Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI

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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Microsoft Power BI

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Recent Reviews

Review for Power BI

10
April 25, 2022
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 …

Microsoft Power BI Desktop is it good ?

9
February 07, 2022
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 …
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Great value. Would use again.

10
July 20, 2021
The entire organization is using Power BI. Depending on your technical ability, any one person could be leveraging the technology …

Data will never be the same again, thanks to PowerBI

10
June 22, 2021
We have different uses cases for [Microsoft] Power BI (Desktop and Pro), from the Desktop side, we have many vendor exported CSV financial …
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Awards

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TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2021
TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2020
TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2019

Popular Features

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Customizable dashboards (136)

9.0
90%

Drill-down analysis (136)

8.7
87%

Report sharing and collaboration (133)

8.6
86%

Formatting capabilities (135)

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
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://powerbi.microsoft.com/en…

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

8.2
82%

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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Microsoft Power BI Technical Details

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 Customizable dashboards and 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.

Reviews

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Score 10 out of 10
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Since our organization runs on Microsoft based solutions Power BI was our first obvious choice to investigate. Our analisys proved that Power BI will deliver what we need with adequate cost and within a reasonable timeline. As a solution within our IT environment without the need for any additional, external integrations it was simply the right choise to make.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Power BI was perfectly integrated in our Microsoft ecosystem what makes everything easier also, the fast evolution that has happened over the last years and their reaction to our needs is something that makes the differents.
They listen to the customer and as they do a lot of releases with new capabilities, they try to include in the new realeses what is relevant for the customers.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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In my opinion, Zoho Analytics appears to be too complicated and unintuitive. Basic charts and tables take a long time to load. There are some difficulties in gaining access to the platform through the internet. The sales team will demonstrate. The most robust data visualization tool ever created is Microsoft Power BI. Personalization options are more extensive and customizable with this app version.
Colin Sebastian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Tableau's end product was visually more pleasing, but the ease of inputting data and manipulating it with Power BI makes Power BI the choice for our group. Tableau's input function was often clunky and more time consuming than the import feature in Power BI. Also Power BI interface with other Microsoft tools was a big plus.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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Compared to Amazon QuickSight, if your dataset is coming from Amazon S3, it is much easier to just use QuickSight. However, if you are building a pipeline using prefect to transfer data, MS Power BI would potentially be a good tool to use and visualize the data by some none coding colleagues.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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Power BI from a price perspective is the lowest cost (probably even from a total cost of ownership perspective) of all the offerings I have ever evaluated. The piece that really stands out for Power BI is the data transformation layer called Power Query. This section allows you to manipulate data in great detail.
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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We selected Power BI because we could push a single source out to a group of people for instant viewing and reporting. They could select from pre-created filters that we selected, but also land on a default view. It's intuitive to use and gets the job done in an enterprise supported way.
Score 10 out of 10
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Reseller
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The most well-known competitor for [Microsoft] Power BI that can actually compete with the rich feature set it provides is Tableau, it is an excellent product, providing almost all of the features that Power BI provides, however, when we made the purchasing decision, Tableau was much more expensive than Power BI, like really expensive, and comes with a complex licensing model.

[Microsoft] Power BI on the other hand is fairly priced for the Pro version with a Free version that does well, while I believe that Tableau is a very powerful product, it is not something I would recommend to anyone, it would be more reasonable to be used by specific data analysts, Power BI on the other hand is more "useful and easier to use for the common business person", and surely much cheaper.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Review Source
The primary other visualization tool I think of is Tableau. Tableau is fine and both options are usable as long as the underlying data architecture is good. I still prefer Power BI because I think it works better with the other Microsoft Applications and I find it cleaner to use.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
Review Source
Power BI integrates very easily with Microsoft based products like excel and sql server database and makes it easy to modify data. It also provides several different types of visualization and forecasting tools that are absent from other products. It is comparatively cheaper than other products out there.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Zoho Analytics is too complex-looking and unintuitive. It is not agile and takes a lot of time to load even basic tables and charts. It looks hideously archaic and insipid. Unlike Power BI, there are practically no online resources for one to learn the platform on their own. You will have to rely on countless demos from their sales executives.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Unfortunately, I was not part of the decision making process so I can't speak for what we were searching on before we made the decision to purchase. I will say that we have new team members who came from SAP, selling their SAP analytics product which is a direct competitor to PowerBI, They have said that it's light-years ahead in terms of speed and flexibility and by far a better product.
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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[Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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Cost-effective but has a lot of features to offer. The perfect tool to build reports and dashboards with a large amount of data and complex data modeling. End users do not require much knowledge to get used to the tool. Regular updates from Microsoft to add new features and has a great developer community.
Alex Brielmann | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
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Again, I would say [Microsoft] Power BI stacks up right in the middle against their competitors. It gets the job done in terms of data aggregation and visualization, but it lacks user experience and ease of building. Most sales reps I spoke with didn't like the tool because it wasn't easy to look at or pretty. And most developers didn't prefer building on it because it was clunky and we had a lot of bugs. At the end of the day it was usable and not the worst, so we dealt with it as we were a Microsoft company.
April 30, 2021

The Industry Standard

Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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I haven't used a tool similar to Microsoft Power BI before, however, it seems to be the industry standard for these types of reports and tool integrations. We operating in a "Microsoft shop" as I think many organizations do, and it just amkes sense to use Microsoft Power BI as our tool.
Luciana Montivero | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Even though Power BI is not the only tool we use, is the most powerful one! Its easiness to integrate information and directly import queries makes it super easy to set up and start using it. Also, it's much faster handling a lot of data compared to other products like microstrategy. Also, there are a lot of customizations you can do to your reports that really improve how you show your data.
Berlynn Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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Verified User
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It is so much easier to find data points and build or update reports in Adobe Analytics. I use this for all my secondary order metrics and while there are two reports I use consistently in Power BI I find that it is hard to update those reports, even be able to see the ability to filter or search. The nav is easy to use to print, export, share, comment, etc. I do like that functionality since Adobe doesn't have the ability to collaborate with chats and comments.