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Likelihood to Recommend

Kepion Planning

The solution works extremely well for companies in complicated operations or with the ambition to forecast their operations on a driver based way or wanting to have the ability to create different scenarios based on external or internal drivers. It is a perfect piece of an existing analytical infrastructure (DWH/BI) lacking a planning solution on top.
Sindri Sigurjonsson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

It works great for our purposes. I highly recommend hiring a consultant to set it up for you though. I don't think we would have gotten very far had we tried to setup the reports and views ourselves. We're very happy with the results we've seen so far. We've been using it for about 3-4 months.
Bradley Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Kepion Planning
7.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Long-term financial planning
Kepion Planning
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial budgeting
Kepion Planning
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Forecasting
Kepion Planning
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Scenario modeling
Kepion Planning
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Management reporting
Kepion Planning
6.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Consolidation and Close

Kepion Planning
7.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial data consolidation
Kepion Planning
6.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Journal entries and reports
Kepion Planning
6.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Multi-currency management
Kepion Planning
8.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Intercompany Eliminations
Kepion Planning
7.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Minority Ownership
Kepion Planning
6.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Local and consolidated reporting
Kepion Planning
8.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Detailed Audit Trails
Kepion Planning
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Kepion Planning
7.0
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Financial Statement Reporting
Kepion Planning
6.8
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Management Reporting
Kepion Planning
6.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Excel-based Reporting
Kepion Planning
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Automated board and financial reporting
Kepion Planning
7.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Kepion Planning
6.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Analytics

Kepion Planning
6.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Personalized dashboards
Kepion Planning
6.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Color-coded scorecards
Kepion Planning
6.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
KPIs
Kepion Planning
6.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Cost and profitability analysis
Kepion Planning
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Key Performance Indicator setting
Kepion Planning
6.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Benchmarking with external data
Kepion Planning
6.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Integration

Kepion Planning
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Flat file integration
Kepion Planning
9.1
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Excel data integration
Kepion Planning
8.9
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Kepion Planning
8.5
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

BI Standard Reporting

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Drill-down analysis
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Formatting capabilities
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Publish to Web
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9
Publish to PDF
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Report Versioning
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Predictive Analytics
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7

Access Control and Security

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
REST API
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.3
Javascript API
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
iFrames
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Java API
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1

Pros

Kepion Planning

  • Budgeting and Forecasting: Kepion provides all budgeting, forecasting and actuals information in one, collaborative environment.
  • Analysis: It is easy to traverse across your entire budgeting and forecasting spectrum in Kepion, unearthing insights that would be hidden from you in other tools.
  • Workflow: Kepion's workflow management is simple and clear.
Gerard Mangan | 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

Kepion Planning

  • Silverlight functionality is outdated which makes the front end solution a little bit old compared to latest UI. They will be tackling it in Q2 2018, but it leaves users wanting for more.
  • Reporting functionalities: Are not state of the art, we recommend users creating official reports within Kepion, but focusing on Tableau or PowerBI for reporting purposes as this is not and will never be Kepion strengths compared to the likes of Tableau.
  • Being customizable is great, however, the solution is not an out-of-the-box solution and does require a little integration to work. For smaller companies (under 5M USD) I would still recommend Excel.
Sindri Sigurjonsson | 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

Kepion Planning

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

Kepion Planning

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.0
Based on 8 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

Kepion Planning

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

Kepion Planning

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

Kepion Planning

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.7
Based on 15 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

Kepion Planning

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

Kepion Planning

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

Kepion Planning

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

Kepion Planning

Kepion is in a unique position in that it has all of the enterprise-grade functionality and scalability of a tool like Cognos, but it is available at a lower price point, with much more engaged support.
Gerard Mangan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Looking at the visualization portion of BI, there are three types of tools.
  1. Programming packages. Free and powerful, they let you make any diagram, at the cost of difficulty of use.
  2. Specialist software like Tableau and Microsoft BI. This is the best choice in most cases due to ease of use and quality of output.
  3. More generic software offered by the big IT companies, often part of a BI suite. There's really a lot of variety here. Use this when it fits the workflow and you are already using the relevant software. But, personally, I'd still use the specialist software.
Alexander Lubyansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Kepion Planning

No answers on this topic

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

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Pricing Details

Kepion Planning

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Kepion Planning Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
On premise Install$01
  1. Contact Us
SaaS Edition
Cloud Planning$01
  1. Contact Us
Additional Pricing Details
Please contact us at sales@kepion.com for more 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

Kepion Planning
8.3
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.7

In-Person Training

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

Kepion Planning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

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