Microsoft BI Competitors and Alternatives

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reviewer1264272
Project Manager at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Leaderboard
Jan 16, 2020
We were able to roll out important KPIs without IT involvement, while eliminating monthly spreadsheet work for senior staff

What is our primary use case?

Domo is being used in quite a few areas. We're using it for financial reporting and analytics. Basic financial reports have just the numbers, but those kinds of reports don't answer your questions. Questions like "why?" and "where are the problem areas?" So, we're using it for business analytics to get insight into our financial performance. We're a parts manufacturer, so we're also using Domo for tracking quality, including defects, warranties, and claims against the parts we manufacture. We're using it for sales planning to give business insight into industry trends that might affect our… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The ease of use, overall, is one of the valuable features, as is the ease of setup. Other than making sure IT was aware of, and agreed with our proceeding, we did not need IT for any of the setup. The ease of setup is more valuable than you might think. The ease of configuring the security policies, setting up groups, and setting up personalized data permissions so that only certain people can see certain data — that stuff is amazing... Domo really is extraordinarily full-featured, but it's really easy to use."

    What other advice do I have?

    Domo even has a built-in Agile-scrum Kanban functionality. I don't want to say it's a lesson we've learned, because they've been doing this a long time, but it reaffirmed that while a lot of companies are still doing Waterfall, and the traditional "Where's your Gant chart and your Microsoft Project?" approach, I rebuffed that. Domo has upped that and I use a hybrid scrum, like Agile. The biggest thing that I learned was from our sister company that loaded Domo up first. They tried to boil the ocean. They used a traditional approach and said, "Oh, requirements, and we have these 50 reports we…
    reviewer1429548
    Head of Finance Enterprise Application at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Oct 16, 2020
    A scalable and easy-to-use solution for visualizations

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it for publishing financial reports.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The visualization feature is the most valuable. SAP Analytics Cloud is also very easy to use."
    • "The security, authorization, and live connection to the back-office system features can be improved. A business analyst colleague who creates complex financial management reports has mentioned that he wants to see more fact and visualization features. It would be helpful to have more visualization features to be able to prepare more stories or reports for executives. For example, Tableau has some visualization features that are not present in this solution."

    What other advice do I have?

    SAP Analytics Cloud is an easy-to-use tool that can help you to analyze data. It also depends on the industry and what you want to use it for, but it is an easy tool. Before start using it for advanced reports, I would suggest spending a month learning this tool well. Because it is so easy to use, when you start using it for doing complex things in the beginning, you might realize that you haven't done it the right way because you didn't have the training. Don't get too enthusiastic about the ease of use of SAP. Do get the training and learn how to make proper reports, how to appropriately use…
    VaclavBiba
    BI/DW Consultant at Neit consulting
    Consultant
    Top 20
    Nov 3, 2020
    Very user-friendly with good visualization and good technical support

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution to take reports and for its dashboards.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The visualization is very good."
    • "The pricing model could be improved. Right now, it's quite confusing. Many customers have this feeling that it's a super-expensive option."

    What other advice do I have?

    We're an Oracle partner. Overall, I would rate the solution eight out of ten. The solution is better suited for medium or large organizations, mostly due to the high price tag. A smaller company would be hard-pressed to afford it. That said, I would recommend it to others to use.
    reviewer1397571
    Senior MIS Project Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Aug 16, 2020
    Flexible, easy to use, and the report scheduler is helpful

    What is our primary use case?

    We have several dashboards that we use, some of which are for revenue. We have an SQL server as a data warehouse and the other division is using HANA for the backend database.

    Pros and Cons

    • "I find Crystal Reports very easy to use, even for a non-technical person."
    • "There could be improvements made to the analytics capabilities."

    What other advice do I have?

    My advice for anybody who is implementing this product is to learn the dimensions that are needed for the reports. There are some measures or formulas that are needed, and you have to organize your templates. With practice, it becomes easy to use. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
    reviewer1178424
    Vice President & CIO at a logistics company with 201-500 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Jul 20, 2020
    Good reporting and analytics, scalable, and has responsive support

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case of the solution is for management reporting and analytics across many different subject areas.

    Pros and Cons

    • "This solution is the most scalable BI platform in the world."
    • "They need to do a better job In its ability to allow end users to produce their own reports, metrics, and self-service business intelligence."

    What other advice do I have?

    We have two ways of using this solution. We have an SSBI, which is self-service intelligence. We also have an enterprise-class, where we publish everything on the web, from tablets to phones, for our end-user base who are franchises. It is the best for large scale deployments, but you cannot become a MicroStrategy shop without having the right technical resources on the team. Don't even think about it, if you don't want to spend the money for the right person. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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