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492 Ratings

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services

More suited I will say deploying your Web-server, Running some cloud applications, Deploying your micro-services, Managed database. Less suited is really hard to say but there can be some scenario where you can use free services like Google spreadsheet scripting for smaller data management and small workflows. Workflow automation is something you need multiple vendors to talk to each other at that time its preferred to go for something else.
Rahul Chhajed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

It works great for our purposes. I highly recommend hiring a consultant to set it up for you though. I don't think we would have gotten very far had we tried to setup the reports and views ourselves. We're very happy with the results we've seen so far. We've been using it for about 3-4 months.
Bradley Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

BI Standard Reporting

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Formatting capabilities
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Publish to Web
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.2
Publish to PDF
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Report Versioning
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Predictive Analytics
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Access Control and Security

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
REST API
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3
Javascript API
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
iFrames
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Java API
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1

Pros

Amazon Web Services

  • What I like in it, is its simple notification service which provides a mobile messaging feature to enable push messaging to my mobile devices as well.
  • It helps in sending out notifications to all my teammates with full integrity.
  • Responsive Support.
  • Offers a variety of features that help to manage my workload.
Martha Batruny | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • 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.
Jason Leidig | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Web Services

  • If there is one thing I think AWS needs improvement on, it is the administration dashboard. It can be a nightmare to use especially when trying to access billing. This could be made better, honestly, as there should be a simplified way to access simple admin features.
  • While AWS was fairly easy to integrate into our solutions, it is not as easy to use without some IT knowledge. The dashboards are complicated and designed for someone who is computer savvy. If you are just want to keep track of billing, for example, you may need to take a course or spend a few hours with someone being walked through the admin console.
  • AWS does tend to be slow at times. If you do not have a fast internet connection, it can take time to access services that are hosted on AWS. This is not always the case but we have had clients complain about this if they are trying to access a service from multiple points (IP addresses). The only real fix we found was to make our files cache to another server and only keep current data accessible to clients.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • The race to perfect gathering of Non-Traditional datasets is on-going; with Microsoft arguably not the leader of the pack in this category.
  • Licensing options for PowerBI visualizations may be a factor. I.e. if you need to implement B2C PowerBI visualizations, the cost is considerably high especially for startups.
  • Some clients are still resistant putting their data on the cloud, which restricts lots of functionality to Power BI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
Based on 10 answers
We are almost entirely satisfied with the service. In order to move off it, we'd have to build for ourselves many of the services that AWS provides and the cost would be prohibitive. Although there are cost savings and security benefits to returning to the colo facility, we could never afford to do it, and we'd hate to give up the innovation and constant cycle of new features that AWS gives us.
Marc Schriftman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
Lee Cullom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.3
Based on 5 answers
We find it quite easy to use. The only challenge is at the outset figuring out exactly what you need, given the large number of available services and options which could take a bit of time to get familiarised with and to decide on.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.0
Based on 9 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
Sean Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.5
Based on 4 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon Web Services

No score
No answers yet
AWS does not provide the raw performance that you can get by building your own custom infrastructure. However, it is often the case that the benefits of specialized, high-performance hardware do not necessarily outweigh the significant extra cost and risk. Performance as perceived by the user is very different from raw throughput.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 7.0
Based on 4 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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.6
Based on 25 answers
Amazon Web Services boasts a really quick and helpful support with multiple communication options as well. For instance, on my personal account I incurred a minor charge due to mismanagement of a service. Upon contacting support, they quickly explained the issue to me and upon request waived the bill as a first time error.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.7
Based on 16 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.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Amazon Web Services

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
Stephanie Grice | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 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.
Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 10.0
Based on 3 answers
The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
Brian Lusenhop | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.6
Based on 14 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.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited when we have a huge amount of data to store, process, manipulate and get meaningful information out of. It is also suitable when we need very fast data retrieval from the database. They provide a superior product at a fair price which allows us to further our goals and push the limits of what we are capable of as a team / company.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Looking at the visualization portion of BI, there are three types of tools.
  1. Programming packages. Free and powerful, they let you make any diagram, at the cost of difficulty of use.
  2. Specialist software like Tableau and Microsoft BI. This is the best choice in most cases due to ease of use and quality of output.
  3. More generic software offered by the big IT companies, often part of a BI suite. There's really a lot of variety here. Use this when it fits the workflow and you are already using the relevant software. But, personally, I'd still use the specialist software.
Alexander Lubyansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Web Services

  • AWS has lowered our employee cost, because you don't have to hire Network/Server Admins to manage infrastructure.
  • Increased productivity by incorporating Continuous Integration with AWS and our development life cycle.
  • Increased customer confidence by being able to provide HIPAA level security in our development and production environments
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • As a SaaS provider we see being able to provide self-service BI to our client users as a competitive advantage. In fact the MSSQL enabled BI is a contributing factor to many winning RFPs we have done for prospective client organisations.
  • However MSSQL BI requires extensive knowledge and skills to design and develop data warehouses & data models as a foundation to support business analysts and users to interrogate data effectively and efficiently. Often times we find having strong in-house MSSQL expertise is a bless.
Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Web Services

General

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

Amazon Web Services Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

General

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI) Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro9.991
Power BI Premium$4,9952
  1. per user/per month
  2. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services
9.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

Amazon Web Services
7.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

Amazon Web Services
7.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7

In-Person Training

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

Amazon Web Services
7.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

Amazon Web Services
10.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

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