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Power BI - Good, and Getting Better Constantly
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May 13, 2019

Power BI - Good, and Getting Better Constantly

Score 6 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Power BI

We have just begun working with Power BI to do some data analysis of our student enrollment and certain operational benchmarks related to program participation and school safety.
  • Ease of constructing graphs.
  • Always updated visuals being offered.
  • Variety of data sources to be able to pull data.
  • Does not allow for parameters to be passed to the system as part of a user interaction.
  • Cannot share data to our shareholders that are outside of our domain.
  • Is not yet a complete solution. Still using other reporting tools in addition.
I have worked with Crystal Reports, and while Power BI has many strengths over Crystal, Crystal is still the gold standard and my fall back application when I need certain functionality in our environment. This may be a temporary issue as Microsoft has shown committment to rapidly developing the feature set of this product on a monthly basis.
As stated previously, Power BI has a great ability to pull data from a variety of data sources and aggregate it. This has been very useful for us. However, due to the data manipulation we have to do with our data before it is in a more usable format, we have not been able to utilize the real-time data analysis in way we would like. This is not a downfall of the product, but merely our operation.
Being able to put the data out on our network to be utilized internally is extremely beneficial. The report distribution meets our needs for external sharing, but I would still like to see something where a link could be provided to someone outside of the domain to be able to view the reports.
Quick visual representation of datasets is the strong point here when working with reasonable sized files.
Large dataset files are problematic in quickly giving that representation due to application limitations.
Internal operations being guided by the dashboards is a well suited scenario, but as is the case when working in a collaborative environment, external users will lack your functionality that you have internally.

Microsoft Power BI Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
9
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
7
Formatting capabilities
8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9
Report sharing and collaboration
6
Publish to Web
6
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
10
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
8
Predictive Analytics
8
Multi-User Support (named login)
Not Rated
Role-Based Security Model
Not Rated
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
7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
8
REST API
5
Javascript API
7
iFrames
4
Java API
4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated