structure for its data anomaly detection service.

Amazon QuickSight’s Standard Edition is $9.00 per user per month with an annual subscription, or $12.00 per user per month for a month-to-month subscription, with 10 GB per user of storage and $0.25 per GB for additional storage.

Amazon QuickSight’s Enterprise Edition has two separate pricing structures for Authors and Readers. Authors can create and publish data visualizations, while Readers have access to the dashboards created by Authors. For Authors, pricing is $18.00 per user per month for an annual subscription, or $24.00 per user per month for a month-to-month subscription, with 10 GB per user of storage and $0.38 per GB for additional storage. For Readers, pricing can vary from $0.30 to $5.00 per 30-minute session, per user, per month, depending on the number of Readers and how often they use the product. For more details, refer to the vendor’s pricing page.

Microsoft Power BI offers two options for pricing. The Power BI Pro tier is $9.99 monthly per user and includes all of its data visualization and BI features on the cloud, with 10 GB of storage per user and a limitation of 1 GB for each individual dataset. The Power BI Premium tier is $4,995 monthly with no additional per-user fee and adds features aimed at enterprise-level BI, including big data analytics and on-premises deployment. It also expands the storage to 100 TB total, with a 10 GB maximum size per dataset.

Feature Set Ratings

  • Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 7 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BI Standard Reporting

7.9

Amazon QuickSight

79%
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
8.2
82%
119 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

7.9
79%
5 Ratings
8.9
89%
138 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

7.9
79%
5 Ratings
8.2
82%
127 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

7.2

Amazon QuickSight

72%
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.0
80%
5 Ratings
8.7
87%
138 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

7.9
79%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
137 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

6.0
60%
3 Ratings
8.1
81%
103 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

7.0
70%
5 Ratings
8.6
86%
135 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

6.8

Amazon QuickSight

68%
8.3

Microsoft Power BI

83%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 5/5 features

Publish to Web

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
9.0
90%
128 Ratings

Publish to PDF

6.3
63%
2 Ratings
8.9
89%
120 Ratings

Report Versioning

6.0
60%
4 Ratings
7.8
78%
100 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

7.0
70%
4 Ratings
8.5
85%
103 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
7.4
74%
75 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

5.8

Amazon QuickSight

58%
8.3

Microsoft Power BI

83%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

6.0
60%
5 Ratings
8.4
84%
130 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
8.5
85%
121 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

3.5
35%
2 Ratings
7.9
79%
102 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.0

Amazon QuickSight

80%
8.8

Microsoft Power BI

88%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

8.0
80%
5 Ratings
8.8
88%
120 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

8.0
80%
5 Ratings
8.7
87%
103 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

8.0
80%
5 Ratings
8.6
86%
111 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
9.0
90%
94 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

3.9

Amazon QuickSight

39%
8.5

Microsoft Power BI

85%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

4.0
40%
3 Ratings
8.7
87%
112 Ratings

Mobile Application

3.7
37%
3 Ratings
8.3
83%
94 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

3.8
38%
4 Ratings
8.4
84%
113 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

5.9

Amazon QuickSight

59%
8.0

Microsoft Power BI

80%
Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 6/6 features

REST API

6.1
61%
2 Ratings
8.3
83%
72 Ratings

Javascript API

6.6
66%
2 Ratings
8.2
82%
57 Ratings

iFrames

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
8.0
80%
56 Ratings

Java API

6.1
61%
2 Ratings
7.7
77%
47 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

6.9
69%
3 Ratings
7.9
79%
63 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

3.0
30%
3 Ratings
7.9
79%
46 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon QuickSight is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Microsoft Power BI is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Amazon QuickSight

90%
5 Ratings
8.7

Microsoft Power BI

87%
140 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon QuickSight

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft Power BI

100%
1 Rating

Usability

7.0

Amazon QuickSight

70%
1 Rating
8.5

Microsoft Power BI

85%
56 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Amazon QuickSight

90%
1 Rating
8.4

Microsoft Power BI

84%
52 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon QuickSight

Amazon Quicksight is a truly cloud-based solution so it works perfectly fine and saves a lot of expense in terms of hardware and maintenance. We can maintain it by ourselves by giving commands on UI. If you have connectivity issues then it can cause headaches because it's a cloud platform and it's a bit costly as compared to other services
Lakhan Suri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

In operations we use the tool for many different topics, from factory quality systems to high level reviews.We have created kind of an internal "App Store" based on Power BI where you have a lot of different dashboards for different solutions (cost, cash, health and safety, sales, factories, distribution centers...) and you as an user just need to get in that "App Store" and enter in whatever tool can be useful for you. It is open to all the operations employees and can use on demand.Also it has raised the imagination of our colleagues, as they are not only working by themselves creating new reports, but also raising fantastic ideas that can be extended for the usage of all the community.
Jose-Angel Mangas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Amazon QuickSight

  • Easily to set up for data sources, already supports quite a few of AWS and non-AWS data sources
  • Cost friendly since users are charged only for basis of usage
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • Quickly filter and view granular data sets with easily configurable reporting figures.
  • The ability to quickly switch between tabs allows for historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
  • It's helpful to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small.
  • Achieve actionable insights faster by using real-time data. It's incredible to have online access to reports.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon QuickSight

  • It is still immature as a cloud-based BI tool.
  • Its functionality is about 40-50% of its competitor's products.
  • Application is still a little buggy and non-intuitive at times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
  • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
  • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
  • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
  • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon QuickSight

General

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

Starting Price

$5 per month

Amazon QuickSight Editions & Modules

Edition
Authors$24.001
Readers$5.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$9.99 per month

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro$9.991
Power BI Premium$20.001
Power BI Premium$4,995.002
  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per Capacity/Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon QuickSight

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon QuickSight

Amazon QuickSight 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It is easy to use and set up no need to put in so much effort. Once build, the dashboard can be used with multiple clients with the same domain. It provides multiple connectivity options which makes it a versatile option for reporting.
Lakhan Suri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.5
Based on 56 answers
At this point, I think we all know who has taken the lead in the business intelligence and analytics market worldwide. With fresh new updates every other day on top of an already robustly built product with all features that one can dream of is a no brainer, I feel. Microsoft will invariably be synonymous with quality and professionalism.
Tanish Pruthi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon QuickSight

Amazon QuickSight 9.0
Based on 1 answer
They provide proper support when needed. They are always ready to provide the box solution and make things easier for users.
Lakhan Suri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.4
Based on 52 answers
I can't really speak to the support overall, [but] I will say that in the almost three years I have used the system, I have only needed to contact their support team once. I think the team was helpful, but it did take some time for us to resolve the issues/ request that they had. I guess the good news is that the system is pretty stable, and I personally have rarely needed to contact their technical support team.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon QuickSight

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
Megan Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

[Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon QuickSight

  • Reduce lots of setup and maintenance cost.
  • Latest technology in market.
  • Full eco system provided under on roof.
  • Cost effective.
Lakhan Suri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • It helps us track and achieve company goals.
  • It shows us [our] performance in areas we could not previously track and allows us to see and work on how to improve their performance.
  • Quick easy access for executives to use in helping teams and addressing issues.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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