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March 05, 2021
Aniket Sawant | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The biggest player against Microsoft BI (MSBI) was Tableau, which was acquired by Salesforce. Recently there have been other standalone software/applications that provide similar functionality to Microsoft BI (MSBI). Because my company is a Microsoft shop, we have not explored other options. But I believe you can easily find other solutions. Google also has its own stack of applications that provide similar features to Microsoft BI (MSBI). Although I think Microsoft BI (MSBI) might be more powerful and resourceful than its competitors.
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December 30, 2020
Rajesh Patel, CSCP, Six Sigma Black Belt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We mostly banked on MSBI due to low-cost investment and it being a easy to use in-house BI tool. It provides the necessary dashboard for presentation purposes supported by detailed analysis.
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April 22, 2020
Bradley Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have used the built in ConnectWise Manager reports and custom reports. The reports provide static data. PowerBI shows us live data we can drill down into and easily adjust parameters. It's much more useful than a static PDF report.
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April 25, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Tableau's feature set is comparable to Microsoft BI at a potentially lower cost, however, Microsoft provides better integration into a Microsoft Environment and more flexible deployment options. Microsoft also provides better enterprise support than Tableau (although this may be subjective). In the end, Microsoft BI was chosen to power our performance management platform thanks to its seamless integration into the backend (SharePoint).
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February 14, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Microsoft BI is probably pretty similar to Tableau, but I feel because most of the other office products are Microsoft it integrates much better with them than Tableau. Thus Microsoft BI is more interactive and easier to learn and use. Tableau is also a bit more expensive, which makes BI more attractive.
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February 11, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Tableau is more robust but also more complicated - Microsoft BI provides scaled-down features of Tableau in an easier-to-user format (ie. less training for users to accomplish fairly simple data work).
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September 05, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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A lot of our existing client base has licensing agreements in place with Microsoft, couple that with decision-makers wanting to achieve the outcome with the least amount of additional licensing costs added, and it becomes an obvious path, however, it is very crucial to first truly understand what the client is trying to achieve in the short and long term of their data journey.
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February 17, 2019
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Microsoft BI has an advantage over other BI platforms because it integrates nicely with the Microsoft products, such as Excel, Microsoft SQL, Access, and all the other parts of the Microsoft business. A user that has spent time with Microsoft products will find Microsoft BI to be similar in functionality to other Microsoft products. Microsoft puts ease of use as a top priority, and it shows up in Microsoft BI. Microsoft BI is, of course, not the top business intelligence platform. It does not have the nicest graphics, the biggest user base, or the most advanced analytics capabilities. It's sort of a starter BI solution.
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January 23, 2019
Shelby Bowden | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Specific data displays are some of the strongest aspects of Microsoft BI when compared to alternate programs. It also does a superior job in compatibility with many programs, especially those from Microsoft. Since my company primarily uses Office 365 and other Microsoft products, Microsoft BI is the natural choice among competitors.
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January 17, 2019
Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Whatagraph
To be honest, I have never used anything similar to PowerBI. I have seen reports that come from Whatagraph, but I have never used it myself, so that is the only application that I can sort of compare it too. Just looking at the visuals from both, PowerBI reports are better looking, but that is an unfair comparison because I have not used it and don't know if they have similar options. I have just seen the end result.
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October 19, 2018
Brian Caulfield | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
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Microsoft BI is alot more user friendly than SAP and allows for quicker interpretation of Data without having to go deep into the analysis of the data. All in all I would say that Microsoft BI fares far better on in the communication side and also the implementation side. The cost to use Microsoft BI is at an approrpriate level to justify a company's ability to adopt this software.
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September 07, 2018
Celil ÇİYNEKLİ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The major difference from the other competitors is its user-friendly screens (UX). You can get data very easily and you can design or query it.
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April 09, 2018
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Microsoft BI is mainly based on Microsoft SQL Server, so it is perfectly integrated. Many of the Microsoft BI components require using SQL Server as the database engine. Generally, the functionalities that are achieved when using SQL Server as a database engine are greater than when using any other engine.
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May 03, 2018
Yemsi Pino | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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The software stacks [well] because it has more graphics resolution and the colors are fresh and actualized. On the other hand, there is the Microsoft family software and this is an advantage. Microsoft has a lot of users around the world and it's like everyone knows how to do things intuitively, even if they are wrong, because of previous knowledge with the software vendor.
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October 16, 2017
Reinaldo André Muralha | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Microsoft BI is an extension of Microsoft SQL Server, it can be used to develop the data warehousing of the information stored in SQL Server and also turn that information in fully customizable reports.
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September 26, 2016
Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I'd rather not say to avoid unnecessary arguments. Thanks.
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December 15, 2016
Charles Saulnier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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For analysis and visualization, Power BI is aiming to take a large chunk of Tableau's market share. The rhythm of iterations at this time has in my opinion given the momentum to Power BI. The added functionalities in Excel also make it possible for intermediate users to get familiar with data modeling.
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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.

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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.