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Apptio

13 Ratings

Microsoft BI

602 Ratings

Apptio

13 Ratings
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Score 6.4 out of 101

Microsoft BI

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Score 7.9 out of 101

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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.
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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

Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.6
Customizable dashboards
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.6
Dedicated Android Application
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

  • Apptio Technology Business Management is easy to use from a reporting standpoint. Reports can be created quickly and end users can filter as needed to retrieve the desired data.
  • Apptio Technology Business Management has been able to eliminate manual processes that involved numerous Excel spreadsheets. This enables the users to spend more time on analytics and less time on data manipulation.
  • The transparency that Apptio Technology Business Management provides at the click of a button helps reduce the number of questions that the IT area receives. When questions are raised they are more focused and easier to understand.
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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

  • Apptio Technology Business Management struggles with some of the report formatting. We are using it in place of Excel and simple things like freezing the header and the left column are not available in Apptio Technology Business Management.
  • Reports can become very large and the scroll bars on the page will impact users. When creating a report, the monitor size is very important. If you are working on a big screen the reports will be difficult to use on a smaller laptop screen.
  • The refresh or warming time can become an issue based on the number of reports and the amount of data that you have in the system. Being able to identify reports that are driving this up are not easily identified.
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  • 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

Apptio10.0
Based on 4 answers
Great tool, great value.
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Microsoft BI8.0
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.
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Usability

Apptio9.0
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.
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Microsoft BI7.0
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

Apptio10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent, so far. SaaS-based...assuming effective data links and connectivity
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Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

Apptio10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent, so far.
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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

Apptio9.0
Based on 1 answer
Solid support so far, primarily focused on implementation
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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
Quick response. Lots of blogs and support forums are there to get the answer myself
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In-Person Training

Apptio10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent. We were able to coordinate an onsite course for several vs flying everyone to Apptio Training in Seattle.
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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

Apptio9.0
Based on 1 answer
Was simply used to get familiar with the tool. Good introduction to the in-person course.
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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

Apptio9.0
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
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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Be prepared to help business users define their data. We found that different campuses had different definitions for the same thing. This took some change management and negotiating to get each team to come to a common understanding.
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Breadth of Deployment

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High adoption rates is one of the points Microsoft itself is using to market their product. http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-au/solutions/Pages/business-intelligence.aspx
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Alternatives Considered

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.
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I have been using the open source open standards BI tool 'Pentaho' before moving into the Microsoft space and I must admit I was surprised how much more difficult it is to do development in Microsoft. Having said that the cubes (SSAS) and reporting (SSRS) side does seem more robust and not all that difficult to get your head around. Where Microsoft is lacking in comparison with Pentaho is the ETL tool. SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is much more difficult to learn than Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) and even when you know exactly what you are doing it still takes more steps to get the same job done. Regarding the performance it seems that since a lot of the ETL logic gets put onto the database (using SQL statements) it won't make much of a difference which tool you use.
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Collaboration and Sharing

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI8.1
Based on 29 answers
The way it works is that the analyst/developer/report creator builds the report and publishes it to the report server. From there, anyone who is given access to the report (which is synched up with Active Directory for authentication) can view the report and download a copy of the report. When you download a copy of the report itself (not a PDF or XLS of the report but the report definition file) it actually will download the application (Report builder) along with the report definition file. From here you can edit the definition, share it with others etc. Access control is very simple because of how it synchs up with Active Directory
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Data Integration

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI8.6
Based on 28 answers
I can only speak about the data source we used which was SQL Server. That worked flawlessly. I really am not sure how the application works when you connect it to any other data source or when you merge data (or if thats even possible).
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Return on Investment

  • 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.
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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

Apptio

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