Microsoft Power BI

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Amazing Data Analysis Tool

10
We use Power BI in our organization as a data transformation and data visualization software. The main problem we used to face as we were …

Review for Power BI

8
We use Power BI for data presentation and Visualization of the data as we know raw data is nothing we use Power BI to clean and present …

PowerBI is a great tool

9
We work on understanding consumer behavior and usage patterns. Traditionally Excel was used heavily and then the charts were built and …
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Popular Features

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Customizable dashboards (137)

9.0
90%

Drill-down analysis (137)

8.7
87%

Report sharing and collaboration (134)

8.7
87%

Formatting capabilities (136)

8.0
80%

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Pricing

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Power BI Pro

$9.99

Cloud
Per User/Per Month

Power BI Premium

$20.00

Cloud
Per User/Per Month

Power BI Premium

$4,995.00

Cloud
Per Capacity/Per Month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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Offerings

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

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $9.99 per month

Features Scorecard

BI Standard Reporting

8.4
84%

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.4
84%

Report Output and Scheduling

8.3
83%

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.3
83%

Access Control and Security

8.8
88%

Mobile Capabilities

8.4
84%

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

8.0
80%

Product Details

What is Microsoft Power BI?

Microsoft Power BI is a business analytics service from Microsoft. It allows users to convert data into visuals and graphics, visually explore and analyze data, collaborate on interactive dashboards and reports, and scale across their organization with built-in governance and security.

Key features

  • Free initial setup with no required training
  • Connectivity with Excel spreadsheets, cloud services, streaming data, on-premise databases, and more
  • Dashboards that update in real-time
  • Natural language processing for data visualization tools
  • Shareable reports and datasets
  • Collaborative framework
  • Remote accessibility
  • Integrates with most applications and services using REST API
  • Publish data directly from service with publish-to-web feature

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Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Microsoft Power BI?

Microsoft Power BI is a visualization and data discovery tool from Microsoft. It allows users to convert data into visuals and graphics, visually explore and analyze data, collaborate on interactive dashboards and reports, and scale across their organization with built-in governance and security.

How much does Microsoft Power BI cost?

Microsoft Power BI starts at $9.99.

What is Microsoft Power BI's best feature?

Reviewers rate Publish to Web highest, with a score of 9.1.

Who uses Microsoft Power BI?

