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Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Overview

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.

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Real-time Analytics: Users have appreciated the real-time stream analytics feature for making prompt business decisions. This …
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Casual User’s POC

8 out of 10
February 08, 2020
Incentivized
Microsoft BI is being used for report generation to monitor ongoing technology projects and business initiatives. We have two users who …
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Popular Features

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  • Report sharing and collaboration (48)
    9.0
    90%
  • Report Formatting Templates (46)
    9.0
    90%
  • Formatting capabilities (48)
    8.0
    80%
  • Customizable dashboards (48)
    8.0
    80%

Reviewer Pros & Cons

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Pricing

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Power BI Pro

$9.99

Cloud
per user/per month

Power BI Premium

4,995

Cloud
per month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://powerbi.microsoft.com/pricing

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Features

BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

8.7
Avg 8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

8.7
Avg 8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

9
Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for patterns and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

9
Avg 8.0

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

9
Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

8.5
Avg 7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

APIs are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for used for embedding one application in another

8.8
Avg 7.9
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Product Details

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) Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Oracle Analytics Server and Spoom are common alternatives for Microsoft BI (MSBI).

Reviewers rate Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Microsoft BI (MSBI) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Community Insights

TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Real-time Analytics: Users have appreciated the real-time stream analytics feature for making prompt business decisions. This functionality has been instrumental in enhancing their decision-making processes and improving overall efficiency.

Customizable Workspaces: Customers have highlighted the ease of customization for different project groups through a dashboard and drag-and-drop interface. This flexibility allows teams to tailor their work environments to specific project requirements, promoting collaboration and productivity.

Comprehensive Environment: Reviewers liked that Visual Studio integrated various development aspects, providing a comprehensive environment for different tasks. By combining database, ETL, reporting, and analytics development within one platform, users can streamline their workflows and accomplish diverse tasks efficiently.

High Cost and Pricing: Some users have found the cost of MSBI to be high compared to competitors, wishing for better pricing options that would make it more cost-effective and user-friendly. They emphasize the need for mid-market tier pricing to improve affordability for SMBs.

Limited Customization Options: Users have expressed a desire for more opportunities to customize visualization effects in MSBI, highlighting the current limitations in customization features available. They specifically seek detailed map visuals, the ability to use Python or R scripts, and input data within the platform.

Steep Learning Curve: Reviewers have mentioned experiencing difficulties with the steep learning curve of MSBI, especially for individuals with varying backgrounds. They stress that proper training is essential and call for simplifying installation processes to aid users during implementation.

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