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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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Power BI For Office 365

If you're already using Office 365, Power BI for O365 is an easy choice. Start playing around with the free version and then easily add individual Pro licenses with little risk. However, if you anticipate using this with many users, it can get expensive quickly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Amazon QuickSight
7.5
Power BI For Office 365
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Amazon QuickSight
6.5
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Amazon QuickSight
6.0
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Amazon QuickSight
6.7
Power BI For Office 365
7.6
Drill-down analysis
Amazon QuickSight
7.3
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Formatting capabilities
Amazon QuickSight
6.3
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Amazon QuickSight
6.5
Power BI For Office 365
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Amazon QuickSight
5.5
Power BI For Office 365
7.0
Report Versioning
Amazon QuickSight
8.0
Power BI For Office 365
6.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Amazon QuickSight
3.0
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
Publish to Web
Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Publish to PDF
Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Amazon QuickSight
8.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Amazon QuickSight
6.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Predictive Analytics
Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Access Control and Security

Amazon QuickSight
6.5
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Amazon QuickSight
8.2
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
Amazon QuickSight
6.9
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Amazon QuickSight
6.9
Power BI For Office 365
7.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Amazon QuickSight
4.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

Amazon QuickSight
9.7
Power BI For Office 365
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Amazon QuickSight
10.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Amazon QuickSight
9.4
Power BI For Office 365
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
8.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
REST API
Amazon QuickSight
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

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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  • Easy to make visual dashboards from SQL queries. Previously we had to use a third party application that had to run on a web server that was so complex to setup and run. PowerBI removes all that.
  • Ability to control who/which group has access to each dashboard or report. Ties in well with the rest of the Office 365 ecosystem.
  • Has many connectors to allow pulling data from various systems, both onsite (via gateway) or external (via APIs), and join the data to create a report/dashboard.
  • Ability to show data but also export the data, if permitted.
  • Easy to show PowerBI dashboards on SharePoint or on other websites via embedded code.
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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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  • Licensing: Currently, Microsoft has a fixed pricing model for Office 365 users, regardless of role/function of the user. Most organizations have a small number of "power users" that create usable content and many more "consumers" that simply view/run reports created by power users. Microsoft does not differentiate between these users, and thus the pricing limits organizations from large deployments of the software.
  • Version incompatibility: Excel 2010 and 2013 workbooks are compatible with each other. However, workbooks created in 2010 that include PowerPivot databases must be upgraded to 2013 format to run in 2013. Subsequently, you cannot open these upgraded PowerPivot workbooks in 2010. This requires ALL users to be on the same version.
  • Visualization: Excel charting with PowerPivot workbooks is adequate for many users. Power View also contains a number of GREAT visualizations, including animated bubble charts and a very flexible dashboard/report design canvas. However, compared to some of the other self-service BI solutions, it is still limited in its visualization capabilities.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Power BI For Office 3659.2
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If I were a small business owner, I would likely use Power BI for Office 365 for the sheer fact that I would get the Office licensing I need, along with powerful capabilities. As a Microsoft Partner, we continue to see Microsoft invest heavily in the Power BI capabilities, and will continue to implement and support BI solutions around this product, as we believe this is in the best interest of our clients.
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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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Much less expensive, particularly if your already an Office 365 customer.
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Return on Investment

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  • It's allowed us to better visualize large amounts of data.
  • It's an easy way to tie into an existing SQL database for users that don't know SQL.
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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

Power BI For Office 365

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