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February 04, 2015
Steve Wake | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Breadth of Deployment

I have implemented Microsoft BI in small departments with less than 10 people all the way up to full enterprise deployments with multiple IT groups and 1000's of users. The only difference will be what of the provided Microsoft BI tools will you use and how many servers will it all be installed on. Once it is setup it is very easy to keep up-to-date and even expand in the future. Some of the tools do need more IT involvement to get up and running, but once it is setup and working it can easily go into a hands-off setup and just works. I have been oncall support for an enterprise SSRS deployment that was on multiple servers across multiple data centers and only received calls of issues once or month or less and most of time those were cause by human error and not following the procedures that were established.
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February 03, 2015
Lee Cullom | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Breadth of Deployment

It's deployed in departmental and company-wide implementations through our customer base. In the global 2000, we typically find either Microsoft or SAP as the corporate standard. There is probably a bit more SAP than Microsoft out there, particularly for ROLAP implementations. When MOLAP is leveraged, there are more Microsoft customers.
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September 14, 2014
Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Breadth of Deployment

It was the main reporting tool used by all the different departments. It was used by the Executive level, operations, marketing, sales. Number of users were probably around 50. Types of users: VP's, Directors, Managers, Analysts.
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September 19, 2014
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
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Everyone uses it around my company. Mostly as BI professionals that use it to create BI solutions.
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September 12, 2014
Frederic Freyermuth ☁ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Poorly adopted by users. Mostly caused by project priorities focused on technical aspect and not on reports and dashboards for final users.
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November 04, 2014
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Breadth of Deployment

Microsoft offers a wide variety of editions, features, and licensing scenarios for any number of users in any size organization.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (42)
8.0
Customizable dashboards (49)
8.8
Report Formatting Templates (47)
8.2
Drill-down analysis (44)
8.3
Formatting capabilities (49)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages (39)
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration (49)
7.9
Publish to Web (44)
7.2
Publish to PDF (44)
8.2
Report Versioning (40)
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling (43)
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers (23)
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (47)
7.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (44)
7.8
Predictive Analytics (42)
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login) (46)
8.4
Role-Based Security Model (43)
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (46)
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO) (28)
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access (35)
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application (27)
8.1
Dedicated Android Application (27)
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (36)
7.7
REST API (17)
7.3
Javascript API (18)
7.5
iFrames (17)
7.8
Java API (16)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI) (16)
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (12)
7.1

What is Microsoft BI (MSBI)?

Microsoft BI (MSBI) 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.

Microsoft BI (MSBI) Competitors

Microsoft BI (MSBI) Pricing

  • Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
  • Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Power BI Pro9.99per user/per month
Power BI Premium4,995per month

Microsoft BI (MSBI) Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Microsoft BI (MSBI)?

Microsoft BI is a business intelligence product used for data analysis and generating reports on server-based data. It features unlimited data analysis capacity with its reporting engine, SQL Server Reporting Services alongside ETL, master data management, and data cleansing.

What is Microsoft BI (MSBI)'s best feature?

Reviewers rate Customizable dashboards and Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) highest, with a score of 8.8.

Who uses Microsoft BI (MSBI)?

The most common users of Microsoft BI (MSBI) are Enterprises from the Information Technology & Services industry.