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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure AI (Cortana)

As a provider of software applications to the legal market there is not a huge amount that the Cortana Intelligence suite can be utilised for though at the speed that new features are being added I suspect that will change very quickly. However the current functionality is clearly really well suited for e-commerce companies or vertical markets where process is very prescriptive and linear.
Rich Mephan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is well suited for flat file databases, although the pivot column feature can help other types. Particularly great where visualizations can provide better insights than data tables so great for deep insights into trend evolution. Can be challenging to build profit & loss statements with subtotals and percentages based on sales as one single neat statement.
Jay Mistry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Customizable dashboards
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Publish to PDF
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Versioning
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Predictive Analytics
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.9

Mobile Capabilities

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
REST API
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Javascript API
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
iFrames
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Java API
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2

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

  • Reporting, reporting, reporting. Power BI is great for reporting. I can create a number of different charts, views, and dashboards for a number of different audiences. It's very helpful for executives to see the big picture, but dynamic enough to take the same data sources and create detailed reports on very specific elements.
  • Power BI is easy to use. We went from manual data entry and report creation in Excel to Power BI. There was a learning curve, but I was able to find enough training online to get started.
  • Automating the report creation is wonderful. It takes all the manual work out of my old daily processes. My supervisors and bosses have been impressed too. They think it's magic, which makes me look good.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure AI (Cortana)

  • The language understanding service can be a little overwhelming at first trying to understand the differnces between intents and entities
Rich Mephan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

  • Initial creation of reports, even from processed data sets is not simple.
  • The on-premises reporting (crucial for a defense industry company) is extremely expensive, as it is only included in the Power BI Premium package.
  • User training is usually required to ensure that full functionality of the dashboards and their built in features are utilized.
Rick Botha | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 8.0
Based on 10 answers
The languages within Power BI can be quite the learning curve, but the actual dashboard functionality is a breeze. The most difficult aspect for me has been learning different languages to get the most out of Power BI (DAX, M). But the ease of creating great looking and interactive dashboards has been outstanding.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Azure AI (Cortana)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.0
Based on 7 answers
[Microsoft] Power BI support is pretty generic, and it does take time to reach a right resource. Very often their solutions are KB articles not really relevant to my problem. This an area for improvement. I always try to research my issue on PBI message boards/user community sites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Azure AI (Cortana)

Have not evaluate any other similar products, we are a Microsoft Software house so it was a logical decision to use Cortana over other alternatives.
Rich Mephan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Power BI

I am not a data analyst, but as a user, I prefer the UI of Power BI compared to Periscope Data. Periscope Data has some really great functionality and can build some really useful reports, but Power BI seems to have more useful visuals and is easier for non-database admins/non-data analysts to generate some interesting, basic reports that help them in their role. I've also found courses to help you learn how to use Power BI, from the simple functions up to more complex processes (and get a certification for it) for which I was unable to find for Periscope Data.
Steffany Winkelmann | 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

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure AI (Cortana)

General

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

Azure AI (Cortana) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$9.991
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure AI (Cortana)
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
10.0

Usability

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Support Rating

Azure AI (Cortana)
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

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