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Google Data Studio

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Likelihood to Recommend

Google Data Studio

Well Suited: Simple/complex reports as long the source is from a Google app; for super quick reporting with an Excel file; If you are not a data professional but still want to start with reporting. Less appropriate: If you have used an enterprise reporting tool such as Power BI or Tableau, you might not see this as an equivalent tool or replacement tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Power BI For Office 365

If you're already using Office 365, Power BI for O365 is an easy choice. Start playing around with the free version and then easily add individual Pro licenses with little risk. However, if you anticipate using this with many users, it can get expensive quickly.
Jeremiah Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Google Data Studio
8.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Google Data Studio
7.6
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Google Data Studio
8.6
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
Google Data Studio
7.8
Power BI For Office 365
8.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Google Data Studio
8.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.8
Drill-down analysis
Google Data Studio
7.6
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Formatting capabilities
Google Data Studio
7.7
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Google Data Studio
7.5
Power BI For Office 365
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Google Data Studio
9.3
Power BI For Office 365
9.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Google Data Studio
8.4
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Publish to Web
Google Data Studio
8.9
Power BI For Office 365
8.9
Publish to PDF
Google Data Studio
8.3
Power BI For Office 365
8.9
Report Versioning
Google Data Studio
7.7
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Google Data Studio
8.2
Power BI For Office 365
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Google Data Studio
8.6
Power BI For Office 365
7.6

Data Discovery and Visualization

Google Data Studio
7.6
Power BI For Office 365
8.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Google Data Studio
7.8
Power BI For Office 365
9.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Google Data Studio
7.8
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Predictive Analytics
Google Data Studio
7.3
Power BI For Office 365
8.4

Access Control and Security

Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
9.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
9.6
Role-Based Security Model
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
9.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
9.6

Mobile Capabilities

Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
REST API
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
Javascript API
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
9.0

Pros

Google Data Studio

  • Pre-loaded Report Templates: Without a data visualization experience/training it's most likely difficult to set up the desired dashboard you envision. Fortunately, Google Data Studio offers pre-loaded reports for the most common data source connections. These common connections include: Google Ads, Firebase, Google Search Console, Google Analytics, and more. They save a lot of time and are easy to substitute data variables.
  • Being a remote company, it can be difficult to share in real-time... not with Google Data Studio. If our team is viewing the data on a call, we are able to update the dashboard in real-time and everyone is able to see the changes made without refreshing. Subsequently, as one user is able to change data parameters (dates, labels, etc) and the rest viewing the data are able to follow along.
  • It can be difficult to get ideas how you should prepare your data - which KPIs should I include? In what order? Should I use a pie graph or bar chart? Thanks to Featured Data Studio reports I'm able to look at shared reports generated by others to get ideas on how to set up similar data.
Sam Lepak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Power BI For Office 365

  • Easy to make visual dashboards from SQL queries. Previously we had to use a third party application that had to run on a web server that was so complex to setup and run. PowerBI removes all that.
  • Ability to control who/which group has access to each dashboard or report. Ties in well with the rest of the Office 365 ecosystem.
  • Has many connectors to allow pulling data from various systems, both onsite (via gateway) or external (via APIs), and join the data to create a report/dashboard.
  • Ability to show data but also export the data, if permitted.
  • Easy to show PowerBI dashboards on SharePoint or on other websites via embedded code.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Google Data Studio

  • Community connectors are developed by third parties and sometimes cost money, which can disrupt building free dashboards
  • Reconciling disparate / multiple file types can be a hassle and usually requires doing it off-site (in SQL) to create a master data set for ingestion and viz in the Data Studio platform
Leah Jakaitis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Power BI For Office 365

