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Score 6.8 out of 101

Microsoft Power BI

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Score 8.2 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Birst

It's not like Tableau, it's a whole BI platform to combine data from lots of sources. It does that better than a lot of other tools and has a good method for distribution. The learning curve is VERY high.
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Microsoft Power BI

The recommendation for a company would be that with this free/low-cost tool for desktop it can help a lot in making decisions and thereby get a result that you can visualize if your company is on the right path. The user will also get some more creativity about the creation of the panels.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Birst
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Birst
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
6.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Publish to Web
Birst
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Publish to PDF
Birst
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
Birst
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Birst
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Birst
6.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Birst
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Birst
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.6
Microsoft Power BI
7.7

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Birst
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Birst
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Birst
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
REST API
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Javascript API
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
iFrames
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
Java API
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.6

Pros

Birst

  • Easy to create visualizations
  • Very attractive visualizations
  • Connect to many data sources
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Microsoft Power BI

  • Similar to office 365 applications such as Excel and Access, that is, it facilitates the usability of those who already have advanced knowledge of these tools.
  • Optimal ways of presenting data.
  • Data collect.
  • Control panel.
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Cons

Birst

  • UI is slowly getting sexy, but didn't start there
  • Modelling is limited to single user. Waiting for multiuser concurrency in this area.
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Microsoft Power BI

  • Sometimes the table relationship is not no simple to set up.
  • Certain elements are very limited, in the visual part mainly.
  • The tool is unnecessary in relation to the panel interface compared to Tableau.
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Likelihood to Renew

Birst

Birst 9.0
Based on 36 answers
Administration overhead is minimal and keeps TCO down. Product flexibility actually lends toward a gradual replacement of other existing architecture if present.
Price Hatfield profile photo

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

Birst

Birst 6.4
Based on 11 answers
I work very well for what we use it for.
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Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.9
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
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Reliability and Availability

Birst

Birst 4.1
Based on 6 answers
We frequently experience -103 errors due to us using the Live Connect functionality, which does not seem to handle even minor interruptions in connectivity, and treats all future connection attempts or data requests as errors, even if the issue does not exist any longer
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Microsoft Power BI

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Performance

Birst

Birst 7.5
Based on 6 answers
Birst struggles with complex data sets coming from SSAS, that resolve very quickly on tools like PowerBI
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Microsoft Power BI

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Support

Birst

Birst 5.1
Based on 18 answers
Birst can do a lot of things, but it can be difficult to figure out unless you have someone to answer questions and to help explain new functionality. Thankfully, Birst customer support has been outstanding. As mentioned before, questions are usually answered the same day the support case is created
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Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
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In-Person Training

Birst

Birst 9.1
Based on 4 answers
I went to their annual user conference (Birst Forward) and their standard training class (Birst Boot Camp) this year, and both were excellent. Very educational, and I got all of the personal attention I needed to get my questions about my specific answered. I've also reached out to the trainers after those events to ask more questions, and they've been great about getting back to me with answers
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Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Birst

Birst 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Birst has been a solid provider of BI tools in the years we have used them. They have grown with us and have shown they are investing in their service by providing new tools.
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Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

Birst

Birst 5.3
Based on 6 answers
Our initial implementation was rocky. Without writing a novel, there were a few main issues. The professional services company was decent, but not great. We also did not have adequate resources on our end to provide the services company what they needed (an expert on our database, etc.). As the project manager, I definitely tried to do too much with the initial implementation and was very guilty of "chasing squirrels", as I've heard it called. All of this lead to us running out of professional services hours we had paid for, without a working product. After that unsuccessful first attempt, Birst sat on the shelf for a bit before we got our new (and current) CSM. He called us to see how things were going. After learning that the product wasn't in use and how poorly our first go at it went, he bent over backwards to get us up and running, first with spreadsheets, and then with our database, all at no additional charge to us. Combine this with the training I've received, and we've got a working product up and running without the use of a professional services company. We are definitely one of their smaller clients, and I was surprised at how much work they put into turning the project around for us
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Microsoft Power BI

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Alternatives Considered

Birst

We compared Birst vs Tableau and Lumirra and there's no question that Birst is the best option from a cost perspective. Additionally, the ease of use complemented with our support team has allowed us to innovate on the platform quickly
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Microsoft Power BI

Some of the other tools that we use are Oracle Business intelligence, Oracle data Visualization, Tableau etc. All of these tools are being used for different purposes and are connected to the source system in different ways. However Power BI is the most widely used in our company. At the same time not everyone has access to the desktop version where they can create and share information with others. This role is limited on a need-based basis. Overall, Power BI stacks quite well with other tools as it is providing information that other tools are not capable or authorized to perform.
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Scalability

Birst

Birst 6.0
Based on 2 answers
we can see that loading a lot of data can cause a noticable slow down in performance. Birst support indicated that they don't really consider anything less than 30 seconds to be an issue, but that is not the case for our customers, so we have had to change some of implementation to address this
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Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Birst

  • It's hard to quantify the time savings and improved decision making that occurred because of Birst, but it is substantial.
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Microsoft Power BI

  • It's a good start for setting up customized dashboards.
  • Available for all users based on Office 365 platform we have in place.
  • Doesn't really allow depth of report - specifically customization of visual displays.
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Microsoft Power BI

Pricing Details

Birst

General

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

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

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