Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Microsoft BI (MSBI)

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Score 8.2 out of 100
Microsoft BI (MSBI)

Overview

Recent Reviews

Microsoft BI

9 out of 10
June 03, 2021
Microsoft BI being used by Master Data Management team like Vendors data, Customers data, Sites data, Bank, Bank Accounts, Customer …
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MSBI - Bang for the Buck

8 out of 10
April 26, 2021
The Microsoft BI stack is being used as the enterprise BI software by our organization. The full stack of BI tools (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS) …
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Popular Features

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Formatting capabilities (52)

8.6
86%

Report sharing and collaboration (52)

8.5
85%

Customizable dashboards (52)

8.5
85%

Report Formatting Templates (50)

8.2
82%

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Pricing

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Power BI Pro

$9.99

Cloud
per user/per month

Power BI Premium

4,995

Cloud
per month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://powerbi.microsoft.com/pricing

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Features Scorecard

BI Standard Reporting

8.5
85%

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.6
86%

Report Output and Scheduling

8.6
86%

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.4
84%

Access Control and Security

8.6
86%

Mobile Capabilities

8.7
87%

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

8.4
84%

Product Details

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) Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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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 Single Sign-On (SSO) highest, with a score of 9.1.

Who uses Microsoft BI (MSBI)?

The most common users of Microsoft BI (MSBI) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

Reviews

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Swarnabh Sarmah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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For resolving any query, there are numerous tutorials available. Also, Microsoft BI has one of the greatest features, i.e, auto-detect. This feature helps in detecting the data type and also helps to understand what has gone wrong with the data. It helps in finding any kind of error present in the data.
Al Mubassir Muin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Microsoft's Business Intelligence (MSBI) has a built-in site that allows you to vote on user enhancements and bugs. A priority list will help the development team quickly identify and address the most pressing issues. MSBI developers have a large online community that helps with technical issues. Customer service and data support have been excellent throughout this entire experience.
Aononna Tazin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have a positive outlook on Microsoft as a company in general. Microsoft's support team is quick to respond and fix issues. Minor issues can be solved quickly and easily, thanks to videos provided by the support team. Step-by-step instructions are available from Microsoft to help us get up to speed on the tool's features.
Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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It was a pleasure doing business with everyone at Customer Service and Data Support throughout the entire process. Support staff can provide videos to help with minor issues right away. They encouraged user feedback on MSBI’s website. This raises the most pressing issues to the top, where the development team can then focus on them.
June 03, 2021

Microsoft BI

Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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When it comes to applications support no one can beat Microsoft. They are available 24/7. Replies to the support incidents are quick and effective. Support personnel are competent, they really know their product, and solve the incident tickets with accuracy. That is the reason why Customer satisfaction index is high.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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Microsoft support in my experience has always been very good. This is from a standpoint of submitting tickets as well as having accessibility to resources at Microsoft which have included free architectural review sessions, road mapping, and training provided at Microsoft's facilities. In addition, the user base is huge and there are no shortage of sites to ask and find answers to technical questions. The major knock is that historically, MS has been slow to respond to feature requests. That has begun to change, but tools such as the MSBI suite still lag behind the rapid development seen with tools such as Power BI.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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MSBI natively has a site that allows you to vote on user enhancements and bug fixes. This allows the largest nagging issues to float to the top and the development team can prioritize accordingly. As mentioned earlier, the large community base of MSBI developers assist technical resources in handling technical questions.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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They have amazing update information through videos and newsletters. You can find a lot of training on their platform, which is helpful as well. They have monthly updates and the team makes sure they update their documents regularly. It is easy to reach out to the Microsoft BI (MSBI) team for any help or suggestion that you may want through their forum or chat boards.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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I am basing this rating not on Microsoft's paid premium support, but rather on the resources available (both from Microsoft and 3rd parties) to BI consumers. There is such a huge community working with and building solutions with the Microsoft BI stack (SQL Server) that I have always been able to find a solution (or at least a workaround) to any problems that have come up.