Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

173 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $9.99/month/user
  • Pricing Details
    Power BI Pro
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Microsoft
  • www.microsoft.com
  • Founded 1975
  • United States

About Power BI

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


Power BI Features

  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad Hoc Reports
  • Benchmarking
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Dashboard
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • OLAP
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trend / Problem Indicators

Power BI Reviews Recently Reviewed!


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

Sep 22, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Overall good software for beginners and can be explored to get the best efficiency from the software

Pros: below 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.

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

Mar 18, 2017
2/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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1 / 5
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Comments: In 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.

Pros: pretty visuals Power Query On-premises Data Gateway responsible Pro Support

Cons: lack of data sources pretty useless for 3rd Party Web Sources

Recommendations to other buyers: 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.)

Miscrosoft Power BI for Federal Acquisition Spend Analysis

Apr 24, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: All in all, for the price, this is an excellent tool for helping your organization turn mounds of data into useful insights.

Pros: Power 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.

Cons: It'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.

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

Feb 14, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Comments: Data is the new petroleum, Information is the new combustible; and Power BI will boost this challenging new world of information and analysis.

Pros: For 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

Cons: It 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.

One tool for Business intelligence solution

Mar 20, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Comments: Power 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.

Pros: To 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.

Cons: Using 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.

Microsoft Power BI, Master of the Analytics World

May 08, 2017
5/5
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1 / 5
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5 / 5
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2 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Analytics world is the future, and Power BI is the master of all that Glob...!

Pros: As 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.

Cons: We still need the integration with other services, like Vend POS, Shopify directly without any intermediate programs.

Excellent learning curve experience within a familiar paltform

Nov 09, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Generally 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.

Pros: Power 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.

Cons: The 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.

MS Power BI - take your business to the next level

May 07, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: If 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.

Pros: You 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.

Cons: Really 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.

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

Jun 06, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Comments: In 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.

Pros: For 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.

Cons: This 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.

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

Oct 05, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I 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.

Cons: Microsoft'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.

Overall: As 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.

Enjoying the visuals and the intelligent reports that PowerBI makes!

Jul 24, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I 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.

Cons: If 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.

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

Jul 12, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: It'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.

Cons: I 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.

Overall: I 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.

User Friendly tool

May 15, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: - amazing tool for excel gurus, the interface is just like excel - very user friendly - great visuals and interactive reports - power bi.com service is useful feature for publishing reports - phone apps are helpful at times - great features like data modelling , group by, merge, combine for large data sets - open source desktop version

Cons: - 3rd party visuals cannot be exported to power point - can get slow when refreshed (like updating more data to the visuals) in desktop version

Power BI continues to add new features and functionality

Aug 15, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI is easy to use. The learning curve is low. However, it still provide rich features and functionalities . It is a great visual tool.

Microsoft continues to provide monthly updates on adding new functions.

Cons: The ecosystem of Power BI is confusing for the beginner. There are Power BI cloud version, On premise version, on premise data gateway. There are two versions of Power BI desktop.

The workspace in Power BI currently does not provide enough tool for users to easily share the content for non-Pro license users. There isn't a easy way to share to everyone within large organization other than Power Apps.

Ease of use of Excel with elite level visualizations and storytelling

Jul 31, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The most powerful uses of Power BI are how easy it is to use. It connects to almost every data type imaginable and has countless intuitive visualizations built in. Their open-source visualization library is great for finding new visualizations on the fly. Excel users feel right at home with making graphs, tables within the tool and can create a solution that can be automated and deployed.

Cons: DAX is the formula language used to create functions and calculated fields within Power BI and it is difficult to use at times. Additionally Formatting a Power BI Dashboard for the best appearance can be difficult as solutions normally look very spacy or extremely cluttered.

Overall: Excel to the highest level. I get to create dashboards and solutions to embed within websites that users have access to that automates easily and can handle huge datasets

Great system and makes for a very productive day.

Jul 23, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It seems very versatile. I have been using it daily for the past year since it was implemented here at my work. It allows for ease of day to day managing of files and allows for me to maximize my productivity. We have it customized to individual department use so this allows for my team to up their productivity. Easy system to learn and overall very user friendly. It can also be integrated to be used with other systems.

Cons: Honestly, I have not found anything that I dislike about this software to date. No glitches or bugs .

Overall: Allows for a great work environment and to maximize overall productivity.

Excellent product for data visulization from small business up to enterprise level

Jul 10, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The amount of different types of data that can be integrated and analyzed makes this an extremely powerful tool. Businesses from small to large can integrate essentially any data stored digitally for cross reference, analysis, and visualization. Our organization has realized new avenues of business analytics with the options available in Power BI. Dashboards have allowed a more free flow of processed information and has reduced the need for some in-person exchange of the same information (meetings, status calls, etc.). C-suite engagement with Power BI dashboards have provided new strategic opportunities by allowing executives to focus more and spend less time

Cons: Power BI has a decided learning curve and can be daunting for new users. There are, in many cases, lots of ways to do the same thing and learning the most efficient use of the interface and the tools at your disposal can take some time.

