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Likelihood to Recommend

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

RStudio

RStudio products are great for technical teams / team members. The integration of both R and python in a single product allows developers to make use of their preferred language for data analysis. Those team members who are analytical but do not have a technical background won't be able to fully use the products; for them it's better to have a different tool for exploratory analysis and BI.
Carlos Celada | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.2
RStudio
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
RStudio
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.6
RStudio
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.3
RStudio

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
RStudio
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.1
RStudio
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
RStudio
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.8
RStudio
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
RStudio

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
RStudio
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9
RStudio
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
RStudio
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
RStudio
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.6
RStudio
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0
RStudio

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
RStudio
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.4
RStudio
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
RStudio
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
RStudio

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
RStudio
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.8
RStudio
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
RStudio
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.9
RStudio
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.7
RStudio

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

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

RStudio

  • Excellent integration of both R and Python IDEs in one.
  • Simple publishing of dashboards and applications from RStudio IDE to RStudio Connect.
  • Integration of package management with projects to support collaboration.
  • Excellent contributors to the R Open Source community, really invested in its health.
  • Support integration with Enterprise AD environments for security.
B. Mark Ewing | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

RStudio

  • Management of some deeper aspects of the platform is not a so straight-forward, especially when it comes to deal to customization (connections, packages management...).
  • Administration console may be a bit richer, making available of some operations that you may be interested on doing by user interface and not by shell.
  • Deploying apps is still a bit problematic for some particular (rare!) packages, make it easier to install packages not from the CRAN.
Flavio Leccese | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

RStudio

RStudio 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Rstudio is my go - to language for anything involving analysis. It has far more capabilities for data analysis than Python (in my opinion). New packages for novel analytical techniques are often published. Rstudio continues to implement great updates every few months as well. Finally, I really like that I can write LateX documents in Rstudio and integrate R code into them.
Maike Holthuijzen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.0
Based on 7 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

RStudio

RStudio 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I think it's a quick and easy to use tool. The IDE is very intuitive and easy to adapt to. You do not need to learn a lot of things to use this tool. Any programmer and a person with knowledge or R can quick use this tool without issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 9.5
Based on 4 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

RStudio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

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

RStudio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 8.5
Based on 14 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

RStudio

RStudio 7.9
Based on 15 answers
Since R is trendy among statisticians, you can find lots of help from the data science/ stats communities. If you need help with anything related to RStudio or R, google it or search on StackOverflow, you might easily find the solution that you are looking for.
Xiaotong Song | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

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

RStudio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

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

RStudio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

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

RStudio

RStudio 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Making sure all stakesholders agree is absolutely essential.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

RStudio

The main comparison for RSC is Plotly Dash. RSC Pros:
  • Native for R users.
  • Easy to customize.
  • Easy to deploy dashboard and share with none R users.
RSC cons:
  • Not scalable solution, sharing restricted to users license.
  • Does not support K8/docker deployment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

RStudio

  • RStudio has allowed us to rapidly build and deploy functional Shiny applications that execute underlying code. In many cases, users don't realize they are running R under the hood.
  • Allowed us to integrate Python code and R code in a single application/visualization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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 Pro9.991
Power BI Premium$4,9952
  1. per user/per month
  2. per month
Additional Pricing Details

RStudio

General

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

RStudio Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
For an overview of our pricing philosophy, please see https://rstudio.com/pricing/approach/. For pricing options for RStudio Cloud, please see https://rstudio.cloud/plans/free. For consulting and integration services, we work with our Certified Partners: https://rstudio.com/certified-partners/.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
RStudio
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.0
RStudio
9.1

Usability

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.0
RStudio
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.5
RStudio

Performance

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
7.0
RStudio

Support Rating

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
RStudio
7.9

In-Person Training

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
6.9
RStudio

Online Training

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
8.5
RStudio

Implementation Rating

Microsoft BI (MSBI)
9.6
RStudio
7.3

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