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Power 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 AnalyticsGreat Graphics presentationsThe software is being used as a way to develop different outputs graphics for different analysis and solves problems that I and my collaborators take from field surveys for planning new strategies in order to preserve nature and biodiversity in our territory. The people that use this software are me with the data being stored in Excel sheets.,The customized colors and presentation Introduces Excel data for graphics Innovate the way we used the data and new elements for analysis,Printable graphics is a must The whole concept of the presentation for a company is missing Is not easy make changes to the graphics,7,Tableau Desktop,8,8,QlikView
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June 19, 2018

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

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Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
Read Jason Leidig's full review
September 07, 2018

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

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Microsoft BI is well suitable for Data Mining, Data Analyzing, Reporting, Data Visualizing, Prediction, Data Insight, Distributed Dashboards, Private Dashboards, Complex Data Analysis and Data gathering from any resource (Web, Excel, SQL, Access, Oracle, Text, Google Analytics, MailChimp, many more) projects.
Microsoft BI is less suitable for Big Data, especially if data is larger than a TB.
Read Celil ÇİYNEKLİ's full review
July 14, 2018

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

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If you want Excel on steroids in terms of graphs and data analysis - this is your beast. It has all kinds of visualizations available and you can filter the data to make it as precise as you want. We use it for managing the data from the mobile app and to create visual reports of the users' actions.
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April 09, 2018

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

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Well suited for:
- Customers with a Microsoft landscape who use MS Office or Office 365, SQL Server and Active Directory a lot.
- Departmental deployments.
- Self-Service Capabilities
- Small Budgets
- Mobile Capabilities

Some issues with:
- non-Microsoft environments
- Complex data sources like SAP.
- Complex calculations in Power BI

Read Gonzalo Angeleri's full review
May 03, 2018

Microsoft BI Review: "Great Graphics presentations"

Score 7 out of 10
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The software is really well designed to make presentations and graphics once the data in the sheets are complete and there are no more corrections. Instead, if you feel that you need corrections you will have to start the process over again. It's frustrating. I think this software requires more capabilities than others, network knowledge and how the Microsoft software is connected.
Read Yemsi Pino's full review
October 16, 2017

User Review: "Microsoft BI - Advanced Surveys"

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Integrations with SQL Server or Azure databases - there is a lot of documentation online that supports this implementation, and it has very accessible pricing options.
Read Reinaldo André Muralha's full review
September 26, 2016

Microsoft BI Review: "Think hard on your BI goals"

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Most suitable scenarios:
-Large scale report automation and distribution.
-Self service BI for internal and external users.
-Relational databases and multidimensional models.
-Comprehensive security & access control.

Less appropriate scenarios:
-Non-relational databases
-Low budget
-Tight timeframe

I'd invite anyone reading this far to think hard on his/her goals with BI. Are you trying to build a solid and endurable BI service for your clients or your own organisation? Or do you just need to have some quick visualisation of the data you have to make strategic or operational decisions in a few weeks time?

Implementing a MicrosoftS BI stack takes time, knowledge, and skills, none of these comes cheaply these days. If your answer to my first question is "yes", go ahead and study Microsoft BI a bit more then make your decision on your own. If you see my second question is most relevant to you, go and grab a web-based BI tool such as SiSense, Tableau, Splunk, and so on. Take the free trial option and see if you can test your ideas fast and at a lower cost. Good luck!
Read Haibo Yang's full review
December 15, 2016

Review: "Microsoft BI - a complete BI offer at last!"

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Microsoft BI is a no-brainer for departments or enterprises who already work with MS Office or in a Windows environment, since users can easily make connections with actions they already know.

The added functionalities in Excel to connect to data sources, build tables and relationships through PowerPivot makes it a powerful tool that 99% of people already have access to. When linked with SQL Server and Power BI, you have a complete solution for analysing and visualizing data that is easy to use, but at the same time scalable to work with complex DBs and datasets.
Read Charles Saulnier's full review
November 15, 2016

Review: "Microsoft BI from a Consultant's Perspective"

Score 8 out of 10
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It is well suited for organizations that require a scalable environment, rich with features. Windows integrated security and role configurations also make it especially easy to configure advanced security for a large number of users. It may be less necessary/appropriate for projects with simpler needs or organizations running on operating systems other than Windows.
Read Megan Juell's full review
October 24, 2016

Review: "Microsoft BI- Multiple sources, One solution"

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Microsoft BI can digest data from a variety of sources like Google Analytics, mailchimp, Facebook, salesforce etc., which is great from a marketing point of view. Data is changing every minute and for a big organization, getting these updates live is a great feature.
Read Jasmeet S Babra's full review
October 17, 2016

Microsoft BI Review: "Clean and Clear Data Analytics"

Score 9 out of 10
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Microsoft BI is best after a bit of training on how to use the program. It is straight forward to use after that and easy to integrate with all your Microsoft programs, and I would recommend it as the next step after Excel because Microsoft BI's capabilities can be very similar to that of Excel.
Read Alina Hera's full review
February 03, 2017

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

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Online dash-boarding fits perfectly after it is deployed. It's not so perfect if you need to connect often to various data sources. It's quite tedious (you need to have good IT skills).
Read Razvan Bulgariu's full review
November 07, 2016

"Microsoft BI Review"

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Microsoft BI is great if you are a proficient Excel user. This program allows you to get more from your data and there are not many scenarios where Microsoft BI would not be suited for creating reports and visualizations. Our only hangup with Microsoft BI is the issues we had with integration and importing/exporting data from some sources.
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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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Visualization of business data: it's good, fast, and cheap. What more can you ask? With more specialized visualization needs, use Tableau or write code. For complex scientific visualizations, write code.

