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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

    6.7

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    67%

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Long-term financial planning

    6.6
    66%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Financial budgeting

    8.6
    86%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Forecasting

    6.0
    60%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Scenario modeling

    4.7
    47%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management reporting

    7.7
    77%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Consolidation and Close

    5.8

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    58%

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Financial data consolidation

    4.4
    44%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Local and consolidated reporting

    6.7
    67%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Detailed Audit Trails

    6.2
    62%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Financial Reporting and Compliance

    6.5

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    65%

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Financial Statement Reporting

    8.2
    82%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management Reporting

    6.9
    69%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Excel-based Reporting

    6.0
    60%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automated board and financial reporting

    5.3
    53%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    XBRL support for regulatory filing

    5.9
    59%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Analytics and Reporting

    4.6

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    46%

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Personalized dashboards

    4.7
    47%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Color-coded scorecards

    6.2
    62%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    KPIs

    6.2
    62%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Cost and profitability analysis

    1.0
    10%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Key Performance Indicator setting

    5.3
    53%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Benchmarking with external data

    4.0
    40%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration

    7.1

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    71%

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Flat file integration

    6.4
    64%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Excel data integration

    8.7
    87%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

    6.3
    63%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    82%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    44 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    51 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    49 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    83%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    46 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    51 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    41 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    51 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    83%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    46 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    46 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    42 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    45 Ratings

    Delivery to Remote Servers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    26 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    82%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    49 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    46 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    44 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    85%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    48 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    45 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    48 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    30 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    84%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    38 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    29 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    38 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    81%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    21 Ratings

    Javascript API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    21 Ratings

    iFrames

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    20 Ratings

    Java API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    19 Ratings

    Themeable User Interface (UI)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    20 Ratings

    Customizable Platform (Open Source)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    16 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Microsoft BI (MSBI) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.9

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    69%
    6 Ratings
    8.7

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    87%
    75 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    80%
    25 Ratings

    Usability

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    87%
    14 Ratings

    Availability

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    95%
    4 Ratings

    Performance

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    70%
    4 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.0

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    70%
    2 Ratings
    8.8

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    88%
    21 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    69%
    3 Ratings

    Online Training

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    85%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    96%
    14 Ratings

    Configurability

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

    Axiom is extremely well suited to optimize the Budget process. Using Axiom, we have cut our overall budget cycle time in half and have a much higher level of accuracy in all facets of the Budget including Fee Income, Expense, and Margin. Axiom is also well suited for advanced data users as you have the ability to create your own custom database tables which allows you to join to the existing Axiom tables and has allowed us to create custom reporting that we could not even think about on our previous system. The other big benefit of Axiom is that it sits on top of Microsoft Excel and inherits all of its functionality, which most people have experience with.
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    Microsoft

    The Microsoft BI suite of tools, which comprises tools from the SQL Server suite, provides end-to-end features and functionality for businesses of any size. Users who need dashboards and reports fast will benefit from this tool. It’s simple to connect to databases, cloud storage systems, and CSV files of any type. This makes the dashboards suitable for a more rapid presentation workflow because we can easily incorporate them into PowerPoint presentations. Enterprise and standard editions are both available for some tools.
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    Pros

    Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

    • 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.
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    Microsoft

    • 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

    Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

    • Implementation is quite Complex and requires both IT and Financial buy-in
    • Reporting solution has some learning curve for end users
    • Calculation methods within reporting can be opaque and hard to trace
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    Microsoft

    • 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.
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    Pricing Details

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Axiom Software by Syntellis Performance Solutions editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Microsoft BI (MSBI)

      Starting Price

      $999 per user/per month

      Editions & Modules

      Microsoft BI (MSBI) editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Power BI Pro9.991
      Power BI Premium4,9952

      Footnotes

      1. per user/per month
      2. per month

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      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

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      The Microsoft BI tools have great usability for both developers and end users alike. For developers familiar with Visual Studio, there is little learning curve. For those not, the single Visual Studio IDE means not having to learn separate tools for each component. For end-users, the web interface for SSRS is simple to navigate with intuitive controls. For ad-hoc analysis, Excel can connect directly to SSAS and provide a pivot table like experience which is familiar to many users. For database development, there is beginning to be some confusion, as there are now three tool choices (VS, SSMS, Azure Data Studio) for developers. I would like to see Azure Data Studio become the superset of SSMS and eventually supplant it.
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      Reliability and Availability

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      The product has been reliable.
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      Performance

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      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 Rating

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      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
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      Microsoft

      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.
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      In-Person Training

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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      Online Training

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      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 Rating

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      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.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      Axiom was selected based on the impression of ease of use and integration. It is capable of holding all of our entities data while giving us an easier more accessible way to deliver monthly Financials and reports to managers. Then in costing we signed up because the impression of budgeting.
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      Microsoft

      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.
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      Return on Investment

      Syntellis Performance Solutions (formerly Kaufman Hall Software)

      • Forecasting has improved
      • Complexity of analysis has improved as well
      • Our main data has been confused as we started using Axiom
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      Microsoft

      • 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.
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