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Likelihood to Recommend

GoodData

GoodData is appropriate for any organizations struggling with bridging gaps between multiple disparate data sources. Using GoodData provides those organizations all the tools necessary to build value added insights for both internal and external customers. It would be less appropriate for those wanting to build highly customizable reports features as there's not a lot of freedom in design.
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Microsoft BI

Appropriate:
  • SSAS - Cross-Process Area Analysis - On the server side, tying multiple data sources together for a single analyst view
  • Enabling Collaboration via the SharePoint Portal for enhanced communication across a large organization
  • Analyst Usability and Report Sharing- Breaking beyond the traditional Excel limitations associated with static spreadsheets and record limits (with SSAS only, Server stored data sources and Excel Services)
  • Simple Data Mining and Predictive Analysis - Introduce the organization to more advanced Analysis without having to hire a Math Department
Not Appropriate:
  • Non-SharePoint portals - This review was written before the full release of Power BI with HTML5 capability. While reporting services can publish to other portals via iframes, it's best to stay within the Microsoft technology stack for simple & quick wins.
  • Mobile Device Access - Performance Point only works on an iPad. That is being addressed by PowerBI, but Tableau has had superior mobile device access for some time. Report Builder reports can render in HTML5 with SQL 2012, but the performance could be stronger.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

GoodData
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable dashboards
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

GoodData
8.7
Microsoft BI
8.4
Drill-down analysis
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.2
Formatting capabilities
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.9

Report Output and Scheduling

GoodData
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
GoodData
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

GoodData
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
7.9
Predictive Analytics
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

GoodData
8.5
Microsoft BI
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

GoodData
6.8
Microsoft BI
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
GoodData
4.5
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated Android Application
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
7.8
REST API
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
7.9
Javascript API
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
GoodData
9.0
Microsoft BI
7.7
Java API
GoodData
Microsoft BI
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
GoodData
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
GoodData
Microsoft BI
7.5

Pros

GoodData

  • Time to Value: GoodData is an excellent product. Having wide exposure to many products companies and solutions within the business intelligence, marketing, and sales technology space I have followed BI and the need for better annalytics closely over the past 7-8. One of the biggest challenges many companies have when acquiring a BI platform is the time it takes to get some value from it. Some can take months if note years to truly get an organization some value from them. GoodData is one of the best BI solutions to enable companies to quickly (within weeks) get direct value from it. They have developed specific solutions for Sales, Marketing and Service that for the vast majorty of companies accomplishes everything they need and then some.
  • Ease of Use: One of the strongest and best things about GoodData is it's ease of use. The UI is great, much easier to get-up-to speed on than other more complex BI platforms and they (the company) is very committed to its customers success. Many companies can learn GoodData by just watching web videos and going through some very brief and basic training. However, GoodData can also come onsite or offers training in a variety of markets and via web for companies where that is more suitable for them.
  • Strong Dashboards: GoodData is very strong in the area of dashboards and visual analytics. I consult with many clients big (Fortune 100) and SMB so the complexities and needs vary widely. However, one thing that stays consistent is data is just data unless you can effectively aggregate the right data sources, gain insight from those sources and be able to use that insight to take action that can positively impact your companies business decisions. The vast majority of people are visual learners and and virtually every executive I've worked with prefers to see things visually before diving into the "numbers" when weighing important business decisions. GoodData really gets it here making it easy for companies to visually show very complex and important data sets while still providing options to show more detailed views and "drill downs" if necessary.
  • "Powered by GoodData": For many companies this is probably one of the most exciting things about GoodData and the options in which they bring their solution to market. For those companies who wish to leverage the power and flexibility of the GoodData technology but would rather "white label" or leverage the technology under their own brand, GoodData allows companies to leverage their technology just as if it was their own. Many ad-agencies, and end users find this incredibly valuable.
  • Metadata Objects/Management (dimensions, report layouts and measurements): As deployments get larger and companies demand more scalability with thei BI platforms this becomes increasingly important. GoodData does a good job of helping their customers scale and adress some of these issues as you look accross departments and differentiating data sets.
  • High Standards of Up-Time: GoodData guarantees 99.5% uptime in the SLA's and I am yet to run into or talk to a customer that has had a challenge in this area. The company and it's engineers seem very committed to this aspect of their business and it seems to show with the clients I speak to in terms of satisfaction.
  • GoodData Support: GoodData has a very robust support portal and best practice resources for it's clients.
  • Price: When comparing the cost of GoodData to other solutions in the market like IBM-Cognos, Tableau or Oracle BI it is less expensive to deploy and get up and running. Cost is one of the driving factors I use when evaluating BI solutions on behalf of my clients and that is also one of the biggest factors companeis use when doing the evaluation internally. In today's cost conscious environment I would be remiss not to include this as a strong point for GoodData as well.
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Microsoft BI

