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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is well suited for flat file databases, although the pivot column feature can help other types. Particularly great where visualizations can provide better insights than data tables so great for deep insights into trend evolution. Can be challenging to build profit & loss statements with subtotals and percentages based on sales as one single neat statement.
Jay Mistry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Phocas Business Intelligence

If you would like your data in one place with easy access, this is the software for you. You can have data from multiple systems and bring it into one view so that you have a quick and easily visible dashboard for the data you wish to see.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Phocas Business Intelligence
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.4
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.3
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
10.0
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.9
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.9
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
Phocas Business Intelligence

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.9

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Phocas Business Intelligence

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Phocas Business Intelligence
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
8.1
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
8.1
Phocas Business Intelligence
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Phocas Business Intelligence
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Phocas Business Intelligence

Pros

Microsoft Power BI

  • Reporting, reporting, reporting. Power BI is great for reporting. I can create a number of different charts, views, and dashboards for a number of different audiences. It's very helpful for executives to see the big picture, but dynamic enough to take the same data sources and create detailed reports on very specific elements.
  • Power BI is easy to use. We went from manual data entry and report creation in Excel to Power BI. There was a learning curve, but I was able to find enough training online to get started.
  • Automating the report creation is wonderful. It takes all the manual work out of my old daily processes. My supervisors and bosses have been impressed too. They think it's magic, which makes me look good.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

Phocas Business Intelligence

  • Custom reports are simple to create.
  • The ability to manage users and their dashboards is solid.
  • Easy to navigate web interface makes the software accessible from anywhere.
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft Power BI

  • Initial creation of reports, even from processed data sets is not simple.
  • The on-premises reporting (crucial for a defense industry company) is extremely expensive, as it is only included in the Power BI Premium package.
  • User training is usually required to ensure that full functionality of the dashboards and their built in features are utilized.
Rick Botha | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Phocas Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.0
Based on 10 answers
The languages within Power BI can be quite the learning curve, but the actual dashboard functionality is a breeze. The most difficult aspect for me has been learning different languages to get the most out of Power BI (DAX, M). But the ease of creating great looking and interactive dashboards has been outstanding.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Phocas Business Intelligence

Phocas Business Intelligence 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a very user-friendly product and is easy to understand. You can get your data from just a quick click and the dashboard loads. You can take the data and drill down easy to find what you are looking for.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.0
Based on 7 answers
[Microsoft] Power BI support is pretty generic, and it does take time to reach a right resource. Very often their solutions are KB articles not really relevant to my problem. This an area for improvement. I always try to research my issue on PBI message boards/user community sites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Phocas Business Intelligence

Phocas Business Intelligence 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Support is responsive. You log a call and they will respond quickly and resolve your issues. We have only had great experiences with the support team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Power BI

I am not a data analyst, but as a user, I prefer the UI of Power BI compared to Periscope Data. Periscope Data has some really great functionality and can build some really useful reports, but Power BI seems to have more useful visuals and is easier for non-database admins/non-data analysts to generate some interesting, basic reports that help them in their role. I've also found courses to help you learn how to use Power BI, from the simple functions up to more complex processes (and get a certification for it) for which I was unable to find for Periscope Data.
Steffany Winkelmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Phocas Business Intelligence

Phocas is easy to use for end users and can be used on desktops, laptops, and phones.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Phocas Business Intelligence

  • It has given our business a view on data
  • We can access it from anywhere
  • You can have multiple dashboards for different information
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Microsoft Power BI

Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$9.991
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Phocas Business Intelligence

General

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

Phocas Business Intelligence Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
Phocas has built its business model on exceeding customer expectations. We’ve operated on a subscription basis from the start and in the words of Phocas Group chairman and co-founder Paul Magee: ‘That puts the onus on us to perform’. And we like that. In fact, our whole company ecosystem is built around that ‘light bulb moment’ when customers achieve a breakthrough by seeing their business through fresh eyes.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.0

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.0

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