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Power BI is used by developers, analysts, IT, and other business users.

Product Details

A suite of business intelligence and analytics with reporting, data prep, and data visualization tools.

Contact Details

Microsoft

http://www.microsoft.com

Founded in 1975

Located in United States

Starting Price

  • $9.99/month/user
  • Power BI Pro

Platform

  • Installed - Mac
  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Installed - Windows
  • Mobile - iOS Native
  • Mobile - Android Native

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Support

  • Business Hours
  • Online

Power BI Features

Ad Hoc Reports
Benchmarking
Dashboard
Key Performance Indicators
Performance Metrics
Predictive Analytics
Profitability Analysis
Publishing / Sharing
Scorecards
Strategic Planning
Trend / Problem Indicators
Visual Analytics
Ad hoc Query
Application Development
Benchmarking
Dashboard
Interactive Reports
Mobile Reporting
Multi-User Collaboration
Self Service Analytics
Streaming Analytics
Visual Workflow Management

Power BI Reviews

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4.5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
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Verified Reviewer
Banking, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 26, 2019

“It brings the power of BI down to non-tech users”

OverallMy job is to collect and process all sorts of data in my organization and present them to the highest management committee for policy level decision making. We are heavily dependent on MS Excel for this. I handle excel worksheets with thousands of entries every day. A year ago, I tried Power BI to see whether it can help me in my job or not. And i am hooked till now. I am most impressed with the processing power of Power BI. Huge worksheets can be processed very fast using Power BI. It also updates the reports automatically which improves my productivity significantly.
Pros1. Ease of Use: Unlike other BI software's, Power BI's interface is friendlier especially to MS Excel users. You will not feel overwhelmed rather it will look familiar. 2. Powerful engine: Users who need to tackle very large datasets with thousands of entries know that MS excel gets horribly slow processing such a large file. Power BI is a God sent for these users. Its processing engine is super-fast and the speed is more noticeable when you let it handle such large datasets. 3. Excellent data presentation tools: For regular MS Excel users Power BI is a PowerPivot on steroid but a lot smarter one. Even those users who are not familiar with the complexities of PowerPivot feels less intimidated by its simple and user friendly design. 4. User friendly but powerful DAX language: To write formulas you have to use DAX language in Power BI which in my opinion is a fancy name of just natural language formula writing. However, DAX is super easy to learn and pretty much intuitive but at the same time very much powerful. 5. Schedule refresh option: Power BI has an option to auto update the report at fixed interval of time which is very helpful if you need to prepare and submit reports weekly or monthly. 6. Option to control users of the report: In Power BI you can share your reports with other users and also control how much of the report can they see. If you want you can allow only a part of the report to be seen by some user which is super convenient.
ConsHonestly, in my opinion, Power BI is by far the best software made by Microsoft. But considering I am a heavy user of MS Excel, it is easier to me. I think learning curve of Power BI for a beginner with no prior skill in MS Excel will be a bit steep. Then again, BI is a complex thing itself. So master any kind of BI software will be tricky by its own merit.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 26, 2019
rajiv h.
Senior Manager Finance
Public Relations and Communications, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
September 22, 2017

“Power BI is one of the most user friendly BI software for adding visual representation and analytics to your existing reports”

OverallOverall good software for beginners and can be explored to get the best efficiency from the software
Prosbelow are a few pros Sharing dashboard in a group a. Sharing can be done once you have the Pro version of Power BI. Dashboard can be shared with the respective department members or your own team members. b. Since you have prepared the dashboard you will be the owner and you can decide whether you want to give the other members only viewing rights or editing rights as well. c. With this feature reports will always be on the cloud server and can be viewed as and when required d. Reports can be downloaded as and when required. Viewing dashboard in Mobile/ tab and preparing phone layout a. Once a dashboard has been prepared and saved, the same can be accessed on Power BI App with the same login. b. Since the screen is small compared to laptop, all the dashboard elements can be redesigned to suit the phone screen. c. The other features remain the same and the dashboard is interactive on the phone as well however it cannot be edited on phone. Export dashboard to PowerPoint, PDF a. This is one of the most important features of Power BI. Reports or dashboards prepared can be exported on PowerPoint or PDF with a click of a button. b. Hence Management reports and department reports can be automated on Power BI and once you refresh the data, the report will be ready to share. c. One problem is that few images which are not compatible with PowerPoint don't show post downloading. Narratives for dashboard a. This is one of the recent features offered by Power BI. With the help of narratives you can get the insight of the dashboard in a story form. b. Narrative uses its intelligence to study the data and give output in pointers, paragraphs etc which can be customised. Importing visuals to suit your need a. Apart from the general visualizations available in Power BI, there are additional visualizations released by Power BI from time to time. These visualizations enhance the visual appearance as well as the adds to further analytics in different ways. b. Visualizations which have downloaded and used in the dashboard are Infographic designer, Narratives for Business Intelligence, KPI Column chart, and Timeline. Edit interactions in dashboard a. It is important to understand the interactions and groupings in power BI since with the help of these you can control which graphs you want to automatically change by clicking on the other. b. With the help of grouping you can define groups and sub group which can be viewed together as a group if required. KPI Column Chart a. This is a recent custom visual developed by Power BI. With the help of this visual you can put the KPI target against the actual on a monthly basis. b. Forecasted revenue/ cost can also be put in this visual which will be shown in different colour. c. Individual monthly targets can also be put which can be interchanged by putting variance. d. Data can also been viewed in a table form along with graphical.
Cons One of the important features of exporting report in PowerPoint does not allow custom visual to be exported. Hence if there are custom visuals in your report then the same will show error once exported. Arranging dashboard is a bit tedious and takes a lot of time To share reports, we need to publish to MS Cloud. We cannot share report from Power BI Desktop For sharing a report even members to who report needs to be shared have to get Power BI Pro. Since the department to whom report is shared is just to view giving them a Pro license might not be useful.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
September 22, 2017
Jimmy G.
Sr. Business Analyst
Computer Software, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Source: SoftwareAdvice
April 24, 2017

“Miscrosoft Power BI for Federal Acquisition Spend Analysis”

