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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. XLCubed and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Pros
"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.""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.""The drag and drop facility to easily change the data correctly is the most valuable feature. I am happy to see visualizations. It's easier to talk about and make people understand what is going on.""We like the drag and drop interactability visualization. We really like that. It's user-friendly.""Its seamless integration with Microsoft products, such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Excel, is the most valuable."

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"Great capability, performance, flexibility, visuals, and the solution is also very cost effective.""I am looking forward to testing their full graphics that are available, as they looked very interesting in the demo."

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Cons
"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.""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.""I would like to be able to use SQL properly within the reports and allow multiple people to work on the same report at the same time. If one person is working on it, then it causes issues for anyone else wanting to make reports.""If I have to update data automatically, where I have to pin the gateway, it doesn't update. There is a scheduled refresh functionality so that it refreshes automatically, but I find it very hard to make it work.""They can provide a user-friendly and easy way to use this tool for people who don't know about programming or technical things. It will be quite good if they can improve the look and feel and make it simpler to operate. They can make it easier to create some of the reports. They can also include predefined templates that you can directly use."

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"Would like the ability to be able to benchmark.""There should be a better or an easier way to establish that connection to external sources."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""Microsoft BI is free for the personal edition, but there is also a paid-for professional version."

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"14,000 Pounds per year for licensing.""I am still using the two-week trial, but at first sight, the price is reasonable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows:  1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP… more »
Top Answer: Power BI is an advanced visualization tool oriented to big data with a very complete set of widgets to visualize information, control users accessing information, the configuration of governance… more »
Top Answer: It is a little easier at buildings charts and graphs than Tableau.
Top Answer: I am looking forward to testing their full graphics that are available, as they looked very interesting in the demo.
Top Answer: I am still using the two-week trial, but at first sight, the price is reasonable.
Top Answer: The connection, definitely, is an area that could be improved. There should be a better or an easier way to establish that connection to external sources. In the next release, it should be a simpler… more »
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Also Known As
SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data, Power BI Pro, MS BI
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Overview

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.

XLCubed is an add-in tool for Microsoft Excel that allows you to point to analysis and services cubes or any other relational databases so that you can create ad-hoc analysis, reporting and even dashboards that can be published to the web with a single click. Once you put items on the web, the environments are the same, which is really cool because the user interactivity and use of the report on the web and in Microsoft Excel is the same.

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Sample Customers
Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
Marshalls Ltd, BP Exploration and Production, Thorntons, Ted Baker, Bristol-Myers, Rank Group, ING Bank Genve, Cargill Value Investment, Chloride Power, Auchan, Erste, UEFA, Novartis, Porsche Informatik, Raiffeisen Bank International
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government11%
Manufacturing Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise45%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise60%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. XLCubed and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
534,768 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Reporting Tools with 103 reviews while XLCubed is ranked 14th in Reporting Tools with 2 reviews. Microsoft BI is rated 8.0, while XLCubed is rated 7.6. 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 XLCubed writes "Cost effective with great capability, performance, flexibility and visuals". Microsoft BI is most compared with Tableau, Oracle OBIEE, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, IBM Cognos and MicroStrategy, whereas XLCubed is most compared with Tableau, QlikView and Jedox. See our Microsoft BI vs. XLCubed report.

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