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MIcorosft BI - Gather, share and take action on your dataMicrosoft BI is a great tool to allow for the visualization and communication of data to my whole team. Microsoft BI is being used in conjunction with many operational KPI's to better drive action and responses to improve or address issues that arise. The main problem solved by BI is the ability to gather and bring together information from multiple sources and unify this data.,Bringing data together from multiple sources Allows for graphical representation of data to improve communication up and down the management chain. Tracking of data for use in the future,Could be more user friendly Improve the learning curve for new users Allow for better integration with mobile app.,4,SAP Access Control,8,6,Microsoft 365 BusinessPower BI will put an S on your chestIt is currently being used at a program level by project controls to provide project performance data to the project team. Engagement with Power BI allows the different stakeholders for the project to engage with performance data providing them the opportunity to be more responsive to issues and opportunities. It keeps everyone that is a part of the project on course and helps drive collaboration with the team members.,The layout of Power BI is very intuitive. Someone that is familiar with Excel and working with Charts and Graphs in that environment will find the learning curve a rather short one to start using Power BI. I like the way Power BI fits an assortment of users and how the functionality that you engage is replicated in Excel, that being Power Query and Power Pivot. So what you learn in one tool can be readily applied towards the other which allows you to more effectively apply your training. I appreciate how Microsoft is working to develop tools that go a long ways to empowering the end user. Prior to Power BI I would have had to consult with a "BI" professional to develop a dashboard. With Power BI I don't have to consult with anyone, I can work to put together the dash board I want and using a tool set that is really robust and allows me to engage an enormous amount of data. It's provides a great deal of flexibility and the types of data I can connect to. Updates...Microsoft is working diligently to keep Power BI current with monthly updates. They do a really good job of listening to the end user, if there is functionality not currently present just give them a month or so. Just to be clear, even though it's easy to get going right out of the gate with Power BI it provides plenty of opportunities to create some really sophisticated reporting solutions. With DAX in Power Pivot and M language in Power Query, you are provided with plenty of head room to do some really amazing things in Power BI. Training...there are resources across the web for learning and growing your skills and Power BI. And what's even better is the majority of those resources are free. Data engagement, when presenting the data to the end user Power BI goes a long way to allowing that end user to engage the data and begin to identify root cause by simply interacting with the graph/chart/data set. It allows for really fluid engagement. Prior to Power BI so many times during the presentation of data we often times ended the engagement with that data with more questions than what were answered. With Power BI, more often than not, the end user is able to get answers to the questions by simply clicking on the data in the graph/chart/dataset to see the details. This tool really does have the capacity to make you look like a rock star.,The desktop version is free, monthly updates, free training resources...what's not to love. I'm sure that someone with a higher degree of technical learning will be able to better articulate some negatives for Power BI, I'm just not that guy. I have nothing but appreciation for Power BI.,10,10,10A Very Powerful and Innovative BI and Virtualization Tool: MS BIPower BI is a dashboard, data query and, data modeling tool. You can report your data as quickly and easily as with other competitors. With machine learning ability you can easily query, model and report your data. With the AI supported insight ability, you can drill down to the problems. If you want more analyzing tools, you can do it with the R scripts in Power BI.,User experience (UX) is the top priority for Microsoft in Power BI. It has incredible abilities to query data from the source, such as machine learning. Query, design, and reporting is in one tool. There is no need for additional tools. It can get data from all resources, even in the reporting frame structure. There is no need for a table structure anymore. If you have unstructured data in any resource, machine learning can recognize/learn how to capture it and get data as you wish. If a data requires editing with some Excel operator (mid, left, find, etc), you no longer need to write any command. Power BI is doing it for you with machine learning technology. You just give some example about what you need in data and it recognizes/ learns how to get it and then populate it. Power BI has a lot of dashboard charts, very different range, very different purpose and you can find what you need. Charts look so pretty and configuration is so easy too. If you want to create a report (using a chart), you can type what you need while you are talking to a friend. Power BI creates it simultaneously as you are writing.,Actually, there is one thing I can say. If you are working with huge data, depending on your computer configuration and only with the desktop (free) version, it is a little bit slow.,10,QlikView, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform and Tableau Desktop,10,10,Micro Focus PPM (formerly HP PPM), Xmind, SAP Analytics CloudIdeal for Data Analytics and Visualization, but not for noobsWe use Microsoft Power BI for one of our client's project data management. He has a database of mobile app users who sign up for the premium account and Power BI is used to analyze the data and build a graphical representation of the given data, which is very convenient when you need to create a presentation or something (or simply want to see your data presented visually.),Data analytics features - you can filter the data according to a billion (it feels like) ways and make sure your data is just what you need. Graphs, charts, and everything else visual - not only you can analyze your data according to filters and everything, you can also make it look good and understandable without having to look through a ton of numbers. It can handle quite large amounts of data input, so this makes it a good addition for the projects that require big data. Works well with other Microsoft products (including .NET projects).,It's not very user-friendly (at least, not if you use it every single day and can tell where a feature is located when you wake up in the middle of the night). It takes some time to get the hang of it. Sometimes it feels like there is just a bit TOO MANY features. I mean, they are all awesome, but it's easy to get lost.,8,9,7Microsoft BI - Good choice for departmental deployments and limited budgetMicrosoft BI is being used as part of a departmental implementation, especially for self-service capabilities. We build our solutions using different Microsoft BI components or tools such as Reporting Services, Integration Services, and Power BI Report Server.,Self Service Capabilities Easy to use Integration with MS Office,Data Quality Capabilities Performance issues in Power BI with some source systems Data Governance features,8,Microsoft SQL Server,7,7,IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy Analytics
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October 19, 2018

