Microsoft BI

594 Ratings
Score 7.8 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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

If your company is mainly an SAP shop and all your data is consolidated, SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform is a necessary tool and will elevate your business strategy with great analysis and dashboard for leadership to track, monitor and decide. However, for large organizations like us, it took us several years to consolidate different tools and applications into SAP first which is a huge undertaking at the cost of several tens of millions of dollars and over 4yrs before we can begin to realize the benefits of SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
8.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
8.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.2
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.7
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.0

Access Control and Security

Microsoft BI
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft BI
8.8
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft BI
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.9
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.0
REST API
Microsoft BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.2
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.0
iFrames
Microsoft BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.0
Java API
Microsoft BI
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
5.8

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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  • Very good scalability and a real must if you have an SAP as the main ERP system in the production across several factories.
  • Very good vertical integration with other SAP tools and even other main ERP solutions.
  • A good choice for a publicly traded company, where a robust auditable system is a prerequisite for getting transparency into internal.
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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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  • SAP should provide free software and licenses for students
  • SAP Extractors are designed by third party, so no support for those
  • Reporting with no semantec layer
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
Based on 22 answers
This is not really applicable, as I am no longer with the company that selected and implemented Business Objects. However, if I were still there, I think there would be a reasonably high chance of renewal. Once the initial investments have been made in procuring, implementing, training, etc., it would be somewhat prohibitive NOT to renew
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform9.5
Based on 4 answers
We use this tool everyday to generate 100's of reports over different modules.
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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform1.0
Based on 3 answers
Its available anytime. Depends on the server configuration.
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.2
Based on 8 answers
When it is deployed properly the system is very stable and consistent in its response times. The way the product is designed the data sources it connects to and the bandwidth of the network its on can be the main performance inhibitors. Addressing these two factors can greatly increase performance overall. Integration with third party tools requires strict adherence to SAP specifications. When they are followed there is no performance degradation.
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.4
Based on 6 answers
Very difficult website to use that is not very intuitive. It's hard to reach a good support person that can actually help with the issue. We usually end up solving the issue ourselves.
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform9.5
Based on 2 answers
Great training with hand-on labs.
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP's training is excellent, though it is expensive.
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
Based on 7 answers
Choosing the right personnel to deploy and maintain the system is critical to success. Do not underestimate the value of a sandbox and or Development environment. Every aspect of the initial deployment and subsequent upgrade and enhancements should be thoroughly tested by the developers and administrators for expected functionality and compatibility with all interfaces. A Test environment is just as crucial. Initial key user content testing and formal performance testing should take place here prior to the production deployment. This is also where you finalize your operational support plans and system/user security
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Breadth of Deployment

Everyone uses it around my company. Mostly as BI professionals that use it to create BI solutions.
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I would estimate that adoption is steadily rising as users realize that they can be more productive with an integrated BI platform than with data dumps and "personal data warehouses". The number of users is probably less than 100, but needs to climb into the hundreds. The usage is companywide rather than specific to one or two departments. The usage extends only to corporate employees and not the many thousands of factory/plant workers, where there is no usage whatsoever
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Alternatives Considered

I'd rather not say to avoid unnecessary arguments. Thanks.
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform6.4
Based on 28 answers
I do not have experience in sharing data across teams within SAP. I normally export my data to Excel and after I make the analysis then I share with the different teams. I think SAP is difficult for the non-tech users. Plus, not everyone has the same access. It's also difficult to figure out which access you need until you actual try to run certain reports and realize you don't have access.
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Data Integration

Microsoft BI8.7
Based on 26 answers
I really like how Microsoft brings data from multiple sources together. I think this is one of the strengths of the software allowing for a more complex accumulation of data and information. This results on more complex analysis but again Microsoft BI does a superb job at making this complex data easy to interpret and take action on.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.9
Based on 28 answers
I use the real-time data and compare data between SAP and Ariba.
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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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  • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
  • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
  • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
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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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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Editions & Modules
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
Additional Pricing Details