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

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Score 9 out of 10
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Power BI is a perfect platform for us in order to display the data in an useful and interactive way.
Before starting to use Power BI, there were a lot of work needed for some meetings (as you had to do same slide for all the possible scenarios) and there were not much flexibility during the discussions.
Now all the flexibility can be addapted during the conversations, making faster and clearer decissions as you can visualize everything with a couple of clicks.
Also it is superflexible in terms of connection to different data providers, so you can combine a lot of information from various places in just one dashboard.
  • Data visualization
  • Flexibility
  • Different data connectors
  • Speed when big volumes of data
  • Selflearning from the data
In operations we use the tool for many different topics, from factory quality systems to high level reviews.
We have created kind of an internal "App Store" based on Power BI where you have a lot of different dashboards for different solutions (cost, cash, health and safety, sales, factories, distribution centers...) and you as an user just need to get in that "App Store" and enter in whatever tool can be useful for you. It is open to all the operations employees and can use on demand.
Also it has raised the imagination of our colleagues, as they are not only working by themselves creating new reports, but also raising fantastic ideas that can be extended for the usage of all the community.
It is a fantastic tool, you can do almost everything related with data and reports, it is a perfect substitutive of Power Point and Excel with a high evolution and flexibility, and also it is very friendly and easy to share.
I think all companies should have Power BI (or other BI tool) in their software package and if they are in the MS Suite, for sure Power BI should be the one due to all the benefits of the MS ecosystem.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We deployed Microsoft Power BI in every department at our company, including sales, customer service managers (CSMs), and product and finance departments. Essentially, this is the essential function of the Power BI Desktop. We can share reports via the internet and embed them into websites and applications. We use it to analyze customer invoice processing data and other KPIs. Presentations for QBR business reviews based on the information provided by the CSM team have a great deal of impact. With Microsoft Power BI Desktop and Power BI Service in the cloud, we’ve helped businesses and organizations develop their IT infrastructures. Also, we could track and customize notifications so company executives could see them from anywhere. That helps us track and set company targets. Organizations don’t require the more advanced features, such as analytics, that are available.
  • Quickly filter and view granular data sets with easily configurable reporting figures.
  • The ability to quickly switch between tabs allows for historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
  • It's helpful to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small.
  • Achieve actionable insights faster by using real-time data. It's incredible to have online access to reports.
  • The pricing model for the premium tier has room for improvement and a learning curve.
  • One must have a solid data analysis background to use Azure integration in some configurations.
  • Power Query is unnecessary and can be replaced by database queries and procedures.
Using Microsoft Power BI is the best way to analyze data at a very reasonable cost. [Microsoft] Power BI desktop started as a simple tool for data extraction and basic visualization. As a powerful business intelligence solution, they quickly scaled the device to thousands of users within a company. Depending on how the business is measured, finance or CSM teams can gain a lot of insight. Using it as a user allows us to save time and focus on other tasks. The dashboard looks like a renaissance painting because of all the beautiful charts and figures that are available. Importing data and relating them is straightforward.
We need to work closely with the [Microsoft] Power BI. It was my coworker who contacted support when we encountered a few minor problems. No questions have ever been asked of me because the tutorials cover everything. For our organization, Microsoft products have always been preferred.
Colin Sebastian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Microsoft Power BI for any number of tasks, mainly synthesizing data down and making easily to read and use charts. It's also used to view lots of data in a reasonable manner and view changes quickly. Additionally, we use it for management presentations to executives for business status updates.
  • Manage data
  • Import data
  • Publish to Teams
  • Aggregate information from many sources
  • The load time could be shorter
  • Better connections to non Microsoft sources of data
  • Easier to use and manipulate data already in BI
It is best suited for taking lots of data (spreadsheets or other) and producing visually appealing content. It is also helpful for coming up with visualizations that can be regularly updated and used for executive status presentations and other management reports. Finally, it is good for functions where excel can not keep up such as intricate drop down, selections menus, sliders, etc.
We have had no issues with the support from Microsoft.
Evon Shera | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Power BI in our organization as a data transformation and data visualization software. The main problem we used to face as we were not getting better insights into data but Power BI has given us the liability to generate better insights. We can also automate the repetitive tasks by writing an M code in the power query editor which helps to cut down the extra time.
  • Reports generation and sending it to teammates using power automate.
  • Automation of repetitive tasks using M code.
  • Use of Q&A to generate visualizations.
  • Bulk visualization automation.
  • DAX and M code is little tricky to learn and understand.
  • Power BI desktop hangs sometimes on 4GB RAM system.
Power BI is a tool that I would recommend to my colleague 10 out of 10 on the scale because of its amazing features and functionalities. In Power BI, we can even automate our repetitive tasks by using M code in the query editor which basically reduces our time to do the same task again and again. There are many visualization charts that make the reports much better and more attractive. We can even connect our Power BI to our Microsoft Teams app which helps to send our report to teammates.
I have not used the Power BI support much but I would rate it as 9 out of 10 because in all the instances the support has helped us to figure out the solutions for the problem which we were facing such as usage of power automate tool and connecting with Microsoft Teams app.
December 06, 2021

