Cloudera Data Platform vs. Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cloudera Data Platform
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Cloudera Data Platform (CDP), launched September 2019, is designed to combine the best of Hortonworks and Cloudera technologies to deliver an enterprise data cloud. CDP includes the Cloudera Data Warehouse and machine learning services as well as a Data Hub service for building custom business applications.
$0.04
per CCU (hourly rate)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Score 8.2 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
Cloudera Data PlatformMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Editions & Modules
CDP Public Cloud - Data Hub
$0.04
per CCU (hourly rate)
CDP Public Cloud - Data Warehouse
$0.054
per CCU (hourly rate)
CDP Public Cloud - Data Engineering
$0.07
per CCU (hourly rate)
CDP Public Cloud - Operational Database
$0.08
per CCU (hourly rate)
CDP Public Cloud - Flow Management
$0.15
per CCU (hourly rate)
CDP Public Cloud - Machine Learning
$0.17
per CCU (hourly rate)
CDP Private Cloud - Plus Edition
$400
CCU (annual subscription)
CDP Private Cloud - Base Edition
$10,000.00
node + variable (annual subscription)
Power BI Pro
$9.99
per user/per month
Power BI Premium
4,995
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cloudera Data PlatformMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Cloudera Data PlatformMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Cloudera Data Platform
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
48 Ratings
3% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.841 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings8.148 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings8.046 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Cloudera Data Platform
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
48 Ratings
2% above category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings8.243 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.248 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings8.038 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings8.248 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Cloudera Data Platform
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
47 Ratings
2% below category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings8.343 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings8.343 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings8.039 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings8.142 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings8.023 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Cloudera Data Platform
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
47 Ratings
0% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings8.146 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings8.143 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings8.141 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Cloudera Data Platform
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
48 Ratings
4% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings8.145 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.242 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings8.245 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings8.327 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Cloudera Data Platform
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
38 Ratings
3% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings8.335 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings8.127 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings8.135 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Cloudera Data Platform
-
Ratings
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
20 Ratings
2% above category average
REST API00 Ratings7.918 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings8.118 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings8.117 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings8.116 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings8.117 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings7.916 Ratings
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User Ratings
Cloudera Data PlatformMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(2 ratings)
8.4
(72 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(25 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(14 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(2 ratings)
8.9
(21 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(14 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cloudera Data PlatformMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
Cloudera
In the creation of maintenance models Cloudera can excel greatly, because it allows you to create very scalable and applicable processes in different types of technology, either for reporting based purely on data, or to implement its analysis modalities to develop IT projects. In case of requiring detailed review of different phases of IT processes, Cloudera can be useful in security operations that require high expertise in shared data.
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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
Cloudera
  • Scales
  • Highly available
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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
Cloudera
  • Constantly changing costs
  • Log visibility
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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
Cloudera
No answers on this topic
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
Cloudera
No answers on this topic
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
Cloudera
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
The product has been reliable.
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Performance
Cloudera
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
Cloudera
We have utilized Cloudera support quite frequently and are very satisfied with the capability and responsiveness of that team. Often, the new features delivered with the platform give us an opportunity to mature the way we're doing things, and the support team have been valuable in developing those new patterns.
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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
Cloudera
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
Cloudera
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
Cloudera
No answers on this topic
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
Cloudera
IBM's offering of the Cloud Pak for Data has been a moving target and difficult to compare to Cloudera Data Platform. We have implemented our solution on Amazon Web Services, which appears to be supported by IBM at this point, but the migration would be very expensive for us to endeavor.
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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
Cloudera
  • Reduced operational costs
  • Speed to market
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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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