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Confluence

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Score 8.1 out of 100

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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Likelihood to Recommend

Confluence

I think [Atlassian] Confluence is an amazing option for larger companies however for a smaller team of less than 20 it might not be the best choice. It definitely helps our team stay connected while working remotely and we're able to stay on top of projects with ease.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

The Microsoft BI suite of tools, largely composed of tools within the SQL Server suite, provide a full range of end-to-end feature/functionality for businesses of any size. Some flavor of the tool features is available whether using standard or enterprise editions, making the tools accessible for even smaller businesses. Scalability has become excellent over the years, particularly for SSIS and SSRS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Confluence
7.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Task Management
Confluence
7.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Gantt Charts
Confluence
7.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Scheduling
Confluence
7.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Workflow Automation
Confluence
7.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Mobile Access
Confluence
7.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Search
Confluence
7.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Visual planning tools
Confluence
7.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Communication

Confluence
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Chat
Confluence
6.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Notifications
Confluence
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Discussions
Confluence
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Surveys
Confluence
7.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Internal knowledgebase
Confluence
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Confluence
6.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Confluence
9.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Integrates with Outlook
Confluence
9.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

File Sharing & Management

Confluence
8.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Versioning
Confluence
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Video files
Confluence
7.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Audio files
Confluence
7.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Document collaboration
Confluence
8.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Access control
Confluence
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Advanced security features
Confluence
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Integrates with Google Drive
Confluence
7.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Device sync
Confluence
7.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

BI Standard Reporting

Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Drill-down analysis
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Publish to Web
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Publish to PDF
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Report Versioning
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Predictive Analytics
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Access Control and Security

Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

Confluence

  • QUICK How-to Guides that can be generated and share instantly
  • One can subscribe to the pages and spaces and receive updates in the feed on their home page
  • Automatic Email notifications of new updates in the Confluence area
  • The platform integrates easily with other Atlassian platforms including third-party apps thus improving its reliability
Binoy Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • 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

Confluence

  • Over the past 6 years the feature set has not significantly expanded
  • Integrations with 3rd party apps (DropBox, Google Drive, Slack) is either through 3rd party plugins or rudimentary at best
  • Frequent interface upgrades and complicated permissions settings makes getting new employees up to speed fiddly in some cases
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • The race to perfect gathering of Non-Traditional datasets is on-going; with Microsoft arguably not the leader of the pack in this category.
  • Licensing options for PowerBI visualizations may be a factor. I.e. if you need to implement B2C PowerBI visualizations, the cost is considerably high especially for startups.
  • Some clients are still resistant putting their data on the cloud, which restricts lots of functionality to Power BI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Confluence

Confluence 9.5
Based on 18 answers
I am confident that Atlassian can come with additional and innovative macros and functions to add value to Confluence. In 6 months, Atlassian transformed a good collaborative tools into a more comprehensive system that can help manage projects and processes, as well as "talk" with other Atlassian products like Jira. We are in fact learning more about Jira to evaluate a possible fit to complement our tool box.
Charles Thomasset, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 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

Confluence

Confluence 8.5
Based on 11 answers
Confluence can - and in my personal opinion, it will - be a bit hard to use in the first moment. Atlassian is a great company and is eager to help you with any question you have, though. The interface seems to be a bit clumsy at first but the customization options are enough to make it easier and simpler. In general, Confluence is easy to use when you understand what each section does, but this can take a while.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.6
Based on 16 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

Confluence

Confluence 9.0
Based on 5 answers
I do not recall having outages or applications error so far, very reliable and available.
Normand Whitehead | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.5
Based on 4 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Confluence

Confluence 8.8
Based on 9 answers
Pages load very quickly, which makes it useful for quickly obtaining information. The search functionality is also very quick and is able to parse through all of the documents to provide the most relevant results for the query. Other information based software gets bogged down, but so far Atlassian Confluence maintains its performance.
Kaleb-John Loo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 7.0
Based on 4 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

