Microsoft BI Review

Flawless stability, integrates well with Access, Excel, but needs ETL functionality

What is our primary use case?

Visualization and minor analytics. It has performed quite well thus far.

How has it helped my organization?

We've not used it enough to be able to speak to organizational improvements.

What is most valuable?

  • Low cost - it's a free application
  • Ease of use - excellent user interface

What needs improvement?

Perhaps the inclusion of ETL functionality would help.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Flawless. Absolutely flawless. The stability is excellent.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Integrates really well.

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

We did not have a previous solution. And we did not choose this solution. We actually inherited it. 

How was the initial setup?

There was no real set up, just install the application. No complications whatsoever.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

On our short list, for future consideration: Oracle.

What other advice do I have?

Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor are cost, cost, and cost.

I rate Microsoft BI at seven out of 10 and that's because I have not utilized it as much as I would have liked to. However, it is very well integrated with other Microsoft products, including PowerApps and Excel, as well as Access, so it fits well into our workflow.

Consider very carefully what your requirements are and plan your projects well. This is a wonderful tool but it will not get the work done for you.

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

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