Review for Power BI

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Power BI for data presentation and Visualization of the data as we know raw data is nothing we use Power BI to clean and present data and derive meaningful information. It is very easy to use and if you are using Excel then the user interface is very similar to it.
  • Data Visualization
  • Integration with other Microsoft office app i.e Excel
  • User Interface is Easy
  • Sometime it is hard to work with non Microsoft Applications
  • Compatibility issues With Mac
  • Leaning curve
When we are cleaning data and making reports and creating meaningful data from raw data and generating report, visualization of data to other stakeholders it is very useful application but some time using with non Microsoft apps it is not supported i.e Desktop version on Mac so not recommended for Mac.
  1. Easy to use.
  2. Easy Integration with Microsoft office.
  3. Data Visulisation made
Suryaprakash Mishra | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Currently, the product is used by [a] few teams including my team. The organization is developing [a] Data Analytics platform and then [Microsoft] Power BI will [be] used [in the] organization moving forward.
  • Quick real-time information
  • Streamlined publications and distribution
  • Row level security and element of machine learning and AI
  • Ability to connect to SAS datasets
Data visualization and insights via [Microsoft] Power BI for [the] public version of Dashboard.
Very friendly and supporting team.
September 02, 2021

PowerBI is a great tool

Score 9 out of 10
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We work on understanding consumer behavior and usage patterns. Traditionally Excel was used heavily and then the charts were built and published on PPT. However, with Power BI, the jump to interactive dashboards is much easier. Many people started using it and then they started connecting with other data sets and from different databases. They move towards visualizing the data, sharing with executives. We also use the map feature in there and publish online.
  • Easily load and integrate data from multiple sources.
  • Integration with Office 365 is smooth.
  • Same user Interface as other Microsoft tools so the learning curve is lower.
  • Lots to do and thus it is hard to be aware of all it does.
  • Updates often so hard to keep on key developments.
  • Sometimes data migration takes time.
Power BI is well suited to anyone with a deep understanding of Excel and Excel Pivots. I also recommend it to anyone who doesn't already know and use similar tools. It is quite quick in terms of the amount of time from knowing nothing to building a reasonably functional dashboard is shorter with Power BI than the other products. It can also be also a good introduction to BI tools in general as it can help to reduce the complexities of a process and help to see the bigger picture.
Score 7 out of 10
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MS Power BI has been used in my company as a visualization tool along with QuickSight and Tableau. They all serve the same function that is interactive plots that can be saved and shared with others. Depending on which department it is, the team choose one of these options based on the data sources.
  • interactive
  • connectivity
  • easy to learn
  • costly
  • analytic
  • pipeline
I would recommend the MS power BI to colleagues who don't have coding skillset or to someone who wants to have interactive graphs to share with other colleagues. For people with strong coding ability, some python/ R packages can do that trick easily without the need for the premium fee.
Compared to the fairly cheap cost of MS Power BI, the support that the company is providing is quite big. There are even some conferences that you are attend if you are interested. On the community support side, it is definitely not as supported as python or R but you still can find the information.
Score 10 out of 10
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Power BI is our visualization tool to make our data insightful and easy to digest. Power BI is nice because it builds on your Microsoft Suite of applications and is easy to use. Power BI helps create standard views for high-level insights, with the capability to drill down. A drill-down capability is a powerful tool for actionable insights.
  • Actionable insights
  • Subscriptions for scheduled reports to your email.
  • Easy to use with different types of data sources.
  • Manipulating standard views can be more challenging for less experienced users.
Since Power BI is a data visualization tool, it's useful anywhere a standard report or visualization is required. I like to use Power BI, especially where you want to avoid inconsistent manipulation of data to produce insights. Taking this process out of the analysts' hands ensures data consistency and avoids the question of whether data can be reliably used. It keeps one source of truth.
Supportability is extremely important. I personally haven't had a major issue requiring Microsoft intervention, which is probably the best support possible, but I'm also confident that Microsoft will continue to grow the Power BI capabilities and will have robust support when compared to smaller more boutique products on the market.
Score 9 out of 10
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Power BI is categorically the most advanced yet beginner-friendly business intelligence tool that I have come across. Because of its beautiful, user-friendly interface, automated onboarding, and a dedicated website for tutorials, the learning curve is flattened as much as possible, which gets the user going in no time. Even if something gets overwhelming for you, you can hop to their friendly and helpful user community forum, which is invariably ready to help you with alacrity.
