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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ClearSlide

ClearSlide is quite easy to use and effective when presenting information and sharing screen. It's also easy for the prospect to access your site; they just click on a link. If an inside sales manager was looking to find out where his/her team might be losing prospects, Clearslide would be a great choice because the analytics show exactly how engaged a prospect is and at what point they start to lose interest. There is a monthly cost/annual contract involved to Clearslide, so for a startup that is very cost-conscious it might be best to investigate free conference/screenshare options, but the case could be made that the analytics will earn back the fee.
Jason Carlage | 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

ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Customizable dashboards
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Drill-down analysis
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6
Formatting capabilities
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Publish to Web
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Publish to PDF
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7
Report Versioning
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Data Discovery and Visualization

ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Predictive Analytics
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Access Control and Security

ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Role-Based Security Model
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.9

Mobile Capabilities

ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6
Dedicated iOS Application
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
REST API
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Javascript API
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
iFrames
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Java API
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Pros

ClearSlide

  • CS easily loads in any web browser for client-facing meetings, which is awesome. No longer having to rely on an application of plug-in loading to present slides or do a screen share makes things simple for our teams and clients.
  • CS Outlook Plugin is very handy. Being able to share links to collateral from an existing email window pane has been incredibly helpful. This feature is a serious improvement from the earlier version of CS where you could only create links to collateral via their browser site.
  • The tracking capabilities that CS has embedded with linked collateral have been helpful in our client engagement strategy as an organization. Seeing what a client has viewed and for how long helps us know what they care about. Also, if they forward or share the information, we can also track that engagement.
Scott Isenga | 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

ClearSlide

  • I don't love the conference line. The recording message at the beginning is particularly annoying.
  • I also wish it were easier to share multiple links quicker. It's somewhat of a cumbersome process.
  • It can occasionally be challenging to find the right materials to share at the moment quick enough.
J. Carter Saunders | 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

ClearSlide

ClearSlide 7.7
Based on 29 answers
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.
Anonymous | 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

ClearSlide

ClearSlide 6.3
Based on 5 answers
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
Matt Judice | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.6
Based on 14 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

ClearSlide

ClearSlide 7.9
Based on 4 answers
It wasn't 100% but it was better than our experience with GoToMeeting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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

Performance

ClearSlide

ClearSlide 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

ClearSlide

ClearSlide 6.9
Based on 9 answers
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.
Alex Brielmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.0
Based on 21 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

ClearSlide

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

ClearSlide

ClearSlide 8.0
Based on 2 answers
They do a good job
Douglas Jensen | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

ClearSlide

ClearSlide 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Web based so easy for them to configure account
Douglas Jensen | 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

ClearSlide

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.
David Cortez | 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

Scalability

ClearSlide

ClearSlide 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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
Kyle McDonald | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

ClearSlide

  • 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
Max J. Kouris | 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

Pricing Details

ClearSlide

General

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

ClearSlide Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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

ClearSlide
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

ClearSlide
7.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

ClearSlide
6.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Reliability and Availability

ClearSlide
7.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

ClearSlide
10.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

ClearSlide
6.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0

In-Person Training

ClearSlide
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

ClearSlide
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

ClearSlide
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

Scalability

ClearSlide
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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