Microsoft BI Review

It's been stable for over eight years, but is lacking a data warehouse manager.

Valuable Features

  • It's a user-friendly tool
  • Very stable
  • It always helps us to achieve organizational goals

Improvements to My Organization

It's been stable for over eight years, and all the latest products/versions have backwards compatibility, or an upgrade facility. It has helped to fetch many projects, and to deliver them on time, as well as helping to resolve complex business challenges. The product has continual updates so we can stay on top of the market.

Room for Improvement

  • Data warehousing manager is not available, which can be introduced
  • Reporting or SharePoint needs a lot of learning so you can build reports

Use of Solution

I've used it for 10 years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Microsoft has a great level of customer service.

Technical Support:

There are great public forums available for tech support.

Initial Setup

  • Straightforward - installation, development, deployment, and maintenance
  • Little complex - Learning the tool

Implementation Team

We did it in-house.


I am not sure how to calculate this. The solution significantly improved BI and reporting capabilities. Without this solution, the business can’t think of successful operations.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

It is not costly when compared with other competitor products. This is a rock solid solution for any BI organization.

Other Solutions Considered

We didn't do much evaluation as our dev teams experience is with Microsoft BI.

Other Advice

This product is hassle free to utilize for your BI environment.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarGaryM
Top 5PopularReal User

What does "Microsoft BI" mean? I'm confused as that's not actually a tool but represents many. There's many reporting tools in the Microsoft stack, some PC specific, some standalone server, some Sharepoint integrated (PerformancePoint which is being deprecated) and some can run multiple ways like PowerBI and SSRS. Please be specific in which tool you are evaluating and which version since these are constantly changing. In fact with Excel 2016 the PC based ones are changing once again.

author avatarit_user289488 (MSBI Technical Lead at a tech company with 10,001+ employees)
Top 20Vendor

Yes I agree with your point. Microsoft BI is not a tool, but is a platform/solution. Mostly in the Industry right now its referred for SQL SERVER, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS. There is a Microsoft Power BI which is referred for Sharepoint, Power Pivot, Power maps, Power view, etc.. which uses Microsoft BI stack in the back end.

author avatarit_user165435 (Developer)

Vijaybabu, when implementing your reporting tool what was the biggest factor in your decision and ultimately what did you choose? We have Microsoft Stack with SSRS for reporting but it's capabilities in scaling and it's data visualization tools out of the box aren't nearly where they need to be for the business.

author avatarGaryM
Top 5PopularReal User

If you don't like visualization features of SSRS in 2012, wait for 2016! Its much improved. And you now have Datazen and PowerBI in the stack if you want to do dashboarding. They now have complete solution stack seemingly missing nothing and almost free if you already have Office365.

author avatarit_user395070 (User)

yes i agree with you

author avatarit_user580566 (VP, Business Intelligence at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

2016 is significantly improved as does Power BI with monthly releases. TCO is very inexpensive (Pro is 9.95 per month per user) with many data connectors, constant updates, well-integrated with Azure, powerful data blending tool and Power BI portal. Seems like comments here are not recently and this suite of tools is WELL worth the time to evaluate.