Excel4apps vs. Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Excel4apps
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Excel4apps is a business intelligence software offering from Excel4apps.N/A
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
Excel4appsMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Power BI Pro
$9.99
per user/per month
Power BI Premium
4,995
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Excel4appsMicrosoft 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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Community Pulse
Excel4appsMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Considered Both Products
Excel4apps

No answer on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Chose Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Better integration with Microsoft products is one of the advantages of using Business Intelligence (BI). It's simple to understand, and plenty of resources are available to outsource it. Many of our existing clients have Microsoft licensing agreements. It's an obvious path when …
Chose Microsoft BI (MSBI)
BI is a little more user-friendly along with tighter integration with Microsoft apps.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Excel4appsMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Excel4apps
6.3
4 Ratings
24% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
48 Ratings
3% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports5.43 Ratings8.841 Ratings
Customizable dashboards6.13 Ratings8.148 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.44 Ratings8.046 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Excel4apps
7.6
4 Ratings
5% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
48 Ratings
1% above category average
Drill-down analysis7.44 Ratings8.243 Ratings
Formatting capabilities9.24 Ratings8.248 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages6.52 Ratings8.038 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration7.14 Ratings8.248 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Excel4apps
6.4
3 Ratings
26% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
47 Ratings
2% below category average
Publish to Web6.73 Ratings8.343 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.22 Ratings8.343 Ratings
Report Versioning5.83 Ratings8.039 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling6.23 Ratings8.142 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers5.02 Ratings8.023 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Excel4apps
6.7
2 Ratings
19% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
47 Ratings
0% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.02 Ratings8.146 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.02 Ratings8.143 Ratings
Predictive Analytics6.02 Ratings8.141 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Excel4apps
8.1
3 Ratings
5% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
48 Ratings
4% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)9.03 Ratings8.145 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model9.02 Ratings8.242 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)7.13 Ratings8.245 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)7.12 Ratings8.327 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Excel4apps
7.8
1 Ratings
1% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
38 Ratings
3% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access9.01 Ratings8.335 Ratings
Mobile Application8.01 Ratings8.127 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile6.01 Ratings8.135 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Excel4apps
3.4
2 Ratings
79% below category average
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
20 Ratings
2% above category average
REST API1.01 Ratings7.918 Ratings
Javascript API5.62 Ratings8.118 Ratings
iFrames1.01 Ratings8.117 Ratings
Java API5.82 Ratings8.116 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)2.01 Ratings8.117 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)5.01 Ratings7.916 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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TIBCO Jaspersoft Community Edition
Score 9.6 out of 10
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TIBCO Jaspersoft Community Edition
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
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TIBCO Jaspersoft Community Edition
Score 9.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
Excel4appsMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(4 ratings)
8.3
(72 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(25 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(3 ratings)
8.9
(14 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
6.9
(3 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
Excel4appsMicrosoft BI (MSBI)
Likelihood to Recommend
Excel4apps
We have to calculate most all Lab / Pilot / Proposals sizing and results. The automated calculations in [Excel4apps] is awesome, as once you are familiar with them, it is easy to quickly implement them when needed.
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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
Excel4apps
  • Easy to install and maintain. After the initial installation, there is little involvement by the technical administrators.
  • Cloning production to a test environment does not require any additional setups unlike Oracle EBS which does.
  • Loading data and reporting on this data is handled via EXCEL spreadsheets which is the "language" of our financial users.
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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
Excel4apps
  • It is possible but difficult to retrieve data or set criteria from different module into a single report or retrieve. If it is more user friendly instead of having to create a complex formula to retrieve the data, this function will be utilized more often.
  • It will be nice to have visual (graphs, etc.) report template available
  • It is helpful if we can retrieve data for a range of date, instead of just YTD, PTD etc. and multi-year data all at once for comparison too.
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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
Excel4apps
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
Excel4apps
I am not a power user of Excel. So I find Exel4apps a friendlier version of the things that I could do on Excel and making it easier with a magic wand.
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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
Excel4apps
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
The product has been reliable.
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Performance
Excel4apps
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
Excel4apps
I have not needed support yet
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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
Excel4apps
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
Excel4apps
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
Excel4apps
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
Excel4apps
Excel4apps is more user friendly and can retrieve data much easier and in a nicer format than Jaspersoft. Qlik Sense is useful and have more visual reporting and dashboard. However, it is usually used for higher level of analyses and review. Yardi is used for specific purpose, which is different than Excel4apps. Excel4apps can pull all the financial data from Oracle, including billing and collections.
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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
Excel4apps
  • Increase team transparency
  • Increased reporting
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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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