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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

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, 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

Databox
9.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Databox
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Databox
9.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
Databox
9.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Databox
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Databox
7.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Formatting capabilities
Databox
9.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Databox
7.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Databox
9.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Databox
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Publish to Web
Databox
9.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3
Publish to PDF
Databox
9.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Report Versioning
Databox
7.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Databox
9.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
Databox
7.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Databox
8.7
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Databox
9.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Databox
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Predictive Analytics
Databox
8.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9

Access Control and Security

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Dedicated Android Application
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3
REST API
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3
Javascript API
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
iFrames
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Java API
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.6

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

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) 8.5
Based on 11 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

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 3 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) 8.5
Based on 18 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

  • Honestly, Databox has been a bit of a pain for us these last few months. There are some things it just can't provide us, and some of our clients don't like it. Sometimes it takes too much effort to create a Databoard than it's worth. And since we're a HubSpot partner agency, we're limited to making smart lists for a lot of what we're looking for.
  • On the other hand, high-level reporting is awesome. And they're always updating the tool with new templates/features to stay ahead of the game.
Stephanie Tran | 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

Databox

General

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

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

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

Databox
8.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

Databox
9.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Reliability and Availability

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

Databox
9.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

In-Person Training

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

Databox
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

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