Microsoft BI Review

Good product for End Users but there are some problems with huge chunks of data.

Valuable Features:

Data Integration and Cleansing & Warehousing are the most valuable

Room for Improvement:

End-user tools such as Excel is not good enough for all business scenarios.

Use of Solution:

8 years

Deployment Issues:

There are some issues with 2005/2008 releases, but most of them were fixed starting with 2012 release

Stability Issues:

Sometimes in the starting few months of every new release.

Scalability Issues:

There are some problems with huge chunks of data. Some of these can be addressed with appropriate hardware appliances and a lot of tweaking.

Previous Solutions:

I do work on projects to switch clients to MS BI usually due to its attractive pricing and tight integration with MS Office suite. Also the learning curve for users is flattened due to their fluency with Excel.

Initial Setup:

MS products are great but security is always a concern to make the whole ecosystem work smoothly. The latest BI suite is tightly integrated with SharePoint which is great; but the set-up process and deployment is still painful.

Other Advice:

Have knowledgeable people to make the right choices for you.

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