  • Using features like Power Query, which is in itself like a tool like Excel, you can clean and preview data before using it for analysis purposes. If you have used Excel in the past, Power Query will, for the most part, be a cakewalk for you.
  • The predominant feature one comes to Power BI is the ability to create automated formidable dashboards that everyone refers to before or during meetings to encourage and substantiate decision-making.
  • If required, based on specific data points, reports are triggered automatically to certain people as well.
  • Off the top of my head, I don't have many areas of improvement to suggest. I have experienced it improving day by day, adding and fixing features.
  • I have noticed that if you have data from many sources linked and a lot of data representing figures on the dashboard, it can feel a little bloated in terms of responsiveness. Inline data takes some time to pop up if you hover your mouse over a figure, and changing the data on any table/figure takes time to reflect on the other linked table/figures.
  • The earlier they match the functionalities between the online and offline versions, the better. I would like to have a seamless experience irrespective of the platform or environment.
From being able to import data from a plethora of sources and clean and establish relationships between them; create sublime real-time dashboards; to sharing them with your team members to collaborate, nothing can beat the comprehensive features of Power BI with the kind of aggressive pricing that they have set. The available charts and figures are so pleasing to the eyes that the resultant dashboard feels like a renaissance painting.
To be very frank, I have never contacted the support for any issues. As tutorials cover basically everything, I have never had to contact them for a doubt. And as Microsoft products have always been stable, I have never faced any nagging bug that forced me to reach out to their customer support.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using PowerBI across our organization for sales, CSM's, as well as our finance leadership and product teams. Our entire company receives value from it, since we use it for revenue forecasting, understanding our customers' adoption and journeys. We also use it to review different data as it pertains to the customers' invoice processing and other valuable KPI [metrics]. We use data from it from the CSM team to create QBR business review decks which are very impactful.
  • Very quick and easy to filter down and look [at] granular sets of data.
  • Easy to switch between various tabs for quick ad-hoc reporting.
  • Easy to read and analyze the charts that we set up.
  • Real time, or near real time data, which allows us to make actionable insights easier.
  • Since it's a complex system, need a technical team or administrator to manage.
  • I don't like being locked out. Make it easier to stay log[ged] in and not fill in password.
  • SSO login would be huge! This would save a lot of time and improve security.
For us, any type of revenue reporting, and being able to ingest different data sources like SFDC and ChurnZero, and even data from our own internal platform is huge. The flexibility allows you to really get a good grip on the business. For Finance or CSM teams, I can see a lot of value, depending on how you are attempting to measure the business. From an end user, since the platform is so quick, it allows me to free up time, so I can spend on other strategic areas of my day to day.
I can't really speak to the support overall, [but] I will say that in the almost three years I have used the system, I have only needed to contact their support team once. I think the team was helpful, but it did take some time for us to resolve the issues/ request that they had. I guess the good news is that the system is pretty stable, and I personally have rarely needed to contact their technical support team.
Christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We needed a way to pull large amounts of data from our construction management software and create reports that we could use to set and measure expected metrics for project team performance. Being able to track these and create configurable reports that company executives could view from anywhere and see historical performance helped us set and track company performance goals.
  • Configurable reporting figures that can be set and adjusted to meet your needs.
  • Historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
  • Ease of access. Being able to access the reports online is awesome.
  • Being able to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small is helpful as well.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve to fully use the software.
  • It requires a pretty strong data analysis background to be able to use.
  • Troubleshooting data issues is not super easy.
I think it is well suited to pull large masses of information into a usable report that can be used to analyze trends and current standings. It is a much more powerful, configurable, and easier to use Excel pivot table. I don't think it would be as appropriate to use for smaller data if you only have a few hundred points of data; Excel is probably still better to use.
I did not have a ton of interaction with the Power BI support team. When we ran into some minor issues my co-worker was the one who was working with support to get that resolved and get our questions answered. From his experience it seemed like the process went well and the support team was responsive and helpful.
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I have used [Microsoft] Power BI Desktop with the Power BI Service on the cloud as a component of IT solutions for businesses and organizations[.] The main use of [Microsoft] Power BI is to create reports and share them on the web for embedding in websites and applications. The more advanced uses of [Microsoft] Power BI, like analytics for example, are less required by companies.
