Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI

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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Microsoft Power BI

Overview

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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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 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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.
Suryaprakash Mishra | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Quick real-time information
  • Streamlined publications and distribution
  • Row level security and element of machine learning and AI
  • Ability to connect to SAS datasets
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Review Source
  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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
May 15, 2021

Microsoft Power BI

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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.
Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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.
Christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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.
Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • 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
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Data from multiple sources can easily be imported and processed using in-built connectors in Power BI.
  • Auto ML capabilities are inbuilt helping people create predictive models without an in-depth knowledge of coding and algorithms.
  • Reports and dashboards can be accessed on the go via mobile apps.
  • Learning to create dashboard on Power BI is a bit intimidating for a new user and takes a long time to learn different functionalities.
  • Documentation is not great and links are broken at times.
  • No support Mac based devices.