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Anaconda

Top Rated
33 Ratings

Microsoft BI

600 Ratings

Anaconda

Top Rated
33 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 101

Microsoft BI

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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Anaconda

It eats everything and everything has a wrapper or API for it. Python is lingua franca by now, more than Java.
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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

Anaconda
Microsoft BI
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
7.6
Customizable dashboards
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

  • Anaconda (i.e. Python with lots of packages and the fabulous iPython/Jupyter Notebook) does analytics well. In analytics, or "data science" or whatever buzzword, you have to pick your poison: Python, R, or SAS. Python is the only one that's good at doing other things as well.
  • Like visualization...The quality of the built in types of scientific visualization in Python vs. R and their aesthetics is up for grabs. However, Python can do a whole lot of different kinds of visualization above and beyond R. Similarly, JavaScript probably can do more/better visualization than Python, but it's not meant for analytics. Anaconda has enough visualization packages to get you started.
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  • 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

  • Sometimes it takes too much time to initialize
  • Some of the packages are not already charged so you need to upload them by hand.
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  • Visualization and presentation is an area that may need some improvement. I have used a competitive tool Tableau which has better visualization capabilities against Pivot Charts/Power BI.
  • For ultra large organizations, certain BI solutions require more volume of data to be processed. Although Microsoft Windows Azure, HDInsight and various other big data mechanism can cater to this need, other MS BI tools like Power Pivot, SharePoint etc... need to be more performance oriented.
  • Licensing is one aspect which is relatively more complex as compared to its competitors. Microsoft is now following subscription-model approach in a lot of areas but still there is a scope of improvement in providing more clarity and simplicity when purchasing MS BI tools.
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Likelihood to Renew

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
I am basing this rating not on Microsoft's paid premium support, but rather on the resources available (both from Microsoft and 3rd parties) to BI consumers. There is such a huge community working with and building solutions with the Microsoft BI stack (SQL Server) that I have always been able to find a solution (or at least a workaround) to any problems that have come up.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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Breadth of Deployment

No answers on this topic
Not widely used. It's being deployed across the organization.
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Alternatives Considered

I have experience using RStudio oustide of Anaconda. RStudio can be installed via anaconda, but I like to use RStudio separate from Anaconda when I am worin in R. I tend to use Anaconda for python and RStudio for working in R. Although installing libraries and packages can sometimes be tricky with both RStudio and Anaconda, I like installing R packages via RStudio. However, for anything python-related, Anaconda is my go to!
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Microsoft is a distant me too in a world that is crowded and drowning in BI Me too products. Visualizations 5/10. Micro Strategy, ClickView, Domo, BOBJ etc will kill this product. The issue is cost and speed to implementation. The cost is far less than any of the previously mentioned items. The implementation time could be a fraction of those products. The implementation of this product can be as simple as connecting Excel to the database (Create the relationships that you can do in the dbase or the query in Excel) and pushing to the Cloud. From the cloud based app you simply launch the gateway. The gateway is a breeze for anyone to connect with. The gateway only needs path back and its a breeze. No IT guys needed, no professional services, no firewalls or routing tables to configure. Just plug and play. This feature alone is the key product differentiation in my review. We already had the tables developed and ETL be damned, they all push from the MS-SQL dbase directly to cloud. Is this going to be big and fast in an environment with Data Universe's, API's to other products, and true Enterprise class features. I dont think so. Is it good enough for most small to medium companies or departments? Yes
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Collaboration and Sharing

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI8.1
Based on 29 answers
In our opinion MicroSoft BI has excellent access control capabilities and security. When used with SharePoint the capabilities for sharing information is simply amazing.
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Data Integration

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI8.6
Based on 28 answers
You need to have good IT skills to connect different data sources.
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Return on Investment

  • It has increased our productivity by allowing us to spend more time on code development and less time on troubleshooting library installation issues.
  • Because Anaconda helped us increase our efficiency while developing code / statistical models, we were able to complete our research objectives quickly. This allowed us to write manuscripts and publish our results quickly..
  • Anaconda makes it very easy to share code through Jupyter notebooks. This has been particularly valuable for helping other members of our department (not directly involved with software development) understand what the software developers are doing. This step also doubles as quality control, as a new set of eyes can spot small software bugs. Getting rid of software bugs early is extremely important and helps us save time and money.
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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

Anaconda

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