  • Nice graphic reports
  • Sharing reports on the web to be embedded with iFrames
  • Friendly interface and simple steps to make a report and publish it on Power BI Service on the cloud
  • Easy and simple integration with Microsoft Ecosystem
  • Shared web reports (to external users via iFrame) are not really responsive, they can just resize automatically
  • The integration with Azure is tricky to achieve some configurations (for example, security settings)
  • Power Query is a waste of time and can be replaced by database queries and procedures
  • [Microsoft] Power BI is very useful to make cool reports from the scratch with just a little of knowledge, gathering data from a lot of sources.
  • Power Query is not the most efficient tool to prepare data neither to analyze it. Power Query language is very complex an the final result can easily be achieved using standard SQL [when] working on a database source, or using other tools like [Python] with Elastic Search.
Microsoft's support is standard, and typically the difficulties that arise when using Power BI correspond to managing Azure. Regarding the use of Power BI to do reports and analysis, the support of Microsoft is regular; However, the Power BI Users Community is active and frequently publishes manuals and tutorials on YouTube, with which practically all doubts regarding the basic and intermediate use of the tool can be resolved.
Alex Brielmann | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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[Microsoft] Power BI was used at Conga mainly as a data visualization tool, while also using it as a repository for data from multiple systems. We used Snowflake to combine data from different systems and then housed everything in [Microsoft] Power BI. We could use data pulls to put together our weekly board deck, as well as to simply provide simple charts for all different teams throughout the entire sales process.
  • It's ability to store massive amounts of data allowed it to be a useful resource for multiple teams
  • Multiple different charts and graphs were available, making it far more visually stimulating than Salesforce native functionality
  • Data pulls are seamless and show up in easy formatting
  • A slightly clunky user interface, makes most end users fear building anything themselves
  • 3rd party api syncs seem to be a pretty heavy lift to set up
  • The overall set up when building a report is intimidating, and some buttons aren't clear, so hovering over all of them to see their labels can be time consuming and annoying
[Microsoft] Power BI seems to sit slightly in the middle of the road as a data aggregation and visualization tool. It has the look and feel of an old tool that should be mastered by now, but it's output does not seem to match that. Our team had to constantly fix errors and bugs, which is not what you are looking for from a tool coming from Microsoft. On the other side, it isn't as user friendly or pretty as a tool like Domo. It somewhat lies in the middle on both functionality and user experience.
I didn't have to deal directly with the support team, but they seemed to be responsive with our team of developers. If we had an urgent issue, we were typically able to get it resolved with a quick turnaround time. They are experienced employees, so I would assume nothing less, so it was nice to have those expectations met.
David Shi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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[Microsoft] Power BI is currently used as an alternative to Tableau, with its lower cost and more robust built in modelling, ETL functionality and familiarity for users used to the Microsoft stack. As an alternative to Tableau in the organization, it is currently deployed on a very limited basis as Tableau is still the preferred platform for creating dashboards across the majority of the organization.
  • Excel integration, allowing users more familiar with Excel to transition over with relative ease.
  • Inexpensive license model, compared to Tableau which can get very expensive depending on your needs.
  • Updates, by far Power BI is one of the most updated apps currently. With monthly releases of new features and fixes.
  • Poor interface, not as intuitive as Tableau and very typical of Microsoft where it can easily get you 80% of the way there, while getting the last 20% is seemingly impossible.
  • Not enough flexibility in formatting, whereas in Tableau getting something to look 'pixel perfect' takes a lot of effort, in Power BI in a lot instances 'pixel perfect' is not even an option given the lack of controls in formatting.
  • Reliance on Excel means data related best practices are naturally hindered by the kind of 'dirty' data that is typically used in Excel as opposed to cleaned up tables sitting in data warehouses.
For any instance where Tableau is too expensive as an option, [Microsoft] Power BI is the natural choice. Also in cases where the end user is operating in a Microsoft stack heavy environment where they're expected to perform both the data modelling and wrangling as a data engineer type role, along with the actual creation of dashboards in a data vis and dashboard reporting developer type role.
Compared to its peers, this is one area [Microsoft] Power BI is undoubtly number one. No other application currently receives the same frequency of updates as [Microsoft] Power BI. At the current rate of improvement, we can expect a plethora of new features and fixes every single year and onwards for the foreseeable future, with Microsoft appearing to dedicate significant resources to ensure [Microsoft] Power BI stays relevant now as well as the future.
  • no training
April 27, 2021