OverallAll in all, for the price, this is an excellent tool for helping your organization turn mounds of data into useful insights.
ProsPower BI simplifies the process of combining different types of data sources to create a single data model. There are also many built-in Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) functions that help reduce the time required to prepare data. Creating reports and dashboards is as easy as drag and drop. The Power BI User Groups are strong and plentiful, so you can always read through blogs to get answers to questions that you may have. The Power BI Desktop application is used to perform ETL, create reports and is free. The reports are published to the Power BI cloud service for sharing, which is also free with limited capabilities. For more capabilities, such as security groups and scheduled data refreshing, there is a subscription fee. Microsoft will be releasing an on-premise solution for sharing Power BI content via an update to SQL Server 2016 hopefully within the next few months.
ConsIt's not always easy to speak directly with a MS Power BI expert, so that is a bummer. Also, you have to sign up to the Power BI service using an email address in order to share and view Power BI reports and dashboards, but Microsoft doesn't yet support personal (.cox, .gmail, et.) or government (.gov, .mil, etc.) email addresses which is a real bummer.
Source: SoftwareAdvice
April 24, 2017
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Andrew B.
Global SEO/Digital Marketing Program Manager
Computer Hardware, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 24, 2019

“There are plenty of competitors, but Power BI is tops”

OverallPower BI allows me to manipulate data and present it in visually appealing and flexible formats.
ProsI have used Tableau and Google Data Studio - among other alternatives. Nothing has seemed to compare to the functionality that Power BI offers. Everything about the program is made with the full spectrum of analysis in mind - from the designer to the data 'wrangler' to the end consumer (ie. others within the enterprise). In this way, Power BI is extremely powerful because it can be used for so many different types of projects; the data-analysis intensive to the more visual 'data-presentation' dashboards.
ConsSharing dashboards and reports in Power BI is easy and it has a lot of options for doing so. However, the requirement that all users must have a Pro Account to view dashboards created in Pro is a bit of a hindrance in a global organization where it does not make economical sense for every employee to have a Pro account. It seems like it would be a great addition to allow limited sharing to everyone - even those without a Pro account, as most of my internal team does not have an account.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 24, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Government Administration, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 14, 2018

“BI tool with the coolest features”

OverallI have been using PowerBI from the past 3 years and have never looked back. It has helped me as an analyst to draw my clients into my stories. The automation aspect of PowerBI is hard to ignore. I have shared my dashboards and collaborated with teams which was a nightmare before. I love the addition of new features resulting from a dedicate community of PowerBI users (with very responsive Microsoft developers jumping in to solve issues). Mobile version of PowerBI is convenient and a hit with clients.
ProsI love everything about PowerBI! I like to think of it as a revamped version of MS Excel but with features that exceed all expectations. PowerBI lets you create data models, use DAX to manipulate and summarise and finally display these summaries in fancy (yet easy to understand) visualisations. The best feature might however be the ability to share and collaborate on dashboards. PowerBI can take data from almost all possible sources - text, excel, SQL databases etc etc and integrate it all together to form dashboards that can be shared online in the form of webpages as well as workspaces.
ConsThere is absolutely nothing to dislike about PowerBI. The free version of PowerBI is a great learning tool and lets you accomplish almost all your reporting tasks while the paid version lets you automate all your reporting.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 14, 2018
Carlos A.
CEO
Primary/Secondary Education, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
February 14, 2018

“Power Bi its changing the way we interact with data, information and decision making”

OverallData is the new petroleum, Information is the new combustible; and Power BI will boost this challenging new world of information and analysis.
ProsFor the last 30 years I have been using Excel to work with Tables, Filters, Functions, Formulas, Conditional formatting, Graphs, Pivot tables, Segmentation and VBA to register data and analyze information. That was great. But now, with the huge amount of data, available from many sources and Excel limitations, we needed something more robust and Microsoft launched Power BI. I have been using it for more than a year. Now I don't use pivot tables and graphs for analysis anymore, I use Power BI visualizations to represent and summarize the data. With it's impressive tools including geolocalization, I have found more effective ways to convert, transform, represent, analyze and make better decisions and planning with Power BI. It's ecosystem composed of Power Bi Desktop, Power BI Services (in the cloud) and Power Bi apps, has allowed me to find very innovative and productive ways to monitor the performance of my business and improve communication with my clients
ConsIt is in continuous development. The first week of each month, Microsoft releases a new version of Power Bi, so we have to keep us updated to use the program efficiently. But the pros outweigh the cons.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
February 14, 2018
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Raghavendra R.
Software/Database Developer
Higher Education, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 30, 2018

“Power BI is a very powerful tool to graphically represent data for decision making”

OverallOverall, Power BI has been a game changer. The time saved on creating visual reports is immense and it makes up for some of the cons with software. They are constantly improving and adding new features which shows that they are listening to their customers.
ProsThe vast no.of data sources available means it has got all the bases covered. You can connect to SQL Server Database or an analysis service database which is vital for us. Apart from this, the ability to connect to excel and text files means we can make the legacy report more visual and fit it into our dashboard.The best of Power BI is the possibility of collaborating and sharing dashboards and dynamic reports so everyone is singing of the same hymn sheet. The large community of developers means there are constantly new visuals available which can used to awe the customers.
ConsPower BI could involve steep learning curve for non-tech savvy people. It is difficult t convince managers to use Power BI over traditional pivot tables as it could be daunting to learn. Unless you can play around with DAX queries, Power BI could be limited to the insights it can provide.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 30, 2018
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Miguel D.
IT Manager
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: I used a free trial
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 22, 2019

“Power BI very good option for data analytics”

OverallAs an IT user i had no such problem to get used to power BI, we have previous experiences with other BI vendors so it just took 2-4 hours to get my first report running and then get to know all the functions and menus the tool has.. i consider that a average person that already has some excel abilities and it has some knowledge of data will have no issues on getting a report ready very easy..
ProsAs is a Microsoft product you will be very familiar with it as it is like you grab like a mix of" Excel and powerpoint " it has very intuitive menus and drag and drop options, there are some license levels, the basic one is like an free trial that will last as long as you want to, So you have a lot of time to play with it and get some experience and have your reports to rock
ConsThe free perpetual trial has some limitations on data connectors so this is understandable as the pay version hast no limit on this. other than that, it is great.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 22, 2019
Claudia F.
Trainer
Telecommunications, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 11, 2019

“You get all information digested for you”

OverallOverall Power BI has helped me saving time by not having to move from one excel dile to another and waiting for large files to load, now, i have all the necessary information in 1 tool.
ProsHaving all the necessary information at my fingertips already digested and analyzed for me has made my daily coaching easier. I am able to see a broad amount of information summed up into individual graphs that help me understand the current performance of a person and helps me identify the area i need to focus my coaching in.
ConsAt first when it was implemented it was hard for me to understand the logic of thw tool. It was difficult for me to not focus on the granularity and understand the big picture first and then start diving in.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 11, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Financial Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 24, 2019

“Great BI tool for my presentations!!!!”

