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Anaconda

Anaconda is great for academic and private organizations that cannot afford more expensive Python/R package managers. Also, it is more appropriate for intermediate to advanced Python users--Anaconda can be somewhat frustrating for beginners, as it takes some practice to get comfortable with the workflow. I find it particularly useful for working in teams, because if everyone uses the same package manager, it is easier to troubleshoot issues and makes for reproducible research. For wealthier organizations, a premium package management system (with tech support) would be ideal. Anaconda is also great for people working independently on code development.
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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

Data Exploration

Anaconda
7.5
Microsoft BI
Visualization
Anaconda
7.0
Microsoft BI
Interactive Data Analysis
Anaconda
8.0
Microsoft BI

Data Preparation

Anaconda
7.0
Microsoft BI
Interactive Data Cleaning and Enrichment
Anaconda
7.0
Microsoft BI
Data Transformations
Anaconda
8.0
Microsoft BI
Data Encryption
Anaconda
6.0
Microsoft BI
Built-in Processors
Anaconda
7.0
Microsoft BI

Platform Data Modeling

Anaconda
5.7
Microsoft BI
Automated Machine Learning
Anaconda
4.0
Microsoft BI
Single platform for multiple model development
Anaconda
7.0
Microsoft BI
Self-Service Model Delivery
Anaconda
6.0
Microsoft BI

Model Deployment

Anaconda
4.5
Microsoft BI
Flexible Model Publishing Options
Anaconda
5.0
Microsoft BI
Security, Governance, and Cost Controls
Anaconda
4.0
Microsoft BI

BI Standard Reporting

Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.4
Drill-down analysis
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2
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
8.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.0
Predictive Analytics
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaconda
Microsoft BI
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

  • Installing packages is very easy with Anaconda. Anaconda comes with 'anaconda navigator', a terminal-like utility from which you can easily install R packages and python libraries.
  • Launching R and python IDEs as well as Jupyter notebooks from anaconda navigator is simple, and Anaconda makes it very easy to keep these packages up-to-date.
  • I really like the fact that if you don't want to install the full version of Anaconda, you can opt to install a lightweight version (called Miniconda) that includes less python libraries and only core conda. I've installed it when I didn't want to take up as much disk space as Anaconda requires, but it works just the same.
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  • Wide variety of tools : Microsoft BI possesses a wide variety of tools to cater needs of presentation, performance caching, integration and ease of use.
  • Popular online and location communities : Online and local communities around Microsoft BI is very popular. You can find a lot of resources and helpful information online and within your communities more efficiently and effectively.
  • Tighter and broad integration options : Microsoft BI tools are very well integrated with other Microsoft products (Office 365, SharePoint, .NET Apps, Project Server etc...) and Line of Business (LOB) applications. Being a large player in BI domain, there are various third party components available which compliment MS BI.
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Cons

  • Although I have generally had positive experiences with Anaconda, I have had trouble installing specific python libraries. I tried to remedy the solution by updating other packages, but in the end, things got really messed up, and I ended up having to uninstall and reinstall a total of about 4 times over the past 2 years.
  • If you have the free version of Anaconda, there is not much support. Googling questions and error messages are helpful, but there were times when I wished I would have been able to ask technical support to help me troubleshoot issues.
  • There were a few times when I tried to install tensorflow and tensorboard via Anaconda on a PC, but I could not get them to install properly. Anaconda allows you to create 'environments' , which allow you to install specific versions of python and associated libraries. You can keep your environments separate so they do not conflict with one another. Anyway, I ended up having to create several 'conda envrionments' just so I could use tensforflow/tensorboard and a few other utilities to avoid errors. This was somewhat annoying, because every time I wanted to run a specific model, I'd have to open up the specific conda environment with the appropriate python libraries.
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  • Parallel Sequential job Processing within the SSIS GUI, not using DTS
  • More Options for non-SharePoint portal Integration
  • Reporting Services performance browser rendering time for reports
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
The primary reason I give this a 10 is because of my previous experience with Microsoft. While I can be effective with other tools and solutions, my experience is primarily focused on the Microsoft solution stack and surrounding tools. Some people are Java-centric, some are C#-centric; I am Microsoft SQL Server-centric. Even with the explosion of "big data" tools, I always seem to gravitate toward the Microsoft solution because I know and understand it better than any other solutions.
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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

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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

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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

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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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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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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Return on Investment

  • We save a lot of programming time, since all the add-ons are in the same environment.
  • Being multiplatform, Anaconda is perfect for work teams with many people, since it supports all operating systems.
  • The only negative thing that can happen is that at first, the way of working in Anaconda can be a bit confusing. Once passed the learning period, its daily use is very comfortable.
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  • Cleaner, more accurate data returned to end users.
  • Better decision making.
  • Increased control over data.
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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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