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Ilektra Skepetari | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I used [Microsoft] Power BI to create and share dashboards with analytics and graphs across different areas of the business. It makes sharing data easier and provides customizable visualizations that are easy to create even without technological background. Most importantly, it is easy to load great amounts of data as it is very easy to connect with azure data sources.
  • Visualizations
  • Data loading
  • Data manipulation
  • Can be slow
  • Premium/pro licence required to share dashboards
  • DAX language required for more complicated queries
If a certain company is already using Microsoft cloud services, [Microsoft Power BI] is a life saver. It is extremely easy to load data sources from Azure and then the simple data manipulations provide very insightful charts. However for very complicated manipulations it can be quite slow - in this case the automatic background data refresh is necessary.
Microsoft are very fast to reply to any queries and if the query is hard to implement they provide resources to help you and facilitate solutions to problems. Also, there is a lot of online material to self-serve any bugs or errors you might have to deal with - even if the IDE of [Microsoft Power BI] is already very helpful and user friendly.
Score 8 out of 10
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Power BI is a powerful tool to visualize data sets and provide easy deep dive analysis into your data. It is a great extension to Excel and easy to pick up with minimal training. It is able to address many of the business challenges faced by CPG organizations from financial analysis, supply chain management, factory optimization, and so forth.
  • Load large volumes of data quickly and efficiently.
  • Great visualizations to provide insights into your data.
  • Table view provides quick at a glance to trouble shoot issues with data.
  • Sharing and publishing can be done in minutes.
  • Overlay objects or being able to insert an object into another object.
  • Make it easier so different groups of people have access to different tabs.
  • Improve connections to data source when accessing via Sharepoint.
Power BI is well suited for flat file databases, although the pivot column feature can help other types. Particularly great where visualizations can provide better insights than data tables so great for deep insights into trend evolution. Can be challenging to build profit & loss statements with subtotals and percentages based on sales as one single neat statement.
Support for Power BI is very extensive with many online chat groups and plenty of resources via search engines. Within the organization, we have a number of chat groups and training and support from IS/IT teams. Cross-functional collaboration is also helping to support functional areas to share, learn & grow the Power BI platform.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The entire organization is using Power BI. Depending on your technical ability, any one person could be leveraging the technology differently. For example, we have folks using Power BI desktop (who know how to use DAX) and others using the Power BI online service exclusively. For online users, that would include report consumers and builders.
  • Ability to crunch large volumes of data
  • It has a ton (and growing) number of data source connections
  • The visualization opportunities get better each month
  • The cost model could improve for the premium tier
  • Power BI desktop of a VM is pretty cumbersome
  • Power BI desktop doesn't work for Macs
Power BI desktop originally started as a simple tool to pull minimal amounts of data and do rudimentary visualizations. Over the last few years, it has grown into a robust business intelligence solution that can be scaled to thousands of users at a company. The cost model works well for smaller companies too.
Assuming you have the $10 per month license of Power BI Pro, you get a really solid support team straight from Microsoft. Also, since my company uses Microsoft Teams, the support agent was able to have a very quick and easy chat about my problem directly through Microsoft Teams. This was a nice benefit.
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Currently, it's only being used by our division for internal reporting usage on our sixteen members to leadership. Leadership can view progress and be alerted to new activities our team has to work on. We use it for weekly reporting on the status of various analyses and how much value is at risk as a result of them.
  • Easy to slice and dice data.
  • Familiar theme for those familiar with other Microsoft products.
  • Integrates with SharePoint & OneDrive to easily share intelligence across the team.
  • It's intimidating for first time users.
  • It's "heavy" in that it takes up a lot of processing power.
  • Of course, it's only as good as the underlying data.
