Microsoft Power BI vs. SAP Crystal

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Microsoft Power BI
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Power BI is a visualization and data discovery tool from Microsoft. It allows users to convert data into visuals and graphics, visually explore and analyze data, collaborate on interactive dashboards and reports, and scale across their organization with built-in governance and security.
$10
per month per user
SAP Crystal
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
SAP Crystal is an analytics and reporting software solution for SMBs. SAP Crystal comprises Crystal Reports for pixel-perfect reporting, and SAP Crystal Server for automated distribution and self-service access to reports, dashboards and data exploration.
$295
per single user license
Pricing
Microsoft Power BISAP Crystal
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Upgrade Version to SAP Crystal Reports 2020
$295
per single user license
SAP Crystal Reports 2020 64-Bit
$495
per single user license
SAP Crystal Reports 2016 32-Bit
$495
per single user license
SAP Crystal Server 2020 1 NUL
$869
per user license + first year maintenance to be added
SAP Crystal Server 2020 5 CAL
$8,744
5 concurrent users + first year maintenance to be added
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Microsoft Power BISAP Crystal
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details* SAP Crystal Reports 2020 Viewer allows you to view static data within a SAP Crystal Reports file. * SAP Crystal Reports 2020 - Full version allows you to create powerful, richly formatted, and dynamic reports from virtually any data source, delivered in dozens of formats, in up to 28 languages. If you already have an older version of Crystal Reports, buy a license for SAP Crystal Reports 2020 - Upgrade at a discounted, upgrade price. * SAP Crystal Server 2020, 1 NUL includes 1 license of: SAP Crystal Reports 2020 - SAP Crystal Server 2020. * As an add-on to SAP Crystal Server 2020 1 NUL, SAP Crystal Server 2020 5 CAL allows you to support a wider, intermittent audience of end users, up to five logged on at the same time.
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Community Pulse
Microsoft Power BISAP Crystal
Considered Both Products
Microsoft Power BI
Chose Microsoft Power BI
I have worked with Crystal Reports, and while Power BI has many strengths over Crystal, Crystal is still the gold standard and my fall back application when I need certain functionality in our environment. This may be a temporary issue as Microsoft has shown committment to …
Chose Microsoft Power BI
Microsoft's Power BI is what Excel graphing and pivoting should have been like. Power BI has much better ways to look at your data visually than you can with Excel's own tools. You can select from many built-in graph types or you can use the growing number of add-ons to get …
SAP Crystal
Chose SAP Crystal
For standard pixel perfect reporting, our company still uses Crystal Reports. It allows us to continually provide standard reporting to our clients. For dashboards, we are moving towards Microsoft Power BI. Power BI allows similar collaboration, but generally has better …
Chose SAP Crystal
SAP Crystal reports are generally in more formatted way where you can design header according to your requirements and data will be fetched from the data source accordingly. According to my analysis this is the only thing when required i'll be happy to use SAP Crystal report …
Chose SAP Crystal
Qlik is better in terms of reading data from different sources but it doesn’t have the auto doc ability like SAP Crystal Tableau. It is a decent visualization tool but doesn’t have the same ability in terms of rendering output reports into a suitable format. Plus the cost of Tab…
Chose SAP Crystal
For automating documents and reports, I personally believe there is no better solution. However, for the sheer fact, it can't compare/combine two sources, I'd recommend pairing it with another BI tool. For example, Qlik, whereby you can create dashboards and compare multiple …
Chose SAP Crystal
PowerBI is starting to replace Crystal Reports. PowerBI is a Microsoft tool. It also brings different types of data in to the same report. PowerBi allows for more data types than Crystal does. Crystal Reports allows you to create formulas easier than PowerBI does. I am very …
Chose SAP Crystal
More visualization options than PowerBI has, we are using PowerBI as well as it works better for non-relational big data sources. Less complex than SSRS and more flexible at the same time. Native support for SAP HANA databases makes SAP Crystal the best choice for this cases. …
Chose SAP Crystal
SAP has a very sophisticated environment. It is very good to provide interaction in between different teams. I work in communications and to interact with air traffic control there is a good amount of interaction when using SAP. What I feel is that if you have an SAP database, …
Chose SAP Crystal
Due to its bigger brand and excellent user support, it is better than many competitors. If you have huge organization support, then operating it will make your reporting system much better. Otherwise, you might need better employee support for operating it. Otherwise, the whole …
Chose SAP Crystal
Other than Crystal Reports the only other reporting software I have used is SSRS Report Builder. While it is very possible to do anything in SSRS Report Builder, Crystal Reports just feels like a more mature product, with more obvious features for complex report building. On …
Chose SAP Crystal