OverallAlthough Power BI can be a little difficult to use it is still a great tool for creating graphs and charts for presentations. It is also great for compiling and analyzing data and creating dashboards.
ProsI like Power BI because it offers a professional look to presentations. I am able to create and manage dashboards for my various projects. I can upload data from other tools like Excel and use the data to add to or update my dashboards.
ConsThe tool can be a little confusing making it difficult to learn and use.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 24, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Telecommunications, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 9, 2019

“Complex at first and then it gets easier and easier”

OverallThis is a great tool when managing different and several performance indicators because it gives you a clear picture of where you and your team is standing.
ProsI love that I can get a complete visual of different performance indications at once. This allows me to mentally rank the people I am working with. It also gives me clarity of where I need to focus and where my efforts should be going to.
ConsAt first, it was hard to understand how it works being used to other types of files it made it harder. Once you realize all the gains out of having condensed information you love this tool.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 9, 2019
Meliksah T.
Engineer
Consumer Electronics, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 17, 2019

“Advanced, integrated, live, better version of Excel”

OverallWe automated the process of reporting our team's KPIs that was carried out in Excel previously where we had to re-make them every time and spend hours. Not to mention that we were able to report more complex KPIs / parameters after Power BI.
ProsWhat I liked most is that it is possible to carry out "feature engineering" in Power BI in a very Excel way but better because it is automated and integrated with live database/file. Filtering and data manipulation (groupby, sum, sort, etc) in visual interface is useful, too. It is also possible to publish reports live and if it happens to be feeding on an SQL database, then your report is boundless of any computer because it's live on Cloud now. Congratz, you can share it with anybody.
ConsAlthough that's not a %100 downside, format painter is not wholly compatible with all graphs which results in duplicate of effort for formatting graphs in the dashboard.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 17, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Pharmaceuticals, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 26, 2019

“POWER BI : Excellent data analytics tool”

OverallIt is a useful asset with regards to Business use. You can do huge things with your information with Power BI. Dashboard creation, report age, information representation are some powerful models. I unequivocally prescribe others to utilize Power BI on the off chance that you are a specialist Excel client.
ProsMicrosoft Power BI is a helpful device. It is anything but difficult to utilize and get it. It has comparative highlights to Excel with the capacity to make and import diagrams and outlines and control them. The apparatus is mind blowing for making natural dashboards to bestow to various customers. The features and limits improve this much than a direct surpass desires file and make it easy to bestow to various customers. As it is a Microsoft item, it very well may be effectively coordinated with other Microsoft items, for example, Office 365, Excel and so forth.
ConsThere is dependably opportunity to get better. The UI is unpredictable and confounding in it. There are expansive portions in the instrument itself which is in some cases confounding to make sense of which part does what. To utilize Power BI effectively you need to utilize totally cleaned information, there is no extent of information cleaning in Power BI.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 26, 2019
Judith S.
Purchasing Manager
Construction, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
March 20, 2018

“One tool for Business intelligence solution”

OverallPower BI is awesome for companies which use Microsoft products on daily basis and for experienced excel users. if you got both things this is the low price answer to handle the data of the company.
ProsTo start it is important to tell that Power BI, as is part of Microsoft business suite, is linked to other tools as Excel and SQL Server. Therefore the integration of the data of the company in one place is very easy. Power BI has a very good capabilities for report visualization, having more than 10 different kinds of charts you are able to represent the data of the company in a huge variety of formats making analysis pretty fast and easy. Let me tell you the database connectivity capabilities are outstanding with excellent cloud based connections as well.
ConsUsing Power BI will be challenging if you are not a powerful Excel user. It has no way to clean up wrong data. The system assumes the data you are pulling in has good quality. Power BI sometimes is too complex to use because has many options to handle data and setting it for the first time becomes hard.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
March 20, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Education Management, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 2, 2019

“Power BI - A Datanuts Canvas”

OverallPower BI allows us to deliver content and various reports to large groups of people at once. One of the best features that go along with this is the ability to use row level security so I can create one report, publish it for everyone, and yet they still only see the information they have permissions for. All in all Power BI makes creating reports easier and the end users get a better experience consuming the data.
ProsThe best thing about Power BI is the ability to customize it to my needs. Meaning, I can make every report look and feel the way I want. If a visual is not available as a built-in service I can go to the marketplace and search for one. If the built-in calculations won't work for what I need I can code in custom calculations.
ConsThe interface still has the look and feel of Office 2010. For software that gets updated on a monthly basis, it is surprising to me that it still looks like a product from a decade ago.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 2, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Computer Networking, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 20, 2019

“Using Power BI for Data Visualisation”

OverallWe use Power BI to receive and visualize the wide array of data sources and provide us with a very detailed overview on monthly status. It is user-friendly and easy to pick up. Through Power BI, we were able to attain increased productivity and efficiency on some of our processes.
ProsIt is able to take in multiple data sources and churn out reports in a visually pleasant form for ease of viewing. It greatly improves efficiency when we do not have to resort to using Excel to generate the exact data model we want. The ability to utilize SQL Server Analysis Services for our needs is very welcomed. I especially like the user-friendly interface that Power BI provides.
ConsThere are some segments and features of Power BI that requires a good amount of time to figure out. To utilize Power Bi effectively, the data has to be cleaned beforehand as Power Bi does not provide such tools.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 20, 2019
Kenan J.
MIS Specialist
Retail, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
1/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Source: SoftwareAdvice
May 8, 2017

“Microsoft Power BI, Master of the Analytics World”

