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Likelihood to Recommend

Apptio

Well suited for IT Cost Transparency or Service Costing efforts. Key questions to look for when selecting a tool to do this are:
  • Standardized cost model built into the solution
  • Number of other customers in your industry vertical. For benchmarking purposes.
  • Support for extending cost models beyond IT spend. Apptio has named this "Enterprise Business Management". After IT expense is modeled, this is the next logical maturity path. In order to effectively provide financial management for shared services or end-to-end services, there will be expense outside of IT that needs to be modeled.
  • Is on premise field support included?
  • Capability to integrate with your Service Catalog platform.
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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
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable dashboards
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Predictive Analytics
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8
REST API
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.9
Javascript API
Apptio
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.7
Java API
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Apptio
Microsoft BI
7.5

Pros

Apptio

  • Proprietary, standardized IT data model built into the system. Enables very rapid deployment. Also, by having defined data, it makes it easier to know what to ask for and find it within the organization. Also enables "like for like" benchmarking.
  • The standardized IT data model allows Apptio to deliver a robust set of reports out of the box.
  • Customer support is well beyond expectations. Outstanding. Apptio is a true business partner.
  • Technology Business Management Council is a leading group of CIOs developing the practice and driving new features into Apptio.
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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.
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Cons

Apptio

  • TBM is such a new practice, finding resources that either know it or can learn it is challenging. This is no fault of Apptio's, but we rely on them heavily to show us best practice and deliver value proposition. Thankfully their field support engineer is very dedicated to helping us.
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Microsoft BI

  • More than two dimensions. Yes, I know that 2D is the core of Excel's DNA. However, we're starting to deal with higher-dimensional arrays here in analytics land so better visualization support would be cool.
  • UI weirdness. By default, you are flipping back between regular Excel tabs and super-top-secret BI tabs. You create charts in one place, but look at them in the other. That kind of stuff. I know there are a couple of other ways to interact with Microsoft BI, but please figure out the main way.
  • Better hookups to other analytics tools including Microsoft's. Microsoft BI has a good variety of data connections, and I don't expect it to bloom into a full-fledged analytics tool, but it may be a good idea to keep hammering at connectivity with "hardcore" analytics. In my case, Python stuff.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
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

Apptio

Apptio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent, so far. SaaS-based...assuming effective data links and connectivity
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

Apptio

Apptio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent, so far.
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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.
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Support

Apptio

Apptio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Solid support so far, primarily focused on implementation
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Implementation

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
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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Microsoft BI

  • 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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