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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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
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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A great tool to work with, create different views and dimensions for the data without touching the source data. It requires a bit of time to get used to it and work with it properly. Access level and sharing could be done a bit easier - because of that a 9 instead of 10.
Score 9 out of 10
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Based on Excel skills is easy to transition to Power BI and have better use of the data. Microsoft is constantly evolving and developing new visuals and improving the tool. I believe is a great investment for the tool and the return from it.
Score 9 out of 10
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Once you get into the way of using it, it is a super powerful tool and becomes your "new excel" as everything is easier in Power BI and you have same power than in Excel (except for small things...).
But the starting is difficult, it is a new tool that feels like make for data analysts or experts and not for everyone, what i have learned is not true, as with a bit of training everybody can use the tool. I think something needs to change there or some extra on boarding should be done in order to make it super accesible from the beginning.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Even if you've used similar software before, this product will be challenging to master. UI and data sync, it's simple to create and update the reports you need. This tool helps me gain more profound and more detailed insights into my portfolio.
Colin Sebastian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Microsoft Power BI is very easy to use start to finish in the lifecycle of data management is very straight forward. The main benefit is that during the input the data can be manipulated to then input into Power BI. Once this connection is set up it is very easy to continually update and produce data is a very simple easily way.
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall, I would give MS Power BI a 7 out of 10 rating. It is a good tool to use for some none coding people and the tool makes it very easy to make interactive plots and share that with colleagues. The integration with R definitely is a big plus.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The usability is great. Microsoft has been in the reporting game in one way or another for many years. Think about Excel, SSRS and other products like that. The Microsoft team has a deep bench of people who understand what analysts are trying to achieve with business intelligence tools to get their jobs done.
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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If you've used Microsoft Excel (and most professionals reading this have), then you can intuitively navigate through the Power BI interface without too much trouble. There's a slight learning curve the first time you enter the interface, but that dissipates before long. The filters are creatively designed and you can easily find what you need.
Score 10 out of 10
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[Microsoft] Power BI is fairly easy to use, quick to setup and simple to build reports, it's very quick and easy to create your first report using it, a small learning curve is required to build your first report, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes much easier to work with and with time you start to build great reports and get more future insights and forecasts from your data.

One downside is the desktop app performance, the app gets stuck sometimes, and usually spends time processing even when the data is very small, there is surely an area for improvement on the performance side.
Score 10 out of 10
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I give Power BI an 8 out of 10 because it is very intuitive and flexible. It gets the job done while complimenting the rest of your applications. I wish some of the subscription capabilities were more dynamic as one example of the desired enhancement, but I'm confident in the future development of additional features. Also, since it's a Microsoft product, you can bet on the security and ongoing supportability of the product.
Alejandro Pineda | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Is very easy to create dashboards and reports and you don't need a development team to modify reports or add filters or change the way of how you see the information. Also, it has excellent integration with the Microsoft suite that helps you to share easily the reports or add them to SharePoint.
Score 8 out of 10
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Usability is an important aspect in terms of Power BI, the tool is designed in a way that the learning curve is quite fast. It has an easy navigation for loading, transforming, formatting, and analytics.
Score 8 out of 10
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As a user, Power BI presents the analysis in a much easy to use and understand manner. Also, they are live dashboards which get updated on go with updates in input files. A lot of information can be shown in same dashboard with easy slicing and dicing and saves lot of time in navigating through multiple reports.
Amr Saad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Microsoft Power BI is very easy to use and I was able to Create Dashboards and Charts with ease. Also, I was able to get insightful information from different charts easily. Overall, I liked the user experience and how straightforward it was.
Score 9 out of 10
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At this point, I think we all know who has taken the lead in the business intelligence and analytics market worldwide. With fresh new updates every other day on top of an already robustly built product with all features that one can dream of is a no brainer, I feel. Microsoft will invariably be synonymous with quality and professionalism.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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As a company and as an organization, we are very pleased with the system and tool as a whole. In total I believe we have about 50 or so users across multiple departments (1/10 of our organization size). Because of the variety of use cases that the system can support across different team[s], it has become a very powerful tool as part of our arsenal. As a CSM here, I am using the tool almost daily for deeper and further insights and analysis on my customer portfolio.
Christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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It is a great product, but unless you already have a lot of experience with similar software it can be a little difficult to really get going in using the software. Once you get the hang of the UI and the data importing/sync, it is pretty simple to build the reports you need and to manage and update those reports.
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Installing, configuring and using [Microsoft] Power BI is really easy, perfectly possible for users with basic IT knowledge; however, some concepts are indispensable and without them it might appear that Power BI is less usable than it actually is.
  • [Microsoft] Power BI is perfect for those who know something about databases, as it is an intuitive tool with which a lot of value can be generated from data.
  • [Microsoft] Power BI and no similar tool will be easy for an executive who has little knowledge or interest in information technologies.
Score 8 out of 10
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Very cost-effective compared to other BI tools available in the market. This tool has a great developer community and has a lot of unique features as well as future-proof abilities to compete. Suggested for enterprises that handle huge data and it has options to perform data automation which most of the BI tools lack.
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall I like the Microsoft Power BI as it is able to deliver what it commits to. It is fast in execution and integrates well with the entire Microsoft ecosystem include Azure. Availability of mobile apps has also been helpful as reports are always accessible from the convenience of a mobile device. Also it comes with a per user license based pricing which makes it suitable for different size teams as one can invest what they need.