Microsoft BI Review

With the Data Platform and Business Intelligence ecosystem, you get the entire platform with a single license

What is most valuable?

With the out-of-the-box Data Platform and Business Intelligence ecosystem, you get the entire platform with a single license.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, I was working for a retail company and when I got there, there weren't any analytics implemented yet.

So, what I did was, firstly, I implemented an EDW solution so as to gather all the possible data in a single repository.

After that, I developed a self-service model so the company could take advantage of their ad hoc analysis.

Then, I implemented some standard reports to understand some basic indicators, together with the delivery subscriptions so that all the organization's levels could receive this valuable information, i.e., for more than 500 users.

Lastly, I connected this platform to the cloud (Power BI) together with a top BI solution (QlikView) so as to take full advantage of the second data insights' step journey.

What needs improvement?

The Windows OS dependency needs to improve. There are some bugs with the new features that have released.

It is getting better but still, there are opportunity areas in some aspects, especially the Windows OS dependency.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for 10 years and still counting.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no stability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good.

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

I was using Oracle before, we switched to Microsoft because Oracle is very expensive for the benefits that they offer.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was easy, actually, a single instance installation can be installed by clicking next and next. Maybe a cluster installation could be a little more complex, but it is still easy.

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

This is one of the best out-of-the-box solutions on the market. Microsoft has to improve their Data Governance solution, but for a data platform and BI solution, it is very good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated products such as Oracle, MySQL, and Postgres.

What other advice do I have?

It is very straightforward. Maybe you won't like the Windows OS dependency, but, in the 2017 version, you can install the engine on Linux.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My current company is a Microsoft Partner.
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