Power BI on the way forward

Oct 25, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: I am now on my third BI Project in which I created the User interface with Power BI Reports and Dashboards. So far the clients were extremely happy with the way Power BI looks as well as how easy it is to learn. The most popular feature is the report interactivity - clicking in a chart is filtering the rest of the report accordingly which is really fun to make use of.

Pros: - Easy to use - Easy to learn - very intuitive - Allows powerful calculations - constantly new features and developments - great community, you can find an answer to almost any question - very interactive, it tempts to play around with the reports

Cons: - Some small bugs here and there, due to the ongoing development - At the moment On-premises version does not offer the same scope as the Cloud version. Cloud is more comprehensive.

Number Crunching at it's best

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The ease of use of the software is particularly appealing as it is built on the usual Microsoft office interface. I particularly also like the fact the software is available in Desktop and online versions and there is synchronicity between the desktop and cloud versions. Conclusively, diversity of data sources allows for versatility.

Cons: People without private emails cannot publish and this frankly doesn't allow for easy training of other persons Downloaded visualizations files cannot be imported in multiples and this reduces efficiency a little bit.

An amazing tool for analyzing data, a bit too complex, a bit too much

Sep 20, 2018
5/5
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2 / 5
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Pros: It has all the power you may expect from a BI tool and a Microsoft product, the ability to create and analyze data cubes is second to none. User interface is sort of familiar as it follows the Microsoft way. Author version is free so you can play with it.

Cons: It's a complex tool to use and will rapidly go beyond your regular Excel-user. I would recommend to exhaust options in Excel (a tool that most of your staff would know by now) and even to step into Power Pivots or so (which is just an add-on to Excel but will allow you to mine huge data sources). By the way, remember that you will need someone knowledgeable on Data handling within your organization.

Very easy to adopt BI or Visualization Tool

Jan 09, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: If you have no enough budget to begin your visualization and data analyze cases and you also don't like other commercial or open source BI or visualization tool, you should try it first. I believe you will like it. BTW, I still think Tabelau is best one tool of visualization and its cost is also expensive.

Pros: Easy to use, get Desktop designer tool and cloud-based server. You also can choice on-premised Power BI server for your local deployment needs.

Cons: Because Power BI Report Server(On-Premises) must use SQL Server Report Services and SQL DB, you must understand how to manage SQL SSRS. At right now, this license model is strange for understanding. I think Power BI Services's license model(Cloud based) is very easy to understand.

Unbelievable software! Like Crystal reports on steroids!

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Overall an amazing tool that is so powerful. Once you get up to speed on how to navigate and use it you will become hooked on it. The drill down function is awesome. like Crystal reports on steroids!

Pros: This is such a powerful data visualization tool. IT is so flexible and easy to use. We use it to pull data from multiple databases. It gives us such a great visualization tool to show trends.

Cons: It is so flexible at times it can be hard to narrow down how to show a particular data set. It is not as intuitive as it could be navigate.

Building dashboards and predictive models to reduce hospital remissions

Oct 12, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: This tool, like so many other Microsoft developments, is a game changer in the analytics and reporting world. Power pivot is now native to Excel, and can basically turn a mid-level spreadsheet user into an analyst and DBA through DAX, M Query, and the ssas architecture that underlies it's capabilities. The addition of power BI increases that ability even more by integrating more data sources, providing a more user friendly interface (including NLP!!!), and dashboards that look as good as any other (one of excels major drawbacks), I'll be interested to see if the competition has a good answer.

Pros: I love the number of files it recognizes and the ability to integrate then into a single data model. Also, very convenient tool that offers a one stop service for database administrative, data analytics, and user friendly reporting.

Cons: No scheduled updating for olap or odbc linked reports. Despite operating on a Microsoft infrastructure that has the capability, this is a glaring imperfection.

VERY FUNCTIONAL

Sep 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI is well suited for creating reports, specially when dealing with high volumes of data. The possibility of creating dynamic reports, with variables working as filters, is also a great tool for those who seek to produce a presentation: in some scenarios, PowerBI can even replace keynotes or powerpoints, as it allows to to present in a dynamic way all the information you have been analysing.

Cons: One of the main limitations of the BI Power is that it does not have the capacity to publish reports with all the associated data. This means that some data may be left out of visualizations.

Excellent Visualization Tool

Aug 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: This is the best visualization tool on the market as well as the cheapest. Very easy to use as it is based on excel.

Cons: Lacks some of the features and tools as some of the other products that have been in the market longer.

Overall: Use to create dashboards for visualization of data and content sharing.

