Celonis vs. Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Celonis
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Celonis is a Process Intelligence platform that helps companies improve their operations, customer experience, and sustainability. The company’s technology provides a digital twin of a company’s processes, giving everyone in the organization a common language and the ability to identify and capture value.N/A
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Score 8.4 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
CelonisMicrosoft 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
CelonisMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional DetailsSnap is Celonis' free-to-use, cloud-based process mining solution, with over 3500 registrants and users. It includes most major features of Celonis, including all functionality found in common process mining tools. It also includes pre-built connectors to ServiceNow and pre-built content to get users started quickly on their process mining journey.
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Features
CelonisMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Process Mining
Comparison of Process Mining features of Product A and Product B
Celonis
7.3
19 Ratings
12% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
-
Ratings
Data Connection7.719 Ratings00 Ratings
Process Discovery7.918 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual Process Representation7.517 Ratings00 Ratings
Process Variants7.218 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Metrics7.417 Ratings00 Ratings
Process Mining Algorithms7.916 Ratings00 Ratings
Root Cause Investigation7.518 Ratings00 Ratings
Process Optimization7.017 Ratings00 Ratings
What-if Analysis6.211 Ratings00 Ratings
Process Compliance and Audit7.115 Ratings00 Ratings
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Celonis
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
49 Ratings
7% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings9.042 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings8.049 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings9.047 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Celonis
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
49 Ratings
8% above category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings9.044 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.049 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings9.039 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings9.049 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Celonis
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
48 Ratings
8% above category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings9.044 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings9.044 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings9.040 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings9.024 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Celonis
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
48 Ratings
11% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings9.047 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings9.044 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings9.042 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
Celonis
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
49 Ratings
5% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings9.043 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings9.028 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Celonis
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
39 Ratings
6% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings8.036 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings8.027 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings9.936 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Celonis
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
21 Ratings
11% above category average
REST API00 Ratings9.019 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings9.019 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings8.017 Ratings
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User Ratings
CelonisMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(158 ratings)
8.7
(73 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.4
(7 ratings)
8.0
(25 ratings)
Usability
6.7
(3 ratings)
8.9
(14 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
6.6
(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
(1 ratings)
9.6
(7 ratings)
Configurability
8.2
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
CelonisMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
Celonis
Celonis is well suited especially for comparably big use cases due to hefty license costs. For thorough analyses, all departments should take part in the approach since there are a lot of hidden influences and effects from departments to one another. Use cases like conformance / revision are possible but will not be a big lever since this only involves checking single instances.
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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
Celonis
  • Clear understanding on how the processes really run
  • Excellent solution to support use cases like harmonization, process excellence, audit and compliance
  • High performing methodology to build economic value addressing inefficiencies
  • Perfect to convince clients showing objective evidences
  • Make easy the enterprise collaboration
  • Provide an E2E "movie" of the processes
  • Able to ensure a centric model to connect all the core processes
  • Top performances that save time of the analyst that can spend energy in his real work
  • Excellent ETL, agnostic (able to extrapolate data from many DB)
  • Strong capabilities of the data model
  • Continuous innovation
  • Solid platform to address projects of business process reengineering
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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
Celonis
  • User interface is complex and so it can take some time for users who are new to process mining to become familiar with the tool
  • Celonis is not able to integrate with all of Uniper's enterprise application due to lack of connectors
  • No real-time collaboration with other users e.g. lack of shared annotations
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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
Celonis
We have been able to leverage Celonis [greatly] because of the commitment and support we receive from our data scientist. I strongly believe that we would not be able to accomplish this without her assistance. Moreover, when we escalate matters, the product development is engaged and commits resources to make sure our initiatives/business cases are supported.
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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
Celonis
It is a great tool but also requires a lot of work to get it into a useable fashion. Part of this is on our end as we don't have the dedicated analyst function yet to really become self-sufficient with Celonis. It also uncovers a lot of data issues or at the very least, multiple rounds of development and data validation are required before getting to a position where the business users feel comfortable with the data being reflected. This is fairly normal with any data-related development effort and perhaps not unique to Celonis.
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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
Celonis
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
The product has been reliable.
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Performance
Celonis
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
Celonis
We submit tickets to Celonis through product support. No assistance is generally provided, have to wait and the ticket is then escalated to product support in Germany. Many times we submit the ticket and the support desk asks us the same questions back where they should already have this information.
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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
Celonis
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
Celonis
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
Celonis
Celonis has a lot of tools to support the implementation.
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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
Celonis
The major reason to choose Celonis is that it has enhanced decision-making in filtering the candidates. The frontend designer has nice graphics and has well-designed self-service. I particularly enjoy the visual editor, which allows you to create complicated PQL without having to write any code, as well as the numerous filtering choices, including process mining options.
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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
Celonis
  • Celonis thus far (and I do not anticipate anything changing) has not had a negative impact on our business. It has challenged us to think differently about what is possible and jumpstarted process improvement aimed at saving both money and time while improving the morale of our end users. Celonis has also provided us with enough data to be to develop targeted business objectives on system usage and timeliness which without them was nearly impossible to measure let alone act upon
  • Better order processing (quicker, more system driven, and saves money)
  • Reduction in throughput time (our order fulfillment time has improved and our order processing time has decreased)
  • Finds and acts on automation opportunities
  • Can find large dollar value opportunities for process improvement
  • Can find data driven recommendations for executive interactions
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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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