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Score 8.6 out of 100
899 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Databox ranks higher in 3 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling
  • Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 1 feature set: Data Discovery and Visualization

BI Standard Reporting

9.3

Databox

93%
8.2

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

82%
Databox ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
8.5
85%
44 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

9.0
90%
8 Ratings
8.3
83%
51 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

9.0
90%
8 Ratings
7.9
79%
49 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.6

Databox

86%
8.3

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

83%
Databox ranks higher in 2/4 features

Drill-down analysis

8.0
80%
6 Ratings
8.5
85%
46 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

9.0
90%
8 Ratings
8.4
84%
51 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

7.9
79%
3 Ratings
8.1
81%
41 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

9.5
95%
8 Ratings
8.3
83%
51 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

8.4

Databox

84%
8.3

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

83%
Databox ranks higher in 3/5 features

Publish to Web

9.0
90%
6 Ratings
8.6
86%
46 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.0
90%
7 Ratings
8.8
88%
46 Ratings

Report Versioning

7.7
77%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
42 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.0
90%
8 Ratings
8.3
83%
45 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

7.1
71%
3 Ratings
7.9
79%
26 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

7.8

Databox

78%
8.2

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

82%
Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 2/3 features

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

8.5
85%
6 Ratings
8.3
83%
49 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

7.0
70%
4 Ratings
8.2
82%
46 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

7.9
79%
5 Ratings
8.1
81%
44 Ratings

Access Control and Security

Databox

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.6

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

86%
Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
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
8.8
88%
48 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
30 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

Databox

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.5

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

85%
Microsoft BI (MSBI) ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7
87%
38 Ratings

Mobile Application

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
28 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
38 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Databox

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
7.8
78%
21 Ratings

Javascript API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
21 Ratings

iFrames

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
20 Ratings

Java API

N/A
0 Ratings
8.4
84%
19 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1
81%
20 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

N/A
0 Ratings
7.4
74%
16 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Databox is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • Microsoft BI (MSBI) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Databox

80%
8 Ratings
8.9

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

89%
75 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Databox

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

80%
25 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Databox

90%
1 Rating
8.6

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

86%
14 Ratings

Availability

Databox

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

95%
4 Ratings

Performance

Databox

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

70%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

9.8

Databox

98%
6 Ratings
8.8

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

88%
21 Ratings

In-Person Training

Databox

N/A
0 Ratings
6.9

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

69%
3 Ratings

Online Training

Databox

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

85%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Databox

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

96%
14 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Databox

I believe Databox can be an asset for any company. We are a small company, but I can see the value for large companies too. Databox is a great fit for departments or organizations that need to put their data into a readable form without needing a ton of reports. Databox allows you to save time and put together a nice report without having to do too much extra work. Once it is set up, it basically runs on its own at the frequency you set. I personally receive a daily report and have it sent to the respective people on the day of our meeting so we can quickly review it.
Heather Robinette, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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.
Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Databox

  • Create dashboards from a variety of data sources.
  • Set & track goals based on the data and metrics provided.
  • Send alerts and scorecard updates to Slack and email automatically.
Michael Glover | 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

Databox

  • Some types of data can only be reported on for 1-2 months back. Unless I'm misunderstanding the function of the software this seems really weird. I can't figure out how to report on Activities more than 2 months ago
Anonymous | 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

Pricing Details

Databox

General

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

Starting Price

Databox 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

Starting Price

$999 per user/per month

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

Likelihood to Renew

Databox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Databox

Databox 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Databox is an intuitive, well-designed platform that can be used by non-technical marketers. It is easy to learn, and while set up takes time, usability is high and the team has enjoyed creating custom dashboards and clients have also given us great feedback regarding its usability and value. While other BI tools are much more complex to navigate, Databox is a breeze.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.6
Based on 14 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Databox

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

Databox

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

Databox

Databox 9.8
Based on 6 answers
I have really enjoyed using Databox and have seen the value of it in many ways. They also continue to improve the functions of it and grow their integrations and templates. I look forward to continuing to use Databox in the future, potentially even finding ways to incorporate it into other departments to help them with reporting as well.
Heather Robinette, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.8
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

Databox

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

Databox

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

Databox

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Databox

Databox is unique in its ability to report from multiple data sources. Google Analytics is the standard when it comes to web metrics, but it's just one of the tools that integrates with Databox. Tableau is fantastic for data visualizations and reporting, but it's much more expensive than Databox, so it's not ideal for everyone. Tableau is also superior with customization
Daniel Berry | 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

Databox

  • It has helped us to show our value to clients
  • Easily digestible dashboards make it easy to understand what you're looking at
Dustin Brackett | 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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