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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great for reporting of any type. The dashboards I create for my executive team are crisp and easy to understand. I often get complements on it, and suggestions on what other reports or data could benefit from Power BI. Power BI is still dependent on data sources, so if my data source connections break, then the report is no good. This isn't something that you can create and forget. It needs eyes on it to ensure the data is correct
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Phocas Business Intelligence

Phocas Business Intelligence is great for drilling down into data, getting very specific information, and viewing dashboards, but Phocas is not great for creating charts and graphs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.6
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.1
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
6.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Phocas Business Intelligence
5.2
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Phocas Business Intelligence
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
6.4
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Phocas Business Intelligence
5.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Phocas Business Intelligence
3.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Phocas Business Intelligence

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
4.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
5.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Phocas Business Intelligence
4.5
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Phocas Business Intelligence
4.5

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.1
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Phocas Business Intelligence

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Phocas Business Intelligence
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Phocas Business Intelligence

Pros

Microsoft Power BI

  • Engaging dashboard displays with drag and drop modules to convey data in a meaningful ways.
  • Familiar Microsoft "Ribbon" type interface that creates an integral feel with the rest of the Microsoft suite of products.
  • Built-in mobile optimization window and associated Mobile applications that allow viewing from any location connected to the server.
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Phocas Business Intelligence

  • Detailed tracking of sales numbers
  • Timely updates - data refreshed every day
  • Ability to work with our ERP system and extract data
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Cons

Microsoft Power BI

  • It is such a powerful system that it can come across as intimidating for some without some Excel knowledge
  • I'm not a database analyst or administrator, so calling the data in can be difficult (not necessary the fault of the software, but something that could be difficult for teams without someone with database knowledge)
  • It can come across as confusing, when there is both a local Power BI and online Power BI components. They don't necessarily do the same functions. You'll definitely want to know how to use the online version as this is how you'll publish and share the results of your findings, but the local one has a lot of capabilities that don't appear to be directly available in the online version (and if so, it's not immediately apparent).
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Phocas Business Intelligence

  • Phocas needs to make it easier to connect to different types of databases.
  • The data in Phocas needs to be updated faster in some cases.
  • It needs to provide functions to create better charts and graphs.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Phocas Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 9.0
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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Phocas Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI as I said earlier is unfortunate in relation to the panels but compared to Tableau.Although Microsoft Power BI has a general interface easier to understand in my company because we already have a signature with the package Office 365 that the integration of the same is excellent.
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Phocas Business Intelligence

Phocas is easy to use for end users and can be used on desktops, laptops, and phones.
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Return on Investment

Microsoft Power BI

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
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Phocas Business Intelligence

No answers on this topic

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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

Phocas Business Intelligence

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Phocas Business Intelligence

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