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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • BizNet Software ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Report Output and Scheduling, Access Control and Security
  • Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 3 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Data Discovery and Visualization

BI Standard Reporting

8.2

BizNet Software

82%
8.3

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

83%
BizNet Software ranks higher in 2/3 features

Customizable dashboards

8.2
82%
2 Ratings
8.2
82%
51 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.3
83%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
49 Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6
86%
44 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

7.6

BizNet Software

76%
8.3

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

83%
Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

6.5
65%
5 Ratings
8.4
84%
46 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

8.5
85%
5 Ratings
8.4
84%
51 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

7.8
78%
5 Ratings
8.3
83%
51 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
41 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.9

BizNet Software

89%
8.3

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

83%
BizNet Software ranks higher in 3/5 features

Publish to Web

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.6
86%
46 Ratings

Publish to PDF

8.2
82%
5 Ratings
8.6
86%
46 Ratings

Report Versioning

9.1
91%
3 Ratings
8.1
81%
42 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

8.4
84%
4 Ratings
8.3
83%
45 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

N/A
0 Ratings
7.9
79%
26 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.3

BizNet Software

73%
8.2

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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

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

7.3
73%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
49 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.3
73%
2 Ratings
8.2
82%
44 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
46 Ratings

Access Control and Security

8.9

BizNet Software

89%
8.4

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

84%
BizNet Software ranks higher in 3/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

8.4
84%
4 Ratings
8.1
81%
48 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.1
91%
1 Rating
8.4
84%
45 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.1
91%
3 Ratings
8.6
86%
48 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7
87%
30 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

BizNet Software

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
8.6
86%
38 Ratings

Mobile Application

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
29 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
38 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BizNet Software

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
7.9
79%
21 Ratings

Javascript API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
21 Ratings

iFrames

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
20 Ratings

Java API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
19 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
20 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

N/A
0 Ratings
7.6
76%
16 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • BizNet Software is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
  • Microsoft BI (MSBI) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

BizNet Software

89%
20 Ratings
8.7

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

87%
75 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.1

BizNet Software

61%
2 Ratings
8.0

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

80%
25 Ratings

Usability

9.1

BizNet Software

91%
3 Ratings
8.7

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

87%
14 Ratings

Availability

BizNet Software

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

95%
4 Ratings

Performance

BizNet Software

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

70%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

9.1

BizNet Software

91%
6 Ratings
8.8

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

88%
21 Ratings

In-Person Training

BizNet Software

N/A
0 Ratings
6.9

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

69%
3 Ratings

Online Training

BizNet Software

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

85%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

BizNet Software

91%
6 Ratings
9.6

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

96%
14 Ratings

Configurability

BizNet Software

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

BizNet Software

My favorite part is using if for analytical review reports, especially budget to actual reviews. I can make changes to the GL based on issues found during the review and the report updates immediately without having to update, re-key, verify changes, etc. I know it is going to be updated and correct every time.
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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

BizNet Software

  • Once a worksheet has been created, you can change a single cell and update the entire report. This makes it much easier than recreating a report every time you start.
  • It draws data directly from our database that can be filtered down in various ways. This allows us to get the data that we really need quicker.
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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

BizNet Software

  • Access to comprehensive training for new users is lacking. While the pay-based BizNet University has some useful videos it doesn't allow for other learning styles.
  • Having to create a separate OCBC data source and linked server for each arm of business opened is sometimes a hassle.
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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

BizNet Software

Starting Price

$30 per user, per month

Editions & Modules

BizNet Software editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
BizInsight 7 (Stand-alone)301
BizBroadcast652
BizInsight 7 (Stand-alone)303
BizBroadcast654

Footnotes

  1. per user, per month
  2. per user, per month
  3. per user, per month
  4. per user, per month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

Optional $4,500

Additional Details

BizNet Training - Standard Package (3 Seats) $795.00 Yearly BizNet Training - Premium Package (3 Seats) $995.00 Yearly BizNet Training - Premium Plus Package (3 Seats) $1,295.00 Yearly Education Block $695.00 Installation Training $225.00

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

BizNet Software

Lack of communication from BizNet on new policies with the resellers, changes in the policies that affect the client aren't positive in my opinion
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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

BizNet Software

Excel knowledge is a prerequisite to use BizNet well.
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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

BizNet Software

No answers on this topic

Microsoft

The product has been reliable.
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Performance

BizNet 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

BizNet Software

We have only had a few occasions to call on the support team over 4 years, but every time our need was met in a superior manner.
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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

BizNet 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

BizNet 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

BizNet Software

We went pretty seamlessly into BizNet, but could have had lots of trouble if the professional service was not aware of our set up and use.
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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

BizNet Software

FRX - Great Plains Report Writer - These do produce financial reports but are much more tedious to set up. BizNet is much more flexible and easier to use. The functionality is an Excel add-on which allows us to use the powerful functionality of Excel as well as Biznet's functionality to do data retrieval from Sage 100 general ledger.
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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

BizNet Software

  • BizNet continues to pay for itself.
  • I am sure we haven't even learned to use half of what it is capable of and their customer service is top notch.
  • I would say that BizNet continues to have a positive impact on our entire financial portion of our business.
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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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