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Power BI For Office 365

If you're already using Office 365, Power BI for O365 is an easy choice. Start playing around with the free version and then easily add individual Pro licenses with little risk. However, if you anticipate using this with many users, it can get expensive quickly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Power BI For Office 365
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Power BI For Office 365
7.6
Drill-down analysis
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Formatting capabilities
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Power BI For Office 365
7.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Power BI For Office 365
7.0
Publish to Web
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Publish to PDF
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Report Versioning
Power BI For Office 365
6.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Predictive Analytics
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Access Control and Security

Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Power BI For Office 365
7.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Power BI For Office 365
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Power BI For Office 365
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Power BI For Office 365
6.0
REST API
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

Pros

  • Easy to make visual dashboards from SQL queries. Previously we had to use a third party application that had to run on a web server that was so complex to setup and run. PowerBI removes all that.
  • Ability to control who/which group has access to each dashboard or report. Ties in well with the rest of the Office 365 ecosystem.
  • Has many connectors to allow pulling data from various systems, both onsite (via gateway) or external (via APIs), and join the data to create a report/dashboard.
  • Ability to show data but also export the data, if permitted.
  • Easy to show PowerBI dashboards on SharePoint or on other websites via embedded code.
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Cons

  • I'd like to be able to use visuals based on different data sets in the same page.
  • The visuals are limited - I'd like to see a ribbon plot for example.
  • Would like to be able to use different data representations on the same visual. There's currently an ability to put lines on histograms but no ability to, for example, add points to a histogram or line plot. I understand some of these may be in development but you will never be able to create visuals for each possible combination. You need a way of combining two visuals into one - e.g. line and points.
  • DAX is very powerful but a bit complicated for some users. I think you need to make some of the functionality that's available in DAX exposed at the UI level.
  • The R visual gives the flexibility to plot a lot of stuff but it is limited by only being able to plot what's passed in the dataset.
  • You need a text entry box that you can filter datasets by.
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Likelihood to Renew

Power BI For Office 3659.2
Based on 4 answers
I will continue to recommend this suite to folks looking for a reporting and analytics solution, as I find in MOST cases, it's great at meeting almost every requirement I've been given by a multitude of clients across a range of industries. I've built Capacity Planning solutions that allowed end user input which was then submitted to SharePoint, Executive Dashboards, custom applications, simple analytical tools for teams to easily slice and dice data, and super simple reports as well as some very complicated ones. If you haven't seen the demos online, do a search, and see for yourself - this is a great BI suite! (I do not work for Microsoft, although I do consult out there from time to time. I do occasionally make a recommendation for a different BI reporting tool, but in general, find Excel can accomplish quite a bit for less money and in less time.)
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Alternatives Considered

Tableau Desktop is a more mature product with more features but the price is what has stopped me going down this path.
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Return on Investment

  • It's allowed us to better visualize large amounts of data.
  • It's an easy way to tie into an existing SQL database for users that don't know SQL.
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Pricing Details

Power BI For Office 365

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