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Untrained new user experience with Microsoft Power BI
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November 03, 2016

Untrained new user experience with Microsoft Power BI

Score 6 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Power BI

I attempted to use the application as a substitute for tables and graphs in Excel. It seemed to be a good tool to set up graphical representations of mobile device usage and email usage. What it made available seemed to match what was being produced by several people in Excel or PowerPoint. The features seem to have a very good user interface to make the process much easier.
  • Easy to upload data sources.
  • Easy to set up graphs for presentation.
  • Easy to publish as a web page and modify regularly to as updates needed.
  • Instructions very lacking.
  • Ability to work sizing and presentation of the data was very difficult.
  • Although UI seems easy, there were several limitations on how I could present the data (look and feel for web page display).
  • It's a good start for setting up customized dashboards.
  • Available for all users based on Office 365 platform we have in place.
  • Doesn't really allow depth of report - specifically customization of visual displays.
Microsoft Power BI is a good combination of the two applications. It does make setting up a deck or dashboard much easier than the other two applications, but it does not have all the features Excel and PowerPoint have separately for use. I was able to set up basic reports, but the customizable capabilities were limited. Not the same with Excel or PowerPoint.
It's well suited for linking it to regularly received canned reports (extrapolated data). With the pieces set up in advance it would seem easy to update the data already created. If [you're] able to modify the display more than the minimal options it allows it would be perfect for creating a monthly deck to display data for management.

Microsoft Power BI Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
4
Customizable dashboards
4
Report Formatting Templates
4
Drill-down analysis
6
Formatting capabilities
4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
Not Rated
Publish to Web
6
Publish to PDF
6
Report Versioning
5
Report Delivery Scheduling
5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
Not Rated
Role-Based Security Model
Not Rated
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
5
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated