Microsoft BI Review

Data integration enabled my organization to easily pool data from our varied system into one data warehouse.​


What is most valuable?

Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View & SQL Server Data Tools comprising of (SSIS, SSAS, SSRS).

How has it helped my organization?

Data integration enabled my organization to easily pool data from our varied system into one data warehouse.

SSRS improved our report delivery timings and the Power BI feature empowered the data users.

Power View improved the visualization of our reporting and dashboards.

What needs improvement?

SSMS & SSRS.

For how long have I used the solution?

For over five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes, SSRS reporting portal cannot run on tablets, iPads and all other mobile devices. But SQL 2016 has been shipped with this capability.

How is customer service and technical support?

Microsoft has a lot of products, hence some products are given little attention and VS is one of them, so I would say their technical support for the BI suite is average.

Which solutions did we use previously?

No.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was fairly simple and straight forward, I must say.

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

To others, I would advise that Microsoft BI products are rightly priced and the licensing is easy to follow and to fulfill.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, Tableau.

What other advice do I have?

For users intending to use the product in exclusively Microsoft environment, this product will meet most of your requirement if not all.

If there is a need for integration with other vendors’ products precautionary measures must be taken.

SQL 2016 is bringing and offering that support for mobile BI, so it would be great to give it a try.

If you are comfortable with MS Excel spreadsheets, then Power BI is your thing as it has the same look and feel of Excel, actually, it is embedded in Excel.

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