Microsoft Power BI vs. SQL Server Integration Services

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
SSIS
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a data integration solution.N/A
Pricing
Microsoft Power BISQL Server Integration Services
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Microsoft Power BISSIS
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Microsoft Power BISQL Server Integration Services
Considered Both Products
Microsoft Power BI
Chose Microsoft Power BI
Both do a good job from a presentation layer. I feel that PowerBI has better data modeling capabilities, and Tableau has a slight edge on the visualizations and end-user experience. Power BI is more attractive to most of our B2B clients, and Tableau is more attractive for B2C …
Chose Microsoft Power BI
The primary reason why we selected Power BI is cost. Most enterprises have some sort of Microsoft or SQL Server licensing in place. Adding Power BI and the Microsoft infrastructure is a low-cost barrier to an existing license. Most other products came at a much higher price …
Chose Microsoft Power BI
As mentioned earlier it is free of cost and easy to learn as it is part of the Microsoft suite product. It blends well with ETL package tools such as SSRS and SSIS. It is also easy to distribute the dashboard to users of Office 365. It is a a complete Microsoft product which …
Chose Microsoft Power BI

From a user perspective, Power BI appears to be more intuitive than Birst. You don't need a training class to learn or use Power BI.

Power BI Desktop is free, other vendors are charging for desktop licenses.

SSIS
Chose SQL Server Integration Services
I personally prefer SSIS. There are items that each do better than the others, but the ease of use of SSIS, along with its extensibility to 3rd party, ability to write any code required in the tool, and uses the same IDE for the MS BI suite (more of an issue if you're not a …
Chose SQL Server Integration Services
When looking to evaluate different options, we looked first to the experience and software we had in-house that would accomplish the job. When assessing alternatives outside we were looking for the tool that would offer the most flexibility.

