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Microsoft BI

594 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

MicroStrategy Analytics

206 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

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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
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.1
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.7
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI
8.6
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
5.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI
8.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
8.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.5
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
8.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.8
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
8.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
8.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
8.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
9.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
8.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.2
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.3

Access Control and Security

Microsoft BI
8.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft BI
8.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft BI
8.6
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft BI
9.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI
8.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
REST API
Microsoft BI
8.6
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.6
iFrames
Microsoft BI
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Java API
Microsoft BI
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
8.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
8.0
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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  • Extremely fast and reliable sql generation, report and document development.
  • Flexibility and integration with nearly all data sources.
  • Self reliant product, many out of the box products that allow easy maintenance, development, and monitoring.
  • Cost of product is more reasonable than many other in its class.
  • Reports and documents produced can be pixel perfect and allow for extremely custom dashboards and scorecards.
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Cons

  • The desktop version is free, monthly updates, free training resources...what's not to love. I'm sure that someone with a higher degree of technical learning will be able to better articulate some negatives for Power BI, I'm just not that guy. I have nothing but appreciation for Power BI.
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  • My organization is on an older version of the tool with a lot less bells and whistles
  • If an employee is familiar with SQL enough, they can avoid using microstrategy
  • No other major cons
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Flexibility and ease of use! I have not found something that I can't do with the Microsoft BI tools. Some things may be a struggle, but that comes with any tool. The online community support for developers and users of Microsoft is tops as well. If you have a problem you can post in the forums provided by Microsoft or just post on Twitter and you will get an answer from the experts in the field in no time. There is no better community out there for technology that is very supportive and will not bash you even for asking the most basic question. There are plenty of options for support that don't require you to contact Microsoft and that helps save a lot of dollars and time. The tools are keep up-to-date and are constantly evolving.
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MicroStrategy Analytics9.9
Based on 27 answers
MicroStrategy is one of the "legacy" BI vendors, but they have managed to keep up with the new entrants and even innovate. I believe this is the best BI technology, and unless they came up with ridiculous pricing, we should renew.
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Usability

Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
The product is very usable compared to competitive solutions. I didn't give it a full 10 because Microsoft needs to improve their Report Builder module.
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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
I am basing this rating not on Microsoft's paid premium support, but rather on the resources available (both from Microsoft and 3rd parties) to BI consumers. There is such a huge community working with and building solutions with the Microsoft BI stack (SQL Server) that I have always been able to find a solution (or at least a workaround) to any problems that have come up.
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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 3 answers
From our experience, Microstrategy is very well supported. Whenever we have issues, they are resolved quickly
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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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No answers yet
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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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Breadth of Deployment

It's deployed in departmental and company-wide implementations through our customer base. In the global 2000, we typically find either Microsoft or SAP as the corporate standard. There is probably a bit more SAP than Microsoft out there, particularly for ROLAP implementations. When MOLAP is leveraged, there are more Microsoft customers.
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We just started this project so we are still in development, but it will potentially scale to hundreds of users.
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Alternatives Considered

I'd rather not say to avoid unnecessary arguments. Thanks.
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As a whole Microstrategy is good in more areas than the others are great in specific ones. It is probably not #1 in any particular category of BI Tool evaluations, but they are #2 or #3 in more categories than the all of the other tools we have evaluated. We selected Microstrategy originally as a client request. As we became disenchanted with workflow and or design, our evaluation of other BI tools fell so far short of functionality in Microstrategy that it was an obvious choice (using an 80-20 rule).
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Collaboration and Sharing

Microsoft BI8.2
Based on 27 answers
Honestly, software-based sharing and collaboration are not that important to me or to the work I do. There's this thing called the print screen button. There's also this thing called sending someone a file. It's easy enough to use the tool itself. If you are incapable of using Microsoft BI, you should not be entrusted with "write" permissions on anything made with it.
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MicroStrategy Analytics7.5
Based on 14 answers
Sharing is done via a link. I think that Microstrategy should provide a more social platform for sharing; similar to FB or LinkedIN.
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Data Integration

Microsoft BI8.7
Based on 26 answers
There is no data that I have not been able to get with the Microsoft BI tools. The tools will accept flat files and access any database that has a way to query it, even if that is through a web API. If you need to get some data into a Microsoft BI solution, there is a way to do it. You can go down the custom development route if you have to, but in most cases there is someone else that has tried to do the same thing and shared their solution online for you to use. The Microsoft BI tools are used in so many different companies and scenarios that it is very rare these days that you are first one doing something. There is also the speed factor, depending on the source of the data I have run into more issues with the source systems not being able to keep up with the processing on the Microsoft BI side.
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MicroStrategy Analytics7.1
Based on 14 answers
The range of data sources is pretty wide, it is practically using enormous amount of different sources. Platform is able to smoothly bring in multiple data sources simultaneously, combining, preparing, and transforming these as per business needs. It takes a definite time to update its values until its ETL process completes or it has to be done manually.
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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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  • Good returns considering integrated objects and reports for multiple mediums
  • Not sure but cost of development seemed a little higher which is also an outcome of lack of good development vendors or resources. Not a concern over MSTR as a tool.
  • Deployment to mobile or distribute sharing is an advantage as object oriented architecture reduces rework and maintenance steps.
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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