Great Business Intelligence solution for Low Cost
Brian Munn | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 07, 2018

Great Business Intelligence solution for Low Cost

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft BI

We are using Microsoft Power BI throughout or entire organization. Our finance department was the first group to start using Power BI. The ability to display the data easily and with ease of understanding is the key to Power BI. Users can quickly take data from a variety of data sources and display in an easy to read user friendly format. Power BI allows our users to see important data timely without scrolling through a bunch of Excel files.
  • Ability to connect to many different data sources and provide a easy to read graphical output.
  • There is a free version that comes with our O365 subscription that suits most cases and a paid version for the power users.
  • Many different chart types to choose from and active selection criteria makes the charts user interactive
  • Power BI lacks in its ability to integrate directly into AAD to allow you to customize reports based on logged in user.
  • Power BI has issues when trying to access multiple data sets for a report. The data needs to be manipulated outside for Power BI before being used in Power BI.
Power BI can easily access Excel data but to access SQL data you will need to install an gateway service.
I have not really had the need to do an collaboration with Power BI. The reports can easily be shared for multiple users to access.
If you are a Microsoft shop and have users that live and die by Microsoft Excel, Power BI will be a great addition. It is easy to get started and provides powerful professional looking reports without a high cost associated. Power BI is a great solution and easy to implement business intelligence solution.

Microsoft Power BI Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
10
Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
10
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
5
Publish to Web
8
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
4
Role-Based Security Model
4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Not Rated
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
9
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated