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Score 9.9 out of 100

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Score 8.2 out of 100

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

The Microsoft BI suite of tools, largely composed of tools within the SQL Server suite, provide a full range of end-to-end feature/functionality for businesses of any size. Some flavor of the tool features is available whether using standard or enterprise editions, making the tools accessible for even smaller businesses. Scalability has become excellent over the years, particularly for SSIS and SSRS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

BizNet Software
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Customizable dashboards
BizNet Software
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
BizNet Software
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

BizNet Software
7.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Drill-down analysis
BizNet Software
6.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Formatting capabilities
BizNet Software
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
BizNet Software
7.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Report Output and Scheduling

BizNet Software
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Publish to Web
BizNet Software
10.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Publish to PDF
BizNet Software
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Report Versioning
BizNet Software
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
BizNet Software
8.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Data Discovery and Visualization

BizNet Software
7.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
BizNet Software
7.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Predictive Analytics
BizNet Software
7.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8

Access Control and Security

BizNet Software
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
BizNet Software
8.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
BizNet Software
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
BizNet Software
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
REST API
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Javascript API
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
iFrames
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Java API
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5

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.
Ryan Palumbo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • 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.
Jason Leidig | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Viola Avery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

BizNet Software

BizNet Software 6.1
Based on 2 answers
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
Lisa Beach | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.0
Based on 25 answers
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.
Lee Cullom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

BizNet Software

BizNet Software 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Excel knowledge is a prerequisite to use BizNet well.
Rick Findley BS, MS, CGFM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.6
Based on 16 answers
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries. 2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI. It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend
Sean Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

BizNet Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.5
Based on 4 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

BizNet Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 7.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

BizNet Software

BizNet Software 9.1
Based on 3 answers
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.
Dave Kolstad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.9
Based on 23 answers
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.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

BizNet Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
Stephanie Grice | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

BizNet Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.5
Based on 2 answers
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.
Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

BizNet Software

BizNet Software 9.1
Based on 3 answers
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.
Rick Findley BS, MS, CGFM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.6
Based on 14 answers
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.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Kevin Mulhearn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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.
Bradley Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Sherma Thorne | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • 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.
Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

BizNet Software

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$4,500*

* per install plus starter pack licenses

BizNet Software Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
BizInsight 7 (Stand-alone)$301
BizBroadcast$651
  1. per user, per month
SaaS Edition
BizInsight 7 (Stand-alone)$301
BizBroadcast$651
  1. per user, per month
Additional Pricing 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)

General

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

Microsoft BI (MSBI) Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro9.991
Power BI Premium$4,9952
  1. per user/per month
  2. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BizNet Software
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

BizNet Software
6.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

BizNet Software
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Reliability and Availability

BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

BizNet Software
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.9

In-Person Training

BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

BizNet Software
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

BizNet Software
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

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