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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon SageMaker

Amazon SageMaker is a great tool for developing machine learning models that take more effort than just point-and-click type of analyses. The software works well with the other tools in the Amazon ecosystem, so if you use Amazon Web Services or are thinking about it, SageMaker would be a great addition. SageMaker is great for consumer insights, predictive analytics, and looking for gems of insight in the massive amounts of data we create. SageMaker is less suitable for analysts who do generally "small" data analyses, and "small" data analyses in today's world can be billions of records.
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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
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable dashboards
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Drill-down analysis
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
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
8.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
Predictive Analytics
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.8
REST API
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
Javascript API
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.7
Java API
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.5

Pros

Amazon SageMaker

  • Amazon SageMaker is great for visually seeing the development of machine learning models. The process is set up in a logical step-by-step process.
  • Amazon SageMaker makes training data models about as easy as it gets. It's straight-forward to construct training and test samples.
  • Amazon SageMaker makes deploying machine learning models much easier than other open-source tools.
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Microsoft BI

  • 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

Amazon SageMaker

  • Amazon SageMaker is a great tool for a data scientist, although surprisingly, comparing different machine learning models with SageMaker is not as easy as one would think. I think Amazon needs to team up with a data scientist who does ensemble modeling.
  • Because SageMaker is targeted for machine learning models, other models a data scientist might use require more effort to get them incorporated. My guess is Amazon is moving to make SageMaker a more complete tool.
  • SageMaker can take a long time to run on larger data sets. That's the case with every big data science tool I've used, but SageMaker doesn't seem to be as quick as other tools.
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Microsoft BI

  • Report Builder 3.0 shipped with MSSQL 2012 is a nice free tool but our client users sometimes encounter problems such as the tool automatically shut down without saving the changes being made. We haven't implemented the new RB with MSSQL 2016 yet thus cannot comment on the latest version.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon SageMaker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
The product has functioned as promised and the level of support has been excellent. We get a sense the Microsoft is putting a lot of effort into help us succeed with their products. Even though Power View and Report Builder are lacking in some functionality, I have already seen improvements in the tools and I know enhancements are forthcoming.
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Usability

Amazon SageMaker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 5 answers
It's a good rating for people willing to learn and get used to it, but it's not inherently user friendly, especially to people who are not Excel power users.
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Reliability and Availability

Amazon SageMaker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

Amazon SageMaker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
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

Amazon SageMaker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
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

Amazon SageMaker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
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

Amazon SageMaker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.5
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

Amazon SageMaker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
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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Alternatives Considered

Amazon SageMaker

Amazon SageMaker is the best option for machine learning if you are already using the Amazon data science ecosystem. The software integrates nicely with MapReduce and most of the other Amazon tools. Additionally, MapReduce does a fairly good job of making the development of machine learning models a user-friendly experience. Sometimes that is no easy task. With this said, it is clear when using MapReduce that the Amazon developers do not have as long of a history in advanced analytics, something that competing tools, such as IBM Watson, has a complete grasp on. Other tools are similar in speed and functionality.
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Microsoft BI

Unlike Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (OBICS), Microsoft BI offers a good range of visualisation options. However, it falls behind in terms of data management capabilities. If your requirements are more data intensive and less reporting intensive, then Microsoft BI may not be the best tool.In terms of similarities, Microsoft BI is closest to Tableau - however, I would still recommend Tableau as a better option than Microsoft BI because Tableau allows data integration across multiple sources comfortably.
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Return on Investment

Amazon SageMaker

  • SageMaker was a positive return on investment for those analysts that wanted to use new tools and had the aptitude to implement machine learning models with new resources. Such individuals were quick to improve their productivity with SageMaker.
  • SageMaker was not a useful tool for analysts used to running reports on small data. Machine learning is a new area, and analysts that are only marginally interested in machine learning will find SageMaker not worth the effort.
  • When used in combination with other machine learning tools, SageMaker is a perfect addition because it complements the Amazon ecosystem while the other tools provide more simple model development environments.
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Microsoft BI

  • 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 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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