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Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 26, 2016

Think hard on your BI goals

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Return on Investment

  • As a SaaS provider we see being able to provide self-service BI to our client users as a competitive advantage. In fact the MSSQL enabled BI is a contributing factor to many winning RFPs we have done for prospective client organisations.
  • However MSSQL BI requires extensive knowledge and skills to design and develop data warehouses & data models as a foundation to support business analysts and users to interrogate data effectively and efficiently. Often times we find having strong in-house MSSQL expertise is a bless.
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Charles Saulnier | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 15, 2016

Microsoft BI - a complete BI offer at last!

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Return on Investment

  • At the moment, the lack of use of Power BI has indered our market progression IMO
  • A large majority of customers keeps the solution once implemented, very few have switched platform
  • Once organizations implement Office 365, the potential for added business with Microsoft BI will really manifest. At this time, the slow adoption of Office 2013 or more recent is limiting the analysis and visualizations capabilities of our average client.
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Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 15, 2016

Great value for money with Microsoft's BI

Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Firstly, reduction in cost from the three previous vendors which we were supporting. Just by replacing these legacy pieces of software, we have saved money.
  • We are working to quantify the cost savings achieved in business improvement from the reporting that we have provided. We don't have a specific figure as of yet, but the reports that are now available 'on-the-fly' have saved many man hours. Previously, data needed to be consolidated across multiple systems which could have taken weeks of manual manipulation. Now, this data is available in one platform and we have cross-functional reporting capability.
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Scott Lerner | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 21, 2014

Microsoft BI tool provides the visibility into the business that could make strategic decisions at a low cost with ease of implementation.

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Return on Investment

  • Provided visibility at the Transactions level from a profitability standpoint
  • Sales reps are now using BI Dashboards to measure their success not just net sales
  • Company now measures customers from as well at a profitability standpoint
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Christopher Wagner | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 30, 2014

Microsoft BI- Delivering Power

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Return on Investment

  • The main front end for Microsoft BI is now Excel. The number one spreadsheet tool used in business that everyone already knows how to use. Now it is just a matter of showing a few new features and some best practices. That's a huge ROI gain right there.
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Bryan Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 20, 2013

Microsoft BI

Score 7 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Ability to maintain and develop dashboards with KPI's for fast delivery to decision makers across the organization.
  • Insight into overall departmental performance. Allowance for departments to set their own metrics for success.
  • Data insights for marketing and sales campaigns allow decision makers to fine tune future campaigns.
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Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 06, 2013

Build a highly automated and flexible BI solution for your organization!

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Return on Investment

  • Greatly reduced reporting project development time (and associated costs).
  • Significantly larger pool of experts to assist on large / ad-hoc projects.
  • Faster availability of critical business data to our users (due to decreased development time as well as performance of overall system - we are able to keep the data very fresh).
  • Significantly increased ETL / data integration capabilities means that more legacy and external system data is making it into the data warehouse.
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Aidan Henderson | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 08, 2013

MS BI - Good and getting better

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Return on Investment

  • Low-cost customer reporting automatically deployed monthly to add incremental benefit to our core products.
  • Integrated reporting packs provided to Customer Account Managers to enable them to identify revenue opportunities in consultation with our customers.
  • Deep dive analytics available from an industry perspective which allows us to provide widely read industry trends and position the Company as a respected and informed thought leader.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 07, 2016

Microsoft BI Review

Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Clearer data and analytics
  • Better able to take decisions based on results
  • Improved efficiency
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 02, 2014

Review by a Microsoft BI consultant

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Return on Investment

  • Business users easily learned self service BI with training and what to do and what not to do with self service BI
  • Learning curve for Powerpivot and other office 365 tools for IT team who already knew about data warehousing concepts is steep
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 24, 2013

MS BI Suite Review

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Return on Investment

  • Microsoft BI tools come free with SQL Server license. If you have SQL Server license you get the SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) tools for free.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (38)
7.8
Customizable dashboards (45)
8.3
Report Formatting Templates (43)
8.4
Drill-down analysis (40)
8.0
Formatting capabilities (45)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages (36)
7.5
Report sharing and collaboration (45)
8.1
Publish to Web (40)
7.5
Publish to PDF (40)
7.9
Report Versioning (36)
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (40)
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers (21)
6.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (43)
7.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (40)
8.0
Predictive Analytics (38)
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login) (42)
8.3
Role-Based Security Model (39)
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (43)
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO) (24)
8.6
Responsive Design for Web Access (32)
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application (25)
7.7
Dedicated Android Application (25)
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (33)
7.5
REST API (16)
6.9
Javascript API (17)
7.5
iFrames (16)
7.4
Java API (15)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI) (15)
6.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (11)
6.8

About 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

Oracle Analytics Server (formerly Oracle BI Foundation Suite), Spoom (formerly Analyza)

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$0
Power BI Pro$10per user per month

Microsoft BI (MSBI) Technical Details

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