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March 05, 2021
Aniket Sawant | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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9
Love it! Microsoft BI (MSBI) is a great tool and Microsoft is constantly making updates to make it better every day. It's an easy tool to learn and there are tons of resources available on the web to help with any questions you may have. The training is helpful, detailed, and updated on a regular basis. If you think that there are some features or capabilities missing, you can reach out to the Microsoft BI (MSBI) team and they will definitely help you out.
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June 03, 2021
Shyam Agrawal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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9
Data is key to every organization. Microsoft BI keeps the applications in sync with optimized data quality.
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May 24, 2021
Akshay Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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9
It's simple, easy to learn and deploy, and delivers value for us. Initially trainings are required for the team members to work on the tool, but once trained, it's just a few clicks to generate a good report.
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December 30, 2020
Rajesh Patel, CSCP, Six Sigma Black Belt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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10
  1. It's a low-cost investment.
  2. Workforce managing MSBI doesn't need to have high coding skills.
  3. An individual user can have their own custom dashboard.
  4. Easy to present flashy and interactive dashboards supported by accessible back end analysis.
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April 26, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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7
The Microsoft BI tools have great usability for both developers and end users alike. For developers familiar with Visual Studio, there is little learning curve. For those not, the single Visual Studio IDE means not having to learn separate tools for each component. For end-users, the web interface for SSRS is simple to navigate with intuitive controls. For ad-hoc analysis, Excel can connect directly to SSAS and provide a pivot table like experience which is familiar to many users.
For database development, there is beginning to be some confusion, as there are now three tool choices (VS, SSMS, Azure Data Studio) for developers. I would like to see Azure Data Studio become the superset of SSMS and eventually supplant it.
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April 22, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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8
Overall simple to use from a development standpoint. The Large MSBI community base helps with technical resource queries. MSBI on-prem stack should look forward on how to tackle "modern" ETL capabilities, i.e. pulling data from the cloud, API calls, etc. Overall the ecosystem is pretty good for BI implementations at most organizations.
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June 02, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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8
Easy to use, but isn't the most user friendly for beginners. If you know what you're doing then you can navigate through it without a problem.
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May 17, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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9
- It provided business insights which can help in increasing profit for the company. Thus, the incremental cost of usage of this software is rewarded in the long run if utilized wisely.
- The customer service team is proactive and all the issues are resolved on time. Thus, business is not impacted because of any issue.
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April 24, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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9
Again , I used it on a personal level for generating quick visualizations for geographical data. I think for me as a programmer I found it easy to use , the whole workflow of connecting data to Microsoft BI to generating dashboard of visualizations was smooth and easy to learn. So usability wise I rate it highly. There are a whole lot of nifty features such as predictive analysis which I didn't use but I am sure will be useful for other audience.
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February 10, 2021
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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8
I liked this tool because It fits my job. It maintains and secure the data very well. It has a clean interface with lot of features. reporting makes easy for anyone who uses this tool. You can not only maintain the data but also share it with people you like. Its a easy tool to go forward in reporting.
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August 07, 2016
Alexander Lubyansky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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7
It's a good rating for people willing to learn and get used to it, but it's not inherently user friendly, especially to people who are not Excel power users.
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November 04, 2014
Sean Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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 (48)
8.1
Customizable dashboards (55)
8.7
Report Formatting Templates (53)
8.1
Drill-down analysis (50)
8.5
Formatting capabilities (55)
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages (45)
7.6
Report sharing and collaboration (55)
8.2
Publish to Web (50)
7.8
Publish to PDF (50)
8.4
Report Versioning (46)
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling (49)
8.0
Delivery to Remote Servers (29)
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (53)
7.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (50)
7.8
Predictive Analytics (48)
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login) (52)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model (49)
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (51)
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO) (34)
8.6
Responsive Design for Web Access (41)
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application (31)
8.0
Dedicated Android Application (32)
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (42)
7.9
REST API (23)
7.8
Javascript API (23)
7.6
iFrames (22)
7.9
Java API (21)
7.9
Themeable User Interface (UI) (22)
7.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (18)
7.5

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 8.9.

Who uses Microsoft BI (MSBI)?

The most common users of Microsoft BI (MSBI) are from Enterprises and the Information Technology & Services industry.