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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 Power BI

Perfect for ad-hoc reporting but don't use this software for dashboarding automation. Klipfolio will do a better job for your dashboards.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Amazon QuickSight
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Customizable dashboards
Amazon QuickSight
6.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Amazon QuickSight
6.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Amazon QuickSight
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Amazon QuickSight
7.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Amazon QuickSight
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Amazon QuickSight
6.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Amazon QuickSight
5.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
Amazon QuickSight
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Amazon QuickSight
3.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Publish to Web
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Publish to PDF
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Amazon QuickSight
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Amazon QuickSight
6.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Predictive Analytics
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Access Control and Security

Amazon QuickSight
6.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
Amazon QuickSight
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Amazon QuickSight
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Amazon QuickSight
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Amazon QuickSight
4.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

Amazon QuickSight
9.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Amazon QuickSight
9.4
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.2
REST API
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Javascript API
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
iFrames
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Java API
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
6.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Amazon QuickSight
Microsoft Power BI
7.1

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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  • Easily connect to multiple databases or cloud solutions.
  • Possibility to modify datasets or change formatting in Power BI vs having to modify data at the source.
  • Since Power BI can cache locally some of the data, it's possible to continue working offline on datasets.
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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 BI lacks in horsepower compared to other tools with more robust ETL components built in. Particularly if you connect to any type of source system database like SQL, you have to either have a SQL View built for you that limits the volume of data your bring in, or have solid knowledge of the SQL table structures to build yourself custom (and correct!) connections to the tables.
  • Security is not as robust as other BI tools, like Qlik Sense. We often need to restrict subsets of data by customer and even functional position of an individual within a customer. Power BI’s security seems to be built for using just within a company, so if you leverage your work outside the firewall there can be issues when figuring out security streams.
  • I do not like the pricing. It’s really a dirty trick, Microsoft goes around and says the product is free. Well, the stand-alone is free, yes, but you have to pay for the “enterprise” version so you can share files. They say it only costs $10 a month/user, which again is a white lie. You need much more IT infrastructure and people to build SQL views and Tabular Models so you can use the tool, and Microsoft does not tell you that. So we find it is a good stand-alone tool to analytics, but a fairly heavy cost structure if you roll it out enterprise-wide as compared to Qlik or Tableau (which are more expensive per license, but require less back-office support).
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Microsoft Power BI10.0
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I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

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Microsoft Power BI8.9
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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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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Power BI does not have the feel of a fully independent and robust BI Solution. It tackles smaller functional or department-level analytic needs and can operate in a small or solo roll-out environment. But scaling up to enterprise would be better suited for Qlik or Tableau. Same thing with any imbedding into Salesforce, if you’re rolling this out from a NOT IT-driven perspective you should go with Power BI for the cheap licensing and let IT absorb the costs for additional staff to support it on the back end. If you are IT-driven in the roll out, use Qlik so the business units pay the higher license costs but you need less staff to support them.
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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

Amazon QuickSight

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

Microsoft Power BI

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