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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    ClearSlide

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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

    Pixel Perfect reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    44 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    51 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    49 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    ClearSlide

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    46 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    51 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    41 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    51 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    ClearSlide

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    83%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    46 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    46 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    42 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    45 Ratings

    Delivery to Remote Servers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    26 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    ClearSlide

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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

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

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    49 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    46 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    44 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    ClearSlide

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    84%
    Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    48 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    45 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    48 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    30 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    ClearSlide

    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

    ClearSlide

    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

    • ClearSlide is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Performance
    • Microsoft BI (MSBI) is rated higher in 6 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Support Rating, Online Training, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    ClearSlide

    90%
    56 Ratings
    8.7

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    87%
    75 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    7.7

    ClearSlide

    77%
    29 Ratings
    8.0

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    80%
    25 Ratings

    Usability

    6.3

    ClearSlide

    63%
    5 Ratings
    8.7

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    87%
    14 Ratings

    Availability

    7.9

    ClearSlide

    79%
    8 Ratings
    9.5

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    95%
    4 Ratings

    Performance

    10.0

    ClearSlide

    100%
    2 Ratings
    7.0

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    70%
    4 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.8

    ClearSlide

    68%
    14 Ratings
    8.8

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    88%
    21 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    ClearSlide

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    69%
    3 Ratings

    Online Training

    8.0

    ClearSlide

    80%
    2 Ratings
    8.5

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    85%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    ClearSlide

    90%
    6 Ratings
    9.6

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    96%
    14 Ratings

    Configurability

    ClearSlide

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.1

    ClearSlide

    91%
    1 Rating

    Microsoft BI (MSBI)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Bigtincan

    Clearslide makes it easy to share files with anyone via a single link. It simplifies the process of document sharing in the new "work from home" age we have now and allows multiple parties to view the same document, either simultaneously or separately. It is less appropriate for sensitive information, as the link can easily be shared between parties or forwarded on, so there is no gatekeeping.
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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

    Bigtincan

    • Analytics: for sales, especially when selling virtually, it can be difficult to know if your customers are engaged with the presentation. Clearslide will give you reports that indicate how long customers were viewing what you were presenting, if/when you lost them, and at what place in your presentation you lost them. It can also show you how long potential customers spent reviewing follow-up materials you've sent them.
    • Screenshare: the screenshare functionality, when using Google Chrome, is very seamless, and the customer can take over the screenshare without needing any downloads or plug-ins.
    • Presenting: It's quite easy to present material with Clearslide, and to move between materials that you are presenting.
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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

    Bigtincan

    • Call quality with CS has always been an issue in my two (2) years of experience with the platform. CS upgraded their phone provider in winter 2018, but the call quality has only been marginally improved from my perspective. Also, with the switch to a new phone provider, users are required to use a new conference line, access number, and a leader pin. The leader pin is new and adds an extra step to setting up a conference line, which seems unnecessary.
    • Content curation is probably my biggest issue with CS. With previous experience in a sales enablement company, I've seen how content can be curated to map to the seller's specific stage in a deal cycle, which is what most companies want. CS does not have this functionality from my perspective, and if it does, then overall curation capabilities are weak. Rather than curating content to match a seller's current point in a sales process, CS relies on surfacing content that is most popular or recently added. There is a search feature, which works well if you know what the collateral is called, but it is not scanning the content of documents to find what is most relevant. I equate the content feature of CS to a search that you would do in your computer's "Download" folder or even in Dropbox. If your company is smaller and only needs to surface a few pieces of collateral, then CS will work fine. If your organization is larger with large amounts of specific collateral, then I would look elsewhere.
    • The CS plugins for Outlook, Gmail, or your web browser are great ideas but executed poorly. The integrations have caused a lot of headaches for colleagues and me since their release. They have caused our email to close unexpectedly, content to not be linked properly, or emails to not be tracked. The idea for these integrations was to reduce the amount of time a seller has to jump between windows, which is awesome, but the integrations are full of glitches. One of the biggest glitches I've seen is how CS, Grammarly, and Outlook all work together. CS is always the component of those three that causes everything to freeze or crash. In short, the integrations are a great idea but executed poorly at this time.
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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

    ClearSlide

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    ClearSlide editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      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

      Bigtincan

      ClearSlide is embedded in our culture and in our organization. The sales and marketing teams use ClearSlide on a daily basis to share information and presentations as well as communicate "what is working." Our leadership uses the analytics to provide improved feedback and coaching regarding bottlenecks our representatives are experiencing.
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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

      Bigtincan

      Its easy to use from a presenter's perspective. Its web based so anyone who can navigate Facebook can open a live pitch or shared file. This makes it easy to give live demos, share files, and share screens with out downloading any software or installing java patches
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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

      Bigtincan

      It wasn't 100% but it was better than our experience with GoToMeeting.
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      Microsoft

      The product has been reliable.
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      Performance

      Bigtincan

      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

      Bigtincan

      I was mostly involved in the implementation process and syncing ClearSlide with Salesforce, and I would say the support was mostly average. It took a few times to get everything scheduled, and a lot of the process was left up to me. I was reading through the documents that they supplied. It wasn't complicated, but more direct support would have been appreciated.
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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

      Bigtincan

      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

      Bigtincan

      They do a good job
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      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

      Bigtincan

      Web based so easy for them to configure account
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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

      Bigtincan

      ClearSlide stacks up to be as good as any of the aforementioned tools. We selected Clearslide because of its ease of use and implementation. It did not take our team too long to get acclimated with how ClearSlide works and how they would be using it, allowing them to generate more meetings and more revenue.
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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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      Scalability

      Bigtincan

      This product ROCKS!!!! ClearSlide shortened my sales cycle by over 50% by enabling to jump right into a LIVE demo on an initial client call so I don't have to waste time scheduling a demo at later date. People are busy and finding a time to schedule a call can take days or weeks
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Bigtincan

      • Has helped us close more deals because of the easy "on the fly" screen share
      • Also, you get a notification when people view your information so having that, I have followed up shortly after and closed the deal
      • Helps my team with all external presentations
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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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