Azure Analysis Services vs. Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure Analysis Services
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Azure Analysis Services delivers enterprise-grade BI semantic modeling capabilities with the scale, flexibility, and management benefits of the cloud. Azure Analysis Services helps transform complex data into actionable insights. Azure Analysis Services is built on the analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services.N/A
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft BI is a business intelligence product used for data analysis and generating reports on server-based data. It features unlimited data analysis capacity with its reporting engine, SQL Server Reporting Services alongside ETL, master data management, and data cleansing.
$9.99
per user/per month
Pricing
Azure Analysis ServicesMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Editions & Modules
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Power BI Pro
$9.99
per user/per month
Power BI Premium
4,995
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure Analysis ServicesMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Azure Analysis ServicesMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Azure Analysis ServicesMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
8.7
9 Ratings
7% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
48 Ratings
7% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports8.99 Ratings9.041 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.78 Ratings8.048 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates8.59 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
8.9
9 Ratings
10% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
48 Ratings
8% above category average
Drill-down analysis9.07 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.98 Ratings8.048 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.98 Ratings9.038 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration9.09 Ratings9.048 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
9.0
9 Ratings
8% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
47 Ratings
8% above category average
Publish to Web9.19 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.98 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Report Versioning9.48 Ratings9.039 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling9.09 Ratings9.042 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers8.78 Ratings9.023 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
9.1
8 Ratings
12% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
47 Ratings
11% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)9.37 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization9.18 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.77 Ratings9.041 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
9.3
9 Ratings
9% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
48 Ratings
5% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)9.38 Ratings9.045 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model9.39 Ratings9.042 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)9.29 Ratings9.045 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)9.58 Ratings9.027 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
8.8
8 Ratings
10% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
38 Ratings
6% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access8.58 Ratings8.035 Ratings
Mobile Application9.54 Ratings8.026 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile8.56 Ratings9.935 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Azure Analysis Services
8.9
8 Ratings
12% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
20 Ratings
11% above category average
REST API8.97 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Javascript API8.77 Ratings9.018 Ratings
iFrames9.06 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Java API8.98 Ratings9.016 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)8.65 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)9.24 Ratings8.016 Ratings
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User Ratings
Azure Analysis ServicesMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(10 ratings)
8.8
(72 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(25 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(14 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(15 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(7 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure Analysis ServicesMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
We would have many technical issues and glitches with previous similar providers but found that Azure Analysis Services can simply handle our workload and memory better. I remember we lost an account due to cloud issues not fully saving or corrupting some files. Granted, this is rare with any cloud but haven't had that issue with the same load of memory with Azure Analysis Services.
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Microsoft
Microsoft BI is well suited for Stream analytics, easy data integration, report creation and UI/UX designs (limited but what all available are great ones) Microsoft BI may be less appropriate for handling huge number of datasets and difficult queries. It may also be difficult for a company with heavy data.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Providing role based access or we can say privilege based on the role to the user if it is integrated with Azure active directory and hence securing the access to sensitive data.
  • We use to run different type of analytics services to get the better result which is hectic if done manually or with human efforts.
  • We also use to collect bulk of data with the help of this tool and run customized test cases for better efficiency of result and better decision making. The result are very crucial and helps in taking big decision.
  • It supports different or we can say heterogeneous database vendors like the Oracle, SQL, and hence make the task easy.
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Microsoft
  • Comparatively easy to use compared to other data analytics solutions, collaborating with other colleagues on data work is simple.
  • Using Visual Studio for database, ETL, reporting, and analytics development save time and money.
  • Transfer of data from one application to another via Excel and comparison of data attributes between applications
  • Dashboard functionality, as well as Python support, are available, allowing you to add additional charts and graphs.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • There is very least content available on Microsoft docs and the Internet to get through with AAS.
  • i faced lots of connection issues while implementation.
  • The need for serious platform experience or expertise.
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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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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
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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
Microsoft
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
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
The product has been reliable.
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Performance
Microsoft
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
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
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
Microsoft
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
Microsoft
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
Microsoft
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
Microsoft
The platform has vast number of features and modules. The UI is sleek and once you get to use to it, you will be able to do a lot of stuff. Also support for data sources is more in Azure Analysis Services.
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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
Microsoft
  • Azure Analysis Service scale resources to match our business needs.
  • Helps us to govern, deploy, test and deliver our BI solution with confidence.
  • Stores our business data and clients data in a safe place where it's easy to access and visible to all our teams.
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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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