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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.

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  • 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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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 and Single Sign-On (SSO) highest, with a score of 9.

Who uses Microsoft Power BI?

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


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There are a lot of manual reports with the same activities in daily, weekly, and monthly frequency of various reports. It can automate the reports to reduce TAT In this have benefits of both ETL tool and visualization with more than 200 plus visuals in store. We are using SQL server for database and later connect to Microsoft Power BI after development publishing to service for clients. Will connect gateway for automatic refresh.
  • ETL tool query editor gives one of the best data cleansing tools inbuilt into the Microsoft Power BI desktop.
  • It has more than 200 plus visuals in store and use.
  • It has great user community.
  • It has ample amount of training videos for users to learn.
  • It is very cheap BI tool in Market.
  • Visual Formatting should increase by giving more easy to use option like Excel.
  • Page level security should be expected.
  • Cell merge is required to show heading in visuals.
Query editor is best in all parts of this tool. It has more than 200 plus visuals to impress the clients with that. Microsoft Power BI service has 10 GB of data storage for pro users this will give developers can store more reports and data. It has an ample amount of data sources that can connect and develop the reports.
It is best in all.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Power BI for our daily reporting visualization. We often use it for analyzing big data and creating impactful visuals from them. We are also using power BI for doing a comparative analysis of suppliers and their prices. Recently we used power bi to monitor our KPI, goals and action items
  • For big data like from the past 2-3 years, It will give you an easy visualization of that data with required fields
  • The competitive study between the two market cases for example past data of supplier and their costs
  • We can also review and visualize our sales with a particular Product ID and in which region it has the most demand
  • The query editor is the first thing that can be improved as sometimes it takes more time to show what the exact query is.
  • Many sudden bugs keep coming which should also avoid
  • An easy way for the formatting as it is somewhat critical...One within one set of commands
1. it is best suited when you want to represent your data in a more effective manner rather than boring excel worksheets and also with more critical formulas. It creates visuals in very less time you know the exact type of charts you what and what to represent against which field
There are many tutorials available for resolving any query regarding power BI by Microsoft only. Auto-detect is one of the greatest features as it detects your data type and kele to understand what has gone wrong. which value is null or where is the error present in the whole data.
April 25, 2022

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Score 10 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
Score 10 out of 10
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Instead of using one big Excel file that gathers different types of data from various sources we decided to switch to using Power BI, which we found could be integrated easily with our existing business environment, while providing advanced analytics and reporting capabilities, enabling us to create customized dashboards. The old approach with Excel files was not reliable and very time-consuming when it comes to maintenance.
  • Data analysis.
  • Access levels management.
  • Graphical display possibilities.
  • Very often desktop app works slow.
  • More edit possibilities while using the model in web browser.
Definitely well suited for areas like Finance and Operational KPIs. I really can't think of any department that could not benefit from it. Probably less appropriate when you have many categories like customers or products and want to show all of them in a detailed way on one graph. Possibly the view in the report can be not clear enough.
We have been using an MS Partner - excellent cooperation. Full support with anything we asked for always on time with a nice atmosphere.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Microsoft Power BI widely in the Company, together with more than 80 associates were are the Gurus of Power BI, we help people to develop their own reports. Using Microsoft Power BI really facilitate and make the data showing easier, in the old days we used to create a report on Excel and they send this to a lot of people or copy and paste the info on PowerPoint and then share it across many teams. But now we use Microsoft Power BI to load a lot of different source data points (CSV, Excel, DB, etc), combine and enrich this data and then publish the report into Microsoft Power BI Services and from there we share the list across the teams. We have some reports that are being used by more than 800 people. Microsoft Power BI definitely was a step up on how the data is consumed. The only big problem that I see is that some users don´t have the full knowledge about it making it now well developed or organized resulting in a heavy Report that takes longer to load.
  • Deal with different sources at the same report (CSV, Excel, SQL, etc).
  • Easy to load and refresh the Data.
  • How that data is displayed in a visual, is super easy and fast to do it.
  • Easy to add new visuals other than the built-in ones.
  • Make a way for multiple people to collaborate in the same file.
  • Create a tool that you can design and create your own visual.
I believe Microsoft Power BI is one of the best tools in the market and because is from Microsoft it fit in all the other applications from Microsoft. Every application has room to improve but the built-in feature and all the possibilities that open make it one of the best for sure.
Microsoft sometimes changes the backend which impacts the front end on Power BI Service, but once you open ticket support, they start working fast on it and get to the bottom of the issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
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The platform is easy to use and has a quick learning curve. Easy to create reports and bring in different data sources. It gives you the ability to export to cloud quickly and easily.
  • Analysis and presentation of data
  • Report generation
  • Simple and effective GUI; easy to learn
  • Few customization options
  • Icons are small and hard to read at times
  • Handling of complex relationships between tables could be improved
Microsoft Power BI allows you to manage, organize, and visualize data in a more efficient way. Microsoft Power BI's integrated tools make it easier to create models, analyses, reports, and predictions. Microsoft Power BI gives you a more attractive visual appearance.
Support can answer any questions that pop up if you are unable to find them on the web. Most problems can be found easily by a simple search without contacting support.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have different uses cases for [Microsoft] Power BI (Desktop and Pro), from the Desktop side, we have many vendor exported CSV financial data, this data is generated every month with tens of thousands of rows and hundreds of columns, this data needs to be crunched and converted into human readable reports.
We import these CSVs to a central data source (SQL Server) and then use Power BI Desktop to transform this data into phenomenal interactive drilldown reports for the executive and financial departments to easily review and take immediate decisions, the transformation is fairly easily and intuitive and the outcomes are very satisfying.