SSIS provided the most robust set of …
Chose SQL Server Integration Services
SSIS and Denodo differ in their approaches to ETL and Data integrations. SSIS is more affordable from a cost and licensing perspective (if you have Microsoft licensing), but Denodo is no slouch. If you go with Denodo, you are not creating data, there are pros and cons to …
Chose SQL Server Integration Services
SAP Data Services is a very good tool and overall its easier to use than SSIS, but SAP is at a much higher price point than Microsoft. Microsoft can be a good fit for businesses of any size, but SAP tends to be a better fit for larger businesses.
Top Pros
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Features
Microsoft Power BISQL Server Integration Services
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
138 Ratings
14% below category average
SQL Server Integration Services
-
Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports6.4118 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable dashboards7.8138 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.2126 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
7.0
139 Ratings
14% below category average
SQL Server Integration Services
-
Ratings
Drill-down analysis7.1138 Ratings00 Ratings
Formatting capabilities6.3137 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages7.5102 Ratings00 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration6.9134 Ratings00 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
SQL Server Integration Services
-
Ratings
Publish to Web8.1128 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to PDF8.0121 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Versioning7.3101 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling8.7103 Ratings00 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers6.573 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
135 Ratings
8% below category average
SQL Server Integration Services
-
Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.4130 Ratings00 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.6121 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.2101 Ratings00 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
SQL Server Integration Services
-
Ratings
Multi-User Support (named login)8.1120 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model8.9102 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.5110 Ratings00 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.594 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
117 Ratings
1% below category average
SQL Server Integration Services
-
Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access8.0111 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Application7.493 Ratings00 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile7.5112 Ratings00 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
SQL Server Integration Services
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Ratings
REST API8.172 Ratings00 Ratings
Javascript API9.756 Ratings00 Ratings
iFrames8.055 Ratings00 Ratings
Java API8.046 Ratings00 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)8.263 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)8.444 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
-
Ratings
SQL Server Integration Services
7.5
53 Ratings
10% below category average
Connect to traditional data sources00 Ratings8.853 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL00 Ratings6.240 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
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Ratings
SQL Server Integration Services
8.1
53 Ratings
1% below category average
Simple transformations00 Ratings8.553 Ratings
Complex transformations00 Ratings7.752 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
-
Ratings
SQL Server Integration Services
7.4
51 Ratings
8% below category average
Data model creation00 Ratings8.627 Ratings
Metadata management00 Ratings7.133 Ratings
Business rules and workflow00 Ratings8.142 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings7.338 Ratings
Testing and debugging00 Ratings6.148 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Power BI
-
Ratings
SQL Server Integration Services
6.9
41 Ratings
19% below category average
Integration with data quality tools00 Ratings7.436 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools00 Ratings6.536 Ratings
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User Ratings
Microsoft Power BISQL Server Integration Services
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(140 ratings)
8.0
(53 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(56 ratings)
9.3
(8 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(52 ratings)
8.2
(7 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft Power BISQL Server Integration Services
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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Microsoft
Ideal for daily standard ETL use cases whether the data is sourced from / transferred to the native connectors (like SQL Server) or FTP. Best if the company uses MS suite of tools. There are better options in the market for chaining tasks where you want a custom flow of executions depending on the outcome of each process or if you want advanced functionality like API connections, etc.
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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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Microsoft
  • Ease of use - can be used with no prior experience in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Flexibility - provides multiple means of accomplishing tasks to be able to support virtually any scenario.
  • Performance - performs well with default configurations but allows the user to choose a multitude of options that can enhance performance.
  • Resilient - supports the configuration of error handling to prevent and identify breakages.
  • Complete suite of configurable tools.
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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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Microsoft
  • SSIS has been a bit neglected by Microsoft and new features are slow in coming.
  • When importing data from flat files and Excel workbooks, changes in the data structure will cause the extracts to fail. Workarounds do exist but are not easily implemented. If your source data structure does not change or rarely changes, this negative is relatively insignificant.
  • While add-on third-party SSIS tools exist, there are only a small number of vendors actively supporting SSIS and license fees for production server use can be significant especially in highly-scaled environments.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Microsoft
Some features should be revised or improved, some tools (using it with Visual Studio) of the toolbox should be less schematic and somewhat more flexible. Using for example, the CSV data import is still very old-fashioned and if the data format changes it requires a bit of manual labor to accept the new data structure
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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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Microsoft
SQL Server Integration Services is a relatively nice tool but is simply not the ETL for a global, large-scale organization. With developing requirements such as NoSQL data, cloud-based tools, and extraordinarily large databases, SSIS is no longer our tool of choice.
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Performance
Microsoft
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Microsoft
Raw performance is great. At times, depending on the machine you are using for development, the IDE can have issues. Deploying projects is very easy and the tool set they give you to monitor jobs out of the box is decent. If you do very much with it you will have to write into your projects performance tracking though.
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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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Microsoft
The support, when necessary, is excellent. But beyond that, it is very rarely necessary because the user community is so large, vibrant and knowledgable, a simple Google query or forum question can answer almost everything you want to know. You can also get prewritten script tasks with a variety of functionality that saves a lot of time.
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
The implementation may be different in each case, it is important to properly analyze all the existing infrastructure to understand the kind of work needed, the type of software used and the compatibility between these, the features that you want to exploit, to understand what is possible and which ones require integration with third-party tools
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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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Microsoft
I had nothing to do with the choice or install. I assume it was made because it's easy to integrate with our SQL Server environment and free. I'm not sure of any other enterprise level solution that would solve this problem, but I would likely have approached it with traditional scripting. Comparably free, but my own familiarity with trad scripts would be my final deciding factor. Perhaps with some further training on SSIS I would have a different answer.
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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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Microsoft
  • Data integrity across various products allows unify certain processes inside the organization and save funds by reducing human labour factor.
  • Automated data unification allows us plan our inputs better and reduce over-warehousing by overbuying
  • The employee number, responsible for data management was reduced from 4 to 1 person
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