Power BI- More powerful reports and dashboards
May 08, 2021

Power BI- More powerful reports and dashboards

Annie Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source

Software Version

Power BI Premium

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is used by the entire organization for basic analytics and data visualization purposes. It enables the functional users without technical background to quickly customize their reports as per the requirements and even share the reports as well as the insights from the reports with other users in the organization. Also, the information can be analyzed and visualized in the real-time making sure that actions can be taken based on insights in due time.
  • Data from multiple sources can easily be imported and processed using in-built connectors in Power BI.
  • Auto ML capabilities are inbuilt helping people create predictive models without an in-depth knowledge of coding and algorithms.
  • Reports and dashboards can be accessed on the go via mobile apps.
  • Learning to create dashboard on Power BI is a bit intimidating for a new user and takes a long time to learn different functionalities.
  • Documentation is not great and links are broken at times.
  • No support Mac based devices.
  • Management can keep a track of key metrics in real time which enables them to act proactively.
  • Helps teams in Root Cause Analysis to identify the source of problem so that it can be avoided in future.
  • People not well versed with coding and ML algorithms can also quickly create accurate sales forecast and prediction models leading to better planning.

Do you think Microsoft Power BI delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Microsoft Power BI's feature set?

No

Did Microsoft Power BI live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Microsoft Power BI go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Microsoft Power BI again?

No

Overall I like the Microsoft Power BI as it is able to deliver what it commits to. It is fast in execution and integrates well with the entire Microsoft ecosystem include Azure. Availability of mobile apps has also been helpful as reports are always accessible from the convenience of a mobile device. Also it comes with a per user license based pricing which makes it suitable for different size teams as one can invest what they need.
I only had 1-2 instances where I needed to reach out to support teams for Power BI. Though the touchpoints for support teams are limited and only option is to create a support ticket, the response on email was prompt and required to exchange only 2 messages before we solved the issue. I also want to mention that I learnt a lot from the amazing community forums and learning videos available. However, I am not happy with the depth of the documentation.
Microsoft Power BI is suited for teams with a lot of reporting and dashboard creation requests as it gets the job done even though the learning curve is steep. It is also suited to the situations where data is scattered across different platforms and tools and needs to be combined to generate reports and insights.

Microsoft Power BI Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
Not Rated
Report Formatting Templates
Not Rated
Drill-down analysis
Not Rated
Formatting capabilities
Not Rated
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
Not Rated
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.)
Not Rated
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
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
Not Rated
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated
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