It's good to use if you have at least one power user (pun not intended) and the enterprise resources to back it up. It's not as visually appealing as something like Tableau, but it allows an audience to filter complex data sets based on pre-set criteria in a controlled environment.
Honestly I have not interacted with Microsoft Power BI's support team, but I mainly use Microsoft articles published online and on YouTube. You can find articles from the Microsoft community or Stack Overflow where folks have asked questions and the community has answered. It's a commonly used product and you won't have trouble finding the answer to your question.
Amr Saad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Microsoft Power BI is used by the management [across] different departments to monitor our [team's] performance and feedback reports using very intuitive visualizations which gives us insights regarding managing our teams in a more efficient way. It provides very good Dashboards with [a] drill-down feature to go into more details. Also, it helped the Finance Department and gave us great predictive insights regarding the organization's financial health by analyzing different data collected.
  • Dashboard Reports
  • Drilldown Reports
  • Predictive Analysis and Charts
  • Scheduled Reports Feature
  • Needs some training to be able to use it
  • Can sometimes be slow if the report has large data
Microsoft Power BI is well suited for creating intuitive Dashboard Reports with different insightful Charts. I think this is one of the best tools in Data Visualization. Unfortunately, you will need to get away from Reports that need complex computations as it might slow the reports.
I was able to find anything needed very quickly and easily due to large community, Also, Microsoft Power BI's Support Team was very helpful when needed and I was able to reach them easily.
Score 7 out of 10
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Microsoft Power BI is used by the entire organization for basic analytics and data visualization purposes. It enables the functional users without technical background to quickly customize their reports as per the requirements and even share the reports as well as the insights from the reports with other users in the organization. Also, the information can be analyzed and visualized in the real-time making sure that actions can be taken based on insights in due time.
  • Data from multiple sources can easily be imported and processed using in-built connectors in Power BI.
  • Auto ML capabilities are inbuilt helping people create predictive models without an in-depth knowledge of coding and algorithms.
  • Reports and dashboards can be accessed on the go via mobile apps.
  • Learning to create dashboard on Power BI is a bit intimidating for a new user and takes a long time to learn different functionalities.
  • Documentation is not great and links are broken at times.
  • No support Mac based devices.
Microsoft Power BI is suited for teams with a lot of reporting and dashboard creation requests as it gets the job done even though the learning curve is steep. It is also suited to the situations where data is scattered across different platforms and tools and needs to be combined to generate reports and insights.
I only had 1-2 instances where I needed to reach out to support teams for Power BI. Though the touchpoints for support teams are limited and only option is to create a support ticket, the response on email was prompt and required to exchange only 2 messages before we solved the issue. I also want to mention that I learnt a lot from the amazing community forums and learning videos available. However, I am not happy with the depth of the documentation.
Gabrielle Wayman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Power BI is available across the enterprise. Our department uses Power BI to make cost and repair data easily digestible for account managers, who then use it to report and sell to customers. Before Power BI, analysts received dozens of data pull and process requests weekly. Since these requests were often very similar, we realized that AMs could self-serve through Power BI dashboards.
  • Filters.
  • UI design.
  • Easy to plug into database.
  • Not exactly intuitive for users unfamiliar with BI tools.
  • Big learning curve to set up dashboard.
If you’re like our team and need a way to reduce redundant data reporting requests for a particular group of users, Power BI will suit you. You’ll need someone experienced with BI tools to help you get set up, as it’s not designed for laypeople. Once it’s set up, though, the reporting is easy to use and clear to understand.
I have not interacted with their support team. When I need help, I refer to YouTube videos and forums of peer users. I wasn’t able to complete this review without assigning a number, and I didn’t want to tank their support rating in case others find them very helpful.