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A great choice with some compromise

Sep 11, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: The product is not very expensive but offers a good number of features. it is also in continuous development

Cons: Some basic features are sometimes not included in the product. The on-premise version is not updated very frequently

Overall: Overall it is a great product with great potential for growth

director

Mar 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Comments: Expecting more possibility to externaly share reports

Pros: It's usable and allow new way of managing data for Bussines desicion. Good figure is also direct connection with different DB's

Cons: Possibility to prepare very demanded analysis with existing data whic is inpossible with ERP system

Self service tool

Sep 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: This tool is high in market now a days. By self service I meant the end user can easily manipulate data/ create visual/chart. It is most simpler reporting tool compared to tableau or SSRS. Also we have community of Microsoft where we can fetch new things coming into power bi. Recently incremental load came into power bi earlier we were using full load which have saved a lot of time, data utilisation..

Cons: It will be perfect if we can fetch sql query from power bi dashboard right now we can see measures which are in DAX language or we can also fetch M query.

Power BI is the best analytics platform out there

Jul 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: This is a home run for Microsoft. Pull data from multiple sources (Read--ANY source) and put it into a rich, graph presentation on the fly. It is fairly easy to use, easy to organize data and their customer support is responsive as all get out. I love this software.

Cons: Pricing model needs help. Price per user for viewing projects is kind of a silly model for pricing--and the Enterprise level--well you better make sure you are an 'Enterprise' at that pricing. Give us a middle man pricing scheme Microsoft!

Overall: Such a great piece of software and it's the future of analytics.

Excellent Visual Dashboarding Tool

Apr 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: If you already have a data warehouse, Power BI may be the ideal option for small- to mid-size businesses. If you're looking for a simple dashboarding tool with only 1-2 data sets that you're bringing in that don't need data transformation -- also a great fit.

Pros: When one of my team members recently wanted to use this tool to create dashboards, I had no idea how powerful a free tool could be! She was able to create truly beautiful and useful dashboards in a short period of time after learning Power BI. I loved the innate integration with Google Analytics and Facebook.

Cons: While the interface is really easy to get started on, there are some serious limitations on the amount of data that can be brought into the platform. Any calculations must be done outside of PowerBI, using the DAX language. This is pretty frustrating, and vendors that I'm speaking with are quoting tens of thousands of dollars to build a data warehouse for transformation before using PBi for display.

Fails to be everything to everyone - but if it fits, it fits GREAT

Jul 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: In my first hour, I was in love. In the next 20 hours watching training videos and starting over, I became increasingly frustrated (though I think this product may be aimed for a different user). Eventually I decided to go back to Excel/PPT combo so I could have control back, but Power BI clearly has a lot to offer for the right user.

Pros: I had full-on butterflies in my stomach when I first started created charts in Power BI. It was like the developers saw data the same way I did - all the tiny adjustments I would waste time making in Excel/PPT were already in place. This is a huge time-saver, both because the charts already looked good, and also because there's not much room for changing -nuance- in the charts ... and frankly it kept me from obsessing over every pixel. They look good, and this is how they look. Clean, pastel colors instead of those awful defaults in Excel ... the ability to display "4,004.02" as "4k" is HUGE and made me swoon.

Cons: The learning curve, for a technical average like myself, was tough. Power BI is clean and accessible, but I spent hours trying to understand how to use it at its most basic level. For example, I am an Excel Power User to be sure, but the act of editing my data properly eluded me. For someone more versed with SQL etc. I suspect it would be more apt.

MS Power Bi - one of the best business analytics tool

Jun 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: 1) Integration with other MS products 2) MS is adding additional features based on market requirements 3) MS support and engineers are good and technically strong

Cons: 1) Moved from free version to paid version, leading to team not able to access the reports 2) High volume of data sometimes hangs the reports 3) Faced issues with connections with the cloud leading to non display of reports

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In love with this software

Sep 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I absolutely love Power BI and its endless possibilities to present dashboards and reports, and to keep track of your KPIs.

Cons: The price for the pro license is a bit expensive, but the free license has a lot of good features that can be use in a small business

Overall: Before Power BI, the access to our company's information was very difficult, we had to generate manual reports and depended on a Microsoft partner to make the smallest change to those reports. Power BI has facilitated the making of everyday decisions because we now have access to information, we are now growing our business and keeping track of our growth!

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Make yourself look like a genius and give your team tremendous insight into data

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: PowerBI gives the best of multiple worlds: ease of use, beautiful reports, drill-down features.

Showing teammates how to use the reports was a blast. They were able to understand the data and how to manipulate it so easily many of them laughed. I was told on multiple occasions "you're a genius" when really it was Power BI.

The ability to pull data from multiple sources and make them play nice together is incredible. The visualizations are top-notch, and the plug-in options are great. In short, you're going to learn a lot about what's really happening in your business.

Cons: Connecting it to local data sources can be a real pain and takes way more effort than seems reasonable. It definitely is a barrier to what could be even faster success implementing the tool.

Overall: Immediate insight into our business in a way we hadn't had previously. Plus it was fun to make pretty reports instead of boring Excel ones.

Powerful tool for visibility of data across organization

Jan 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI is easy to set up, and has many different data connectors. You can try it out for free, and it is already included for your organization if you have Office 365. It will take some training (especially in the DAX language) to have it work to its full potential (as with any software), but it is better than all of its competitors, which cost MUCH MUCH more.

