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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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Splunk Enterprise

Splunk is a great data analytics tool for you if you have a large amount of data to analyze. Splunk provides accurate and real-time analysis of data through its dashboard. But if you not quite a technical person or not willing to learn Splunk before using it, I will not recommend it to you. Also, Splunk is less appropriate for static data.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.0
Splunk Enterprise
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
7.8
Splunk Enterprise
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
7.9
Splunk Enterprise
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.2
Splunk Enterprise

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
8.2
Splunk Enterprise
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
8.3
Splunk Enterprise
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.8
Splunk Enterprise
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
8.1
Splunk Enterprise
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
7.5
Splunk Enterprise
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
8.2
Splunk Enterprise

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
8.1
Splunk Enterprise
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
8.4
Splunk Enterprise
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
7.9
Splunk Enterprise
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
Splunk Enterprise

Access Control and Security

Microsoft BI
8.3
Splunk Enterprise
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft BI
8.4
Splunk Enterprise
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft BI
8.1
Splunk Enterprise
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft BI
8.5
Splunk Enterprise
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft BI
8.4
Splunk Enterprise

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
7.8
Splunk Enterprise
REST API
Microsoft BI
7.9
Splunk Enterprise
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
8.3
Splunk Enterprise
iFrames
Microsoft BI
7.7
Splunk Enterprise
Java API
Microsoft BI
7.6
Splunk Enterprise
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
7.8
Splunk Enterprise
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
7.5
Splunk Enterprise

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Microsoft BI
Splunk Enterprise
8.7
Centralized event and log data collection
Microsoft BI
Splunk Enterprise
9.2
Correlation
Microsoft BI
Splunk Enterprise
8.4
Event and log normalization
Microsoft BI
Splunk Enterprise
9.0
Deployment flexibility
Microsoft BI
Splunk Enterprise
8.1
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
Microsoft BI
Splunk Enterprise
7.8
Custom dashboards and views
Microsoft BI
Splunk Enterprise
9.2
Host and network-based intrusion detection
Microsoft BI
Splunk Enterprise
8.8

Pros

Microsoft BI

  • 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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Splunk Enterprise

  • Allow for separation of control where we don't let some employees have access to production but still can diagnose issues.
  • Common location to go for all logs even if the logs themselves aren't in the same place.
  • Ability to ingest logs from different locations without having to change the code to put logs in a certain place (pro and con).
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Cons

Microsoft BI

  • More than two dimensions. Yes, I know that 2D is the core of Excel's DNA. However, we're starting to deal with higher-dimensional arrays here in analytics land so better visualization support would be cool.
  • UI weirdness. By default, you are flipping back between regular Excel tabs and super-top-secret BI tabs. You create charts in one place, but look at them in the other. That kind of stuff. I know there are a couple of other ways to interact with Microsoft BI, but please figure out the main way.
  • Better hookups to other analytics tools including Microsoft's. Microsoft BI has a good variety of data connections, and I don't expect it to bloom into a full-fledged analytics tool, but it may be a good idea to keep hammering at connectivity with "hardcore" analytics. In my case, Python stuff.
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Splunk Enterprise

  • At times some queries can run slowly if indices are not on a portion of the query you use.
  • Setup time initially can be difficult if your logs aren't stored in common locations or in a common way to write the log.
  • Ability to ingest logs from different locations without having to change code to put logs in a certain place (pro and con).
  • Searches can be a bit more difficult to look through if your log isn't pulled in a manner that is easy to read through splunk.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 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.
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Splunk Enterprise

Splunk Enterprise 10.0
Based on 16 answers
Value for Money.
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Usability

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
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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Splunk Enterprise

Splunk Enterprise 9.0
Based on 3 answers
You can literally throw in a single word into Splunk and it will pull back all instances of that word across all of your logs for the time span you select (provided you have permission to see that data). We have several users who have taken a few of the free courses from Splunk that are able to pull data out of it everyday with little help at all.
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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Splunk Enterprise

Splunk Enterprise 10.0
Based on 1 answer
When properly setup and configured, Splunk is extremely reliable.
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Performance

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
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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Splunk Enterprise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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Splunk Enterprise

Splunk Enterprise 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Support has been good and prompt when needed.
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In-Person Training

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Splunk Enterprise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 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.
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Splunk Enterprise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
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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Splunk Enterprise

Splunk Enterprise 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Smooth without too many major issues.
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Alternatives Considered

Microsoft BI

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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Splunk Enterprise

I wanted to learn a new language that I can quickly master and implement. Splunk is easy, fun to use and best of all, it can be developed in hours not days or weeks. Splunk is fundamentally a programming language that is minimal but yet powerful enough to collect, analyze and visualize data.
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Scalability

Microsoft BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Splunk Enterprise

Splunk Enterprise 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Splunk can scale in to the petabyte per day range which of course is awesome
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Return on Investment

Microsoft BI

  • Provided visibility at the Transactions level from a profitability standpoint
  • Sales reps are now using BI Dashboards to measure their success not just net sales
  • Company now measures customers from as well at a profitability standpoint
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Splunk Enterprise

  • I don't have any numbers to share but Splunk has positively served as a 24/7 monitoring tool that has saved hours of work by self-detecting, saving statistics and alerting problems in the system or from external interfaces as soon as they happen.
  • Splunk dashboards does a solid job in collecting, analyzing data and creating reports that contain an entire day's activity and then automatically sent out to the business.
  • Splunk is very easy to learn and very useful to any program or business application.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Splunk Enterprise

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Splunk Enterprise Editions & Modules

Splunk Enterprise
Additional Pricing Details

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