Microsoft BI Review

It has a nice integration with Office 365.


What is our primary use case?

My primary use case is for view of the dashboard. 

How has it helped my organization?

We did not previously have a BI platform before. This has helped us.

What is most valuable?

It has a nice integration with Office 365.

What needs improvement?

Once the report updated, we want the system to send a notification to user automatically. Especially if the email can imbed the dashboard data into the email, instead of a link. This does not necessarily happen.

In addition, importing the dashboard to a powerpoint is not available in the report server.  Even though we go to the public cloud service, the export is only the picture, or a snapshot of the dashboard. We cannot play the features or see the data we could change in a powerpoint. This is frustrating  because sometimes the finance manager needs to export the report to a powerpoint. Actually, we wanted to export because we wanted to do the presentation. We wanted to show the figures or something like that, but those figures are just static, and are only a picture.

Finally, an additional feature should be added to add a cost table.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Actually, it's a stable solution. But in some companies, based on my experience, my previous company, using the FAP solution for their IP solution. Then for our Powerband, the BI2, the data come from EIPCN, something like that, but actually it seems that the Powerband don't have very good integration with FAP interface. The integration from from FAP is not so convenient

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is quite good. 

How is customer service and technical support?

The technical support team is quite responsive and helpful. They are responsive to our questions in their forum.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involed with the initial setup of the solution.

What was our ROI?

We always review:

  • Scalability
  • Price

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

It is a cheap solution for our needs. 

What other advice do I have?

It is a solution that is easy for developers to be hands-on, even if they do not have prior experience with it. It is quite easy to learn.

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