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Microsoft Power BI


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…

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8 out of 10
October 04, 2023
I used Microsoft Power BI for regular data analysis and report generation.
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Popular Features

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  • Customizable dashboards (138)
  • Drill-down analysis (138)
  • Report sharing and collaboration (134)
  • Formatting capabilities (137)

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  • No setup fee
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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $10 per month per user
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BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

Avg 8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

Avg 8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for patterns and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

Avg 8.0

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Avg 7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

APIs are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for used for embedding one application in another

Avg 7.9
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Product Details

What is Microsoft Power BI?

Power BI: Comprehensive Business Intelligence Platform


  • Discover Insights with AI: Utilizes advanced data-analysis tools, AI features, and a report-creation tool to transform complex data into accessible visuals, making it easier to uncover valuable insights.

  • Consolidate Data with OneLake: Integrates datasets from diverse sources into OneLake, creating a centralized, reliable source of truth for data. This integration reduces data duplication and simplifies analysis.

  • Drive Decision-Making: Infuse actionable insights into everyday applications like Microsoft 365, enhancing decision-making processes across the organization.

  • Empower Data Teams with Microsoft Fabric: Revolutionizes organization's data management and usage by incorporating Microsoft Fabric into the Power BI experience.

Key Differentiators:

  • Scalability: Power BI offers exceptional scalability, capable of transforming petabytes of data and supporting thousands of users without compromising performance.

  • Integration with Microsoft Ecosystem: Seamlessly embed and share insights across Microsoft services like Teams, PowerPoint, Excel, and the Power Platform, ensuring coherent and unified data handling.

  • Advanced AI Capabilities: Features AI tools that automatically find patterns, generate reports, and provide insights, enhancing efficiency and accuracy.

  • Robust Data Governance: Ensures data security and compliance with Microsoft's comprehensive governance and protection measures.

Copilot in Power BI:

  • Efficient Report Generation: Generates reports rapidly using conversational language. Copilot in Power BI enables quick creation of DAX calculations, summaries, and tailored reports.

Integration with Microsoft Fabric:

  • Enhanced Accessibility: Allows interaction with reports and data across Microsoft Fabric workloads, even for users without paid licenses.

  • OneLake Data Hub: Facilitates the connection and curation of data from varied sources, promoting efficient data engineering.

Power BI PRO:

  • Self-Service Analytics: License individuals for self-service analytics, enabling them to publish and share reports, fostering a culture of self-service BI.

Free Account Options:

  • Power BI Desktop & Free Trial: Offers a free app for data connection, modeling, and visualization, along with an easy-to-use report canvas.

  • Comprehensive Training: Access step-by-step Microsoft training courses to fully leverage Power BI capabilities.

Key Benefits:

  • Unified Data Management: Connect disparate data sources to establish a governed, unified source of truth.

  • Empower All Users: Ensures accessibility and ease of use for everyone, supported by free training resources and numerous accessibility features.

  • Immediate Start: Quickly begin with report creation, AI-generated reports, and a wide range of templates.

  • Customer Engagement: Enhance user engagement in apps by embedding Power BI reports.

Microsoft Power BI Features

BI Platform Features

  • Supported: Administration via Windows App
  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: OLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
  • Supported: ROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: Data warehouse / dictionary layer
  • Supported: ETL Capability

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: Postgres
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: Hortonworks Hadoop
  • Supported: EMC Greenplum
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: HP Vertica
  • Supported: ParAccel
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Teradata
  • Supported: Sage 500
  • Supported: Salesforce
  • Supported: SAP
  • Supported: Google Analytics

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Pixel Perfect reports
  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Versioning
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling
  • Supported: Delivery to Remote Servers

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Predictive Analytics
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Single Sign-On (SSO)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Mobile Application
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

  • Supported: REST API
  • Supported: Javascript API
  • Supported: Java API
  • Supported: Themeable User Interface (UI)

Microsoft Power BI Screenshots

Screenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Turns insights into impact for business usersScreenshot of Power BI integrates easily with Microsoft 365Screenshot of Microsoft Power BI - AI-Powered CapabilitiesScreenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Copilot can be used to create reportsScreenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Data HubScreenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Scales as organizational needs growScreenshot of Microsoft Power BI - Data Governance

Microsoft Power BI Competitors

Microsoft Power BI Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesAsia Pacific, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States
Supported LanguagesArabic, Basque - Basque, Bulgarian - Български, Catalan - català, Chinese (Simplified) - 中文(简体), Chinese (Traditional) - 中文(繁體), Croatian - hrvatski, Czech - čeština, Danish - dansk, Dutch - Nederlands, English - English, Estonian - eesti, Finnish - suomi, French - français, Galician - galego, German - Deutsch, Greek - Ελληνικά, Hebrew, Hindi - हिंदी, Hungarian - magyar, Indonesian - Bahasa Indonesia, Italian - italiano, Japanese - 日本語, Kazakh - Қазақ, Korean - 한국어, Latvian - latviešu, Lithuanian - lietuvių, Malay - Bahasa Melayu, Norwegian (Bokmål) - norsk (bokmål), Polish - Polski, Portuguese (Brazil) - Português, Portuguese (Portugal) - português, Romanian - română, Russian - Русский, Serbian (Cyrillic) - српски, Serbian (Latin) - srpski, Slovak - slovenčina, Slovenian - slovenski, Spanish - español, Swedish - svenska, Thai - ไทย, Turkish - Türkçe, Ukrainian - українська, Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Microsoft Power BI starts at $10.

Tableau Cloud, Looker, and Domo are common alternatives for Microsoft Power BI.

Reviewers rate Javascript API highest, with a score of 9.7.

The most common users of Microsoft Power BI are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews and Ratings


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Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
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
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I used Microsoft Power BI for regular data analysis and report generation.
I use to deal with a lot of financial data and Microsoft Power BI does an amazing job handling Big complex data. The visualization, customization, filter and DAX options are really very flexible and helped me to prepare a great overall analysis.
The UI lags a bit sometimes as compared to other BI tools like Adobe Analytics, Tableau and others but the Microsoft Power BI is a powerhouse in terms of data processing and hence a great tool to have when you're dealing with Big data. Since Microsoft provides other integrations to its Cloud service Azure - it was fairly compatible for us to use Azure, Microsoft Power BI, SQL Server in sync. Overall a great product.
Mohamed Adil Shaikh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Power BI is a great tool for Visualization and reporting.
We basically use this tool as a means of analyzing the maintenance data base in SAP.
Because of this tool we can easily be able to find out the insights and bottle necks in the SAP Data.
With Certain filters and query this dashboard can be easily shared to the higher management and can be able to find out where to improve by quickly analyzing the data.
David Shi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[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.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
Reporting BI tool for the entire organization for Intact. In the past, many Power BI dev. didn't have unique and secure workspaces to share and collaborate their reports and data. It was also stored in an unsecured manner and its location is many. Power BI gateway services and power bi web services with a premier license model provided us the solution to separate, secure, and manage the reports and their data governance around them.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
April 25, 2022

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Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Colin Sebastian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Suryaprakash Mishra | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
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!
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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.
Amr Saad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
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