What is our primary use case?
We are using Power BI Premium at the moment. It is an online solution, which always has the latest version.
It is for data visualization and data insights. BI means business intelligence, so it helps you understand the performance of your business better. It gives you deeper insight into the data so that you can draw meaningful conclusions from the data, and your decisions are based on data insights rather than a hunch.
How has it helped my organization?
It is a good and very useful product. I find it to be extremely useful because it gives me a deeper insight into my business, and it lets me analyze things and make decisions based on the data.
What is most valuable?
The way data is presented is very valuable. The amount of information that we can get at a glance is also valuable. You can then drill-down and see data from many different angles in the same chart by selecting certain things. Based on the selection, everything changes automatically. If we have four parameters in a particular item, when you select a parameter, the remaining charts on that page automatically change for that particular parameter.
What needs improvement?
Its price could be better. Its licensing cost is very high.
For how long have I used the solution?
We discovered it about two months ago, and we started using it.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
You can scale it to thousands of users. It is a cloud product. Microsoft Cloud is being used by people across the world. So, there is no limitation in terms of scalability.
At the moment, we have about five users, but the number of users will increase to 50. We are absolutely going to keep using it.
How are customer service and technical support?
We generally don't approach Microsoft for support. We are able to handle things at our end.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We used simple Excel reports, but Excel reports are not as good as Power BI. Power BI is far ahead.
How was the initial setup?
It is a cloud product. You can access it through a web browser. It takes no time.
It takes time only when you have to prepare the reports because you need to know how to prepare the Power BI reports. There is an MIS team, and there are Power BI designers who design the reports, but for users, it doesn't take much effort because they just have to click and see.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Its licensing cost is very high. It is $20 per user, which is very high, but it is a good product, so you pay for it.
What other advice do I have?
I would recommend this solution. I would rate Microsoft BI a nine out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?