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A great and interactive business analytics tool
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July 05, 2019

A great and interactive business analytics tool

Score 8 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Power BI

Currently, Microsoft Power BI is being used by some departments on our organization. Basically, the financial department, and the IT department. Microsoft Power BI is very useful to build numerous dashboards in order to support post-data gathering for all core processes. Furthermore, Microsoft Power BI can build many possible charts. We can use them to show information or even full interactive presentations, that in Microsoft Excel we could not do. Microsoft Power BI has integration with the other Microsoft business tools, and this is really helpful.
  • The cost of it, really affordable.
  • Power BI has a great integration with other tools like Office 365, Azure, etc.
  • Navigation is very similar to Microsoft Excel, so if you are already acquainted with Excel, you'll have no problems with BI.
  • Great variety of chart types, I think it is around sixteen different ones.
  • If you are not a Microsoft Excel power user, it can be a little challenging to use.
  • Slow performance if you have a huge amount of data to analyze.
  • Has a very bulky user interface.
As I already said, Microsoft Power BI adds up to Microsoft Excel. It is a more powerful and more complete tool when you talk about business analytics solutions. Microsoft Power BI provides interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with a simple enough interface for end-users to create reports and dashboards.
Microsoft Power BI supports a large range of data sources. You can click on get data and it shows you all the available data connections, so you can connect to many different flat files, SQL databases, Azure Cloud, or even web platforms such as Facebook, Google analytics. Microsoft Power BI also includes an ODBC connection to connect to other ODBC data sources.
Using Microsoft Power BI windows app with presentation mode can enable you to present, collaborate and even have productive discussions while using your data in your Power BI dashboards and reports. You can use this presentation mode on any device running Windows, like Microsoft Surface Hub, your Windows desktop, or even a tablet.
Just like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power BI has many types of graphs and charts, but when it comes to creating a tableau of information, the data can be transformed into maps and gauges. There is even a KPI visualization and one called R visualization. Of course, the scenario in which the user has advanced experience in Microsoft Excel is the best scenario—Power BI makes data analysis extremely easy for them. And more, you can see the raw data behind the visualization opening Excel.

Microsoft Power BI Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
9
Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
10
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
8
Report sharing and collaboration
8
Publish to Web
7
Publish to PDF
7
Report Versioning
8
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Delivery to Remote Servers
6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
9
Multi-User Support (named login)
7
Role-Based Security Model
8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
8
Responsive Design for Web Access
6
Dedicated iOS Application
8
Dedicated Android Application
7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
6
REST API
8
Javascript API
7
iFrames
7
Java API
8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
10
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
9