Power BI - Worth the O365 Upgrade
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 19, 2016

Power BI - Worth the O365 Upgrade

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

We are using Power BI to create better visual representations for both internal use as well as customer facing analysis. It's not adopted across the entire organization yet but we are in the process of doing so.
  • Ease of data import
  • Easy to learn the basic operation of the software
  • Like many Microsoft products, you can get by with a small understanding of the product, but to truly realize the entire potential does take a while to learn.
  • Hooking up SQL databases to the cloud version is a more complex than just querying right into the database from the desktop version.
  • It's allowed us to better visualize large amounts of data.
  • It's an easy way to tie into an existing SQL database for users that don't know SQL.
Much less expensive, particularly if your already an Office 365 customer.
We frequently use the mapping feature to overlay areas in which we have strong operations and areas in which our customers have needs to quickly visualize opportunities to new and existing clients. We are also beginning to develop internal scorecards with it. One downside is we haven't discovered a way to automate a data refresh from the SQL connection, so you have to remember to refresh the data (which can take a little while depending on how much data your looking for) every time.

Power BI For Office 365 Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
7
Customizable dashboards
5
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
7
Formatting capabilities
7
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
5
Publish to PDF
7
Report Versioning
5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
4
Multi-User Support (named login)
7
Responsive Design for Web Access
5
Dedicated iOS Application
8
Dedicated Android Application
8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
7