Microsoft BI Review: "MIcorosft BI - Gather, share and take action on your data"

Score 4 out of 10
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Microsoft BI's templates are superb and result in a graphical summary of information that is easy to display/present to the wider team
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June 19, 2018

Microsoft BI Review: "Power BI will put an S on your chest"

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10
In culmination with SharePoint, the sharing of data using Power BI becomes incredibly flexible. Engagement with data derived from Power BI is really diverse, there is a multitude of ways to communicate the information created in Power BI to all manner of audiences.
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September 07, 2018

Microsoft BI Review: "A Very Powerful and Innovative BI and Virtualization Tool: MS BI"

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10
You can publish dashboards or reports from the web or desktop versions in many ways. From the web side, you can distribute dashboards or reports over roll based, user based or user group. From the desktop side, you can distribute dashboards or reports by file (MS BI report file, MS Excel, MS Access, and other formats).
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July 14, 2018

Microsoft BI Review: "Ideal for Data Analytics and Visualization, but not for noobs"

Score 8 out of 10
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7
There is a possibility to create any kind of role and access permissions, but it's not the easiest process from what I know (and had experience with). Granted, I am not a developer or system administrator, so I don't usually NEED to create any kind of roles, but yeah. You create a role, then choose the table (database) you need and you can either write a DAX filter expression or choose them from the drop-down menu in your table settings.
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April 09, 2018

Review: "Microsoft BI - Good choice for departmental deployments and limited budget"

Score 8 out of 10
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7
Microsoft BI allows users to access a portal where reports and indicators are published. Sharepoint also integrates very well with Microsoft BI, which greatly improves collaboration capabilities. The access through mobile devices improved a lot in the last versions and it is possible to access the reports, indicators, and dashboards natively from iOS.

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May 03, 2018

Microsoft BI Review: "Great Graphics presentations"

Score 7 out of 10
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8
Having control over capabilities and sharing data across teams, is difficult when you have an expensive license and you need it for all of your company. In other words, your collaborations are reduced to the team that has a license. And for a small company, there is only one collaborator. Even for big companies, if the expenses are not inside the limits, they are going to reduce the licenses and the team are going to be 3 mostly. For these reasons, report distributions are not an issue because the company will use other media, i.e. email.
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October 16, 2017

User Review: "Microsoft BI - Advanced Surveys"

Score 9 out of 10
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9
On Microsoft BI, the sharing and collaboration capability is top notch, allowing for a better teamwork and concurrent development.
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February 03, 2017

Review: "Microsoft BI is the perfect Dash-boarding product"

Score 9 out of 10
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10
It's perfect for a dashboard, user-friendly and easy to create graphs.
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August 07, 2016

Microsoft BI Review: "It's Excel for Big Data. So easy, so cheap, so fast, and powerful enough most everything."

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Honestly, software-based sharing and collaboration are not that important to me or to the work I do. There's this thing called the print screen button. There's also this thing called sending someone a file. It's easy enough to use the tool itself. If you are incapable of using Microsoft BI, you should not be entrusted with "write" permissions on anything made with it.
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July 12, 2016

Review: "Microsoft BI is Worth a Look for Business Intelligence"

Score 7 out of 10
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I wish it was simpler to share a dashboard or embed them outside of BI. Other than that sharing is easy enough with our 365 organization.
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February 19, 2016

User Review: "Intelligent big boy Microsoft BI"

Score 10 out of 10
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7
Role based and item-level securities can be configured to ensure proper control of report and data. Various collaboration tools like Office 365, SharePoint and other office applications provide platform to share and collaborate. Although, formatting can be sometimes challenging; MS BI reports can be embedded in web-pages to provide user-friendly dashboards.
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February 12, 2016

Review: "Microsoft BI platform good for Reporting but always changing for the rest of the toolset so use caution for your needs."

Score 7 out of 10
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9
I rated this high because it's a combination of SQL security, AD security and SharePoint security that makes sharing reports easy to do while giving the comfort that it is getting in the right hands.
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February 10, 2016

"Microsoft BI Review"

Score 8 out of 10
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8
My favorite is how easy to set up access control, based on roles.
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February 04, 2015

User Review: "Why is Microsoft BI Right for Me?"

