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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Using Microsoft Power BI is the best way to analyze data at a very reasonable cost. [Microsoft] Power BI desktop started as a simple tool for data extraction and basic visualization. As a powerful business intelligence solution, they quickly scaled the device to thousands of users within a company. Depending on how the business is measured, finance or CSM teams can gain a lot of insight. Using it as a user allows us to save time and focus on other tasks. The dashboard looks like a renaissance painting because of all the beautiful charts and figures that are available. Importing data and relating them is straightforward.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

If you are a technology company that is reliant of accessible data then this is the platform for you. We work with over 10,000 clients with an average of a couple hundred data point per client on any given day. If your volume of reporting and metrics is not at that level yet, it may not be as useful (or, rather, may overload you with information that distracts from your specifics). The use of charts and vanity metrics, however, is incredibly useful for everyone from sales to marketing and everything in between. It helps make data actionable
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.0
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.6
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.7
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.1
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.6
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.5
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.9
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
8.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.6
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
7.8

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

Pros

Microsoft Power BI

  • Using features like Power Query, which is in itself like a tool like Excel, you can clean and preview data before using it for analysis purposes. If you have used Excel in the past, Power Query will, for the most part, be a cakewalk for you.
  • The predominant feature one comes to Power BI is the ability to create automated formidable dashboards that everyone refers to before or during meetings to encourage and substantiate decision-making.
  • If required, based on specific data points, reports are triggered automatically to certain people as well.
Tanish Pruthi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

  • Rapid deployment of polished T-SQL-based data visualization charts and dashboards. Periscope supports a variety of database technologies, and allows users to write custom queries to display data.
  • Included caching to reduce server load.
  • Outstanding customer service/support, with expert advice as needed.
  • Constant updates and new features.
  • Built-in SQL formatters take the pain out of manipulating date/time objects.
Brian Kichler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft Power BI

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

  • Some of the dashboards can be slow to load; especially when they have lots of features and widgets.
  • The software could be made a little easier for people that don't have a data or programming background.
  • It is pricey so not a great option for small companies or research/home projects.
Adam Montgomery | 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

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.5
Based on 58 answers
As a company and as an organization, we are very pleased with the system and tool as a whole. In total I believe we have about 50 or so users across multiple departments (1/10 of our organization size). Because of the variety of use cases that the system can support across different team[s], it has become a very powerful tool as part of our arsenal. As a CSM here, I am using the tool almost daily for deeper and further insights and analysis on my customer portfolio.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It could be used easily by business users once they understand basic SQL and the dataset; they could perform customized query according to their needs, without having to ask analysts repeatedly to provide them. The support team is quite responsive, and they could also help directly to make your erroneous dashboard run smoothly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 8.5
Based on 54 answers
Microsoft's support is great most times, they will respond fast and make everything to come to a solution. Also, the software is very well documented, so many times there is no need to contact the support because the documentation may have a solution right away
Nadyan Pscheidt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Power BI

[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 .
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

Periscope is by far the best we looked at - I was evaluating as a user, not the primary decision maker, and user interface and ease of use was the primary factor in my decision. It is very easy to navigate and manipulate, and has an overall very polished view
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft Power BI

  • 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.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

  • Positive Impact: Before Periscope Data was available to my department, I had to search through the Que in Smile Check for the cases that were low hanging fruit. Now Periscope pulls that data and that data only from those Ques and I am able to use the filters for better accuracy.
Marisa Henegar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI Pro$9.991
Power BI Premium$20.001
Power BI Premium$4,995.002
  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per Capacity/Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

General

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

Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)
9.0

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Sisense for Cloud Data Teams (formerly Periscope Data)

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