As already stated, some businesses may find SAP Crystal Reports too expensive. While there are cheaper alternatives, it will all depend on your business' specific needs which product to choose. Another factor to consider is, what is the product, the majority of your clients is …
Chose SAP Crystal
SAP Crystal Server was chosen because of the scheduled reports capabilities that it had and because we were happier with the end look of the reports. We found the reports that are obtained with SAP Crystal Server easier to interpret than some what some of the other BI programs …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Microsoft Power BISAP Crystal
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
7.0
138 Ratings
15% below category average
SAP Crystal
9.3
122 Ratings
13% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports6.3118 Ratings8.0111 Ratings
Customizable dashboards7.7138 Ratings10.097 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.1126 Ratings10.0115 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
6.9
139 Ratings
16% below category average
SAP Crystal
9.6
134 Ratings
17% above category average
Drill-down analysis6.9138 Ratings10.0115 Ratings
Formatting capabilities6.2137 Ratings10.0133 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages7.6102 Ratings8.663 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration6.9134 Ratings10.0118 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
133 Ratings
8% below category average
SAP Crystal
9.4
134 Ratings
12% above category average
Publish to Web8.0128 Ratings9.289 Ratings
Publish to PDF7.9121 Ratings10.0131 Ratings
Report Versioning7.3101 Ratings9.093 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling8.7103 Ratings9.096 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers6.473 Ratings10.052 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
7.3
135 Ratings
10% below category average
SAP Crystal
8.0
88 Ratings
0% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.3130 Ratings7.651 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.4121 Ratings8.575 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.1101 Ratings7.841 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
126 Ratings
4% below category average
SAP Crystal
8.6
86 Ratings
1% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)8.0120 Ratings7.879 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.9102 Ratings7.778 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.6110 Ratings8.478 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control7.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.594 Ratings9.038 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
117 Ratings
0% below category average
SAP Crystal
8.4
62 Ratings
6% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access8.0111 Ratings8.760 Ratings
Mobile Application7.593 Ratings7.643 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile7.5112 Ratings9.057 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
80 Ratings
6% above category average
SAP Crystal
7.0
43 Ratings
12% below category average
REST API8.172 Ratings7.48 Ratings
Javascript API9.856 Ratings6.035 Ratings
iFrames8.055 Ratings7.18 Ratings
Java API8.046 Ratings6.035 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)8.163 Ratings8.337 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)8.444 Ratings7.031 Ratings
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User Ratings
Microsoft Power BISAP Crystal
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(140 ratings)
10.0
(156 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(19 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(56 ratings)
9.4
(28 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.6
(52 ratings)
8.6
(21 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(14 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft Power BISAP Crystal
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
In operations we use the tool for many different topics, from factory quality systems to high level reviews. We have created kind of an internal "App Store" based on Power BI where you have a lot of different dashboards for different solutions (cost, cash, health and safety, sales, factories, distribution centers...) and you as an user just need to get in that "App Store" and enter in whatever tool can be useful for you. It is open to all the operations employees and can use on demand. Also it has raised the imagination of our colleagues, as they are not only working by themselves creating new reports, but also raising fantastic ideas that can be extended for the usage of all the community.
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SAP
Generation of templated reports is the strong suit of SAP Crystal. Allows users to change formats in templates bases on requirement with minimal effort. Automated report delivery requires the user to be aware of sql which cannot be expected from all users. Should support more document export formats and improve the UI for SAP B1 Users
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Quickly filter and view granular data sets with easily configurable reporting figures.
  • The ability to quickly switch between tabs allows for historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
  • It's helpful to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small.
  • Achieve actionable insights faster by using real-time data. It's incredible to have online access to reports.
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SAP
  • Crystal Reports allows us to create a consistent template for all of our reports.
  • Crystal Reports and Server allows us to house a repository for all of our reports to make them easy to find and update when necessary.