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8
It is easy to export anything you build in Microsoft BI to Excel or other tools and then share it from there. With SSRS being a web based reporting tool, that makes it very easy to share reports with anyone that has access to the internet or the network. At this point the weak point in report accessibility is on tablets and smartphones, Microsoft is working to make all of their tools HTML5 compliant, but it is not there yet. Security for all of the tools is baked in and is easy to setup if you already have a Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure. If you are not using Microsoft Active Directory you can still enhance the tools to use your own security tools without a lot effort. I believe that in the very near future this rating will be a 10 as well, once all of the tools are supported on all platforms using established standards.
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February 03, 2015

Review: "Microsoft BI -- Say GoodBI to the Competition for the Moment."

Score 9 out of 10
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9
This is prefaced with the assumption that SharePoint is being used as the portal.
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November 13, 2014

Microsoft BI Review: "Thoughts on MS BI"

Score 9 out of 10
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7
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September 25, 2014

Microsoft BI Review: "Microsoft - Your Old Trusted Friend?"

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6
Microsoft does provide version control capabilities ("Team foundation Version Control") which from my experience covers the basics to get you started. Reporting server, Analysis Services and the SQL server database allow for security settings and active directory integration as you would expect.
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September 14, 2014

Review: "Microsoft BI - A good all around suite of products for the traditional data environment"

Score 8 out of 10
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8
The way it works is that the analyst/developer/report creator builds the report and publishes it to the report server. From there, anyone who is given access to the report (which is synched up with Active Directory for authentication) can view the report and download a copy of the report. When you download a copy of the report itself (not a PDF or XLS of the report but the report definition file) it actually will download the application (Report builder) along with the report definition file. From here you can edit the definition, share it with others etc.

Access control is very simple because of how it synchs up with Active Directory.
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March 30, 2015

User Review: "Why I Love Microsoft BI."

Score 7 out of 10
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7
All good.
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November 06, 2014

Review: "Microsoft BI entering 21st century for its analytical capabilities"

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10
Excellent because once your report is created, you can publish it on SharePoint and all of your collaborators will be able to visualize it.
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September 19, 2014

User Review: "Microsoft BI"

Score 4 out of 10
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Security is very good with a lot of options, for sharing you need yet another solution on the visualization side, which makes another point where something might go wrong.
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September 12, 2014

Microsoft BI Review: "Useful but reporting could be more sexy..."

Score 6 out of 10
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4
Sharing used in our project is too poor and not "wow" enough for final users. Due to reporting tools and probably internal communication around the BI subject.
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June 13, 2016

Review: "When you do your homework, Microsoft BI can be a real reporting asset."

Score 7 out of 10
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8
Once you're able to implement the reports that you want (both ad-hoc and monthly) they are very easy to share. You can easily share them over conference calls in real time and you can also download and import the information in a lot of ways; Excel, pdf, csv etc. Plus you can create multi tiered reporting folders to allow others to save a version of their report for information that is relevant just to them without affecting the whole report or changing the overall purpose of the report.
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March 10, 2016

User Review: "Microsoft BI - A Brand Trust worthy"

Score 7 out of 10
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8
With its sharepoint software the collaboration and sharing capabilties is quite good. They have lot of access control features which helps one to give control based on groups like Managers, Technical, Outside users, Consultants etc. Various control limitations can be set for each documents, informations etc.
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March 07, 2016

User Review: "A personal exprience with Microsoft BI"

Score 9 out of 10
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9
In our opinion MicroSoft BI has excellent access control capabilities and security. When used with SharePoint the capabilities for sharing information is simply amazing.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (19)
8.1
Customizable dashboards (24)
8.1
Report Formatting Templates (22)
8.4
Drill-down analysis (22)
8.6
Formatting capabilities (24)
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages (17)
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration (24)
8.8
Publish to Web (21)
8.7
Publish to PDF (21)
8.5
Report Versioning (18)
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling (21)
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers (4)
8.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (23)
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (21)
8.8
Predictive Analytics (22)
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login) (22)
8.8
Role-Based Security Model (21)
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (22)
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO) (6)
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access (15)
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application (12)
8.7
Dedicated Android Application (12)
8.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (17)
8.5
REST API (5)
8.6
Javascript API (5)
8.4
iFrames (4)
8.4
Java API (4)
8.3
Themeable User Interface (UI) (4)
8.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (4)
8.0

About Microsoft BI

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, report and reporting.

The reporting engine is SQL Server Reporting Services which does not have the visualization capabilities of  visualization tools like 
Tableau or Qlik. Excel has historically been the platform visualization tool. Power BI for Office 365 has done much to improve the discovery and visualization capabilities of Excel.

Microsoft  now offers Power BI cloud as the visualization platform with geospatial 3D, natural-language query generation, and self-service ETL along with charting and other data visualizations that can be uploaded and shared through the Power BI service. 

The Power BI platform also provides  live access to on-premises Microsoft SQL Server instances, and self-service access to third-party cloud sources including Salesforce, Marketo, Zendesk, and GitHub. Mobility is supported through a native iPad app, an iPhone app.

This new platform is viewed by Microsoft as a visualization layer sitting on top of their earlier generation of installed SQL-based technology.

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Deployment Types:SaaS
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