Confluence

Confluence 8.3
Based on 44 answers
This rating is specifically for Atlassian's self-help documentation on their website. Often times, it is not robust enough to cover a complex usage of one of their features. Frequently, you can find an answer on the web, but not from Atlassian. Instead, it is usually at a power user group elsewhere on the net.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.9
Based on 23 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

Confluence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 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

Confluence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 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

Confluence

Confluence 8.0
Based on 5 answers
Take a bit more time to explain the purpose of Confluence and show demos prior to actual use and content additions.
Normand Whitehead | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.6
Based on 14 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

Confluence

[Atlassian] Confluence is backed by direct, and superior support from Atlassian versus their vendors. For end users, [Atlassian] Confluence provides way more options for layout and content, while also being simpler and easier to use. Most other tools also require a higher level of interaction with IT or global administrators. With confluence, both content creators and consumers can draft an consume content with a much smoother, more intuitive experience.
Jeff Tillett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

We have used the built in ConnectWise Manager reports and custom reports. The reports provide static data. PowerBI shows us live data we can drill down into and easily adjust parameters. It's much more useful than a static PDF report.
Bradley Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Confluence

Confluence 8.0
Based on 2 answers
This tool is very adaptable. So much so we use it for three completely separate projects, in three very different ways.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Confluence

  • Confluence has increased cross-departmental visibility into content, activities, and projects
  • Confluence has also increased collaboration across teams
  • The lack of a workflow has created a wild west environment where stakeholders are confused of where to create and find various types of content
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • As a SaaS provider we see being able to provide self-service BI to our client users as a competitive advantage. In fact the MSSQL enabled BI is a contributing factor to many winning RFPs we have done for prospective client organisations.
  • However MSSQL BI requires extensive knowledge and skills to design and develop data warehouses & data models as a foundation to support business analysts and users to interrogate data effectively and efficiently. Often times we find having strong in-house MSSQL expertise is a bless.
Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Confluence

General

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

Confluence Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Server10.001
Server2700.002
Server5300.003
Server10,200.004
Server19,800.005
Server30,000.006
Server45,000.007
Server90,000.008
Server150,000.009
Data Center15,000.0010
Data Center30,000.0011
Data Center52,000.0012
Data Center79,200.0013
Data Center105,600.0014
Data Center132,000.0015
Data Center143,000.0016
Data Center154,000.0017
Data Center165,000.0018
Data Center176,000.0019
Data Center187,000.0020
Data Center198,000.0021
Data Center209,000.0022
Data Center220,000.0023
  1. 10 Users - Perpetual License
  2. 25 Users - Perpetual License
  3. 50 Users - Perpetual License
  4. 100 Users - Perpetual License
  5. 250 Users - Perpetual License
  6. 500 Users - Perpetual License
  7. 2,000 Users - Perpetual License
  8. 10,000 Users - Perpetual License
  9. 10,001+ Users - Perpetual License
  10. 500 Users - Annually
  11. 1,000 Users - Annually
  12. 2,000 Users - Annually
  13. 3,000 Users - Annually
  14. 4,000 Users - Annually
  15. 5,000 Users - Annually
  16. 10,000 Users - Annually
  17. 15,000 Users - Annually
  18. 20,000 Users - Annually
  19. 25,000 Users - Annually
  20. 30,000 Users - Annually
  21. 35,000 Users - Annually
  22. 40,000 Users - Annually
  23. 40,001+ Users - Annually
SaaS Edition
Free0.001
Standard5.002
Premium10.002
EnterpriseContact Sales
  1. Free for 10 Users
  2. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

General

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI) Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro9.991
Power BI Premium$4,9952
  1. per user/per month
  2. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Confluence
8.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Confluence
9.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

Confluence
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Reliability and Availability

Confluence
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

Confluence
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

Confluence
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.9

In-Person Training

Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

Confluence
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

Confluence
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

Scalability

Confluence
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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