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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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.
Jeremiah Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Power BI For Office 365
8.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Customizable dashboards
Power BI For Office 365
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Power BI For Office 365
9.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Power BI For Office 365
8.9
Drill-down analysis
Power BI For Office 365
8.1
Formatting capabilities
Power BI For Office 365
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Power BI For Office 365
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Power BI For Office 365
9.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Publish to Web
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Publish to PDF
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Report Versioning
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Power BI For Office 365
8.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Power BI For Office 365
9.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Predictive Analytics
Power BI For Office 365
8.4

Access Control and Security

Power BI For Office 365
9.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Power BI For Office 365
9.7
Role-Based Security Model
Power BI For Office 365
9.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Power BI For Office 365
9.7

Mobile Capabilities

Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
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
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Power BI For Office 365
8.3
REST API
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
Javascript API
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Power BI For Office 365
9.0

Pros

Power BI For Office 365

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Power BI For Office 365

  • Licensing: Currently, Microsoft has a fixed pricing model for Office 365 users, regardless of role/function of the user. Most organizations have a small number of "power users" that create usable content and many more "consumers" that simply view/run reports created by power users. Microsoft does not differentiate between these users, and thus the pricing limits organizations from large deployments of the software.
  • Version incompatibility: Excel 2010 and 2013 workbooks are compatible with each other. However, workbooks created in 2010 that include PowerPivot databases must be upgraded to 2013 format to run in 2013. Subsequently, you cannot open these upgraded PowerPivot workbooks in 2010. This requires ALL users to be on the same version.
  • Visualization: Excel charting with PowerPivot workbooks is adequate for many users. Power View also contains a number of GREAT visualizations, including animated bubble charts and a very flexible dashboard/report design canvas. However, compared to some of the other self-service BI solutions, it is still limited in its visualization capabilities.
Ken Raetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Power BI For Office 365

Power BI For Office 365 9.2
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.)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Power BI For Office 365

Oracle was nice, super expensive to implement if it's not in use already. JobDiva is choppy and heavy on the system while does not give great reports. Salesforce is good; remote access is good however their support is terrible
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Power BI For Office 365

  • As a Microsoft Partner implementing Business Intelligence solutions, Power BI has removed the barrier for our clients to begin the "BI journey". So often, projects get hung up in that early phase of procuring and installing/configuring expensive hardware and software. Just simply getting started and designing a beginning solution has allowed our clients to see results in 1-2 weeks using their data that might have taken months to achieve otherwise.
  • One significant ROI example is process improvement. In many cases, individuals or teams are spending days each month gathering data from multiple sources for reporting to their constituents. We are reducing these times to minutes by automating many of the data collection and integration processes that were previously manual.
Ken Raetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Power BI For Office 365

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Power BI For Office 365
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Power BI For Office 365
9.2

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