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Review: "Microsoft BI platform good for Reporting but always changing for the rest of the toolset so use caution for your needs."
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February 12, 2016

Review: "Microsoft BI platform good for Reporting but always changing for the rest of the toolset so use caution for your needs."

Score 7 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft BI

Our entire organization, W.B. Mason, uses Microsoft BI for reporting. Putting critical and up to date data in the hands of our sales people and managers making decisions is critical in the changing market place of Office Supplies.
  • SSRS Reports allows browser based access on multiple mobile devices to reports and dashboards quickly
  • Focus their strategy on what is offered for the toolset. I believe they are starting to clarify this.
  • Creation of and deployment of new reports is difficult for your average end user who doesn't use Visual Studio.
I wasn't part of the decision that selected Microsoft BI but we are heavily invested in AX for our finance and distribution platform and SQL as a database platform.
We are standardized on SQL as a platform so connecting databases and data warehouse cubes is extremely easy. The only other data we strive to connect to is data is SharePoint lists and that is easy as well.
I rated this high because it's a combination of SQL security, AD security and SharePoint security that makes sharing reports easy to do while giving the comfort that it is getting in the right hands.
For companies who have developers on hand and a huge investment in SQL as a database platform, the BI stack makes the most sense.

Microsoft BI Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
5
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
10
Publish to PDF
10
Report Versioning
10
Report Delivery Scheduling
10
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Not Rated
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated