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Microsoft Power BI

277 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Well suited:- The best scenario to use Power BI is if your organization already has an agreement with Microsoft and you can get it for super cheap or even for free;- Another good scenario is to make your organization more data-driven since it is usually very user-friendly. Or, if your organization is extremely focused on Excel and you want them to improve their data visualization skills.Less appropriate:- You might want to look somewhere else if you have a lot of datasets coming from several different systems (Oracle, SAP, Nielsen, Neogrid, etc) and you want to integrate them under the same umbrella;- If you have a team of analysts/consultants experienced in analytics you might want to use another tool since Power BI does not integrate well with other analytics tools.

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
9.2
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
7.8

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
7.6
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
6.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Pros

  • Quick and easy dashboard deployment
  • Easy integration to existing system (both API and raw data imports were used)
  • Mobile platform (tablets) support

Cons

  • Technology is always evolving, you cannot get the final product in one go. Need constant review to meet the unique & changing business requirements.
  • Need to focus on similar applications of competitors, and try to embed features, which are more robust and advanced.
  • Need more Data Visualization (Statistical & Built-in graphs) with various categories to pick and choose from. So that even the average user can also use the too.

Likelihood to Renew

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

Usability

Microsoft Power BI8.7
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

Alternatives Considered

Cheaper than Tableau but at the cost of certain functionality. However, PowerBI has an active developer forum and releases updates every month.

Collaboration and Sharing

Microsoft Power BI8.4
Based on 39 answers
Able to create workspaces with specific accessibility to a set of users. A report can be shared and control capabilities can be distributed pretty easily.

Data Integration

Microsoft Power BI8.6
Based on 38 answers
Salesforce, MailChimp, SAP BW, SAP HANA, MySQL, SQL Server, Teradata, Oracle, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Dynamics 365, among others that add more than 60 sources.

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.

Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

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