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Microsoft Power BI

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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
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP Analytics Cloud

Well suited:
  1. Dashboarding in a visual way (forget tables)
  2. When sources are SAP and live connectivity is available SAC is perhaps the best option
  3. Can manage many users so the concurrence is really good.
  4. The business content library is dense. That means users can be more autonomous
Less aproppiate:
  1. When some dense reporting is needed through tables
  2. When the source is not SAP
Andreu Piqueras | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.4
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.7
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP Analytics Cloud

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.7

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
6.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.7

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP Analytics Cloud
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
SAP Analytics Cloud
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
SAP Analytics Cloud
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP Analytics Cloud
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP Analytics Cloud

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
Long-term financial planning
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.2
Financial budgeting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.4
Forecasting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
Scenario modeling
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.4
Management reporting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5

Consolidation and Close

Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.4
Financial data consolidation
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
Journal entries and reports
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.2
Multi-currency management
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.2
Intercompany Eliminations
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.4
Minority Ownership
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.0
Local and consolidated reporting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8
Detailed Audit Trails
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.3

Financial Reporting and Compliance

Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
Financial Statement Reporting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.6
Management Reporting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Excel-based Reporting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.2
Automated board and financial reporting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.5
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.5

Analytics

Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Personalized dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.7
Color-coded scorecards
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
KPIs
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.5
Cost and profitability analysis
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.1
Key Performance Indicator setting
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.3
Benchmarking with external data
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.8

Integration

Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.9
Flat file integration
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Excel data integration
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
7.3

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.
Rick Botha | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP Analytics Cloud

  • Visual reporting: it is, by far, the most good-looking and user-friendly SAP reporting tool.
  • Story-telling: it is very easy to create a story using our reports and answer the business questions.
  • Connectivity to SAP sources: if a company has its data on SAP sources, it is very convenient to use SAP Analytics Cloud as the reporting tool.
  • Roadmap looks good: if all the functionalities that are on Roadmap end up being implemented, I personally think SAP Analytics Cloud will be a strong competitor in the market.
Alex Gutierrez | TrustRadius Reviewer

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).
Steffany Winkelmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP Analytics Cloud

  • There are faults in the reading of the entered data. The design of the toolbar tends to be confusing, its use is not recommended for people who do not have knowledge in the area as its learning curve is steep. It is a bit much to set up when dealing with integration points.. I found it not very intuitive and hard to learn its quirky ways. Stellar for the price as well.
  • It is slow and the interface feels like lagging. Less deployment time and headache to maintain.
  • Tough with SAP Analytics Cloud we can expect more connectivity options in the near future, nowadays, other companies give a much better solution to this problem. Moreover, and despite the fact that SAP offers a wider range of measurements and calculations, when it comes to data modeling options SAP cannot give you as many as others will.
  • Despite the evolution of the tool, it came across with some problem with the integration with other databases that not are HANA, like Oracle it has to be a certain version of Oracle, a bunch of sap notes and a lot of patches for the server. Also in places where the connection is not a high-speed internet connection you cannot obtain full capabilities of the tool. The price by user I think is not fair for a web-based application.
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

SAP Analytics Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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
Rohit Acharya | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP Analytics Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SAC support allows you to ensure that your company has the specialized support during and after implementation, which means that your company will not stop its operations due to the operation of the system, since, in case of doubts or problems with the system , the team of experts will solve them in the shortest possible time.
Continuous support is very important, since it allows to obtain the maximum performance of the solution and to obtain a balance between the functionality, the performance of the tool and an efficient support service.
SAP has a specialized team dedicated exclusively to providing advice to support staff and end users, solving technical and operational problems and providing support in the additional requirements is an added value for your business that gives way to continuous improvement and maximum use of the system.
Enrique Espindola Barajas | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Gabriel Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud is simple to use and you can access it using even a mobile device. On top of that its affordable and comes in two differentiated enterprise plans that are geared to helping the organization attain its goals. SAP Analytics Cloud is also popular in the market and it has a strong user community that helps new users in learning how to use the software.SAP Analytics Cloud is also versatile and serves in a number of areas in the company from customer service, sales, marketing, operations, and analytics. This means with its versatility it means that it contributes to the success of the company in quite a number of ways and therefore prove to be the ultimate solution.
Richard Gichangi | 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

SAP Analytics Cloud

  • Multiple SAP sources can be connected into one software.
  • No lag time with data or analytics. Crucial for our real estate market which is always changing.
  • The only negative ROI would be the training and steep learning curve we had to invest in this.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Analytics Cloud

General

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

SAP Analytics Cloud Editions & Modules

Edition
Business$211
EnterpriseCustom2
  1. per user, per seat
  2. Unlimited users
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP Analytics Cloud
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
SAP Analytics Cloud

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
9.0
SAP Analytics Cloud

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI
SAP Analytics Cloud
9.0

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