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April 22, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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7
Power BI is a tool that is meant for in-enterprise sharing. Power BI falls short when trying to share with users outside of your domain. However if all you are doing is within the domain, this is a great tool and it is relatively cost-effective compared to other visualization tools out there.
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April 25, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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8
As a Microsoft product, single sign-on from an existing Microsoft ecosystem can be integrated and fits nicely into a Microsoft 365 environment. This allows for seamless collaboration with other users within the same platform and also subjects them to the role-based access controls that are part of that environment thanks to SSO support.
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April 22, 2020
Bradley Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
If you have Office or Microsoft 365, it's very easy to share data across your team since the security is tightly integrated to PowerBI. We haven't had a need to share reports or data outside our organization so I can't speak to how that works. But sharing within the organization is simple and intuitive, and I believe it is secure based on how we have our Office 365 security setup with 2FA.
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November 20, 2019
Hrishikesh Kardile | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

6
Ease of sharing data across teams inside an organization. Needs to do a better job in sharing outside an organization.
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March 14, 2020
Ashutosh Gaikwad | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
After creating the dashboards, you can easily share it with the respective team. You can easily edit any changes required, and it will be automatically updated with resending the dashboards.
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February 14, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Collaboration and Sharing

9
Access control and sharing across teams is really good as you can publish your files on a local server or site where everybody can access them, make edits, and then if they want to see granular details, they can download the file and see the underlying data. The formatting and report distribution features are also great.
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February 11, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Collaboration and Sharing

5
The access control features of Microsoft BI are great, as are the distribution, formatting, security, etc. With one big IF. The big IF is that all users who are viewers/collaborators/managers etc. all have access to a Office365 login. If this is not the case the ability to share becomes quite difficult.
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February 07, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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9
Microsoft BI is a super great tool for sharing data across teams.
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February 17, 2019
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer
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8
Microsoft BI makes sharing data across the department and organization relatively straight-forward. As long as each user has some understanding of Microsoft BI, sharing data and visualizations couldn't be easier. I'm not really a security guy, but from what I can tell, controlling access works just fine and controlling versioning is also straight-forward. Formatting visualizations is clunky.
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January 23, 2019
Shelby Bowden | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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9
Microsoft BI is pretty excellent for data sharing. This is especially true when sharing data across a network that uses Microsoft products. Security, formatting, ease of sharing, and multi-user editing are all great aspects of the Microsoft BI data sharing process. The only downside is when you are sharing to a group that does not have Microsoft BI, but that is to be expected with any program.
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January 17, 2019
Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer
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10
Microsoft PowerBI is part of the Office 365 suite, so it is remarkably simple to edit your report on the fly and share it out to your team via Sharepoint or Microsoft Teams. The only issue that I have seen is that sometimes with links to older reports it seems like it takes forever for the report to load.
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January 09, 2019
Jean Franco | TrustRadius Reviewer
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10
Great capability and easy to use, making this product even greater. Allowing teams to work together and very easy to present results to clients and other co-workers is a great feature of this product
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December 06, 2018
Jason Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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8
We have found that the ability to share info in basic formats for quick review or with more details drill-down capabilities is helpful when dealing with users with different skill levels.
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June 19, 2018
Jason Leidig | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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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January 12, 2019
Lakhan Suri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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8
We can access and manage reports on the bases of security roles. Data security can be managed by several ways according to the permission granted.
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September 07, 2018
Celil ÇİYNEKLİ | TrustRadius Reviewer
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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
Zee Gimon | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Collaboration and Sharing

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
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Collaboration and Sharing

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
Yemsi Pino | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

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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August 07, 2016
Alexander Lubyansky | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Collaboration and Sharing

7
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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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.