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Microsoft BI Review
​​All in all, for the price, this is an excellent tool for helping your organization turn mounds of data into useful insights.​​


Valuable Features:

The Microsoft BI Stack best features are as follows:
SSRS – Self service reporting & powerful subscription service
PowerBI – Self service BI
MDS – Master data management
SSAS – OLAP Cube

Improvements to My Organization:

Microsoft BI Stack improved the way our clients in the Beverages (manufacturing and distribution) and the Agro Industrial sector manage their financial reporting and board pack preparation from 1 week to 5 minutes.

Room for Improvement:

The following areas could be improved:

Publishing and Sharing data using PowerBI

People without private emails cannot publish and, frankly, this doesn't allow for easy training of other persons.

It's not always easy to speak directly with a MS Power BI expert.

You have to sign up to the Power BI service using an email address in order to share and view Power BI reports and dashboards, but Microsoft doesn't yet support personal (.cox, .gmail, et.) or government (.gov, .mil, etc.) email addresses. 

Use of Solution:

I have been using the Microsoft BI Stack solution for over 5 years in the Beverages (manufacturing and distribution), Agro Industrial, and the Telecommunication sectors.

Stability Issues:

I have not yet encountered any issues with stability. 

Scalability Issues:

I have not yet encountered any issues with scalability. 

Technical Support:

I would rate the level of technical support 7/10.

Previous Solutions:

I did not previously use a different solution.

Initial Setup:

The initial setup of the Microsoft BI Stack environment is complex, has many moving parts, and you need to know what you want for outputs to make effective use of the Microsoft BI Stack.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

All in all, for the price, this is an excellent tool for helping your organization turn mounds of data into useful insights.

Other Solutions Considered:

The following products were evaluated:
QlikView
Dundas

Other Advice:

If you want to dazzle your audience and, at the same time, show meaningful insights, then this is the best tool.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:

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