OverallAnalytics world is the future, and Power BI is the master of all that Glob...!
ProsAs my experience as MIS Specialist in one of the most famous Fragrances Company in the Middle East, we see that in any company there's the accounting department that provide all reports and analytics that's demanded by other departments, according to that those guys have to do all there outcomes reports manually, and this process will cost time, efforts, stuffs,... for that one of great benefit from MS Power BI, is that he save me money, save me time, save me my the cost of wages for the accountants, my stuff in the accounting department is just about 5 great guys. All the mater is just I have to design the report and working on the Data Warehousing a little bit, then I can get my report in the target template that provide me all what I want, and furthermore, all reports up-to-date 7/24.
ConsWe still need the integration with other services, like Vend POS, Shopify directly without any intermediate programs.
Source: SoftwareAdvice
May 8, 2017
Pablo B.
Gestor Financié
Management Consulting, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 11, 2019

“Very easy and interconnected”

OverallFantastic, I'm allowed to present my reports to my clients in a multiplatform and dynamic way
ProsVery good graphics, powerful editor of query's, easy to present and automate, Sharing the dashboard for a link or inserting it on my website opens up a world of possibilities
ConsHaving tutories in Spanish would help much more particularly for the topic of liaison doors, I admit I still have difficulty using that functionality
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 11, 2019
andrea a.
General Manager
Retail, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: GetApp
February 23, 2019

“Power BI is the ideal tool to visualize and share your data”

OverallIn the company it has had a great receptivity due to its easy handling, it is the simplest BI tool to use since it is aimed at a general public, it has allowed us to publish reports and panels, collaborate as a team and share relevant information within and Outside the company. Thanks to its interaction with other applications created by Microsoft, we can access the information without problems at any time. Supervise the state of the company has never been so simple, through an active panel, so many partners and managers can be aware of everything
ProsPower BI is a service or business analysis tool that is based on the cloud. It is a business analysis solution that allows you to visualize data and share information with the entire organization, providing a unique view of the most important data of your business. It can be used from the application or the website. It allows the connectivity with the origin of many data, which can be presented with panels and dynamic reports that manage to connect, model and explore the data with visual reports in which the entire work team can collaborate and which can also publish and share .
ConsA negative aspect that can be mentioned is that some of the expert analysts of the company consider that the Power BI tool does not have enough scope especially when it comes to representing large volumes of data or in great depth since it is a tool aimed at people who They are not experts in data analysis, but business managers or executives in general. In addition, Power BI may require additional costs for the increase of data capacity.
Reviewer Source 
Source: GetApp
February 23, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Consumer Services, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 31, 2019

“Excell and power point had a child!”

OverallMake my presentations look more professional. Will keep using it for sure.
ProsSo many things you can do. So many graphics to choose from. I just love the clean looking of it. So easy to share the info with others. You don't have to send the whole file just the link so they can see and filter the information. Cloud based does not make my computer slow like when working with Excell.
ConsIt is a bit hard to learn to use. If you are a proficient Excell and power point user it will be easier however still getting the hang of it. It will have been nice a more friendly and easier user interface.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 31, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Government Administration, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 22, 2018

“Great Tool for Visual Analytics”

OverallI am using this tool since 2015. I struggled initially in writing the DAX Formulas to address different business problems. It is a great tool to use.
ProsIt is a one-stop solution for visual analytics right from the Data Mash Up (Power Query) and Building Visualization. There is huge community (third party) who can build custom visualization to use in Power BI. It has greater flexibilty to address the complex business scenarios if you are well trained in DAX and M language. It can be integrated into many Microsoft Products like Share Point, O365 apps.
ConsDAX is a tricky language used in Power BI by writing the formulas for creating the measures used in Visualization. This tool is designed by keeping in mind of Excel users but it very complicated to use if you doesnt know in and out of Power BI
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 22, 2018
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stella m.
Organization Manager
Retail, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 6, 2018

“Easy and quick business analysis with Power Bi”

OverallI have been using this software for a few months, however the results I have obtained are extraordinary and it has helped me to present the information to other members of the company in which I work in a dynamic, attractive and easy to understand way, they can also use the Graphs to develop different types of reports, summaries and analyze the data to make better decisions for the organization, is excellent.
ProsWhat I like most about this software is the possibility of collaborating and sharing dashboards and dynamic reports. It is an excellent tool for conducting business analysis and making timely decisions for companies. Another of its best features is that it has a large number of data source connectors and its graphics are incredible, you can basically transform any amount of information into graphics that are easier to understand and visibly more attractive.
ConsAlthough I find it difficult to find a problem with this software, I can mention that the update cycle is limited in the free version, so I recommend using some of its paid versions to enjoy better tools and features because I think it's worth pain. I also noticed that there are differences between the web version and the desktop version regarding the data preparation tools, although it is not something that prevented me from enjoying the advantages offered by Power Bi.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 6, 2018
Denis V.
MS SQL DBA
Computer Software, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
May 7, 2018

“MS Power BI - take your business to the next level”

OverallIf you want to understand in what direction to move your business, to be always up to date, to receive data from anywhere in the world and from any device MS Power BI definitely your choice.
ProsYou can access your data from anywhere in the world from any device and always keep abreast of your business. Great product from Microsoft. Easily connects to a large number of systems, can combine data from different sources. A large number of built-in reports and dashboards, informative charts that give a visual representation of your data. You can drill down into your data, publish your reports online, pleased with the opportunity to cost reports offline, followed by their publication. Deep integration with MS Office.
ConsReally it is very difficult to distinguish what the cons on the background of a very large number of advantages. The only thing you will have to spend the time and effort is of course learning without which I think can not do everywhere, no matter what product started studying. The only sad thing is that to learn MS Power BI is possible only using your work account from Microsoft.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
May 7, 2018
Ian L.
Acting Environment manager
Farming, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
November 9, 2017

“Excellent learning curve experience within a familiar paltform”