On the [Microsoft] Power BI Pro side, we have it connected to a few online data sources from the cloud, with its automated refresh functionality, we are getting fresh and up to date reports and analytics that help our management make decisions quickly and effectively, [Microsoft] Power BI is an amazing product!
  • Easy to setup and develop solid reports
  • Supports a substantial number of data sources to import from and connect to
  • Great reports designer with many chart types and customizations
  • Intuitive interface
  • Desktop and Pro versions are reasonably priced
  • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
  • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
  • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
  • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
  • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
I would definately recommend [Microsoft] Power BI, its an amazing product, despite of the cons, the product is still remarkable and unique in the values that it provides.

If you have scattered data left undiscovered, or need solid reporting and analytics, or even just simply want to impress your management with detailed, beautiful and organized reports that are automatically refreshed with fresh content, Power BI is absolutely the tool to go for.
It can import data from an overwhelming amount of sources, such as Excel, SQL Server, Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics, Sales Force, MySQL, Amazon Redshift and many others, and it allows you to quickly and easily build and publish beautiful reports that always impresses the executives and management.

[Microsoft] Power BI is one of a few products that I would recommend to literally anyone who uses a computer, there is always a use case for Power BI, especially the desktop version, the moment you create your first report you realize how much time and effort it saves and how much insights it gives on your data, personally, Power BI is an essential part of my work and I truly enjoy building reports and gathering/transforming data using it.

The support community for [Microsoft] Power BI is huge and online forums are full of questions and answers that helped us get up to speed with the product, additionally, Microsoft's own support was very helpful and did provide valuable support on issues we initially faced, I would give the support experience and the availability of support resources an "A+" for this product
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.
Alejandro Pineda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Microsoft Power Bi is used mostly by the commercial department as end-users because they can see the information from our Datawarehouse and can visualize all the reports they request to DWH Department. We started using Microsoft Power BI because before it the reports were created in excel sheet and the graphics need to be created by a user from the Commercial Department so they needed to manipulate the data from an excel and then make reports and presentation depending on their needs.
  • Easy to manipulate graphics and reports
  • Good looking reports
  • Easy to use their interface and very intuitive for end users
  • Add more default templates
  • More examples or reference to create dashboards
  • Add more educational reference in the website
Microsoft Power BI is well suited to create executive dashboard and reports, also it is very easy to manipulate or add filters depending of the information that you will need to present in a conference or to the CEO.
Once you create a report the users can manipulate the information without the help of the development team and with it create new reports or export the information to Excel.
Microsoft needs to improve the contact center support because when you call them it is very difficult that you can find the solution with them, so you have to contact a local vendor to find out the solution to your issue. Also, the information that you find in the web from the official channels is not good so you have to find a third party information.
Score 9 out of 10
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Microsoft Power BI is being used In my organization by the executive team to view Sales and Inventory KPI and make important financial decisions.
Power BI reports and charts makes it easy to visualize problem areas in production and distribution and where to make necessary improvements in the future. It is great for collaborating with coworkers with dashboards.
  • Microsoft Power BI is great for creating reports and charts for data visualization
  • It can integrate very easily with excel and SQL server database
  • It is easy to learn and use
  • It is cheaper compared to other options
  • It can sometime take a long time to load the data
  • Not enough options to share dashboards externally
  • Custom visuals are not easy to configure and manage
  • DAX can be difficult to understand and write
Microsoft Power BI is great for SQL based data, which can be easily imported. It is great for visualizing and comparing data and create dashboards for every day use. Excel data can be easily imported and transformed for daily use.
So far Micrsoft Power BI support team has been on time and solved any issues that we had.
Score 8 out of 10
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With the implementation of reports through Microsoft Power BI Desktop, we are able to address the business problem of providing near real-time operational reports.
  • Easy Navigation
  • Statistical/ Analytical Analysis
  • Easy Data Modeling
  • Large volume data handling
  • DAX usability
Microsoft Power BI is well suited for the individual with low or no technical background also. It's the ease of loading, transforming, and visualizing data make it easier to analyse and deploy reports.
Microsoft Power BI is tool that serves the purpose of data loading, data cleaning, data analysis, and reports.
Low training required. Easy to share reports.
May 15, 2021

Microsoft Power BI

Score 7 out of 10
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We use Power BI across our organization to track many aspects of our product, performance, and sales. It is a great tool for accessing, combining and visualizing data from many different sources.
  • Data connects many other products
  • Easy to manipulate data to suit different uses
  • Very robust, yet still easy to navigate
  • Sometimes the web app version moves slowly or doesn't seem to update effectively
  • There is some functionality only available in desktop version
It is a great tool where metrics and data are crucial to your organization. Everything is accessible in one interface and allows you to get a better grasp on many different data sets. You are able to build reports, with many different filters, and customize them completely to suit your organization's needs.
I've never used support
Score 8 out of 10
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Power BI was is being used as a data visualization tool and for creating dashboards across the complete organization. All stats based reporting is now being done through it as it is easy to slice and dice through it in an interactive and easy manner. It also allows to drill down to next level of analysis.
  • Interactive tool with great user interface
  • Different types of visualization possible
  • Custom reports can be created
  • Not self learning tool
  • A small change in one input file, can have huge impact on the report and it is very difficult to test it
  • Need to learn coding for advanced reporting
Suited when different type of visualizations is needed; need to be shared with multiple users including external users; need slicing and dicing; need drill down capability

Not suitable for simple visualization as MS Excel pivot tables are equally good with less hassle and effort.
As an end user, have not really needed any support but heard this from our team who creates the dashboards via Power BI.
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 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.