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Score 7.9 out of 100

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Microsoft Power BI

    84%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    119 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    138 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    127 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Microsoft Power BI

    84%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    138 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    137 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    103 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    135 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft Power BI

    83%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    128 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    120 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    100 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    103 Ratings

    Delivery to Remote Servers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    75 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft Power BI

    83%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    130 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    121 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    102 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.8

    Microsoft Power BI

    88%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    120 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    103 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    111 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    94 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Microsoft Power BI

    85%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    112 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    94 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    113 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Microsoft Power BI

    80%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    72 Ratings

    Javascript API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    57 Ratings

    iFrames

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    56 Ratings

    Java API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    47 Ratings

    Themeable User Interface (UI)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    63 Ratings

    Customizable Platform (Open Source)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    46 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Microsoft Power BI is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.4

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    84%
    3 Ratings
    8.7

    Microsoft Power BI

    87%
    140 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft Power BI

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5

    Microsoft Power BI

    85%
    56 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4

    Microsoft Power BI

    84%
    52 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    It's easy for anyone who is expecting some simple AI problems like fetching the keywords, understanding the intent, language translation, etc. to be solved from an existing database and all they need is to connect to their APIs via a subscription model. But for complex use cases, there is still room for improvement like customization of underlying AI models for a specific use case like identifying some unique identifiers with respect to industry.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft Power BI

    In operations we use the tool for many different topics, from factory quality systems to high level reviews.We have created kind of an internal "App Store" based on Power BI where you have a lot of different dashboards for different solutions (cost, cash, health and safety, sales, factories, distribution centers...) and you as an user just need to get in that "App Store" and enter in whatever tool can be useful for you. It is open to all the operations employees and can use on demand.Also it has raised the imagination of our colleagues, as they are not only working by themselves creating new reports, but also raising fantastic ideas that can be extended for the usage of all the community.
    Jose-Angel Mangas | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    • Being hosted in Azure solves a massive hosting problem
    • The language understanding system has the ability to revolutionize many vertical markets
    • Integrating with Cortana Analytics was really simple due to easy to understand documentation
    Rich Mephan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft Power BI

    • Quickly filter and view granular data sets with easily configurable reporting figures.
    • The ability to quickly switch between tabs allows for historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
    • It's helpful to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small.
    • Achieve actionable insights faster by using real-time data. It's incredible to have online access to reports.
    Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    • More partnerships with colleges and schools to increase the workforce with technical knowledge (increase local workforce)
    • Have more online training and documentation in other languages
    • Have affordable prices for students
    Fernanda Ministerio | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft Power BI

    • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
    • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
    • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
    • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
    • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Azure AI (Cortana) Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Microsoft Power BI

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $9.99 per month

    Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Power BI Pro$9.991
    Power BI Premium$20.001
    Power BI Premium$4,995.002
    1. Per User/Per Month
    2. Per Capacity/Per Month
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft Power BI

    Microsoft Power BI 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    I find it helpful and easy to use
    jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft Power BI

    Microsoft Power BI 8.5
    Based on 56 answers
    At this point, I think we all know who has taken the lead in the business intelligence and analytics market worldwide. With fresh new updates every other day on top of an already robustly built product with all features that one can dream of is a no brainer, I feel. Microsoft will invariably be synonymous with quality and professionalism.
    Tanish Pruthi | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft Power BI

    Microsoft Power BI 8.4
    Based on 52 answers
    I can't really speak to the support overall, [but] I will say that in the almost three years I have used the system, I have only needed to contact their support team once. I think the team was helpful, but it did take some time for us to resolve the issues/ request that they had. I guess the good news is that the system is pretty stable, and I personally have rarely needed to contact their technical support team.
    Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    IBM Watson Assistant has been early into this market and has improved a lot over time compared to Azure AI Cortana. More documentation related to the services. But Ease of integration Azure AI ranks over IBM Watson Assistant. And again in terms of services offered under the ecosystem, Azure AI precedes IBM Watson Assitant.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft Power BI

    [Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
    Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Azure AI (Cortana)

    • Difficult to ascertain the ROI as we are a software house who have developed a module in our application using Cortana. However for companies that use our software I would say the use of sentiment analysis in our application could free up at least 1 full time resource to be used elsewhere in their organisation.
    Rich Mephan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft Power BI

    • It helps us track and achieve company goals.
    • It shows us [our] performance in areas we could not previously track and allows us to see and work on how to improve their performance.
    • Quick easy access for executives to use in helping teams and addressing issues.
    christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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