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Microsoft Power BI

Top Rated
318 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

Top Rated
318 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great at dynamically reflecting real time data. It has wonderful views of data and can narrate a story that is powerful and impressive. Decisions can be made on the overall visuals shown. BI can show you where your sales are picking up while showing you areas to focus on. The quality of your BI dashboard tremendously improves with the overall quality of your incoming data. BI has great capability to share results across the organization in a secure and safe way in almost any computer platform. Mobile phones welcome too!
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
7.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
7.2
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
6.9

Pros

  • Price: The biggest advantage of Power BI is its price. All other data visualization tools can cost thousands of dollars per year, but Power BI would cost way less than $100/month. Most companies have Power BI in their agreement with Microsoft, so it might be even free for most of you.
  • It's a Microsoft tool: Well, all of us are used to Microsoft Excel, right? So, the learning curve to use Power BI is not steep since we are all used to how Microsoft organizes their software, especially compared to other tools such as Tableau.
  • Powerful cloud: Running a lot of data can be an expensive task for many computers. Since Power BI is cloud-based, all the processing power is done on powerful servers, so you can run complicated graphs and tool will handle super well and fast!
  • Add-ins: Power BI has a good stand library of standard features. However, if you need more advanced graphs, such as heat maps, correlation charts, and Sankey charts, they are all available for free.
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Cons

  • Connectivity with non-Microsoft tools: Power BI is great to integrate with other MS tools, but if you want to connect it with statistical or machine learning tools (R, Python, Mathlab, JMP, etc.) you might get in trouble. Tableau, for example, has an easy integration with R and Python.
  • Not all features are available in the online version: If you want to use more advanced features, you will probably need to download the desktop version of Power BI.
  • No desktop version for Mac: So, I use a Mac and I needed to use some extra features on Power BI. When I tried to download the more complete desktop version, I realized that there's no desktop version of Power BI for Mac! I had to borrow a PC from a colleague to run the analysis I wanted.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

Microsoft Power BI8.8
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
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Alternatives Considered

Power BI, Tableau, and QlikView are the market leaders when analyzed on Gartner`s magic quadrant for business intelligence tool. One of the critical drawbacks of all these visionary tools is the absence or expensive back end that are needed to support the infrastructure. Incremental data load is absent which is a critical requirement these days. PBI also lacks data level security and user group management compared to others. The learning curve in PBI is the least (because of excel and Powerpivot and exception of DAX) compared to other tools. PBI cannot be used for high data processing when compared to tools like Birst which has a robust backend to support the load.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Microsoft Power BI8.3
Based on 46 answers
App Model has matured a lot in recent months and we're very excited about it. Person-to-person sharing is also quite capable. Would like to see dataset consumption sharing without having to make "copies" of datasets in the future though.
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Data Integration

Microsoft Power BI8.4
Based on 45 answers
It is seamless. For me, I connect Power BI the HALO. And you can switch from the production environment to testing environment fairly quickly. Sometimes the live connects can slow down HALO, but that is HALO's fault (their cubes aren't broken down and separated out properly). Once the HALO team goes in and isolates the HALO cube better, then Power BI resumes its magic without any more connectivity issues.
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Return on Investment

  • It's a good start for setting up customized dashboards.
  • Available for all users based on Office 365 platform we have in place.
  • Doesn't really allow depth of report - specifically customization of visual displays.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

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