OverallGenerally a good product that I am having my team self learn on and use in our management reports. Would like to see better connectivity to SQL within our secure corporate environment rather than having everything pushed to an Azure solution, which we are unlikely to get anytime soon. The pricing didn't seem to lend itself well to SME.
ProsPower BI is free to learn on which is ideal for novice users and organisations that have limited experience with BI packages. The developmental nature of the package is also interesting as new features are added in response e to the user community feedback through the forums. The learning from community forums , on line tutorials and Youtube videos has been invaluable.
ConsThe limitations in the free version are frustrating as you can't share dashboards with colleagues unless they have Power BI. This means you can't show it off easily to others who may also start using it. Getting the IT department to implement this is a hard slog if you can't demonstrate the productivity gains to a wider audience. The CEO is not going to install Power BI, she just wants to see the output and then will endorse wider adoption.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
November 9, 2017
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Christy s.
Management Executive
Retail, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 5, 2019

“Your graphics and presentations were never so easy and dynamic”

OverallAt first the tool is a bit complicated, but once you get used to it, you discover That the only limit to making a presentation, be it family, student or business, is just your imagination, the data collection is extremely simple if you have the version User manual, it also does it automatic way to synchronize with some external database like for example a Website or separate service, the final presentations are also easy to Sharing and exporting to other platforms is an excellent program.
ProsMicrosoft offers Power BI as a collection of software services, applications and connectors that work together to transform countless data sources into Coherent and interactive and visually appealing information, all from a simple table of excel data. It allows to work with very complex origins of data, with language of Programming and other options. Information, although any user with knowledge or means of Excel is You can use the tool, importing data and creating reports and more.
ConsThe main negative aspect is the cost of registration to the plans and that only has two working planes, the first being very limiting, therefore it is ideal to keep in mind The amount of data, the form of income and how to be distributed as in the main plan All these options are extremely limited, the whole plan is much more expensive but the amount of services offered is worthwhile and makes work easier, allowing you make great presentations, changing the meaning, completely from the presentation definition.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 5, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 18, 2018

“Power BI as a BI Solution”

OverallWith the use of existing free or premium connectors and templates, a user can get up and running with Power BI in minutes and have access to hundreds of prebuilt visuals and analysis instantly - with their own data.
ProsFour main things: 1. Ease of Use (same Microsoft intuitive feel) 2. Virtually connect to any data source and multiple data sources. Report on them individually or combined (great if you're looking to combine historical legacy data with new, current data from another source) 3. Scalable. Grow your business and Power BI grows with you. It can handle huge amounts of data 4.Bang for buck - so much packed into an affordable package
ConsAbility to only refresh part of your data, not all of it, which can take a long time. Old data that doesn't change, for example, doesn't need to be refreshed every time along with the new data. Although, I hear Microsoft is working on this.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 18, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 12, 2018

“MSBI - Fun to learn”

OverallI Just like this Tool , No Complaints , its the BEST
ProsMicrosoft Support and online self-learning information is one of things other Companies does not have and it is because MSBI is so populer SSRS is best tool to design report , i find it time-saving comparing using Crystal Report Subscription and email delivery, available various Report Types As a whole package ,with SSAS and SSIS , its a great tool to accomplish any project
ConsYou need bit of developing experience to work on it like Data Source , Dataset knowledge It works on Windows only Configure and installation is difficult Need more browser supported reporting features and mobile supported Interface can be enhanced to Fill-good for users
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 12, 2018
Gregorio V.
IT Manager
Computer Software, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
June 6, 2018

“I love that you can get updated graphical reports from any device and in an agile, simple and parameterized way.”

OverallIn general what I like about Power BI is that it makes use of the tools that I already know as Excel and SQL Server, and it is integrated into the Microsoft enterprise suite.
ProsFor any executive it is always important to have the information in the moment when it is needed. Power BI helps you to achieve this and easily connects to the data repository, the system already includes a variety of informative graphics that help to present the information of a very visual way In addition the system allows you to delve into the data to see the detail of the origin.
ConsThis tool is so powerful that I can not think of any disadvantage in its use, but if I had to say something it is that you have to be very careful in the base of the information so that the reports that the system transmits are reliable, if the information has problems that is reflected in the reports that the system gives you.
Reviewer Source 
Source: SoftwareAdvice
June 6, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Outsourcing/Offshoring, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 13, 2018

“Robust, with add-ons”

OverallPowerBI is great for what it is. While there are more out of the box robust options on the market, PowerBI has its place. It allows us quick access to copious amounts of data that the CRM complicates getting reports on and allows us to visualize the data more succinctly than a typical Excel readout. It is not without its faults, as some things remain easier and quicker within Excel, but it works wonders for quick read outs and visuals.
ProsThe basic features are easy and accessible. You are able to perform quick reporting with a reliable dataset that is accessible from web and desktop platforms.
ConsSome basic features which would be useful are missing. In a lot of occasions you can do some of the same things you'd do with a pivot table, but it's much more arduous and either requires unreliable community add ons or for you to learn how to program equations and new data sets that aren't immediately obvious.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 13, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Information Technology and Services, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 5, 2018

“Power BI might be the best way to start a BI practice”

OverallAs a starting point for our BI practice it worked just fine. Now, after 2 years we are beginning to have issues due to not available features. So far we are able to implement workarounds in the source databases before Power BI consumes data. We know eventually this has to change.
ProsI was able to create out daily operation KPI dashboards using Power BI in a very few days only using a very cheap Udemy course as training. For internal usage it can be a very affordable solution when compared to mostly every other enterprise BI solution in the market. Some of Office 365 services are already integrated to provide datasources to Power BI in a very simple way.
ConsMicrosoft's documentation for Power BI wasn't useful at all. It works in a completely opposite way to how Excel woks, I expected that my experience using Excel would be helpful, but it wasn't at all. It lacks a lot of features for data processing and transformation that are expected on any BI solution, like the ability to to column vs rows transposition. There's no integration between Power BI desktop and web.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 5, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Health, Wellness and Fitness, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 8, 2019

“The best visualization tool”

ProsIt has both the desktop and website version making it easier to access your work from different systems. I love all the features of Power BI, the best one being able to create reports with the software itself. Also, i like that it can be easily integrated with other Microsoft tools creating an ecosystem which is fast and safe. It is easy to use and the interface is also interactive. Creating dashboards using visualization results is very easy.
ConsI love everything about Power BI. Although it can include more advanced tools like predictive models and forecasts like Azure ML. It would be great to see the functionalities of both the softwares in one single tool
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 8, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Media Production, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 28, 2019

“Data Visualisation with user friendly interface”

