BizNet Software vs. Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BizNet Software
Score 10.0 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
BizNet Excel Suite is a document management software offering from BizNet Software. It includes features such as a business reporting and analytics platform and provides real-time access to your business data from Microsoft Excel.
$30
per user, per month
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
BizNet SoftwareMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Editions & Modules
BizInsight 7 (Stand-alone)
$30
per user, per month
BizInsight 7 (Stand-alone)
$30
per user, per month
BizBroadcast
$65
per user, per month
BizBroadcast
$65
per user, per month
Power BI Pro
$9.99
per user/per month
Power BI Premium
4,995
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BizNet SoftwareMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup Fee$4,500 per install plus starter pack licensesNo setup fee
Additional DetailsBizNet 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
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Microsoft BI is very well suited to implement reporting and visualization within departments. Choosing Microsoft BI over tools like Tableau is the variety of third party apps it extracts data from. This functionality is limited in Tableau as it digests data from large data …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BizNet SoftwareMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BizNet Software
8.2
5 Ratings
0% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
48 Ratings
6% above category average
Customizable dashboards8.22 Ratings8.048 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates8.35 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings9.041 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BizNet Software
7.6
5 Ratings
6% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
48 Ratings
8% above category average
Drill-down analysis6.55 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.55 Ratings8.048 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration7.85 Ratings9.048 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings9.038 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
BizNet Software
8.9
5 Ratings
7% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
47 Ratings
8% above category average
Publish to Web10.01 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.25 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Report Versioning9.13 Ratings9.039 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling8.44 Ratings9.042 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings9.023 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
BizNet Software
7.3
2 Ratings
10% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
47 Ratings
11% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.31 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.32 Ratings9.041 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings9.043 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
BizNet Software
8.9
4 Ratings
4% above category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
48 Ratings
5% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)8.44 Ratings9.045 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model9.11 Ratings9.042 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)9.13 Ratings9.045 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings9.027 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
BizNet Software
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
38 Ratings
6% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings8.035 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings8.026 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings10.035 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
BizNet Software
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
20 Ratings
11% above category average
REST API00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings9.016 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
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User Ratings
BizNet SoftwareMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(20 ratings)
8.8
(72 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
6.1
(2 ratings)
8.0
(25 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(3 ratings)
8.9
(14 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(3 ratings)
8.9
(15 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(3 ratings)
9.6
(7 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
BizNet SoftwareMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
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
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
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
  • 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
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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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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ScreenShots

BizNet Software Screenshots

Screenshot of View inventory status for all products in ExcelScreenshot of Analyze your sales team data within ExcelScreenshot of Find trends within your customer base in ExcelScreenshot of Build dynamic income statements within ExcelScreenshot of Create dynamic executive dashboards to keep track of KPI and top metrics for the company within Excel.