Cons: Not a lot for cons. Microsoft is sometimes slow to follow up on requests through UserVoice and on the online PowerBI community.

Easy to use business analytics tool

Feb 06, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: If you're familiar with Microsoft products (do you use a PC?) you have a familiar interface. The layout makes it very easy to pick up and start using.

Cons: There's no ability to schedule reports to be sent to users/customers directly. In order to give customer access, you must create a separate page for them to visit with the Power BI data linked.

One of the best tool available for Business intelligence.

Jul 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The microsoft business intelligence makes your very easy . There are lots of various features available in tool to make your work for easy and fast. I worked on the file extraction from various files and deployed to database. The various connectivity featues alos available to help to share your data and design .

Cons: I don't find anything which would cons but yes for new users it may takes time to understand the tool and work around.

Overall: We use for business purposes for designing and analyzing of data.

Great for company wide reporting and visibility

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: We use it to present standardized reporting at the business unit level. It's lightweight and easy to use for consumers of the data.

Cons: Ugh the dreaded Microsoft login process - please, please, please let login occur on non-Microsoft accounts. Would make it so much easier to spread throughout our organization.

User Friendly BI tool with limitations

Jul 17, 2018
3/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: Personalisation Oriented Enterprise Self Service environment - empowers users to create personal reports that can be shared. Power BI Service, Premium Service, Desktop, Gateway(cloud) options Power BI Online / Service is cheaper Analytical features are almost equivalent except for Forecasts Integration with Bing Maps Power BI Service (Online) integrates with R as of June 2017

Cons: No Storyboarding capability Lots of custom visualizations although error-prone and not flexible to use Data level blending only. Joins are also pretty basic. LEFT or RIGHT Joins are not supported. Joins can be addressed at DAX level but too complicated

Finally a good - superior solution to pivots!

Sep 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: Unparralled visual representation of massive amounts of data. We use it to show inventory for 18 months on over 600,000 items and the speed of the system is nothing short of impressive. Handles filtering quickly and without hanging. Truly impressive with the size of data its using.

Cons: Long implementation and high requirement for input

Overall: Far far superior to handling reports with pivots and far more visually appealing. Speed of system despite size of data set is remarkable.

Probably one of the best reporting tools ever.

Aug 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Switching from Sisense to Power BI was one of the best decisions we ever made. The features and flexability are hands down amazing. All of the visuals you could ever need for BI at the click of a button.

Cons: Can be a little tricky to setup if you don't have someone technically savy.

Overall: Love it.

Power BI

Sep 14, 2017
3/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very powerful visualization tools. The ease in creating different charts and graphs is very appealing. I also love the r script editor to build more complex charts or give yourself the ability to edit data before using it in a visualization.

Cons: Main issues we ran into were with connecting to data sources. Had a lot of trouble collecting data from our Microsoft access database and pulling into power bi. Customer support is also sub par.

Are you into pain? Then this is your product.

Aug 22, 2018
3/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: *Seems* like it's powerful, can harvest data from multiple sources, and present data in numerical values, graphs, etc. Can be a solid tool in the hands of those qualified to use/build.

Cons: Steep learning curve; difficult to use. Difficult to get PowerBI to do the things I want it to do. Not user-intuitive in any way, shape, or form.

Overall: Frustrating. Trying to generate meaningful business reports that should be quite simple, but are in fact made much more complicated through the use of this tool.

A great BI tool with lots of room for development

Apr 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: Power BI is free to use initially and users can utilize this to get hands-on experience with the tool. Set of visualizations is great.

Cons: Expensive web-based deployment. The ETL process still has a lot of room for development. DAX support is great.

Easy to use (if you are used to Excel features like dynamic tables) very attractive to end users

Oct 03, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: Great product! I hope it keeps being part of Microsoft Office and that more and more people use it so it improves even more.

Pros: You can easly connect the software to SQL databases and to Excel Spreadsheets. The graphics are great and is very portable between different platforms. Results are very easy to share and saves tons of time to developers.

Cons: Filters are a little bit confusing for end users. If they leave a filter ON, the results might cause confussion and is not that easy to find out why. Lack of security to know who is looking to the information. Different profiles for the same results so each person sees what he needs.

Power BI connects multiple sources of data, can analyze it, and visualize it

Jul 02, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: The tool is part of the Microsoft suite for education which is helpful. But note that it takes a long time to setup and is not necessarily user friendly. It helps greatly to have a MS advisor or trainer involved (which costs money) but can save weeks of headache.

Cons: Like most tools it has limitations, but some of the notable limits our school has experienced involve who can see what (permissions), who can input what, who can analyze what, etc. As well, extracting the spurious or non-correlated variables can sometimes be challenging even if you know what you want to take out.

A Powerful Tool

Oct 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI has taken our company's data reporting to an entirely new level. Before we had to sift through lots of data to get the metrics we wanted but now there are so many tools to get easy to digest visuals.

Cons: There is a bit of a learning curve with the software and you need to make sure your data is pretty clean beforehand but other than that this is an excellent software choice!

