Microsoft BI benefits from the ubiquity of SQL server, and the set of tools built around the database, including an ETL layer, master data management, data cleansing, and reporting. This combination of tools is an attractive proposition—particularly given the relatively low price point. Visualization and data discovery are now provided by Power BI, which provides data preparation, data discovery and interactive dashboards as a standalone web-based tool. Power BI is a relatively inexpensive tool and has seen rapid uptake by the Microsoft BI user base. However, this product has been designed to compete head-to-head with Tableau and Qlik.
Microsoft BI is Top Rated in the enterprise segment. Note: Microsoft BI, and not Power BI, determines position on the TrustMaps. Once we have enough reviews of Power BI, we will add it to the TrustMaps as a separate product.
|Employees:||112,000+ (entire company)|
|Most compared to:||QlikView; Tableau Server; SAP Business Objects|
|Best fit for:||Microsoft BI is a good choice for large Microsoft shops, already using SQL Server across the organization. Power BI is a strong data discovery and visualization tool at a competitive price.|
|Microsoft BI Pros||Microsoft BI Cons|
||Ease of use
|Azure cloud options