Microsoft BI Review

Helps to create the board report pack for financial reporting. The graphical and dashboard reports must have tabs.

What is most valuable?

It is good for highly formatted reports.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps to create the board report pack for financial reporting.

What needs improvement?

There is need to improve the graphical and dashboard reports; they must have tabs. This gap is usually compensated by QlikView.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is stable. At times, it is slow when you use relational database as a data source, however it is fast when you use multidimensional cubes for high volume data.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It’s easy to integrate with the other Microsoft products. However, it is not as easy when connecting to other data sources like SAP ERP.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good, I would give it an 8/10 rating.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

As implementors or consultants, we use different tools.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was straightforward.

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

It’s free if you have MS SQL database license. It comes together with SSIS, SSRS, SSAS and other tools.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at other solutions, namely Crystal Reports and Oracle BI Publisher.

What other advice do I have?

It’s cheaper to implement in terms of the licensing.

It works well, especially when implementing the whole stack of Microsoft BI solution including SSAS for data modeling and SSIS for ETL.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a consulting company. We implement projects on behalf of the clients and provide support.
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