OverallWe make full use of the business analytics and data visualization tool within Power BI to spot trends within our database and to present to the management on findings through the reports.
ProsIt not only has desktop based versions but has native apps for iOS, Android and Windows as well. A major plus point where our team is able to make use of Power BI on the go. As part of Microsoft suite of applications, it is able to easily extract data from a multitude of sources and very easily package them into a visually pleasant data report.
ConsIt does not have the ability to clean the data from the list of data sources we input. This has to be done outside of Power BI before it can be fed into the application for data visualization. A rather steep learning curve for people without the technical knowledge in the first place.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 28, 2019
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Martin V.
Engineer I
Construction, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 9, 2019

“Best analytic software I've seen”

OverallThis software has been one of the best things I've found to use and analyze data, and has made my job so much easier.
ProsOnce you understand how Power BI works, it is incredibly easy to use and adjust charts within a worksheet. It's amazing how fast you can filter data and how the graphs are synced/auto update. Slicing data in ways that would take hours to do in a tool like excel can be done in minutes using BI, it's incredible. I used to use Microsoft excel daily to analyze data, and now I almost never use it because the data can be imported and quickly analyzed using BI. It also handles large data sets better than excel and other similar software I've seen. This is by far the best analytic software I've seen, and think it is very underutilized.
ConsThere are a few quirks with the software that make it a little bit difficult to use. While the table of errors when uploading software is nice, it would be nice if the table updated each time you loaded additional. data instead of creating brand new table. Also when uploading information from excel, it would be nice if the software could handle "#NA" cells from invalid excel formulas
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 9, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Management Consulting, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
2/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
2/5
Value for Money
1/5
Likelihood to Recommend
2/10
Source: GetApp
March 18, 2017

“A pretty reporting tool for some (!) Microsoft Products, but pretty much useless outside of the Microsoft Landscape”

OverallIn light of the hype around this "Tableau destroyer" in recent months, I want to highlight some fundamental flaws in data connectivity and reports maintenance of Power BI, which the Product Team so far has turned down as "not in scope". In practice, though, this renders Power BI pretty useless for getting dara from any 3rd party products, in the cloud in particular. This review reflects Power BI as of mid March 2017. I have gathered my knowledge from testing, community interaction and a dozen tickets with Power BI Pro Support. The focus lies on getting data via Web Services, much aligned with Microsoft's «Cloud First» Strategy. 1) Power BI Online is in the cloud, but does not allow for HTTP calls. Power BI Desktop allows for HTTP calls, but only with static authentication parameters. First of all, a distinction needs to be made between Power BI Online and Power BI Desktop. While Power BI Online is the "master" that ultimately allows you to share and publish your reports, user experience in design is diminished by HTML limitations (you may know from Word or Excel Online) and more importantly, data connectivity (Get Data) is limited to SQL Servers on Azure and about 20 to 30 plugins from 3rd party solutions at present. Take note that on Power BI Online, you cannot select or manage your Gateways, either. This brings the attention to the Power BI Desktop client. Updated every one to two months, the Desktop client brings data connectors necessary to connect to a larger number of data sources. With the Web connector, HTTP calls been configured, although with just static headers and parameters and Basic and Windows authentication only. Importantly, though, Power BI Desktop includes Microsoft Power Query, which you may know from Excel 2016 already. With M Scripts, you can script and customise in many ways and most interestingly, convert it into table form quickly. This is where Power Query shines. However, Power Query does not seem to call on methods for nonces and timestamps required in token based authentication (OAuth for example). (Should this be incorrect, please please let me know. I have been browsing the fora and nagging Support too long already.) What's really amusing here is that Microsoft Azure uses OAuth 2.0 themselves. So, you cannot run any reporting on Microsoft's Azure AD or Resource Manager database for example, a notorious blackbox. Back to Powershell. (Power BI does not accept Powershell feeds.) In short, while Power BI Online does not allow to get any data out of the web (except for those 20 to 30 plugins, mostly Microsoft Products), Power BI Desktop allows for Web calls, but only with static parameters and thus, basically with your user credentials. That's a big limitation in Data Connectivity. 2) With Power BI Online being the master, the HTTP calls cannot be scheduled or refreshed in the cloud. Now that you have configured your HTTP call (with risky user credentials), you want to publish your report and have it refreshed on a scheduled basis, say every day. Tough luck. While you can publish your Report to Power BI Online and subsequently a broader audience, it's a static image of your Desktop data. You cannot schedule a data refresh in Power BI Online (because there is no Web feature anyway) and you cannot even refresh the data manually as this requires republishing the Report anew. You risk your management looking at outdated data whenever you forgot to republish your report and sneak the new URL into your dashboards and iframes. 3) The On-Premises Data Gateway is pretty useless for Web Services. Yes, there is the On-Premises Data Gateway. Yes, you can configure Web Services in the gateway, although it's pretty ironic to route web calls via on-premises infrastructure. But did you ever try it? That is, you cannot specify any HTTP headers fort he calls at all, lest writing a Power Query script. And thus, we are back at authentication via Basic and Windows only and writing REST scripts in the data source for every single HTTP call because with no Headers and Body, all parameters need to be coded in the URI. Will you do that? At the end of the day, Power BI is Microsoft's long overdue acknowledgement that Excel and some Dynamics Reports do not cut it for Reporting purposes. Indeed, for reporting on SQL Server, Dynamics 365 (if you want to afford it), and Excel and Access databases stored in your OneDrive, Microsoft Power BI does a neat job. However, as soon as you want to integrate with 3rd party systems or via web services in particular, Power BI presents so many limitations in authentication, Header and Body configuration, scripting, and scheduling that you need to configure an entire SQL Server environment (on Azure or On-Premises via feature poor Gateway) and write a SQL CRL interface or buy Azure Data Factory to get that data in. For some pretty reports, do you really want to buy and customise all that BI infrastructure on Azure? My advice to Microsoft: Work on Data Connectivity, especially in Power BI Online, rather than more visuals for those limited data sources. Your Microsoft clients will consider Power BI a given for the utter lack of reporting in Office 365, Azure, or Dynamics 365 (yes, pushing it there). My advice to Users: If the connectors are not listed, look somewhere else. (And make sure it's your use case that is listed. Power BI announced an Azure AD connector, but rather than reporting on Users, Groups, or Enterprise Apps, you can only see on a nice map where the last logins happened.) Is it a Tableau destroyer? No. It's a long overdue acknowledgement for necessary reporting with the potential of being a solid Business Intelligence solution ONCE focus comes to lie more on data.
Prospretty visuals Power Query On-premises Data Gateway responsible Pro Support
Conslack of data sources pretty useless for 3rd Party Web Sources
Recommendations to other buyersMy advice to Microsoft: Work on Data Connectivity, especially in Power BI Online, rather than more visuals for those limited data sources. Your Microsoft clients will consider Power BI a given for the utter lack of reporting in Office 365, Azure, or Dynamics 365 (yes, pushing it there). My advice to Users: If the connectors are not listed, look somewhere else. (And make sure it's your use case that is listed. Power BI announced an Azure AD connector, but rather than reporting on Users, Groups, or Enterprise Apps, you can only see on a nice map where the last logins happened.)
Source: GetApp
March 18, 2017
Gedson S.
Senior Production Engineer
Telecommunications, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 12, 2019

