Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI

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Microsoft Power BI

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Awards

TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2022
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
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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

8.2
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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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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April 25, 2022

Review for Power BI

Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Colin Sebastian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Score 7 out of 10
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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.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Score 10 out of 10
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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.

Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Alejandro Pineda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
May 15, 2021

Microsoft Power BI

Score 7 out of 10
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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.
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Amr Saad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • [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.
Score 8 out of 10
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Good to use when the business involves complex calculations and requires intensive data modeling. Visuals scaling is not as great as other BI tools, but it will be useful to cover a lot of information in a single view. Covers almost every need of a BI developer or an analyst and also has support to import great works from third-party developers.
Score 7 out of 10
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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.