Microsoft BI Review

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence says that Microsoft BI's overall costs are consistent with other Megavendors. Do you agree?

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence says that most companies chose Microsoft BI because of low license cost and overall low cost of ownership. However, while the total ownership costs is low for a per user basis, because of implementation and ongoing development costs it is consistent with other large vendors.

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author avatarit_user4524 (Founder & Principal Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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I would definitely agree with that. Microsoft's BI tools are not cheap, especially the BI licensing with the server/cal model or Enterprise edition via CPU cores, but I would also stand by a statement that they are among the easiest to manage and use.

author avatarit_user6858 (BI Expert with 501-1,000 employees)

Many organizations compare Microsoft directly to Oracle as a database platform. While I agree with kleegeek, that the costs are not cheap, the overall cost to implement Microsoft BI is much cheaper than the larger alternatives. I have consolidated several Oracle, Informatica, Business Objects / IBM Cognos shops onto the Microsoft platform. The cost savings in license fees alone is tremendous. With the Microsoft SQL database platform, you gain the added benefit of reporting services (SSRS), an ETL tool (SSIS), and cube software (SSAS). If you're in the education space, the discounts that Microsoft provides are unmatched. Outside of the license fees, people resources are generally easier to find with the Microsoft platform which helps to lessen the overall TCO. Clearly, I'm a big Microsoft fan - but there is always a time and place. Microsoft may not be a fit for every organization.

author avatarit_user1068 (Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

I do agree with the Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI. Although the licensing costs might be low and Microsoft products can come with incentives depending on the client in question, it is important to consider the general costs that span long term use of the product. I also agree with Robert Goodman on the high availability of people resources when it comes to Microsoft BI products. Microsoft is a big brand worldwide with its training resources available not just online but also in many schools across the globe, hence finding a person knowledgeable in Microsoft BI is much easier than any other brands in the market. Back to Gartner; although Microsoft has certain cost aspects of their BI products down, the costs incurred during implementation stages and continuously as the product is used definitely raises the initial costs and thus making the cost of Microsoft BI products consistent with that of BI tools from other brands.