  • Crystal Reports can connect to a wide variety of data sources.
  • Crystal Reports can be a little daunting when first implementing. There are a lot of nuances in learning how to truly master this software and it can be frustrating at times.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
  • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
  • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
  • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
  • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
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SAP
  • The export of reports to Excel is very cumbersome and the results are difficult to format.
  • The design of reports and the graphical features (e.g. charts) feel quite rigid.
  • The learning curve for a non-programmer is incredibly steep, making Crystal a specialty tool.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
I find it helpful and easy to use
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SAP
We have been using this product for so many years and it has truly become a cornerstone to our business processes when it comes to developing and distributing information via reports. We currently have over 500 reports developed to date over about 30 systems and that will continue to grow as user needs change.
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Usability
Microsoft
At this point, I think we all know who has taken the lead in the business intelligence and analytics market worldwide. With fresh new updates every other day on top of an already robustly built product with all features that one can dream of is a no brainer, I feel. Microsoft will invariably be synonymous with quality and professionalism.
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SAP
Crystal is very robust, but not always easy to use. It create wonderful looking reports, and so deserves a high rating. However, I have to take a couple of points off for the simple fact that I cannot hand it to a user and expect them to be able to do development with it.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
I can't really speak to the support overall, [but] I will say that in the almost three years I have used the system, I have only needed to contact their support team once. I think the team was helpful, but it did take some time for us to resolve the issues/ request that they had. I guess the good news is that the system is pretty stable, and I personally have rarely needed to contact their technical support team.
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SAP
The support community can be difficult to navigate. I've also run into issues with my login. The SAP system has a bizarre mechanism for validating users that requires users to have what is called an S-ID. A basic ID may not give you access to all the features in the portal. The limitation may include not being able to perform a simple task like downloading patches and updates. This isn't a big deal for single user license but for teams it can be a pain.
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In-Person Training
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
SAP
Trainer was patient and thorough in going through the basics and willing to answer questions by email after the initial training
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
SAP
Just like any other implementation: When designing the differing reports, get end users' input, make sure to design the reports so that they display the information that the company requires, in the best and clearest way possible.
Test, test, test, revise when needed, and, particularly, do sufficient training so users are comfortable using Crystal Reports!
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
[Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
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SAP
Crystal reports is useful in case we want to import data from data base . We can write queries in it but Google Charts require to be implemented in our application using code so crystal reports is better than Google Charts.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • It helps us track and achieve company goals.
  • It shows us [our] performance in areas we could not previously track and allows us to see and work on how to improve their performance.
  • Quick easy access for executives to use in helping teams and addressing issues.
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SAP
  • It is a decent buy for specific departments in terms of reporting capabilities but updates and cost (frequent) demands are higher with the benefits offered.
  • So long as the requirements are not ever changing, with scheduling functionality, it's a handsome tool.
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ScreenShots

Microsoft Power BI Screenshots

Screenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Turns insights into impact for business usersScreenshot of Power BI integrates easily with Microsoft 365Screenshot of Microsoft Power BI - AI-Powered CapabilitiesScreenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Copilot can be used to create reportsScreenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Data HubScreenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Scales as organizational needs grow

SAP Crystal Screenshots

Screenshot of Pixel-perfect reporting solutionScreenshot of Refresh with a clickScreenshot of Build pixel-perfect documentsScreenshot of Connect to all data sourcesScreenshot of Use drag and dropScreenshot of Build interactive reports