  • One Stop Shopping: Single solution provider provides tight integration between data storage, data manipulation, data processing and presentation. Instead of buying an RDBMS from one provider, data processing tools from another vendor, and presentation tools from yet another, the entire application stack is provided by Microsoft.
  • Value: Compared to other RDBMS vendors, Microsoft BI tools are more cost-effective because all the tools needed are included in the purchase of Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint and Office. SQL Server even has a Business Intelligence Edition!
  • Performance: The SQL Server RDBMS is a top-tier data management solution. Ancillary tools like Integration Services (SSIS), Analysis Services (SSAS), Reporting Services (SSRS), PerformancePoint are mature, full featured and include lots of performance monitoring and high availability options. The newer Power BI tools have made tremendous strides in stability and usability since their introduction last year.
  • HDInsight and Azure BLOB storage offer a new paradigm for storing and querying data sets of all sizes. Flat files are stored in inexpensive storage, and HDInsight Hive allows "schema over file" table structures and near-ANSI SQL queries. This provides an inexpensive, very fast way to process data from web logs, large call center logs, and other large data volume data sets without importing into a database. Once the processing is complete, the HDInsight cluster (up to 64 nodes) is dropped, leaving the data intact.
  • Azure Hybrid Scenarios: Microsoft is rapidly migrating their business offerings to Azure. Business Intelligence is no exception.
  • Many new features in SQL Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 are designed to allow seamless management of both on-premise and cloud-based data,From Infrastructure As a Service (IaaS) options like virtual servers for development and test to Power BI for Office 365 sites that revolutionize how data is shared and accessed, Microsoft is making significant investments in the next generation of cloud-based solutions.
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Cons

GoodData

  • To make any adjustments to the data flowing into the tool you need expert help.
  • The tool is pricy. Just like other BI tools, this tool also proves expensive.
  • It is difficult to use. It requires extensive training and support.
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  • Power BI maturity: Power BI is a combination of add-ons for Microsoft Excel and a special Office365 hosting site. However, the primary presentation tool, Power View, has a long way to go to catch up with such competitors as Tableau and even Microsoft's current analytics platform, PerformancePoint. To address these concerns, Power BI releases are being scheduled out-of-band from normal version upgrades in order to address requirements of the user community.
  • Office 365: There are currently size limitations, like a 250GB max for PowerPivot worksheets, which might cause issues with organizations who want to utilize very large data sets with Power BI.
  • Messaging: Some of the marketing and best practices around the new cloud-based solutions are unclear, making it difficult for someone who doesn't work in the BI world to understand the benefits and the architecture for such solutions.
  • Multiple data manipulation languages: Currently there are four or five distinct query languages in the Microsoft BI stack: T-SQL for SQL Server, MDX and DAX for Analysis Services, and the Power Query Formula Language for Power Query. In Integration Services, there is yet another language used in some of the tasks. That seems to be a lot to keep abreast of!
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Likelihood to Renew

GoodData

GoodData 8.1
Based on 14 answers
The renewal process has been very easy in previous years
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
The product has functioned as promised and the level of support has been excellent. We get a sense the Microsoft is putting a lot of effort into help us succeed with their products. Even though Power View and Report Builder are lacking in some functionality, I have already seen improvements in the tools and I know enhancements are forthcoming.
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Usability

GoodData

GoodData 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Each graph/report is defined on the dashboard, which makes it easier to understand what you're analyzing. Another simple example - we changed the standard metric of Region by User to our Region by Account in less than 10 minutes
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 5 answers
The product is very usable compared to competitive solutions. I didn't give it a full 10 because Microsoft needs to improve their Report Builder module.
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Reliability and Availability

GoodData

GoodData 7.0
Based on 1 answer
We are approximately one month since go-live. There has been one short outage.
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

GoodData

GoodData 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Performance on refreshing metrics works well.
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 2 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.
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Support

GoodData

GoodData 8.7
Based on 2 answers
During the one outage we were clearly communicated to that there was an issue, and that support was working to resolve it. The issue was resolved within an hour.
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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In-Person Training

GoodData

GoodData 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Petr was a rock star - patient, knowledgeable, clear and easy to work with.
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Online Training

GoodData

GoodData 8.0
Based on 1 answer
GoodData implementation team was professional and courteous
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 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.
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Implementation

GoodData

GoodData 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Thorough, professional and on time.
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
Based on 7 answers
Be prepared to help business users define their data. We found that different campuses had different definitions for the same thing. This took some change management and negotiating to get each team to come to a common understanding.
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Alternatives Considered

GoodData

GoodData stacks up very well against most of the tools but there are some advantages other tools have over GoodData. We selected GoodData because of the ease of use of the tool and since we dont have tons of data that we need to process. for our needs this tool suited the best and did everything very beautifully. Drill-down analysis, charts, mobile support - all of it was beautiful.
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Microsoft BI

Microstrategy - I went with Microsoft BI because of features, usability, integration capabilities, performance, availability of talent, cost, and end-user (self-service) capabilities.
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Return on Investment

GoodData

  • Our client is saving at least 6 hours per week from manual data entry and analysis.
  • Improved forecasting.
  • Improved sales rep and opportunity activity analysis.
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Microsoft BI

  • Cleaner, more accurate data returned to end users.
  • Better decision making.
  • Increased control over data.
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Pricing Details

GoodData

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
based on implementation*
1.  subscription based on data volume

GoodData Editions & Modules

GoodData
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing is available upon request based on implementation and data volume.

Microsoft BI

General

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

Microsoft BI Editions & Modules

Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

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