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January 15, 2016
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Implemented in-house
  • Professional services company
We utilized a combination of our in-house staff and a professional services company named Entigence.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (40)
7.8
Customizable dashboards (47)
8.6
Report Formatting Templates (45)
8.3
Drill-down analysis (42)
8.1
Formatting capabilities (47)
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages (38)
6.8
Report sharing and collaboration (47)
8.0
Publish to Web (42)
6.9
Publish to PDF (42)
7.9
Report Versioning (38)
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (42)
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers (22)
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (45)
7.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (42)
7.8
Predictive Analytics (40)
7.8
Multi-User Support (named login) (44)
8.4
Role-Based Security Model (41)
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (45)
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO) (26)
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access (33)
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application (26)
7.7
Dedicated Android Application (26)
7.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (35)
7.7
REST API (17)
7.3
Javascript API (18)
7.5
iFrames (17)
7.8
Java API (16)
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI) (16)
7.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (12)
7.1

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