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Microsoft BI

600 Ratings

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6 Ratings
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Score 7.4 out of 101

Microsoft BI

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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon SageMaker

It allows for one-click processes and for things to be auto checked before they are moved through the process but through the system. It also makes training easy. I am able to train users on the basic fundamentals of the tool and how it is used very easily as it is fully managed on its own which is incredible.
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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 SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.6
Customizable dashboards
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Publish to Web
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.5
Publish to PDF
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.6
Report Versioning
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

  • Provides enough freedom for experienced data scientists and also for those who just need things done without going much deeper into building models.
  • Customization and easy to alter and change.
  • If you already are an Amazon user, you do not need to transition over to another software.
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  • The interfaces of the products are familiar to most people that currently use Microsoft products so its comfortable in that respect
  • Creating a report is easy to do with drag/drop functionality. You also have alot of dropdowns. You can use formulas the same way you do in Excel. They have "expressions" which are like formulas with a mix of SQL.
  • Publishing a report to the server is simple as well. You go to the server and upload the file from your file directory.
  • Setting up subscriptions is simple as well. Anyone can do it with minimal knowledge. Its sort of like creating a recurring calendar event.
  • The hierarchy within SSRS is intuitive. A Project is the top level item. You can add as many reports as you want to a project. Similar to any other IDE where you keep all your files in one project (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JSP, Servlet) except in the case of SSRS its all reports.
  • Whether you choose to use 2008 or 2012 the interface is layed pretty much the same. So if you start of in 2008 and then upgrade, you dont have to re-learn anything. Their are slight differences in the two versions but it wont hinder your ability to build a report.
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Cons

  • I think that although the algorithms are there and you are using one click, there could be more detailed descriptions located in places so that other users are able to easily find the right formula and tools.
  • Mobile friendly options would be a huge plus, even tracking what employees are using this tool for in regards to reporting.
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  • On the occasion some of the plug ins run unusually slow. I don't know if it's because they run in Silver Light or what. :) The plug ins have locked up more than once (once a week). My installation got so slow that I had to actually reinstall a couple of times over the past year. Is this a show stopper? For me, it was not. There are other features that keep me glued in. The office repair utility makes the re install a snap and if you are a realistic Microsoft fan, then you almost come to expect it.
  • The natural Language selection: We are a MS SQL house and we love MS. We have the skills for high end SQL statements with a full development staff but we still wanted to try the natural language selection tool. To no avail. We tried redoing the data and that did not work either. I'd call this beta still.
  • I would like to see them improve their visualizations. They are Microsoft and can easily compete with some of the visualizations of Micro Strategy, Tableau and Domo. They simply choose not to.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
I will renew because the pain to change, rip out and buy new is simply too much to live through. I am under the assumption that this is still 1.0. Microsoft will better my concerns and I still see them adding features from time to time. They have released new versions of the Power Query, and the Gateway over the past couple of months. They have single evenhandedly turned Excel from the preferred tool of presentation to making Excel Middle ware. Middle Ware? Don't hang up and close the browser yet. Yup, its middle ware. Excel connects to the data, SQL database or the data model, Excel is the tool that passes the information to the real presentation layer. Excel is just a middleware tool that has become more powerful than ever and the platform that Microsoft BI resides upon. While my review may seem at times critical its the familiarity of the tools (Excel), ease of use, and price that make Microsoft BI the recommended tool for the small to medium size company looking for BI
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Usability

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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries. 2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI. It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers on this topic
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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No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
Quick response. Lots of blogs and support forums are there to get the answer myself
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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

No score
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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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Not widely used. It's being deployed across the organization.
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Alternatives Considered

We have not invested in another machine learning software at this time and so far this has proved very successful with our machine learning teams. As mentioned, I am training these individuals simply on the fundamentals of the software and using it/customizing it for their needs. It has been very easy to do this and has gotten great reviews across the organization so far.
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With over 20 years in IT, I have experienced a full range of relational and non-relational data solutions, from Oracle and Informix to MongoDB and Hadoop. In my opinion, the Microsoft BI stack is the most complete, well-rounded, high performing data management system on the planet right now. More and more, the ability to make data-driven decisions sets organizations apart from their competitors, and no one offers a better solution than Microsoft and its partners. As more and more of what we do in business life moves to the cloud, Microsoft is again leading the way with its Azure platforms.
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Collaboration and Sharing

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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

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Microsoft BI8.6
Based on 28 answers
We integrate with SQL data and it has been very user-friendly in those aspects.
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Return on Investment

  • Use of this tool across areas of our organization has allowed for more time to be spent on other things as this is taking a lot of the heavy lifting and developing out of the machine learning process all together.
  • Database of algorithms ready to use and adjust, customizing is key with this group of employees and their daily work while using this software.
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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

Amazon SageMaker

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