Power BI to reduce BS!
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 01, 2016

Power BI to reduce BS!

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Power BI For Office 365

I've supported Power BI for companies within the job recruiting area. We implemented the software for staff or more importantly the recruiters to upload data such as health care, real estate, IT, hedge funds and law firms to see what markets were most active and how to distribute staff for recruiting needed employees for their clients. There was no problem; it helped my clients focus on the needed markets with the visuals and dashboard so managers and "higher ups" can put together a strategy.
  • The dashboard is super easy to use. The GUI is flexible and updates as needed
  • Customization was key for individuals and presentation purposes.
  • Integration with Office 365 is another plus. The licensing made sense when pitching the proposal when a client is already running Office 365.
  • Well in general Microsoft support needs CPR.
  • There are bugs such as some items you'd think were allowed on the dashboard are not options however from reading they are continuing to improve these concerns/features.
  • Implementation can be finicky depending on how the current environment is configured.
Oracle was nice, super expensive to implement if it's not in use already. JobDiva is choppy and heavy on the system while does not give great reports. Salesforce is good; remote access is good however their support is terrible.
Once the information is in the database updating is pretty smooth. I haven't heard of many complaints. Pulling for external sources appears to be working well with no serious issue. Again information is only as good as the source itself. I may get the occasional squeaky wheel on the data updates and accuracy. However overall the information is solid.
With mobile integration and web access it's extremely convenient for mobile users and remote offices to utilize the tools. Again it is a cloud based product so the huge leverage here is being able to access it anywhere on any device. So sharing data to keep everyone knowledgeable is great. My clients haven't complained and are continuing to learn about the first roll out as they continue to learn the software.
It's very flashy, and cost effective (if you are a gold partner which my clients were so we bundled their packages). It also does a great job compiling printable/email-able PDFs for reference. Another great feature is being able to display statistics on TVs for either internal or external use. It lets everyone know whats going on; being transparent.

Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued) Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
9
Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
9
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
10
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
10
Publish to PDF
10
Report Versioning
9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
10
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
10
Predictive Analytics
9
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Responsive Design for Web Access
9
Dedicated iOS Application
8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
8

Using Power BI For Office 365

Mostly recruiters and marketing.
30 - Knowledge of Office 365; standard web skills and knowing the clients infrastructure/work flow for resolving day to day needs.
  • Internally to manage employees
  • To determine future growth and plan how to expand not just the company finances but what staffing/hardware may be needed.
  • Following trends to lean what markets are worth pursuing
  • Real time reporting for my clients clients
  • Helping companies make better financial decisions.
  • I like configuring a monitor/TV to display reports for the staff or clients in common areas.
  • The customization make the tool fun to use.