It's also so much easier communicating about the tool and its visuals to other people who don't spend their lives analyzing complex data. "It's Excel for Big Data!" is really quite simple.

Read Alexander Lubyansky's full review
July 12, 2016

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

Score 7 out of 10
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If you are a Microsoft partner this is a no-brainer as it is likely free to you. Besides that I don't see a reason to get one of the more expensive options over this. It seems to do everything as the other solutions I have tried.
Read Micah Jones's full review
February 19, 2016

User Review: "Intelligent big boy Microsoft BI"

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I found that Tableau is more efficient in providing options to calculate measures, percentages as compared to MS BI Power Pivot. Also, Tableau is more web-friendly. However, analytic capability is well suited in Microsoft BI. Microsoft BI is well suited in larger organization setup which requires various integration with external line of business applications. Sometimes, the cost impact can be bigger for smaller organizations as they look for savings while shopping for minimum viable product.
Read Ved Mishra's full review
January 15, 2016

Microsoft BI Review: "Great value for money with Microsoft's BI"

Score 9 out of 10
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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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For companies who have developers on hand and a huge investment in SQL as a database platform, the BI stack makes the most sense.
Read Deanne Damato's full review
February 10, 2016

"Microsoft BI Review"

Score 8 out of 10
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Microsoft BI integrates seamlessly with MSSQL tables and cubes. The mobile app is also very easy to use and set up, This makes it very easy to access data from anywhere, using a phone or tablet.
Read Alain Quesnel's full review
March 21, 2015

Review: "Microsoft BI provides the best bang for your buck, now and into the future."

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Any organization that requires a full-featured, high performance data storage and analytics platform should consider the Microsoft BI stack. However, many organizations are tied to another RDBMS system because of critical business applications like SAP or Oracle EBS, and their internal development and support teams are experts in a different stack. In those cases, integrating the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack can require a steeper learning curve than "Microsoft shops".
Read Chris Utter's full review
June 10, 2015

Microsoft BI Review: ""MS BI" = $$$"

Score 8 out of 10
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Small scale cubes (SSAS) where the size is in the order of few 100 Gigs are suitable for MS SSAS. For higher volume, the aggregation and processing is a lot longer.
Read Senthil Vallinayagam's full review
February 04, 2015

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

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Microsoft BI works across many different scenarios and solutions, so it is an ideal tool for small department roll outs that may grow to full enterprise solutions or even starting at the enterprise level. The biggest thing to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to use SSRS is are you going to be able to support all of the group's reporting needs as it does not have a good end-user report development tool at this point (Report Builder is no longer being supported by Microsoft). SSRS is meant to be an IT driven reporting environment where the report formats are very rigid and the reports need to be delivered to a set of users by a specific time every hour/week/day/month. SSRS is NOT an ad-hoc reporting tool and should never be thought of that way. If you are looking for ad-hoc analysis of data then you should consider setting up either Multi-Dimensional or Tabular structures in SSAS and then the users can access those structures in Excel and create "reports" in Excel to show it. If you are looking for a way to get control of your data and end the Excel "spreadmarts" then the tools provided in SQL Server Microsoft BI will help with that given that you have the time and resources to develop that solution.
Read Steve Wake's full review
February 03, 2015

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

Score 9 out of 10
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Appropriate:

  • SSAS - Cross-Process Area Analysis - On the server side, tying multiple data sources together for a single analyst view
  • Enabling Collaboration via the SharePoint Portal for enhanced communication across a large organization
  • Analyst Usability and Report Sharing- Breaking beyond the traditional Excel limitations associated with static spreadsheets and record limits (with SSAS only, Server stored data sources and Excel Services)
  • Simple Data Mining and Predictive Analysis - Introduce the organization to more advanced Analysis without having to hire a Math Department

Not Appropriate:

  • Non-SharePoint portals - This review was written before the full release of Power BI with HTML5 capability. While reporting services can publish to other portals via iframes, it's best to stay within the Microsoft technology stack for simple & quick wins.
  • Mobile Device Access - Performance Point only works on an iPad. That is being addressed by PowerBI, but Tableau has had superior mobile device access for some time. Report Builder reports can render in HTML5 with SQL 2012, but the performance could be stronger.
Read Lee Cullom's full review
March 10, 2015

"Microsoft BI platform review"

Score 9 out of 10
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None
Read Boris Skylar's full review
November 13, 2014

Microsoft BI Review: "Thoughts on MS BI"

Score 9 out of 10
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Read Stephanie Grice's full review

Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (18)
8.7
Customizable dashboards (23)
8.6
Report Formatting Templates (21)
8.6
Drill-down analysis (21)
8.9
Formatting capabilities (23)
8.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages (16)
8.5
Report sharing and collaboration (23)
9.1
Publish to Web (20)
9.2
Publish to PDF (20)
9.0
Report Versioning (17)
9.1
Report Delivery Scheduling (20)
9.1
Delivery to Remote Servers (3)
9.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (22)
9.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (20)
9.1
Predictive Analytics (21)
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login) (21)
9.0
Role-Based Security Model (20)
9.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (21)
9.5
Single Sign-On (SSO) (5)
9.0
Responsive Design for Web Access (14)
8.9
Dedicated iOS Application (11)
9.0
Dedicated Android Application (11)
8.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (16)
8.8
REST API (4)
9.2
Javascript API (4)
8.8
iFrames (3)
9.3
Java API (3)
8.7
Themeable User Interface (UI) (3)
9.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (3)
9.0

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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Microsoft BI Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
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Mobile Application:No