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130 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

MATLAB

MATLAB is great for (and already widely used) for academic/scholarly projects, but that doesn't mean it isn't useful outside those contexts! We've found it great for quickly getting ideas down into useable code for prototyping. We do not find that MATLAB is great for writing code that can be used in "real world" applications like web apps, but code can be ported to another language if needed.
Anonymous | 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

BI Standard Reporting

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Customizable dashboards
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Drill-down analysis
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
Formatting capabilities
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Report sharing and collaboration
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Publish to Web
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Publish to PDF
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Report Versioning
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Predictive Analytics
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Access Control and Security

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.2
REST API
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9
Javascript API
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.5
iFrames
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
Java API
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.8

Pros

MATLAB

  • It has a very user friendly library which helps users learn this software fairly quickly in a short span of time.
  • The graphical user interface provided by the software is really good.
  • The code that a person writes allows options for debugging.
  • One can visualize the flow of control of their code inside MATLAB.
Saransh Dikshit | 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

MATLAB

  • MatLab is pricier than most of its competitors and because of this reason, many organizations are moving towards cheaper alternatives - mostly Python.
  • MatLab is inefficient when it comes to performing a large number of iterations. It gets laggy and often crashes. Python is better in this regard.
  • There is a limited number of hardware options (mostly NI) that can be connected directly to the data acquisition toolbox.
Abdullah Umair Bajwa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • Report Builder 3.0 shipped with MSSQL 2012 is a nice free tool but our client users sometimes encounter problems such as the tool automatically shut down without saving the changes being made. We haven't implemented the new RB with MSSQL 2016 yet thus cannot comment on the latest version.
Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

MATLAB

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

MATLAB

MATLAB 9.4
Based on 3 answers
The best thing about MATLAB is the variety of research and development fields it supports. The reason for this rating is that it is best used for medical images enhancement and signal processing, it is also used for speech to text conversion. This tool server is best when the demand is for machine learning.
Jatin Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 7.0
Based on 5 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

MATLAB

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

MATLAB

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

MATLAB

MATLAB 8.2
Based on 8 answers
The built-in search engine is not as performing as I wish it would be. However, the YouTube channel has a vast library of informative video that can help understanding the software. Also, many other software have a nice bridge into MATLAB, which makes it very versatile. Overall, the support for MATLAB is good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 7.1
Based on 12 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

MATLAB

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

MATLAB

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

MATLAB

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

MATLAB

How MATLAB compares to its competition or similar open access tools like R (programming language) or SciLab is that it's simply more powerful and capable. It embraces a wider spectrum of possibilities for far more fields than any other environment. R, for example, is intended primarily for the area of statistical computing. SciLab, on the other hand, is a similar open access tool that falls very short in its computing capabilities. It's much slower when running larger scripts and isn't documented or supported nearly as well as MATLAB.
Juan Carlos Molina Castejón | 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

MATLAB

  • MATLAB helps us quickly sort through large sets of data because we keep the same script each time we run an analyzation, making it very efficient to run this whole process.
  • The software makes it super easy for us to create plots that we can then show to investors or clients to display our data.
  • We are also looking to create an app for our product, and we will not be able to do that on MATLAB, therefore creating a limiting issue and a new learning curve for a programming language.
Tyler Grudowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

  • Ability to maintain and develop dashboards with KPI's for fast delivery to decision makers across the organization.
  • Insight into overall departmental performance. Allowance for departments to set their own metrics for success.
  • Data insights for marketing and sales campaigns allow decision makers to fine tune future campaigns.
Bryan Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

MATLAB

General

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

MATLAB Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing 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$0
Power BI Pro$102
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

MATLAB
8.6
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0

Usability

MATLAB
9.4
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Reliability and Availability

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5

Performance

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0

Support Rating

MATLAB
8.2
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.1

In-Person Training

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9

Online Training

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5

Implementation Rating

MATLAB
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6

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