Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft BI
Several people that I know use Microsoft PowerBI. It is mainly used for reporting for several teams, then I am able to access those reports for my own use. When I use it I import Excel sheets in, and use PowerBI to make them more visually appealing and easier to filter. It works like a charm. I have not seen any issues other than the occasional drag with data sets.
- Makes reports more visually appealing
- Very good variety of formats for charting information
- Good cloud connectivity (most of the time)
- Need to be proficient with Excel before diving into PowerBI
- Only available with a monthly subscription
- Steep learning curve for many users (including me)
To be honest, I have never used anything similar to PowerBI. I have seen reports that come from Whatagraph, but I have never used it myself, so that is the only application that I can sort of compare it too. Just looking at the visuals from both, PowerBI reports are better looking, but that is an unfair comparison because I have not used it and don't know if they have similar options. I have just seen the end result.
If you are part of an enterprise that is running daily reports to many users, and you want to up your game by making visually stunning, easy to follow reports, PowerBI is the tool for you and well worth the cost. If you are in an environment that runs one report a month, the cost might not be worth it just for some bells and whistles.