How did I live without it

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: User groups are the best way to submit issues. Little training as of yes, but Microsoft is pumping lots of resources out to ensure this Product sticks.

Pros: What an amazing product. Fast and easy way to create dashboards with a huge number of data connections. I am not sure how I lived without it before.

Cons: Biggest issue is it is being developed so fast. Staying on top of all the new features has provided to be a challenge.

Great for Microsoft Companies

Aug 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI integrates amazingly with companies that use a variety of Microsoft products already. It is easy to use for front end users and can be embedded and shared quite easily across the company. You do not need a lot of prior knowledge to figure out how to use it. It is additionally one of the cheapest options out there but adding on features can get costly.

Cons: Power BI does not do a great job integrating with non-Microsoft tools, it is built by Microsoft and for Microsoft users. It also requires a fairly strong database to get reliable results.

User Interface

Oct 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: It's very user-friendly software to create interactive visualizations and allows one to create the dashboard by publishing the report to Power BI Online service, pin individual tile or pin live page to the dashboard. It allows the user to access across multiple data sources. It helps businesses to make quick decisions.

Cons: One disadvantage that i felt personally was pricing.

Power BI power to spare

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Comments: The ability to leverage scheduled and near real-time data updates is quite powerful for pro users.

Pros: Being able to connect various data sources to Power BI visuals is beneficial and allows compelling reports and dashboards to be created.

Cons: The features that are available to free and pro customers seems to be an evolving, moving target that has proven frustrating for some end users.

We use Power BI to show date from our oracle base old ERP.

Jul 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI is easy to use and intuitive; charts are similar to Excel with which we are already familiar.

Cons: We have not figured out how to have various dashboards toggle on a digital signage like a powerpoint presentation.

Overall: Helps operations and management to take decisions instantly instead of awaiting for the end of month or quarter report whereby it is often too late.

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Power BI Best Features

Mar 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: It's usable and allow the new way of managing data for Bussines decision. The good figure is also the direct connection with different DB's.

Cons: The least likable things is so flexible at times it can be hard to narrow down how to show a particular data set. It is not as intuitive as it could be navigated.

Overall: Easy to use business analytics tool.

Microsoft Power BI - Putting the Data First

Mar 20, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Extremely easy to use for average data/excel users. Puts formerly enterprise-class tools in your hands and makes it easy to mine important trends from data

Cons: Limiting access to one domain is frustrating when needing to share data outside org; Making weblinks public limit usefulness for data availability/security concerns.

A Growing Tribe of Apps and Visualizations

Dec 14, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: For an easy self-service business intelligence (BI) tool that is mostly free, Microsoft Power BI continues to expand and gain new features almost monthly. What started as primarily an add-in for the Microsoft ecosystem has now developed into a more fully functional package that ranks at the top of the self-service BI space. For this reason and more, it wins one of our Editors' Choice awards in this self-service BI tool review roundup (the other award goes to competitor Tableau Desktop$999.00 at Tableau Software). There are more than 40 different data sources that can be accessed with Microsoft Power BI, including Hadoop and QuickBooks Online$39.95 at Intuit (through oAuth), Tableau Desktop, Google Analytics, and numerous enterprise data sources.

Microsoft is continually adding new connectors such as ones for MailChimp databases (so you can monitor data and trends about your mailing list campaigns, reports, and individual subscribers). Microsoft also gives you the ability to directly query Structured Query Language (SQL) databases on SQL Server and in the Microsoft Azure cloud as well as Spark-based data sources.

Jun 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Intuitive and easy to use

Dec 02, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Comments: This tool is one of the easiest BI tool to use. I started by connecting simple excel files and now I have connected it to SQL server data sets in direct query. It works really well. Customization level for each visual is really detailed. Constant monthly updates adds new features. Custom visual gallery is also very useful to use different non from the box visuals.

Pros: Ease of use. Regular feature updates. Custom visuals. Slicing and drill down features are really good. Predictive line and dashboard insights is really cool feature.

Cons: To share reports, we need to publish to MS Cloud. We cannot publish direct query data set without installing a gateway in the server.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you want to dazzle your audience and at the same time show meaningful insights, this is the best tool.

Great platform to create business analytics

Jun 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Comments: Used Jet Reports in the past, Power BI blows it out of the water. (and a fraction of the price)

Pros: Incredibly powerful platform, and it's relatively cheap. Waay cheaper than the old model when you had a server on premise.

Cons: Recurring monthly cost per user. On-Prem may have been cheaper for enterprise...but for small businesses, the per user cost is great.

Power BI helps us make better decisions while building dashboards with precision.

Feb 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Comments: Power Bi has several interesting, intuitive features for assembling multiple data to build a good dashboard.

Pros: Power BI is easy to use, does not require a lot of experience to design and use in real time by all users who are worried about their work every day.

Cons: Not much, except the production of new graphics that is slow to come out quickly to produce more beautiful and intuitive dashboards.