  • Licensing: Currently, Microsoft has a fixed pricing model for Office 365 users, regardless of role/function of the user. Most organizations have a small number of "power users" that create usable content and many more "consumers" that simply view/run reports created by power users. Microsoft does not differentiate between these users, and thus the pricing limits organizations from large deployments of the software.
  • Version incompatibility: Excel 2010 and 2013 workbooks are compatible with each other. However, workbooks created in 2010 that include PowerPivot databases must be upgraded to 2013 format to run in 2013. Subsequently, you cannot open these upgraded PowerPivot workbooks in 2010. This requires ALL users to be on the same version.
  • Visualization: Excel charting with PowerPivot workbooks is adequate for many users. Power View also contains a number of GREAT visualizations, including animated bubble charts and a very flexible dashboard/report design canvas. However, compared to some of the other self-service BI solutions, it is still limited in its visualization capabilities.
Ken Raetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Google Data Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Power BI For Office 365

Power BI For Office 365 9.2
Based on 4 answers
I will continue to recommend this suite to folks looking for a reporting and analytics solution, as I find in MOST cases, it's great at meeting almost every requirement I've been given by a multitude of clients across a range of industries. I've built Capacity Planning solutions that allowed end user input which was then submitted to SharePoint, Executive Dashboards, custom applications, simple analytical tools for teams to easily slice and dice data, and super simple reports as well as some very complicated ones. If you haven't seen the demos online, do a search, and see for yourself - this is a great BI suite! (I do not work for Microsoft, although I do consult out there from time to time. I do occasionally make a recommendation for a different BI reporting tool, but in general, find Excel can accomplish quite a bit for less money and in less time.)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Google Data Studio

Google Data Studio 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Google Data Studio has a clean interface that follows a lot of UX best practices. It is fairly easy to pick up the first time you use it, and there is a lot of documentation on line to help troubleshoot, if needed
Meredith Walter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Power BI For Office 365

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Google Data Studio

Google Data Studio 7.0
Based on 7 answers
I give it a lower support rating because it seems like our Dev team hasn't gotten the support they need to set up our database to connect. Seems like we hit a roadblock and the project got put on pause for dev. That sucks for me because it is harder to get the dev team to focus on it if they don't get the help they need to set it up.
Jordan Comstock | TrustRadius Reviewer

Power BI For Office 365

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Google Data Studio

Before using Data Studio, I was just pulling reports from Google Analytics and building presentations/dashboards with that data. This took a lot more time and forced me to make manual updates regularly. Data Studio takes on more of that behind-the-scenes work - but it still is necessary to have a human eye on the numbers to make sure the reports are built in the right way and are showing things that make sense
Ben Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Power BI For Office 365

Oracle was nice, super expensive to implement if it's not in use already. JobDiva is choppy and heavy on the system while does not give great reports. Salesforce is good; remote access is good however their support is terrible
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Google Data Studio

  • Once the reports are set up, this definitely saves time on the regular reporting deadlines (monthly, biweekly, etc.)
  • However, when you run into a roadblock while translating a current report into GDS (i.e. GDS doesn't have a feature you need), it's hard to work around it. So until GDS becomes extremely robust, there are still cases where it can't be used.
Tegan Jenner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Power BI For Office 365

  • As a Microsoft Partner implementing Business Intelligence solutions, Power BI has removed the barrier for our clients to begin the "BI journey". So often, projects get hung up in that early phase of procuring and installing/configuring expensive hardware and software. Just simply getting started and designing a beginning solution has allowed our clients to see results in 1-2 weeks using their data that might have taken months to achieve otherwise.
  • One significant ROI example is process improvement. In many cases, individuals or teams are spending days each month gathering data from multiple sources for reporting to their constituents. We are reducing these times to minutes by automating many of the data collection and integration processes that were previously manual.
Ken Raetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Google Data Studio

General

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

Power BI For Office 365

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Data Studio
8.3
Power BI For Office 365
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Google Data Studio
Power BI For Office 365
9.2

Usability

Google Data Studio
9.0
Power BI For Office 365

Support

Google Data Studio
7.0
Power BI For Office 365

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