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GoodData

48 Ratings

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings

GoodData

48 Ratings
Score 7.9 out of 101

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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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

Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

GoodData
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
GoodData
7.6
Microsoft BI
8.1
Customizable dashboards
GoodData
8.8
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Formatting Templates
GoodData
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

GoodData
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
GoodData
8.8
Microsoft BI
8.6
Formatting capabilities
GoodData
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
GoodData
6.8
Microsoft BI
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
GoodData
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.8

Report Output and Scheduling

GoodData
8.4
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to Web
GoodData
7.6
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to PDF
GoodData
8.8
Microsoft BI
8.5
Report Versioning
GoodData
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
GoodData
8.9
Microsoft BI
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

GoodData
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
GoodData
8.8
Microsoft BI
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
GoodData
6.4
Microsoft BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.5

Access Control and Security

GoodData
7.8
Microsoft BI
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
GoodData
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
GoodData
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
GoodData
7.3
Microsoft BI
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

GoodData
6.4
Microsoft BI
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
GoodData
7.6
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
GoodData
4.5
Microsoft BI
8.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
GoodData
7.1
Microsoft BI
8.5
Dedicated Android Application
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.4
REST API
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.6
Javascript API
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.4
iFrames
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.4
Java API
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
GoodData
Microsoft BI
8.0

Pros

  • Provides easy linking of disparate data sources that typically would be very difficult to analyze in any meaningful way.
  • Ease of design. You don't have to have extensive knowledge of the product to be able to design attractive and powerful reports, dashboards, etc.
  • Easy to integrate into custom applications. Whether it be i-framing or white label, GoodData provides an easy solution for integrating dashboards into your applications.
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  • EASY visualization of business data. Excel is the killer app so anybody remotely good at basic office tools knows how to make PivotTables and PivotCharts. If you don't, it's really easy to learn; give it a try... People think big data visualization is hard but it's not for most business use cases.
  • FAST visualization of business data. There are BI/Analytics tools out there, some of them beginning with the letter S, that are slooow. I do my taxes waiting for them to run basic queries/filters/charts. Microsoft BI (and Tableau, etc.) create compact data models to allow for pretty fast data loading and slicery.
  • FREE or at least REALLY CHEAP visualization of business data. Who has MS Office on their business computer? Oh, everybody. If you don't have Office Pro, pony up for that or get the monthly license. The bigness of data you can run on your own machine is fairly big; don't use cloud if you don't need it. By comparison, who enjoys throwing thousands of dollars away on bloated legacy BI software? Well, too many companies, apparently.
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Cons

  • Limited customization options for report/dashboards design. You are kind of locked in to their chart color options, placement of certain element (i.e. chart legend), etc.
  • No intuitive way to handle fiscal year calendars. A custom solution needs to be built in order to handle variable fiscal calendars.
  • Learning MAQL programming language is necessary to be able to use the product meaningfully.
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  • Visualization and presentation is an area that may need some improvement. I have used a competitive tool Tableau which has better visualization capabilities against Pivot Charts/Power BI.
  • For ultra large organizations, certain BI solutions require more volume of data to be processed. Although Microsoft Windows Azure, HDInsight and various other big data mechanism can cater to this need, other MS BI tools like Power Pivot, SharePoint etc... need to be more performance oriented.
  • Licensing is one aspect which is relatively more complex as compared to its competitors. Microsoft is now following subscription-model approach in a lot of areas but still there is a scope of improvement in providing more clarity and simplicity when purchasing MS BI tools.
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Likelihood to Renew

GoodData8.1
Based on 14 answers
The renewal process has been very easy in previous years
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Microsoft BI8.0
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.
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Usability

GoodData9.0
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 BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
It's a good rating for people willing to learn and get used to it, but it's not inherently user friendly, especially to people who are not Excel power users.
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Reliability and Availability

GoodData7.0
Based on 1 answer
We are approximately one month since go-live. There has been one short outage.
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Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

GoodData8.0
Based on 1 answer
Performance on refreshing metrics works well.
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Microsoft BI7.0
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

