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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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MicroStrategy Analytics

It is appropriate when wishing to show big data to a group that needs to make informed decisions quickly, and that does not have a technical background and cannot get bogged down in percentages and technicalities. For those that want it, however, Microstrategy provides gridded reports that make detailed examination of data easy. Both are simple to create
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
7.9
MicroStrategy Analytics
5.9
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
7.9
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.5

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.9
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
5.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI
8.9
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.5
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
7.6
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
7.9
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.1
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.3

Access Control and Security

Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft BI
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft BI
8.6
MicroStrategy Analytics
9.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
7.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
REST API
Microsoft BI
7.9
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.7
iFrames
Microsoft BI
7.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Java API
Microsoft BI
7.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
7.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
7.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.5

Pros

  • 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.
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  • I think the dashboards are quite helpful to visualize on the spot data.
  • Creation of facts and attributes is simple - I have no programming experience and was still able to create and modify these items.
  • Scheduling reports to be run on a daily, weekly, or hourly basis is simple. It provides updated data on a timed basis with no need to go back into the program.
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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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  • The graph options are not as robust as an Excel user might want.
  • The metadata layer can sometimes be slower, and it takes a long time for reports to run.
  • Viewing the data feed entered can be cumbersome at times, in terms of validation with reports.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Assuming that I will continue to have a need to monitor and report on the operational aspects of the organization using transactional data, Microsoft BI is a solid choice. Its kind of like how you still have legacy applications that serve a strong need that is critical to the day to day operations. The fact that the tools are similar to stuff the users have already been using makes the adoption and buy in that much easier.
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MicroStrategy Analytics9.9
Based on 27 answers
I would always choose to renew MicroStrategy as long as they lead the market in features, functionality and price. The support of MicroStrategy is timely and professional, I frequently get answers to my questions within 24 hours and normally have solutions within 48 hours. Training available for MicroStrategy completely covers everything required to be able to expertly use MicroStrategy and understand data warehousing.
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Usability

Microsoft BI7.0
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
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MicroStrategy Analytics7.0
Based on 3 answers
It is difficult to learn, but once you figure it out through training, it becomes simpler and the reasons for it's complexity becomes apparent.
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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had an issue with MicroStrategy not being available due to MicroStrategy application malfunction. It is very robust and only failures I've seen were due to user error or the platform the machine running the service failed some how.
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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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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
Being able to customize the performance based on the business need is extremely powerful. Proper configuration and understanding of the usage pattern is key, if the technical ability of the architect is not at top level, then the product will not be configured correctly which will lead to poor performance.
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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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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 3 answers
If the staff does not know they answer they either find it out at some point, or put in a feature request. I have never been left hanging or been given an answer that is unsatisfactory to the solution. Even if there was no current solution, I was still told the logical reason and why.
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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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MicroStrategy Analytics7.8
Based on 4 answers
The MicroStrategy training is incredible, they have great online teachers. I was fortunate to be learning MicroStrategy while also implementing a project from scratch. This helped to solidify a lot of the concepts and be able to ask questions about real world problems in addition to class room exercises.
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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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MicroStrategy Analytics8.0
Based on 3 answers
Implementation is not easy, but also not difficult. With enough training on how to create a schema, and with the proper data warehouse schema the implementation can be very quick. If there are a lot of unknowns in the beginning phase of modeling, that can greatly extend the overall time taken for a fully implemented project.
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Alternatives Considered

With over 20 years in IT, I have experienced a full range of relational and non-relational data solutions, from Oracle and Informix to MongoDB and Hadoop. In my opinion, the Microsoft BI stack is the most complete, well-rounded, high performing data management system on the planet right now. More and more, the ability to make data-driven decisions sets organizations apart from their competitors, and no one offers a better solution than Microsoft and its partners. As more and more of what we do in business life moves to the cloud, Microsoft is again leading the way with its Azure platforms.
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Microstrategy is already used in the organization and it clearly is used by many leading industries. Tableau and Salesforce are comparatively new to this.
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Scalability

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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
This software is extremely scaleable, one can add more core servers which performs as a load balancing. The configurations available to manage usage patterns and daily activity are as high a caliber as any other enterprise level software. This product can be installed on both a windows and unix platform allow for integration on a budget.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • We abandoned the tool as it was not meeting our needs.
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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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MicroStrategy Analytics

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
MicroStrategy Analytics Editions & Modules
MicroStrategy Analytics
On-premise Edition
Desktop
$6001
1. per named user
SaaS Edition
Web
$6001
Web
$300,0002
Mobile
$6003
Mobile
$300,0004
1. per named user
2. per CPU core
3. per named user
4. per CPU core
Additional Pricing Details