IQubz

Microsoft Business Intelligence

4 / 5 81 reviews


Average Ratings

81 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $99.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • IQubz
  • www.iqubz.com
  • Founded 2007
  • United States

About Microsoft Business Intelligence

Get a 360-degree view of your financial, operational, and marketing functional areas with powerful business intelligence and reporting solutions based on Microsoft Platform: SQL Server Database Engine, SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Analysis Services (OLAP), SQL Server Reporting Services, PerformancePoint Server, Excel and Excel Services, Reporting and BI for Dynamics GP and Dynamics CRM.


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Microsoft Business Intelligence 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

Microsoft Business Intelligence Reviews Recently Reviewed!


A bit cumbersome, but powerful

Jun 21, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like how Power BI can set up dashboards. It is a great way to process data and see exactly how things are working.

Cons: Everything must be formatted into a table, and it does not always play nice with Microsoft Excel. It's decent, but not ideal.

A great final view

Jun 19, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: The front end is the best one in the market Super customable Fast in the information process Extremely helpfull to the managers

Cons: The conection with the database is a little limited The develper interface freeze if your computer is not the best one

Very intricate way to view data

Jun 14, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It is possible to make incredibly intricate and detailed reports and visuals using this software, making data highly accessible for the people looking at it.

Cons: It is not easy to coordinate the visuals/reports. The software is so intricate that navigating it can be rather difficult - though I'm unsure if there is any way around that.

MS Power Bi - one of the best business analytics tool

Jun 07, 2018
5/5
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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

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.

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.

Best BI tool

Jun 05, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: The greatest thing of Power BI, that it has Power Query, therefore, you can play with your data however you want. The limits are the sky in Power BI. It uses DAX language, which is an advantage for any Excel user. What I really like about it that you can ALMOST do anything you do in Excel.

Cons: Lack of support, or good documentations for their DAX language. It's very difficult to do complicated calculations in there. Sharing is still not good enough, unless you want to share it within your organization. Very limited customization.

Great Analytics Platform!

May 21, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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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

Visualization Software

May 21, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: It's widely used in the visualization industry.

Pros: Power BI is a Microsoft product so it's customer service is really good. It is very user-friendly software with all the useful buttons on the screen.

Cons: This software is quite expensive and it doesn't provide any trial versions. Analysis functions are less effective for complex math formulas.

User Friendly tool

May 15, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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

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

May 12, 2018
4/5
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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.

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
Value for Money
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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.

Powerfull Reporting tool

May 10, 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 love this tool for its easy connectivity with excel and having all features and types of chart for Dashboard. It is simple and user friendly

Cons: I haven't seen a lot of cons for this tool. However, this tool becomes slow if we process millions of records.

Thumbs up for Power BI

May 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Power Bi is great help on transforming data to more visualized forms. Aside from that it is easy to share and great for presentation.

Cons: Power BI user needs knowledge and expertise on other Microsoft software. but at the end it will worth to spend for training.

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
Customer Support
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.

Cheaper alternative to Tableau

May 04, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Rich data visualization tool, cloud based or locally installed. Very nimble, excellent value for money compared to Tableau. Also, easier to pick up and deploy.

Cons: Requires some/advanced knowledge of Excel pivot tables, dependent on Microsoft membership (Office365), not as feature-rich as Tableau.

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.

Great Business Intelligence Tool

Apr 28, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: Provides eye opening analytics and business intelligence. Allows different ways to slice and dice the data.

Cons: Microsoft can do a better job of explaining all the different features and capabilities of this tool.

Great for creating Visualizations

Apr 26, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: Great for creating reports for distributing within the organization

Pros: Using Microsoft BI I have easily able to create business and analytics relevant visualization pretty quickly.

Cons: It sometimes feels a bit clustered, but once you get a knack for it, won't be noticeable for long.

Power BI is easy to use and visually stimulating

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: Power BI is easy to use and as a Microsoft user, I like that it has a familiar feel. Also, the data visualization is amazing!

Cons: On the free version, it only refreshes on a daily basis. Having issues with total sales in Power Bi and Epicor not matching.

Not simple enough for daily use

Apr 19, 2018
2/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
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Pros: Creates good reports, access to multiple data locations, and easily deployed. Can be automated for corporate reports.

Cons: Not reliable - in the sense that this or crystal reports is typically setup - you are using this as a bridge to fix a badly setup database, needing to pull data from multiple locations, or one that doesn't have good reporting built in. The interface is too busy and hard to navigate when you just want to pull some data. Typically need a couple people dedicated to creating reports in power BI, for anything really on demand, easier to export raw data and use excel.

Microsoft Power BI

Apr 19, 2018
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to create a report without much training. UI seems to be very much impressive. Fancy reporting features.

Cons: Too confusion on licensing with respect to the users and memory. seems to be expensive. good only for small scale companies. Doesn't have feature for outside network users/clients.

Great for Viewing reports

Apr 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It comes with Office 365 so no need to buy it differently alone. You can just add it on your office 365 subscription.

Cons: Free version does not allow you to do the things as compared to other BI tools available so be aware of that.

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.

Excellent Visual Dashboarding Tool

Apr 04, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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.

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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
Value for Money
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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
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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.

