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653 Ratings

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Microsoft BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
8.0
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

  • Wide variety of tools : Microsoft BI possesses a wide variety of tools to cater needs of presentation, performance caching, integration and ease of use.
  • Popular online and location communities : Online and local communities around Microsoft BI is very popular. You can find a lot of resources and helpful information online and within your communities more efficiently and effectively.
  • Tighter and broad integration options : Microsoft BI tools are very well integrated with other Microsoft products (Office 365, SharePoint, .NET Apps, Project Server etc...) and Line of Business (LOB) applications. Being a large player in BI domain, there are various third party components available which compliment MS BI.
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Cons

  • 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

Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft is widely adopted and it does get the job done. For legal reasons, support perspective and resourcing it is often the tool of choice and, of course, the technology is there to support the day-to-day business.
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Usability

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

Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

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

Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
Quick response. Lots of blogs and support forums are there to get the answer myself
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In-Person Training

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

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

Microsoft BI9.6
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

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

  • Greatly reduced reporting project development time (and associated costs).
  • Significantly larger pool of experts to assist on large / ad-hoc projects.
  • Faster availability of critical business data to our users (due to decreased development time as well as performance of overall system - we are able to keep the data very fresh).
  • Significantly increased ETL / data integration capabilities means that more legacy and external system data is making it into the data warehouse.
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Pricing Details

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
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