“The analytics toolbox that fits all purposes”

OverallWe hardly use spreadsheets anymore for any kind of analysis, as Power BI provides such an added value over them.
ProsPower BI is very flexible and adaptable, it comes with lots of data source integrations and can handle many different formats. It's featured with a very powerful analytics set, that's both easy to get started with and can provide very complex analysis for the advanced users. The user interface is very well designed too, everything is in the right place and immediately accessible when needed.
ConsThe advanced analysis are not easy to understand, there's definitely room for improvement in guiding users here.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 12, 2019
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Juan Carlos G.
Lider de area de desarrollo IA
Program Development, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 30, 2019

“Your bussines intelligence tool”

OverallI used this tool for 1 year in order to create graphs for my company and everything was fine until the deploying to web using the gateway wich was complicated to maintin online, except for that everything was fine
ProsThe integrated tools to clean the data , the capability to have an historic of what you do with the data tranformation so you can make change with out losing further steps, all the grapcis that you can use for data presentation, the integrated server enabling to expose your graphs over the internet, the cloud service capable to share my data over internet, the easy to use tools , capable of have free desktop version. you can share especifi diagrams with specific people.
ConsPower bi is expensive if you are tring to use it to earn money, also some tools need time to get understood and use their fully potential, if you dont have advanced data cleaning traing it would be hard to use power bi to their full potential. you cant transformate the data online this process is only desktop enabled.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 30, 2019
KURT M.
Consultant
Computer Software, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 20, 2019

“Add Clarity and Insights to Your Data”

ProsMS Power BI is a great product. Like other analytics products, there is a steep learning curve but not insurmountable. I feel that it's real strength lies in its security functionality that is passed on from a SQL database. Unlike Tableau Desktop, it provides more data prep and clean capabilities. MS has made a significant effort to offer connection capabilities to a wide variety of data sources. If you have an MS email account, you can gain access to a free version of Power BI. I found the user support community to be robust with multiple sources on Youtube, Github, and MS forums. Power BI works well with statistical tools like R and Python. Microsoft has made this tool a top priority, and it is updated monthly.
ConsI have always had a dislike of the methodology and training materials Microsoft subscribes to. Fortunately, there are other books and training resources that do a better job. If you don't have an MS 365 email account, you can not gain access to Power BI visualizations. There is no on-premise solution for visualization sharing capabilities.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 20, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Oil & Energy, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 1, 2019

“My daily tool to produce visually appealing charts”

OverallOverall I use PBI on daily basis to process the requests that need to be visually appealing and simple at the same time. Not to mention the mobile dashboards support. I wouldn't use PBI to perform complex ETL tasks or to process large datasets.
Pros- Supports sripting using R and Python which mean you can easily use Pandas to do some quick data cleaning - Market place! a nice place where you can deviate from the conventional charts and use some out of the bix visuals. - A nice and smooth learning curve, compared with other software. - The fact that you have your ETL process itemized and detailed is really helpful to perform an in-place modification
Cons- No custom shapes! you can't find lines, circles to help in designing some infographics - You can't directly export the tables, yes you can copy-paste them but there is no export data for the queries. - Becomes a bit slow when the data gets bigger
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 1, 2019
Aaron G.
Systems Architect
Accounting, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 24, 2019

“Extremely powerful analytics”

ProsPowerBI is an exceptionally powerful Business Intelligence analytics tool. I've never seen anything work so well at seamlessly stitching together data from multiple sources into outstanding reports and visuals. Hooked up to Azure or an SQL Analysis Services back-end, it's ridiculously fast. We are currently providing sales analysis reports for a large fast-food chain and have no issues running ticket-level detail reports over months or years of data for thousands of restaurants at once.
ConsDepending on your use case, it can be very costly. The on-premise version is cheaper for large organizations because you don't pay per user, but has several limits that don't exist in the cloud-hosted version.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 24, 2019
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Marco F.
Administration, Finance and Control Plant Manager
Pharmaceuticals, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 18, 2019

“Business data as they're intended to be in 2019”

OverallAs Finance manager in pharma packaging industry, PowerBI allowed me to leave old spreadsheets behind, giving to other managers in my organization a new intuitive experience in analyzing and understanding business data. The combination of Desktop app / Web access / Mobile app, unlink the organization from their desks, and give convenient access to any information: data are just there when they are needed. We are developing a whole new Dashboard to control production, operation costs, investments, and detailed resource allocation and consumption. No matter what industry you need to boost, data are key to make fast and focused decision. PowerBI is the right tool to make data significant.
Pros- Extremely steep learning curve, encouraging and beautifully looking results come to life in minutes. - Wide choice of compatible local and network sources and architecture to feed your databases - Publishing feature seamlessly integrated with Office 265, allows you to share your work with other users through web (no need to install any desktop app for your audience). - Several updates, very active community, very accessible knowledge base on line, tons of help on official forum. - Well designed mobile app.
Cons- Publishing feature requires Pro licence/subscription, but for enterprising environement is very cheap compared to competition.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 18, 2019
Thea E.
IT Manager
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 24, 2018

“Enjoying the visuals and the intelligent reports that PowerBI makes!”