One tool for Business intelligence solution

Mar 20, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
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.

Power BI

Mar 19, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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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.

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

Ok experience with SSRS

Feb 22, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: you can write sql to pull data from database. Easy to filter and transform the data before start to create report. You can also directly use a stored procedure as source...

Cons: Building report and create visualization is not so intuitive and wish can add power bi functionality to SSRS.

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

Feb 14, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
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.

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
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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.

AS IT IS-POWER BI TOOL TO LINK INFORMATION AROUND THE WORLD!!!

Feb 09, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: It is a great tool to connect informations and comunications from different sites.

Pros: 1. If you want to make an interface It is totally friendly with the final user. 2. If you know Excell It allow you to easy created graphics designs, maps, images, and so on. 3. Easy to link with a mobile.

Cons: When you are working with big bases in Excel, sometimes It lag and It get slowly. It should be better If this could be faster.

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
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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 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.

Unbelievable software! Like Crystal reports on steroids!

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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.

Affordable and fairly intuitive (for Excel users)

Feb 06, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Cost. This is definitely great value for the money and beats most of its competitors. Data visualization capabilities are very strong and it integrates to a lot of databases. Microsoft regularly add new features and functionality and since it is a Microsoft product, the integrations are seamless into Excel, etc. No need to know SQL.

Cons: I'd imagine this would be difficult for a non-Excel user to figure out. Not great at handling huge data sets (or data sets that aren't completely cleaned up or checked for accuracy) - I'd recommend Sisense over PowerBI for that. Not a lot of capability to customize/personalize the tool.

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.

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
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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

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.

Great tool for visualization

Jan 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It is associated with one of the biggest brand names `Microsoft¿. It can connect with extensive Databases. it is great and user friendly for Excel users.

Cons: It can be complicated to handle and analyze large sets of data. The components available with BI are many, making it difficult to understand which one you need to use

Very easy to adopt BI or Visualization Tool

Jan 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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.

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
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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.

Dynamic and customizable but not quick and easy

Dec 20, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Has many features that allow for lots of flexibility and customization. Great visualizations and tools

Cons: Not as user friendly as other applications. Not a quick go to for immediate analysis. Currently lacking a strong user group related to healthcare analysis

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.

Easy to pick up & fun to use

Nov 17, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Being able to visualize data and interact with it is a huge advantage of Power BI. As an accountant/analyst, I was concerned about the software being too technical for me, but within a day of using the software I was able to put together a very basic client profile dashboard, which impressed our executives.

Cons: The drill down features are great, but our company is on a fiscal year (not calendar year). The native drill down features do not support fiscal years, to my knowledge. This will be a challenge as we begin to use this tool more.

Excellent learning curve experience within a familiar paltform

Nov 09, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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.

Great Product! Highly Recommend

Nov 09, 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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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

Analytics Dashboard for everyone

Oct 25, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use, better than biggest alternatives (I've tested Qlik and TableAu) and I've chosen Power BI

Cons: There need some expertise with other Microsoft Office products, and a little programming skills / SQL

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.

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.

ERP consultant

Oct 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Good

Pros: Power BI have good look in interface. It is very easy to build chart and easy to query data. It is easy to build dashboard.

Cons: The version in Desktop is different with cloud version. Complex to set up real time update data with SQL.

Power BI power to spare

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
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4 / 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.

Redefining the way we make reports

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
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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.

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

Sep 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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.

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

Power BI

Sep 14, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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.

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
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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.

Simple, powerful visualisation solution

Jul 12, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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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.

Power BI is really a Powerful BI tool

Jun 15, 2017
5/5
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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)

BI Lite

Jun 09, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like the tutorials which lead you through a logical progression and help jump start the learning curve.

Cons: Probably same complaint about all BI software: You need to know what you want for outputs in order to make effective dashboards.

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.

Microsoft Power BI, Master of the Analytics World

May 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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.

Miscrosoft Power BI for Federal Acquisition Spend Analysis

Apr 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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.

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

Mar 18, 2017
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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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.)

A Growing Tribe of Apps and Visualizations

Dec 14, 2016
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: 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.

Intuitive and easy to use

Dec 02, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 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.

Super simple to use and start analyzing your data

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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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.

Power BI, great BI tool for Self Service, you can create nice looking good visualizations.

Oct 18, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Comments: Power Bi is one of the best BI tools in the market, is easy to connect to multiple data sources and you can display your data in one single glance.

Pros: Full integration with MS Office, is easy to use and users can create visualization in an intuitive way. Easy to connect to different Data Bases like Oracle, Microsoft, Salesforce, etc. Also is not easy customize the objects.

Cons: is really difficult create a Complex ETL process in Power Bi, and is kind of slow dealing with very large data sets.

Recommendations to other buyers: Give it a try, it's free and well worth the time. It is an affordable end-to-end solution for your BI requirements. It is very visual and easy end-users / analysts to analyze data and create their own reports.

Jun 05, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
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May 31, 2018
3/5
Overall

May 26, 2018
4/5
Overall

Nov 04, 2017
5/5
Overall

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
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Jan 29, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Oct 14, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Aug 30, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
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Aug 25, 2016
5/5
Overall

Apr 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money