PowerBI.Com - Quick Review
Andrew Failor | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 19, 2016

PowerBI.Com - Quick Review

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Power BI For Office 365

This differs from company to company. I have implemented solutions for a single line of business within a company and across all lines within a company. Typically during a deployment, we will develop and release content for a single business line and then move to others. Power BI specifically will display the data you have prepared in the background. It can also be used, by power users / analysts, to explore their own data and to make their own analysis without having to go through IT once a solid data model is in place.
  • Easily create graphs and visualizations.
  • Distributing dashboards & content packs
  • Finding inconsistencies in data.
  • If a data source is deployed directly to PowerBI.com without using Power BI desktop, you will not have the ability to troubleshoot connectivity issues which often arise during Metadata and other changes to the model.
  • Not for typical static reporting.
  • No row based security within Power BI itself.
When you look at the whole MS BI stack, it is far and away the best solution. But if you are solely looking at PowerBI.com (Power BI for Office 365), it's features are limited to creating graphs and visualizations. For example, you create cubes and data models in Cognos, but you need SSAS to do this before sending the finished model to PowerBI.com.
The built in connectors are by far, the best thing about Power BI when it comes to data source connectivity. But what is holding it back is the ability to edit connections once it is deployed to PowerBI.com. There are ways around this, but when it comes to SQL Server Based DW solutions with SSAS, you cannot edit the data source if you publish directly to PowerBI.com. Additionally, you cannot change the data source of a report within PowerBI.com. This is a big deal for a developer who wants to change something from the development environment to production.
There isn't too much to say about this. You can easily share your dashboards within your organization and they even recently released the ability to share dashboards with people outside of your company.
It is appropriate for creating graphs and visualizations. These can be created & then deployed or a data model can be deployed and power users can create their own graphs and visualizations.

Power BI For Office 365 Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
9
Drill-down analysis
7
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
8
Report sharing and collaboration
9
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
6
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
3
Responsive Design for Web Access
7
Dedicated iOS Application
8
Dedicated Android Application
8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
5