Anonymous UserSenior Consultant at a computer software company
Anonymous UserSenior MIS Project Manager at a manufacturing company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The uploading of information is very easy, as you just use an Excel sheet to start work right away and obtain the benefits of Power BI."
"There was a lot of manual work involved with Excel, whereas once we moved on to Microsoft Power BI, it was a cleaner dashboard and it was faster too."
"The feature I find most valuable is the ability to publish Power Bi reports, using an embedded link, directly onto a website."
"If you are not very technical this tool could be very useful."
"I like the downloadable visualizations a lot. I think that they give the user a very nice starting point in creating awesome dashboards, with the right way to tell their data story."
"This solution has improved our ability in making decisions and explaining data."
"It has provided customer purchase patterns and great visualization."
"PowerBi is used to import our production data and generate dashboards, then integrates other Excel sheets to provide managers dashboards. This helps them get insights to make better OEE improvement decisions, mainly where to focus resources. We became able to see indicators from any time frame (day, week, month, or year), then could make better decisions."
"I find Crystal Reports very easy to use, even for a non-technical person."
"The most valuable feature is that from a user's point of view, it is easy to use and requires just a simple click to generate a report."
"I would like to see the product offer more graphics to impact different audiences."
"I think because I'm moving more into RPA, I'd definitely like to see integration across the RPA, Power BI, or Tableau platforms, because that integration could then make automation and mundane reporting much faster."
"I would like to see Machine Learning for Power Bi Pro users or an intermediate license to enable Machine Learning if you don't have access to a Premium account."
"Adding paginated reports to this tool could be of great help for users who want to move away from SSRS."
"Some kind of expression wizard, where the user can build a complex expression without any knowledge of DAX, can be a good addition to the product."
"We would like to have better SQL support for queries."
"This solution needs integration with SAS and more deep analysis functionality."
"Real-time updating needs improvement."
"There could be improvements made to the analytics capabilities."
"A real improvement would be a simpler system that allows users to play with the visualization without needing specialized skills and code."
"I very much recommend the free trial mode."
"We have a premium Power BI license in-house that's quite an expensive license. It's $10 a month for four users and then I think 35,000 at the premium rate."
"It is somewhere in the middle in terms of price. Licensing is quite clear."
"Its cost seems to be unreasonable if you have many users, but for a lesser number of users, it is reasonable. It is $10 per month. Clients easily accept this option, so they must think it is reasonable. It is quite cheap as compared to other tools, such as Tableau. One of the best things about this solution is that it has a trial version."
"Once the trial period for the BI service is over, the cost is approximately $10 USD per user, per month, so it's quite reasonable."
"The pricing is very reasonable compared to any other tool."
"Microsoft BI is not very cheap. A premium license costs roughly 5,000 euros a month."
"This product offers good value for the money."
"This product costs a lot of money."
Microsoft BI is a business intelligence solution that turns data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business.
Microsoft BI combines familiar Microsoft tools - Office, SharePoint, and SQL server, with extra features for end-users, such as Power View and Power Pivot. This powerful product gives businesses a competitive advantage by allowing end-users to better analyze their data, collaborate and better present their data.
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Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Reporting Tools with 61 reviews while SAP Crystal Reports is ranked 9th in Reporting Tools with 2 reviews. Microsoft BI is rated 8.2, while SAP Crystal Reports is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft BI writes "A complete ecosystem with an builtin ETL tool, good integrations with python and R, and support of DAX and Power Query (M languages)". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Crystal Reports writes "Offers a good user experience that can export reports to different platforms, but it requires a specialized skillset to develop them". Microsoft BI is most compared with Oracle OBIEE, Tableau, Alteryx, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and SAP Analytics Cloud, whereas SAP Crystal Reports is most compared with TIBCO Jaspersoft, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, Oracle OBIEE, Tableau and Windward Core. See our Microsoft BI vs. SAP Crystal Reports report.
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