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Sean Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 04, 2014

Microsoft Power BI - Excel Lovers Dream

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Usability

8
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:

1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries.

2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI.

It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (37)
7.7
Customizable dashboards (43)
7.9
Report Formatting Templates (41)
8.1
Drill-down analysis (38)
7.8
Formatting capabilities (43)
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages (35)
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration (43)
8.4
Publish to Web (39)
7.7
Publish to PDF (38)
8.2
Report Versioning (35)
7.6
Report Delivery Scheduling (39)
7.4
Delivery to Remote Servers (20)
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (41)
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (38)
7.7
Predictive Analytics (37)
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login) (40)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model (37)
7.8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (41)
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO) (22)
8.4
Responsive Design for Web Access (31)
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application (25)
7.9
Dedicated Android Application (25)
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (32)
7.8
REST API (15)
7.2
Javascript API (16)
7.9
iFrames (15)
7.4
Java API (14)
7.8
Themeable User Interface (UI) (14)
7.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (11)
7.1

About Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 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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  • 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 Technical Details

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