GoodData8.7
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 BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
I am basing this rating not on Microsoft's paid premium support, but rather on the resources available (both from Microsoft and 3rd parties) to BI consumers. There is such a huge community working with and building solutions with the Microsoft BI stack (SQL Server) that I have always been able to find a solution (or at least a workaround) to any problems that have come up.
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In-Person Training

GoodData9.0
Based on 1 answer
Petr was a rock star - patient, knowledgeable, clear and easy to work with.
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Microsoft BI6.9
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

GoodData8.0
Based on 1 answer
GoodData implementation team was professional and courteous
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Microsoft BI8.5
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

GoodData9.0
Based on 2 answers
Thorough, professional and on time.
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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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Breadth of Deployment

We have over 2000 users, including our president who receives the reports produced from GoodData on a regular basis.
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High adoption rates is one of the points Microsoft itself is using to market their product. http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-au/solutions/Pages/business-intelligence.aspx
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Alternatives Considered

Power BI happens to be very basic and customization is limited at best. Fine for basic dashboards but not particularly good if you need to get more complex data insights. GoodData gives you the functionality of customized dashboards and is also very scalable. The price might be an issue but in the long run as the firm grows and you end up saving significantly on investing in GoodData. GoodData requires less maintenance as well since it can handle large quantities of data where as basic BI tools like PowerBI might end up crashing or might not perform efficiently when dataset size increases. The Power BI platform also doesn't provide that amount of integrations with data sources as GoodData. Hence we chose GoodData over PowerBI
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I have been using the open source open standards BI tool 'Pentaho' before moving into the Microsoft space and I must admit I was surprised how much more difficult it is to do development in Microsoft. Having said that the cubes (SSAS) and reporting (SSRS) side does seem more robust and not all that difficult to get your head around. Where Microsoft is lacking in comparison with Pentaho is the ETL tool. SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is much more difficult to learn than Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) and even when you know exactly what you are doing it still takes more steps to get the same job done. Regarding the performance it seems that since a lot of the ETL logic gets put onto the database (using SQL statements) it won't make much of a difference which tool you use.
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Collaboration and Sharing

GoodData8.0
Based on 12 answers
GoodData provides easy button click functionality to determine if reports, metrics, etc., are available to just developers, just stakeholders, organization-wide, or any other setup. It is easy to set up schedules to ensure data is up to date and ensure users are always getting the most real-time data possible. It is also easy to pass data across teams, set up report schedules and delivery.
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Microsoft BI8.2
Based on 27 answers
There is a possibility to create any kind of role and access permissions, but it's not the easiest process from what I know (and had experience with). Granted, I am not a developer or system administrator, so I don't usually NEED to create any kind of roles, but yeah. You create a role, then choose the table (database) you need and you can either write a DAX filter expression or choose them from the drop-down menu in your table settings
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Data Integration

GoodData8.4
Based on 12 answers
Prior to using GoodData, the data we could truly analyze and report on was limited to our own internal databases. Using GoodData allowed us to tap into many other data sources our clients use and integrate them seamlessly into our application (including social media, marketing, and other valuable areas where the analytics were important to our customers).
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Microsoft BI8.7
Based on 26 answers
Again do your homework spend a good 6-10 months (as appropriate for your size of company and data you will be importing) to really understand all of the connections your data has if you spend the time in the pre-planning phase doing and identifying it you will relieve so many headaches down the road when you think everything is connected properly but you missed something and have to go back. Not only will that set your project back but it will also most likely cost you more money in the long run to fix something
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Return on Investment

  • The promise of next-generation BI tools it to be able to synthesize many different data sets quickly and without the traditional weight of the more legacy systems. GoodData shows this capability and is well worth the investment you make as business decisions become data-informed and driven.
  • Even with implementation and professional services - there are virtually no other solutions in the marketplace with the speed, power, stability and business utility of GoodData. Provided you clearly understand that this is not a lightweight tool - you will be satisfied.
  • In a prior role, the powered-by solution allowed us to deliver dashboards and reporting to our customers in a few short months, solving a business challenge that had stymied our development team for several years.
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  • Business users easily learned self service BI with training and what to do and what not to do with self service BI
  • Learning curve for Powerpivot and other office 365 tools for IT team who already knew about data warehousing concepts is steep
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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