Microsoft BI Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Project Manager at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Jan 16 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This is just one example of many similar things, but in engineering we had directors and senior managers having to download spreadsheets full of financial reporting data… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm actually a little hard-pressed to say what needs improvement because they keep changing it and adding new features. On a monthly basis, you come to work and, boom… more»

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

Because it's software as a service, it's more expensive on the face of it. But there are a lot of variables. I don't have to pay for servers or for infrastructure. I don't… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The vast majority of people in our company who are using Domo now were using spreadsheets and pivot tables. The more sophisticated ones might have been using Access… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Yellowfin, Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, and Domo. Those were the ones we did in-depth evaluations on. We did a little more industry research beforehand… more»
Pro3289Mng
Real User
Program Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 24 2018

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features are the different visualizations. It makes it much easier for us to represent what the data is showing. The dashboard is great, and the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to basically understand and evaluate our numbers in an expedient manner. It doesn't require us to need a huge number of data bases that we need to manage… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to set the parameters in a more specific manner. I feel as if it's not a questions of whether the solution is sufficient, it's whether we… more»

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

The price is competitive. We always consider pricing when considering a new solution. We are a non-profit, and pricing is a huge concern.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Microsoft BI.

What other advice do I have?

When reviewing a possible solution, we always consider: * Price * Functionality

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We always like to evaluate other products in tandem with what we are using.
SpeIT8309283
Real User
IT specialist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The product has many great features like easy and fast implementation, flexible data loading, and in-memory processing, but the Set Analysis is what I think is the most… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives a great overview of our assets and commitments and makes cash flow control much easier.

What needs improvement?

* Branding is not the product's strongest point. More control over the presentation colors would be great. * A basic printing function would also be good. * Easy… more»

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

I believe pricing is similar to other products in the same category, if you have it on-premise.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, we did not have previous solution (except Excel).

What other advice do I have?

I lean toward self-service BI tools. Look at the tools with the data you have, where you can store it, and how easily you can get local support and community support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Tableau, Power BI, SSAS, Targit, and some open-source projects like BIRT and Jaspersoft.
KamalNaithani
Real User
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 22 2018

What is most valuable?

You can do a lot of things at the back end which are not possible in the other solutions in the market.

What needs improvement?

Tools that can be improved are: * Visualization charts * Pricing * UI transparency

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

The pricing is too high compared to the other solutions on the market.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have some prior experience with Power BI and Qlik Sense.

What other advice do I have?

You can do a lot of things at the back end that you cannot do with other competitive solutions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are features of QlikView that are not available with Power BI or Tableau. There are activities on the back end that work better in QlikView.
Marnus Louw
Real User
Production Support Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The stories have really been helpful in looking at specific scenarios and analyzing trends over periods of time. We work with a lot of financial metrics and being able to track performance over time is imperative.

How has it helped my organization?

It supports better decision-making across organization. Real-time data makes for a single version of the truth. This helps teams work together and effectively analyse trends and performance metrics.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Microsoft and Tableau are market leaders in my opinion. They have more advanced features and more depth in the stories' functionality, for example. We need to know that we are using the latest and greatest, and SAP appears as if it has lost some credibility in the market.
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