Microsoft BI (MSBI) Reviews

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January 15, 2016
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Be prepared to help business users define their data. We found that different campuses had different definitions for the same thing. This took some change management and negotiating to get each team to come to a common understanding.
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November 04, 2014
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We are a consulting firm and as such our best resources are always billing on client projects. Our internal implementation has weaknesses, but that's true for any company like ours. My rating is based on the product's ease of implementation.
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September 06, 2013
Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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You need to have (1) a very solid SQL Server DBA and (2) a Windows Server administrator with domain administrator rights to get the BI stack set up correctly. As most Windows systems people will tell you, a lot of good comes out of doing some security planning on the domain side (users, groups, roles, etc.) before you start the implementation. This is a big integrated system, and getting it set up right is half the battle.
On the development side, you will want to have a full time data architect making sure that the model you are developing holds together and supports the reporting requirements of the business. You will also want a technical lead who has rich experience with the stack - that person will be able to shepherd the rest of the development team and help them come up to speed with the tools.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (43)
Customizable dashboards (50)
Report Formatting Templates (48)
Drill-down analysis (45)
Formatting capabilities (50)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (40)
Report sharing and collaboration (50)
Publish to Web (45)
Publish to PDF (45)
Report Versioning (41)
Report Delivery Scheduling (44)
Delivery to Remote Servers (24)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (48)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (45)
Predictive Analytics (43)
Multi-User Support (named login) (47)
Role-Based Security Model (44)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (47)
Single Sign-On (SSO) (29)
Responsive Design for Web Access (36)
Dedicated iOS Application (27)
Dedicated Android Application (27)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (37)
Javascript API (18)
iFrames (17)
Java API (16)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (17)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (13)

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 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 from Enterprises and the Information Technology & Services industry.