Luciana Montivero | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Power BI is used in my organization only in the analytics and biostatistics team, within the medical informatics department. We mainly use it to easily integrate our different databases information into a one-only report. As it's easy to use, it helps us deliver complex and clean metrics truly fast, and as we work in the health industry time is a big factor to take into account (especially during a pandemic).
  • It's an excellent tool to integrate tables from different databases into one report.
  • The visual indicators are mostly complete and easy to use.
  • You can edit/manage/transform your tables to do almost whatever you want.
  • The UX is clean and simple, but powerful enough to deliver great results.
  • When you get too many tables, it might get a bit slow, it would be great if it could be more performant.
  • There aren't as much statistic tools or add-ons as one would want. Now, you can only do descriptive analysis but if you wish to do statistical tests there aren't functions or integrations that help you easily do that.
  • Formatting of some elements is a bit limited.
  • Sharing a dynamic report is not as smooth as I would like (to do so you need to pay for a license for the visitor or give access to your information to Microsoft, which I legally can't do).
  • The integration with R is not as good as I would like, it has many issues with the imports and the versioning of R and its packages.
I think Power BI really addresses the goal of what it was meant to do. It has a powerful interface, an easy integration with most data sources, which makes it easy to just import some information and start playing with your data. If you want a fast, powerful data analytics tool or a control panel to show fast reports, this is the tool you need. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to add a SQL-powered data source, add some visualization tools, and then just try different things! It's a truly complete and intuitive tool that will help you take real advantage of all the information your company does.
I haven't needed to contact Microsoft Power BI's support team yet.
Score 9 out of 10
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My company uses Microsoft Power BI throughout the organization for daily reporting tasks as well as analysis. One of the major projects we did using Power BI is to identify the services which are taking more than 2 days to complete (typically is should be done within 48 hours). This helped us to reduce the overall costs for business.
  • It excellently manages the relationship connections between tables.
  • It is easy to transform the data using power query.
  • Power BI lets you connect to multiple data sources at the same time.
  • Using DAX formulas helps you to create new measures using existing fields.
  • Power BI could have more charts and visual representations.
  • Easier way to manipulate the data.
Best suited for daily reporting purpose. It is very user friendly so people from non technical background can use it. Also the drag and drop feature helps to check the different scenarios. It also helps to connect directly to R scripts.

Less appropriate scenario would be when explaining through different graphs, it doesn't have a lot of options to choose from.
Microsoft Power BI team is prompt and quick at replying and resolving issues.
Berlynn Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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Currently used heavily by finance and data management teams and used by marketing folks to understand customer behavior.
  • Ability to consume data from multiple sources.
  • Both mobile app and Teams connection available for quick views and collaboration.
  • Difficult as a marketer to find data or create reports.
  • Need additional training options to view capability and how to or where to find data.
  • Search bar functionality not intuitive, at least keep it sticky rather than needing to hover over the bottom of a list.
As a marketer I am much less familiar with the tool than those who build the report like our finance and data teams. I don't find it intuitive or user friendly as I try to update things as simple as a date range, search within a list. I initially tried to download the app but there was so much data in such a small space that I didn't find it useful. I would much rather use Adobe for reporting and appreciate the weekly reports that are sent.
I have never had to use the Power BI support team - if I have had questions I've reached out either to our analysts or the Marketing team. The request for help is obvious with various options that can be researched before reaching out for assistance. I don't love that that support ticket option is the very last option. When I select "report an issue" I'm taken to a community page to suggest an idea or report an issue and vote. The CTA is to suggest an idea and the headline is to share ideas for future features. This doesn't make any sense.