Microsoft BI Reviews

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Stephanie Grice | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 13, 2014

Thoughts on MS BI

Score 9 out of 10
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4
My past experience with Microsoft technical support was not really favorable. While they were friendly and somewhat responsive, they were not helpful with the types of issues we faced.
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Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 04, 2014

Best TCO of any comprehensive database and analytics platform

Score 10 out of 10
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7
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.
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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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10
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.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (38)
7.7
Customizable dashboards (45)
8.1
Report Formatting Templates (43)
8.3
Drill-down analysis (40)
7.9
Formatting capabilities (45)
7.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages (36)
7.6
Report sharing and collaboration (45)
8.3
Publish to Web (40)
7.6
Publish to PDF (40)
8.1
Report Versioning (36)
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling (40)
7.4
Delivery to Remote Servers (21)
7.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (43)
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (40)
7.8
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)
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access (32)
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application (25)
7.8
Dedicated Android Application (25)
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (33)
7.7
REST API (16)
7.0
Javascript API (17)
7.7
iFrames (16)
7.4
Java API (15)
7.7
Themeable User Interface (UI) (15)
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (11)
7.0

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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Power BI$0
Power BI Pro$10per user per month

Microsoft BI Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
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Mobile Application:No