TrustRadius
Great software for data visualization
https://www.trustradius.com/business-intelligence-biMicrosoft Power BIUnspecified8.1529101
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October 01, 2019

Great software for data visualization

Score 9 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Power BI

It is currently used for reporting and expected to replaced all the copy-paste jobs and cleaning data. User can create dashboards with data sources and the refresh data whenever needed. Much more efficient and faster to generate same reports every month/quarter. Many trainings available and it's free for standard users. So it's great for colleagues to try it and learn it at no cost upfront.
  • Connect to various data sources (online and offline)
  • Ease to use and start training with no cost
  • Best feature is to create template report and refresh it with new data every month
  • Connection to SAP Business Warehouse or Oracle needs additional add-ons
  • It's like Power point, difficult to put all charts in the same size or put in one line
  • Can only insert 1 online data source at a time. If you have 1 online data source, cannot add additional sources in dashboard
No cost upfront. Standard user can use it for free (without publishing dashboard to server).
Wide range of data sources available, both online and offline.

However, connection to SAP businesswarehouse and Oracle database requires additional add-in on top.

Also, live connection cannot be combined with other sources in 1 dashboard.
Easy to share and manage access right
Best case: design dashboards with queries/data sources and then update them whenever you need. Live connection is also possible (depends how fast is the connection/back-end data). It is the best for data exploration and visualization.

Not so appropriate: when you need to do tons of calculations with back-end data or clean it in advance, other program like Alteryx would be more appropriate. Power BI is more for data visualization.

Microsoft Power BI Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
8
Report Formatting Templates
9
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
8
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
Not Rated
Publish to PDF
Not Rated
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
8
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
10
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