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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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SAP Roambi

Getting Roambi up to speed in your company certainly is a quick win. After just a few days, several of our reports were mobilized, interactive and automatically updated. Building Roambi reports is not hard to do; the intuitive interface allows virtually any type of user to create his or her own reports.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Roambi
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
SAP Roambi
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Roambi
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Roambi

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Roambi
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP Roambi
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP Roambi
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP Roambi
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP Roambi

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Roambi
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
SAP Roambi
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
SAP Roambi
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Roambi
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Roambi
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
SAP Roambi

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP Roambi
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP Roambi
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Roambi
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
SAP Roambi

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

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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SAP Roambi

  • Report templates that are easy to learn, use, update and maintain.
  • Great looking reports that stay up-to-date with what Apple is producing. When Apple rolled out the new look and feel to their iOS7 release, Roambi created a brand new set of reports within two weeks to go along with the iOS7 changes.
  • Seamless integration with our existing BI environment, SAP Business Objects XI, 3.1. This drastically reduced the time from purchase to client-ready roll out from months to weeks.
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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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SAP Roambi

  • cardex type of presentation is already innovated in roambi in 2012, even iOS safari browser idea was created from this cardex style
  • blink view is only available for sap and ms sql
  • roambi publisher is very user-friendly and understandable for non technical person as well
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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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SAP Roambi

SAP Roambi 7.5
Based on 12 answers
I would definitely use Roambi again because of its ease-of-use, but its lack of customization ability makes it difficult to recommend to businesses as business needs are always changing. People are picky, and on the Roambi project, we were not able to fully live up to the customer's expectations, limited by Roambi's preset limitations.
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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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SAP Roambi

SAP Roambi 8.0
Based on 1 answer
VERY easy to use. Only limited by how the graphs and data is initially set up.
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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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SAP Roambi

We have compared Roambi against Business Objects, Reporting Services (on tablet) and Cubeware Cockpit. All those solutions lack in support of touch capabilities and responsiveness. Roambi "feels" just right. There is no training required and users love to explore the application. Compared to Roambi all other solutions feel very technical and hard to understand.
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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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SAP Roambi

  • Increased insights on customer success metrics (using a Layers report).
  • Higher motivation of employees, better communication towards employees, tighter bonds with the company - because of Roambi Flow. Periodic Flow magazines with analytic capabilities are sent out to the employees, as we value frequent and meaningful contact - both ways.
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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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

SAP Roambi

General

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

SAP Roambi Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$101
Business$391
Enterprise$591
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Roambi
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
SAP Roambi
7.5

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
9.0
SAP Roambi
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Power BI
SAP Roambi
10.0

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