Easiest tool I have used to create dashboards from multiple data sources

Jul 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like how easy it is to connect a single dashboard to multiple data sources -- local databases, cloud databases, csv files, etc.

Making simple visualizations from these data sources only takes a few clicks.

Cons: It is sometimes difficult to make complex visualizations or perform calculations using raw data. Time series forecasting is limited. However, the development team is constantly updating and improving powerBI, so I expect this to improve in the future.

Great Product! Highly Recommend

Nov 09, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The ease of use is amazing, it is really easy to learn and is great for data analytics purposes Has beautiful data visualizations and makes great for any presentation to big time clients or executives You can integrate it with a lot of different technologies

Best Reports from Power BI

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: 1. The Report as you wish 2. User friendly 3. Efficient way to run more number of reports 4. Better business decisions 5. Upgrading options

Cons: 1. Graphical tools can be improved 2. Filter options can be improved 3. Other than that such a wonderful toll

Easy to use for end user, light to administrate for IT

Feb 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: easier to use, dax is an option for a lot of end user cheap, so you can involve everyone with news processes

Cons: on prem version still miss some feature request canalisation of new users, they tend to create a lot a analysis and that requiere follow up

Power BI is a great tool for tracking people and data in one location

Jul 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: What I like most about Power BI is the ability to see in a world view the activity of our users on the platform

Cons: The thing that I like least about Power BI is the drill down feature. I would prefer it to be more of a standard zoom in and out.

Make your visualization easy

Aug 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: a) The ease to use, you find things there and then itself and things are self-explanatory.

b) To Set up power bi is quite easy compare to other visulaization tool.

c) Charts and analysis are more clear than other tools, by simply droping charts you can view you view.

Cons: a) It can not handle the large dataset other then you have to compress it.

b) You need a company emailid for downloading it.

Overall: The experience on Power BI is excellent, within a day or two you will be used to it and more powerful than other tools because of Microsoft.

Only thing is for large data set it cannot be used or i have to find a work around for this

The power of data in your hands.

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: by the hand of Microsoft, you have the possibility to analyze and found insights in your data. They have a huge variety of data source connectors, beautiful interface and great controls.

with your 360 account you are capable to interconnect and create flows around your processs and data.

Cons: If I need to chose some cons maybe the first is the price, there are a lot of good open source solutions.

Overall: nice, powerful and easy to use

Solid Microsoft Product

Sep 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The tool takes a little to get used to but fairly straightforward. It is tightly integrated to SQL Server and has excellent security functionality. Availability and cost of Power BI make the product very attractive. It supports the complete Microsoft stack. Supports third party developers for analytics and image tools.

Cons: Microsoft manages the certified training programs which are terrible. Power BI does not bring anything new and interesting graphical to the market - bar charts, pie charts, line graphs . . . Microsoft is way behind other comparable products.

Amazing

May 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: It is wildly powerful. And a beautiful and succinct way to display data and run analysis on sales, etc.

Cons: The learning curve is steep. Not to be attempted by anyone without a working knowledge of databases or computers in general.

Powerful powerful tool

Sep 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI is really powerful like mentioned in the title. It can be used in so many different varieties of ways. It grabs datasets and reports off of them in so many slices of ways. You can slice the data five ways from Friday. The data can also update itself as well so it eliminates the need to manually update your data like with other software such as excel. The visuals are amazing as well as everything is dynamic throughout your workspace. This is great so when you're making presentations with so much data it helps that the software you use is smart and can adapt easily.

Cons: It is not the easiest product to use as it is extensive and databases can get really confusing. Really recommend that classes be taken before adventuring into the Power BI world because it is really a product on it's own and is different from Excel syntax so nothing really translates completely.

Overall: Really really nice and powerful

An awesome upgrade to using traditional excel

Oct 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI is an awesome upgrade to the traditional slow and difficult to navigate excel. You get to do a lot of things in Power BI which otherwise would be extremely tedious and time-consuming to do in excel. It has reduced my data crunching times by atleast 5 times. Thumbs up to it!!

Cons: I think the help section could be made a bit better so that one can basically navigate through it to find most answers rather than try searching for answers online.

Overall: My overall experience has been awesome. I am now able to make dashboards and crunch data to filter it to what I need very quickly and easily.

Redefining the way we make reports

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Comments: It's an awesome tool,.

Pros: This tool helps you arrange, process and show data in a way you can use it for decision making. The model built can be used for making custom reports depending on the user needs. It can be easily shares via cloud feature.

Cons: Lacks some crucial features like filtering tables in data model and options for cuatomisating some graphs. Needs some background in data analysis, managing data bases at first.

Data Analytics at the finest

Jan 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Microsoft has really stepped up in their data analytics game with the latest Power BI software. The data visualization works really well with power BI as it has many different data charts and it delivers real-time data. It's easy to use and connect to different databases as needed. The share of the dashboard with your team members is another great feature that it has incorporated in the software. This is also another cost-effective software from the Microsoft package compared to other data visualization tools that are in the market.

Cons: There are few limitations in the software being a newer field for Microsoft. I am sure Microsoft will work on their limitations and provide more functionality in their upcoming releases.

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A good start.

Sep 16, 2018
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: This tool is really good whn you have to create reports, the layout of the tool and the graphic of the charts are really good, I really like the opening of the platform to third parts plugins, it permits to develop your own charts. The connectivity with the data are pretty infinite. There is also a free and limited version of the tool.

Cons: I cannot say that I like the license configuration of this tool, it should be possible to share reports with no users, but this is not posible and all the viewer are forced to have a license in order to use it.

Handy BI tool

Oct 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It has great visualization features. Also it's easier to use than other BI tools. It needs less "learning curve" than other BI tools like Tableau, Qlik etc. Also it has great "sharing" features.

Cons: It's a bit heavy and sometimes it freezes. Filter function would be more effective. Also more native connectors to other analytic tools are needed.

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This product changes the game for data visualization as it can merge data together.

Jul 31, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The fact that I can manipulate and merge data and convert it into interactive charts and graphs. It is very visually appealing and also efficient.

Cons: It is a little tough to use and sometimes glitches and crashes. The customer service should also be improved, but I guess since it is a new product it might take some time getting the proper assistance set up.

Overall: It makes it incredibly easy to merge data and turn it in to beautiful graphs and charts that are interactive. Perfect for presentations and meetings.

Rapidly becoming the best BI tool on the market

Aug 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Intuitive for people who have already been utilizing any variety of Microsoft's other products. They are adding features and functionality to Power BI at such a rapid pace that it won't be long before Power BI is better than all of the alternatives.

Cons: Missing a small number of features. Can run into some bugs/glitches because it is still fairly new to the BI tools market.

Overall: Business Intelligence software that is included in our existing Microsoft Office licensing package.

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My favorite BI tool we've tested

Jul 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the ability to separate my Dashboards, Reports, and Workbooks into Workspace groups for each of our customers. I love how it handles sharing items outside of my company.

Cons: The way Power BI handles datasets seems to be convoluted to me. It should be easier to change and update datasets.

Power BI is really a Powerful BI tool

Jun 15, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Comments: I have been using this tool more than a year and I love it. I am huge fan of Power BI

Pros: Excellent Visuals Variety of visual charts (import from 3rd party sites) Powerbi.com service is a plus R programming is a plus

Cons: Arranging dashboard is a bit tedious Not very user friendly (it takes time to get the ease of working with this tool)

Excel lovers will hate it

Aug 08, 2017
2/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Its not as easy as its marketed.

Pros: Loading and connecting to any data source quickly and cloud based thing is a real relief. Quick insights are great but not useful.

Cons: For the majority of the users of Excel, it can be initially difficult to relate to a tool without pivot table features. Also as per my need, it doesn't connect to 2 of my digital marketing tools- dfp and eyereturn. I am still thinking of why did I choose this not so userfriendly tool.

Great Analytics Platform!

May 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's a great tool to rapidly configure dynamic reports and dashboards from variety of data sources. The product is highly intuitive to configure and administer and can be managed by business admins with little IT support.

Cons: The connectivity / integrations for real time data updates are limited and should be enhanced to support real time APIs

Overall: Create internal/operational efficiencies

Enhance decision making

Improve business process agility

Great Analytics Add-on

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Power BI by Microsoft is a great utility to help users run analytics on their data by incorporating easy to use tools and visualizations in a synchronized platform, allowing refreshes to hit all modules similtaneously.

Cons: While Power BI does great work with the data, it does have some limitations on the size of the data. In particular it is known to not accept files larger than 250MB and datasets are limited to 1GB.

Able to Look at your Data in ways you never have before

Jun 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: What am amazing product. Power BI allows you to slice and dice your data in ways you never have before.

Cons: Power BI can be difficult to setup and configure. If you don't do it correctly with the data you have you will not get your money worth out of the product.

using, sharing how to use Power BI

Sep 14, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Comments: Very useful

Pros: easy, free both online, desktop. only Pro version, 10usd/user/month is reasonable price. connect to many data source from on premise and online

Cons: customization or developing. not much available. we are looking for customize and developing to change the layout

Simple, powerful visualisation solution

Jul 12, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Free, easy to use. Great data connectors. Filters at visual, page and report level. Measures built on powerful DAX engine.

Cons: Need to pay a subscription for the Pro version to be able to effectively share dashboards. Limited (but growing) number of visualization types.

Super simple to use and start analyzing your data

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: I wasn't expecting to like tool as much as I did, I was able to create really nice visualizations and reporting based on simple spreadsheets and flat files that I have in a simple and fast way.

Pros: Ease of use, if you are an Office's user you will love this tool, clean interface with the look and feel of other Microsoft products that allow you to create dashboards from scratch easily.

Cons: The transforms with large files can be frustrating, this feature is not as robust as other BI tools in the market so in case the project requires big data modeling I would suggest to use an external tool to facilitate the ETL process

Recommendations to other buyers: I encourage you to use it since is really easy to adopt, is free, the connectivity to data sources is fair and most important for small projects or quick presentations using as a base a Microsoft file (excel, access, etc) it's going to be a pleasant experience.

