Microsoft BI Review

Easy to use, good self service functionality, facilitates collaboration with other users


What is our primary use case?

Power BI is a great tool for analytics. It is useful if you have a requirement to create a dashboard with self-service capability, along with KPIs, and you want to drill down to the data details.

How has it helped my organization?

I have tried SSRS and later moved to Power BISSRS requires every analytical feature to be implemented separately. However, with the appropriate granularity of data, you can drill down and drill up easily which gives you a different view of the dashboards. Now with having on-premises availability, it makes this tool even more powerful.

What is most valuable?

If you are not very technical this tool could be very useful.

The most valuable features are:

  • Self service
  • Inbuilt analytics
  • Custom visualization
  • Printing of dashboard helps a lot
  • Dashboard scheduling
  • Easy collaboration with other users on Power BI
  • Learning curve for this tool is small
  • Dashboard refresh rate can be configured
  • Power BI works both on-premises and cloud

What needs improvement?

Adding paginated reports to this tool could be of great help for users who want to move away from SSRS. 

I would like to see built-in Git support, incremental loading of data, and a machine learning model for predictive analysis.

Custom colouring from the dashboard itself would be helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI, SSRS, and Power BI for four years.

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