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Likelihood to Recommend

Apptio

If you are trying to understand your IT costs and have cost pools and services defined then you are in a good position to move forward. If you are missing one of those items, spend the time getting that figured out before trying to implement the system. You can do that in parallel and use the ATUM model but it will not be an quick implementation. Ask what services Apptio can help with during the implementation process. They have some very good resources that can help provide best practice details from other customers.
Rick Eckoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

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

BI Standard Reporting

Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.7
Customizable dashboards
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report Formatting Templates
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Drill-down analysis
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Formatting capabilities
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.5
Publish to Web
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.6
Publish to PDF
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Versioning
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8
Predictive Analytics
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.6

Access Control and Security

Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.3
REST API
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.0
Javascript API
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.6
iFrames
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.4
Java API
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
6.9

Pros

Apptio

  • Service Costing – if you have to buy any module, this would be it! Comprehensive bottom up services cost analysis and reporting.
  • Bill of IT – Great module if you do charge backs. Can also help with Show Back of costs to the business.
  • Vendor Management – Manage SLAs and align those with vendor performance. While there are other products in the market that provide better functionality, this would be for a novice in this space.
Dennis Otieno, MBA, PMP, MCITP | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jason Leidig | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apptio

  • Features are becoming easier to use, but like any software there is a constant progression
  • Getting companies on the right track for not only finding data but collecting consistent data
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Apptio

Apptio 10.0
Based on 4 answers
I don't believe there is a product on the market as mature in its practice and purpose-built as Apptio is for IT Cost Transparency. It even made the CNBC "Top 50 Disruptor" list for innovative technologies. Its is way ahead of its competition.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 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

Apptio

Apptio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Apptio is proving to be a relatively user-friendly product, assuming proper skill sets and training. Enterprise Analytical abilities to support the proper data readiness and implementation are key.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
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
Sean Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Apptio

Apptio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent, so far. SaaS-based...assuming effective data links and connectivity
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Apptio

Apptio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent, so far.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apptio

Apptio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Solid support so far, primarily focused on implementation
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Apptio

Apptio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent. We were able to coordinate an onsite course for several vs flying everyone to Apptio Training in Seattle.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Stephanie Grice | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Apptio

Apptio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Was simply used to get familiar with the tool. Good introduction to the in-person course.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Apptio

Apptio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Well, so far. Apptio Consulting covered specific model architecting areas particularly. Most of the heavy lifting is being done in-house with support from Apptio as it relates to tool impacts and needs. Some administrative tasks were redundant
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apptio

There is no true competitor that is even comparable to allowing the same capabilities and benefits Apptio provides. It is ground breaking in every sense of the word and will make a huge difference for each and every customer. It can be very complex at times, but like everything in life anything worth implementing takes time, effort, and some growing pains.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

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

Apptio

  • Apptio Technology Business Management has greatly improved our chargeback transparency to the lines of business.
  • Apptio Technology Business Management has reduced our internal processing time for transfer pricing and various monthly reports.
  • We have yet to apply the IT expenses to a business metric within Apptio Technology Business Management but that is on the roadmap.
  • Apptio Technology Business Management has provided valuable cost level reports but we are still struggling to create the high level dashboards within the tool.
Rick Eckoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

  • Ability to maintain and develop dashboards with KPI's for fast delivery to decision makers across the organization.
  • Insight into overall departmental performance. Allowance for departments to set their own metrics for success.
  • Data insights for marketing and sales campaigns allow decision makers to fine tune future campaigns.
Bryan Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apptio

General

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

Apptio Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft BI

General

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

Microsoft BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI$0
Power BI Pro$102
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apptio
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Apptio
10.0
Microsoft BI
8.0

Usability

Apptio
9.0
Microsoft BI
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Apptio
10.0
Microsoft BI
9.5

Performance

Apptio
10.0
Microsoft BI
7.0

Support Rating

Apptio
9.0
Microsoft BI
7.1

In-Person Training

Apptio
10.0
Microsoft BI
6.9

Online Training

Apptio
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.5

Implementation Rating

Apptio
9.0
Microsoft BI
9.6

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