ProsI love that they have a free version for developers, and it is very cheap for non-profits. It has a lot of flexibility when it comes to connecting with several interfaces. It has a lot of the recipe features that Google Data Studio has. If you are already a user of several Office 365 products, you'll enjoy this a lot, because you don't need to create a lot of mappings. I like the interfaces that it has with Mail Chimp and Google analytics (and several others), as it comes with recommended reports which you could take live from the sources. It didn't take me a while to get used to using PowerBI. If you have some Business Intelligence knowledge, this will be a piece of cake for you.
ConsIf you use a for-profit pricing, you might not like the pricing that they have for PowerBI. It's still relatively cheaper compared to other tools, but you might reconsider other products just because of the pricing.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 24, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 28, 2019

“Powerful if you put in the work”

OverallOverall I was very impressed with the features and functionality. It can be pricey as you scale but if you use other Microsoft tools, it's a no brainer.
ProsThere is a lot that you can do with Power BI. I loved being able to link my metrics together so when I clicked on one metric, it would change the other metrics. It was a game-changer for meetings around data. From a management perspective, it was huge being ablet o see the data whenever I needed to.
ConsIt is pretty difficult to learn. There help articles are alright but there is so much to learn that sometimes it would take me hours just to find an answer to something simple. It's great for analyzing data but if you want something to just track business KPIs, there are better options.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 28, 2019
Jingxia W.
D365 Consultant
Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2019

“Powerful Analytics Tool”

OverallI implemented PowerBI and provided training for a few customers. It's easy to use. But just to be more advanced on DAX is not easy if you do not use it everyday.
ProsPower BI can help you to create a visualized report in just a few minutes.
ConsLimitation for the daily auto-refresh on PowerBI.com after you publish the report.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Information Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 11, 2019

“Make insights easily and in a customer friendly way”

ProsI have been using it for 1 to 2 years. It is a great tool for make insights from the data and use it for other purpose. We can import the data from different source and make graphs
ConsIts some how show in term of fetching data
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 11, 2019
Ulan J.
Channel Manager
Information Technology and Services, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 4, 2019

“Fantastic for sales and Pipeline management”

OverallMy overall experience has been great, As stated before, we use this in conjunction with our CRM because of it easy reporting and filters. Makes my life easier as a sales-person to report to management!!!
ProsAs a Channel Manager in Distribution I find Power Bi very useful. We actually use this in conjunction with our CRM tool. The reporting function and the drilling into each opportunities or orders is fantastic. The filters that is available to you is really fast and to get results on specific criteria is really easy to do. The support on this in South Africa is fast and they are really friendly
ConsI have found that sometimes Power Bi doesn't update correctly, or it is sometimes slow to update with new results or input.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 4, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Non-Profit Organization Management, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 22, 2019

“Am I reviewing the state or service?”

OverallI love being able to create lovely interactive reports, hiking up to Xero and getting a comprehensive multi page report on the data is amazing. But then it gets anything and confusing, of I'm online I can do this but can't edit in the dance ready as offline, I can't take the report offline... I can't create the Xero report offline and it turns out I can't edit it anyway. Some reports I can only create offline. I can export them online but they don't sync back, I can export and reimport if it was created offline. But not online. I am probably mis-remembering half of this. Confused by this review? I might be beginning to share the feeling of using Power BI.
ProsGreat looking interactive reports are relatively easy to create Integrates with many data sources
ConsConfusing mix of software and service Confusing variety of abilities to connect with and interact with data sources, and it keeps changing Subscribers can't share reports other than publicly (perhaps) so everything setting the report has to subscribe (maybe)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 22, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Marketing and Advertising, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 20, 2018

“Perfect For Insight Generation With Google Ads Linking”

OverallThe online community of users is definitely a place you will appreciate in the beginning as you get to know the intricacies of the software and its true power. Regardless of the initial hiccups to connect Google Analytics with the software, I definitely appreciated the utilization of visuals to represent data that other words could have been very boring and dull for board members to understand.
ProsEasy to generate user friendly visualizations that would otherwise be a nightmare to describe. Excellent Third Party Linking Great Online Community for finding support and other great ways of using the tool.
ConsUses connectors that could be hit or miss. In my case took me several times to connect Google Analytics to Power Bi due to connector not working as should.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 20, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Insurance, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 12, 2018

“I used this business tool in my work as an Process Intelligence Analyst at Univera.”

OverallI was able to integrate it into a fairly outdated Microsoft office suite, so that was really useful for me. My organization uses a lot of legacy software for security purposes, so it was nice to have a Business intelligence tool that can be easily deployed "out of the box", as opposed to some newer tools. I was fairly easily able to generate reports, pair it with an ETL tool that I was using, and pretty much speed up a few reporting processes.
ProsIt's features are extremely robust and has some of the best integration for data warehousing of any "off the shelf" tools. I think Power BI is great for medium scale companies and ventures because there's a ton of support from Microsoft and third party companies as well. Most large organizations, in my experience, should have enough staff with Power BI knowledge to call on as business experts.
ConsI think some aspects are a bit counter-intuitive to use. Power BI's does help to make users more comfortable with it though. I also think that the heavy reliance on cloud services makes it a bit harder to integrate some legacy systems that aren't well configured into the BI environment.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 12, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 10, 2019

“Easy to use !”

OverallWe help our customers monitor the activity of their companies and make the decision process easy for them
Pros-Power BI is intuitive you can achieve a lot without having an extensive technical knowledge ! - One can analyse data using M or Dax languages - Possibility to use Python and R
Cons- you need an extensive knowledge of Node JS to develop new graphics
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 10, 2019
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Aaron G.
Business Analyst
Computer Software, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 6, 2019

“Power BI is an amazing tool for business analtyics”

ProsPower BI allowed my company to create some extremely useful reports and dashboards for our own internal use as well as to assist our customers in improving their own businesses. The Power Bu Software has an massive selection of tools, visual displays, maps, and more for providing valuable insight into a company's operations. Additionally the Power BI team has provided my company with very useful information and use cases through their regular webinars and conferences.
ConsThough I was not involved in my company's purchase of this software, I have heard that it is somewhat expensive... I suppose that is relative to the size of a company and how the software is used / the potential ROI etc. In terms of functionality and intuitiveness, I have no complaints with the software.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 6, 2019