Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Power BI
Power BI is a very good tool to create quick reports with beautiful visualizations and a great tool to research your data visually. I think that seeing your data in a visual way can help you see things you may miss with a standard report. I use it to track my projects to compare costs and revenues.
- Power BI allows you to show or look at your data in different types of visualizations easily and quickly.
- It is light-weight with great selection of visualization tools (with many add-ons available for extra types of visualization).
- You can create reports using the easy to use and elegant looking dashboard which would be familiar to Excel users.
- The data you analyze can come from single or multiple data sources, with a huge selection of data source types.
- The reports and graphs you create can be easily customized to suit your needs or taste.
- New features are being added rapidly (which can be a con for some as it can result in having to re-learn to use some of the operations).
- May be a little hard at first for users with no Excel (or competing products) [experience].
- Can be slow with large amounts of data.
- Office 365 version of Power BI is not as easy to use as the desktop version.
- Exporting and integration with other products can be improved.
- I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
- I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
- No negative impact at all for me.
Microsoft's Power BI is what Excel graphing and pivoting should have been like. Power BI has much better ways to look at your data visually than you can with Excel's own tools. You can select from many built-in graph types or you can use the growing number of add-ons to get even more ways to visualize your data. Customizing reports/graphs is also much easier in Power BI.
I think that anyone who works with data (costs, customer, advertising, etc) can benefit from seeing their data visually. Power BI has various types of visualization options that allow you to look at your data in ways a standard report just can't and you WILL see information you've missed before. It may not be best for users with very large amounts of data.
Microsoft Power BI Feature Ratings
Using Microsoft Power BI
1 - anyone with Excel knowledge will be at home with Power BI. An understanding of pivoting is recommended.
- Plan project budget based on previous projects
- Assess AdWord campaign success
- Compare expenses against income based on similar past projects
- If and when my business will grow, I will be using the BI collaboration features to track all employee projects
Evaluating Microsoft Power BI and Competitors
Yes - it replaced Excel as it has much better visualization and publishing options.
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features. I was looking for a product that expands on Excel capabilities.
Using Microsoft Power BI
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Quick to learn
Feel confident using