- perfectly integrated with microsoft tools
- objects can be easily shared in mobile environments
- attractive dashboards
- in the standard version it is not possible to do analysis by excel
- the Pro version is required for sharing jobs
- only a few data sources allow real time connections
- Beautiful visuals
- Ease of use
- Powerful data manipulation language
- I'd like to be able to use visuals based on different data sets in the same page.
- The visuals are limited - I'd like to see a ribbon plot for example.
- Would like to be able to use different data representations on the same visual. There's currently an ability to put lines on histograms but no ability to, for example, add points to a histogram or line plot. I understand some of these may be in development but you will never be able to create visuals for each possible combination. You need a way of combining two visuals into one - e.g. line and points.
- DAX is very powerful but a bit complicated for some users. I think you need to make some of the functionality that's available in DAX exposed at the UI level.
- The R visual gives the flexibility to plot a lot of stuff but it is limited by only being able to plot what's passed in the dataset.
- You need a text entry box that you can filter datasets by.
- The dashboard is super easy to use. The GUI is flexible and updates as needed
- Customization was key for individuals and presentation purposes.
- Integration with Office 365 is another plus. The licensing made sense when pitching the proposal when a client is already running Office 365.
- Well in general Microsoft support needs CPR.
- There are bugs such as some items you'd think were allowed on the dashboard are not options however from reading they are continuing to improve these concerns/features.
- Implementation can be finicky depending on how the current environment is configured.
- The visuals are excellent
- The interaction of data between graphs and charts
- The way the program saves how data sheets are manipulated.
- Connection to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
- Dashboards need to automatically update when I upload a report
- Increase speed
- Easily create graphs and visualizations.
- Distributing dashboards & content packs
- Finding inconsistencies in data.
- If a data source is deployed directly to PowerBI.com without using Power BI desktop, you will not have the ability to troubleshoot connectivity issues which often arise during Metadata and other changes to the model.
- Not for typical static reporting.
- No row based security within Power BI itself.
- We can view our whole business on one dashboard which we share at meetings
- There report views are outstanding but could use more colour options
- We are trying to embed their visuals for our app on mobile
- I can not seem to find out how to export their files in other formats
- They use SQL but we are moving to non SQL servers soon
- Sometimes the data gets too squished on small monitors
- Ease of use. Most people have experience working with Excel. If you know how to create pivots, you can use Power BI.
- Data extraction and transformation (ETL). ETL is a joy with Power Query. It is intuitive, simple and a magical experience to transform poor data into something useful.
- Visuals. Power BI is beautiful to behold, especially Power View.
- Maps. The interactive maps are great built-in tools.
- Cost You cannot find anything cheaper than Power BI, unless you want to give it to every user in your company.
- Automatic updates. A choice of a daily or weekly refresh is too slow for this era of real-time updates.
- Speed. It takes a while to load all the data into memory. Data with more than one million records will take a few minutes to refresh. Once it is loaded, it starts being fairly fast.
- Changing queries in Power Query. Although Microsoft is working on it, when you delete a step in Power Query, you might have to rebuild your data model. This defeats the purpose of having a fantastic user interface, in which it is simple to change queries.
- It's a self service BI. It's very easy to discover, analyze and visualize data.
- Ease of data import
- Easy to learn the basic operation of the software
- Like many Microsoft products, you can get by with a small understanding of the product, but to truly realize the entire potential does take a while to learn.
- Hooking up SQL databases to the cloud version is a more complex than just querying right into the database from the desktop version.
- Drag and drop report development
- Flexibility with Power Views, Pivot Tables, ETL, and Data Modeling all in one
- Power View is still in the early stages, so customization of the look and feel is a bit limited.
We are a Microsoft partner, with my line of business focusing on creating data-driven solutions for our customers, ranging from IT-sponsored enterprise data warehouse initiatives to small team and personal business analytics solutions. My consulting team uses Power BI for primarily two purposes: 1) to create pilot/proof-of-concept solutions for our customers to help launch them on their BI journey; 2) to perform data analytics on larger enterprise data-driven initiatives. The agility of the Excel-based solution, combined with the power of the in-memory PowerPivot data engine, more than meets our need for the these 2 purposes. Our customers appreciate it because it allows them to remain in their very familiar Excel environment.
We are working with mostly finance/accounting departments, and in some cases, business analysts (or "power users") within the business community (sales, marketing, etc.). We are solving finance challenges like Accounts Receivable collections, along with operational challenges such as monitoring year-over-year sales metrics and comparing them to budgets that come from two data locations. In addition, we're solving painful "process issues" like trying to import multiple files into a single data set. We are literally reducing process time from days to minutes!
- Provides flexible and powerful analytics on large datasets. PowerPivot, the in-memory database engine, can handle 100's of millions of rows of data, giving 1-2 second response time for aggregate data analysis.
- Provides an adaptable environment to perform analytics. When combining data together in PowerPivot, you have the ability to create Excel tables, combine them with database queries, and then join that with data coming from a web-service provider.
- Powerful web-based deployment capabilities. SharePoint technologies have been a part of the Microsoft BI solution stack for some time. Office 365 provides a powerful way to deploy the Power BI analytics to a wider audience in a secure way, allowing for flexible access from most any device, whether phone, tablet, or computer.
- Power Query, one of the components of Power BI, is one of my favorite parts of the solution. Basically, you have at your disposal an end-user "ETL" (Extract, Transform, Load) tool, all within Excel. We've reduced multi-step, manual processes to single-click, automatic application of business rules to collect and transform data into a usable format. No need for VLOOKUP any longer with this capability.
- Licensing: Currently, Microsoft has a fixed pricing model for Office 365 users, regardless of role/function of the user. Most organizations have a small number of "power users" that create usable content and many more "consumers" that simply view/run reports created by power users. Microsoft does not differentiate between these users, and thus the pricing limits organizations from large deployments of the software.
- Version incompatibility: Excel 2010 and 2013 workbooks are compatible with each other. However, workbooks created in 2010 that include PowerPivot databases must be upgraded to 2013 format to run in 2013. Subsequently, you cannot open these upgraded PowerPivot workbooks in 2010. This requires ALL users to be on the same version.
- Visualization: Excel charting with PowerPivot workbooks is adequate for many users. Power View also contains a number of GREAT visualizations, including animated bubble charts and a very flexible dashboard/report design canvas. However, compared to some of the other self-service BI solutions, it is still limited in its visualization capabilities.
Well-suited: In small-to-medium size businesses (SMB), Power BI is a wonderful solution. The speed to design and deploy a highly valuable solution makes it a fantastic selection for these businesses. Also, individual or small teams, even in large corporations, can benefit from it. Finally, accounting, finance, and business analysts are the "sweet-spot audience" for Power BI. Also, Power BI is great for designing prototypes or mockups of future enterprise capabilities.
Less Appropriate: Information Technology team developing an enterprise analytics solution. Power BI is not intended to be an enterprise solution. Power BI is fully capable of handling millions of rows of data for analysis. However, in more complex analytical scenarios, where complex rules are incorporated into the data model over VERY LARGE sets of data (in particular, dimensional/structural data), the PowerPivot solution is not as strong. It is generally recommended that you upgrade to SQL Server Analysis Services for these scenarios.
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