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Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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Likelihood to Recommend

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

Axiom is ideal for organizations with multiple departments that need to collect, share, and integrate data from common internal data sources. The product is best for very large organizations with a lot of financial backing. I wouldn't suggest using Axiom if you're a small organization or only one department, for example.
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

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Long-term financial planning
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial budgeting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Forecasting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Scenario modeling
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Consolidation and Close

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial data consolidation
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
10.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Local and consolidated reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Detailed Audit Trails
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
10.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial Statement Reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Management Reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Excel-based Reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Automated board and financial reporting
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Analytics

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Personalized dashboards
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Cost and profitability analysis
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Benchmarking with external data
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Integration

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Flat file integration
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Excel data integration
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

BI Standard Reporting

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Report sharing and collaboration
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Publish to Web
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Publish to PDF
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Report Versioning
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Data Discovery and Visualization

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

Access Control and Security

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
REST API
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Javascript API
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
iFrames
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Java API
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Pros

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

  • Compared to a previous EPM we used, Axiom's template load and saving performance has been much better even for large plan files.
  • Axiom consultants can create completely customized reports for any of the collected data. Super users within your organization can then fairly easily modify their work to create additional reports without Axiom's help (and invoices)
  • Setting up user security is a fairly easy one-time task and very easy to maintain when people change departments, leave the organization, etc. I would recommend you use role-based security settings.
  • Compared to our previous EPM, Axiom allows more customization and possibilities for templates. There's very few "the product can't do that" statements.
Anonymous | 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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

  • Unfortunately, Axiom only assigned two implementation consultants to our massive project and both were completely new to the product and inexperienced.
  • This isn't really a fault of Axiom, but your organization's data has to be perfect before implementing Axiom. You need a strong project manager within your organization to take the lead in working with Axiom. They should be very familiar with the source data and what's important to all your internal stakeholders. The Axiom team needs to be clearly told exactly what you need from them.
  • We never truly felt confident anyone from Axiom was really familiar with the source tables and data being used. I would suggest in any project they make that a priority early on. Not being familiar with the data caused a list of issues regarding reporting and template construction.
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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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

Performance

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM) 7.0
Based on 2 answers
For the scale of our implementation, Axiom only assigned two consultants who were both completely new to the company. It felt like we were all learning about the product together, when you would expect them to already be experts at their own product. The team also made a good bit of mistakes throughout production and go-live, which then caused more work internally for us. The team lead for our project also just left the company, so we'll see how next year's planning goes
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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

Vena was a strong product, but only our department within the University used it for budgeting. The entire university chose Axiom for the increased scale and capacity. The loading and saving performance of Axiom is slightly better than Vena. Also, Axiom provides more template and report customization. Vena definitely excelled more in their support and staffing and was much cheaper (so I'm told) than Axiom
Anonymous | 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

Return on Investment

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

  • This is only the first year of implementation for the university, so the ROI is yet to be fully seen. For our department, which is the largest in the university, I think the ROI has been fairly high as our users have had more built-in resources within their plan files than they had previously.
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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)

General

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM) Editions & Modules

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

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
7.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Reliability and Availability

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
7.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.9

In-Person Training

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

Axiom Software (formerly Axiom EPM)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

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