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the best tol for data visualisation

Oct 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is 75% cheaper than its competitors has great and custom visualisations. very extensive integrations with databases and can visualise streaming data

Cons: It is hard to manage roles inside an organisation created in power BI as it has to be synced with Active directory which is very confusing

Overall: We use it day in day out for all our visualisations and also help our clients deploy enterprise grade visualisation solutions with this

Amazing for visual data organization and analysis

Jul 02, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: We use this for work and love that you can easily import spreadsheets, data from the internet, and other data file formats. It is easier to use and much more functional than Excel, but with similar Microsoft terminology that makes it easy to learn.

Cons: Publishing and sharing your data dashboards can be tricky and lose functionality for people that do not have PowerBI installed.

Power BI

Mar 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Ease of use. With little technical knowledge it was easy to select the appropriate data sources and create visualizations.

Cons: Some of the advanced views that are more pertinent, are not available as choices for displaying the data.

Dynamic and Powerful Report Center

Oct 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Pull in data from multiple sources with options for real-time and predictive analytics. Provides several features for drilling down and through data sets to uncover trends and patterns, then find actionable insights from any area of the business.

Cons: Some training is required to fully utilize the software otherwise many powerful features can be overlooked or ignored.

Microsoft Business Intelligence- Amazing!

Sep 26, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I liked how easy it is to use and how empowering it can be for your organization.

Cons: The learning curve at first can be tricky, but I found it fairly easy to learn with their self help videos and tutorials.

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Beyond de VLOOKUP

Aug 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: You can Combine all you data visually

If you are KPI lover with this software you'll power up your formulas

You really can transform the team work sense of job to be done

Cons: The database connections can be scary for beginners

Overall: If you have tired to use VLOOKUP or your a PRO with this function, you've quickly discovered that exist a better world beyond excel spreadsheet

Not for Self Serve BI tool

Sep 29, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Available Gauge chart and Donut chart. Relatively cheaper than competitors. Fast and Frequent version updates

Cons: Not suitable for Self serve Business Intelligence because features are not that intuitive and user friendly.

A good idea but pricing models difficult to understand

May 10, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: I think the product is great and a fantastic add on to other products. Speed of the application is generally good and the ability to link to multiple sources is great

Cons: I've found that increasingly this is being used as an add-in for developers to require to be able to make reports work. I would like to see more transparent pricing for users which are not administration users.

Almost there but not quite

Dec 12, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Comments: Not enough tools to really assist the designer.

Pros: The ability to use maps right out of the box and quickly was very nice. I also really liked how the engine would associate colors with dimensions.

Cons: The interface was a little clunky and finding the tools you were looking for was not so easy. It is missing an associative model engine.

Awesome product!

Sep 27, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I loved all the different chart options, especially the mapping feature! The sharing capabilities are very useful among different departments and it is very easy to connect to a data source

Cons: It takes a little while to understand what you're doing but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to use.

Power BI for graphing

Oct 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I am completing a master's program for HR management. In our analytics class we used Power BI to make graphs for upper level management to view common HR outputs. The program was SO easy to use and very intuitive. Not only could you create a bunch of great graphs but they talk to each other and show you results from one graph and how that impacts the other data.

Cons: Sometimes getting the graphs to stop talking to each other could be tedious.

Very easy to use and creates stunning visualizations

Feb 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The types of visualizations you can create are phenomenal!! The charts and graphs are stunning and fairly easy to use. If you have a decent background is making charts with Excel you should have no problem with Power BI. The interface is user-friendly and you have the ability to make powerful findings.

Cons: I wish there was a way to clean the data better in power BI. I clean the data in the Excel spreadsheet before going to use Power BI. This is only one shortcoming of an otherwise powerful tool.

The Microsoft BI State of the art

Jan 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: It's amazing how the tool dial with data and maps.....unbelievabe

Pros: Easy to use, powerfull, integrted with all the other Microsoft family products, low cost, nice graph

Cons: The architecture is completely cloud based so when you have to take data from on-premise systems, it requires a litte analysis with someone trained on the tool

Excellent tool for presenting data; still some bugs to work out

May 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: The ease of presenting data to executives and evaluating scenarios helps me run my organization. We have started to move more and more of our charts and graphs out of excel and into PowerBI.

Cons: There are a number of bugs, and the pricing is very complex and confusing for a small organization.

There is not much this product can't do!

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: This software allows you to drill down and visually see pretty much any data you want to better analyze. The old saying a picture is worth a thousand words is proven with Power BI. This software allows people to better understand the data they are looking at. You can also plot data by addresses and locations which can be very helpful for the sales side of businesses.

Cons: There is somewhat of a learning curve. Lots of buttons and gadgets to figure out what they all do. It is a little overwhelming at first trying to learn how to do basic functions, but like anything if you stick with it, it is easy to learn. I am still learning how to use the software in its entirety.