Microsoft BI Review

Has good drag and drop interactability visualization but it's a bit complicated to make it refresh automatically


What is our primary use case?

We have SharePoint in our company and then we just wanted to visualize that list and it connects to the Check Point list.

What is most valuable?

We like the drag and drop interactability visualization. We really like that. It's user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

If I have to update data automatically, where I have to pin the gateway, it doesn't update. There is a scheduled refresh functionality so that it refreshes automatically, but I find it very hard to make it work. Even though it's supposed to connect seamlessly, it's a bit complicated to make it refresh automatically.

For how long have I used the solution?

My company has been using Microsoft BI for a few years but I've been using it since January 2020.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think it's very scalable. I don't even foresee that as a challenge. 

We have five or six users who view the reports. There are other departments who might be using it as well but we have five or six in my department. It's expected to rise to 15, 20.

The users are managers who want to look at some of the resources.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't interacted with Power BI before. If I get stuck at someplace, I just go online and I search in the forums and I find my way.

How was the initial setup?

There isn't really a setup involved. It's just download Power BI desktop and publish it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a premium Power BI license in-house that's quite an expensive license. It's $10 a month for four users and then I think 35,000 at the premium rate.

What other advice do I have?

Ensure that you use Sharepoint. If you are within the Microsoft system and want to have a similar experience to Microsoft Teams, then Microsoft Power BI is a very good solution for that.

I would like to have the ability to run the scheduled refresh for R and Python on the server. Right now, it's not possible.

I would rate it a seven out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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