Microsoft BI Benefits

Gary Gonsalves
Consultant at a consultancy
In short, we had to create sales reports. The sales reports needed to be emailed to the different sales managers all across New Zealand. The Excel file data had to be filtered manually, whereas, in Power BI, you can set restrictions. For example, if you have North, South, East and West branches, you can set corresponding restrictions, while allowing the national sales manager to view the entire data without having to do a lot of filtering, because of the restrictions involved. It is time-saving for the person who creates the report and also a lot of that is automated, whereas with Excel you've got to keep working on it and keep filtering it all the time. View full review »
Accountant at a government
For a long time I had to do everything manually, and it took a long time. At the moment, I just have to refresh and I get my report. A few clicks are needed. Once I get the data in the right format, then I have the report as quickly as it is required. It used to be stressful towards the month's end, to meet the deadline for reporting, especially when these reports are required by the board of the company. But now, as long as the other units give me my numbers on time, I don't waste a lot of time in preparing the numbers. I can now use my time in analyzing the outcome, rather than preparing the figures and cleaning up the data. It provides efficiency and saves time. View full review »
Juanjo Gomez
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It has helped us to have the information in a visual format, using graphical tools. Until now, we had to view the information on paper or in Excel files. With this tool, we can view the company's and departments' situation graphically. It also gives us the flexibility to interact with the data. For example, we can see information for one year, or one month, or a given project, or two projects. And it produces the information very quickly. View full review »
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Olumide Ibilaiye
Business Intelligence Developer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
It cuts away the time spent to source some of this information. It saves a lot of time, and a lot of things have been automated. Things that used to take close to a week, now, in one day, we are done with it. View full review »
Jorge Barroso
Consultor at a security firm with 501-1,000 employees
This solution works very well for updating indicator boards, and for quick visualizations in demos. You can present results in many ways to improve the presentation. I have used it on a variety of applications where it is important to show analysis and present information in a graphical perspective, and also to modify and present information to developers and executives. View full review »
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
One thing it's doing in the early stage of an implementation is, it not only helps decision making, but it allows people to have insight into problems with data so that they can go and get it corrected. View full review »
Alberto Guisande
Director at Decision Science
The biggest improvement comes from a "do it once, refresh many" concept. The users used to perform a lot of massaging on the data itself prior to the analysis phase. Now, they build their reports and refresh the data, so they have a lot more time to perform analysis, which is the real added value to the business. Unlike other tools (like Tableau), getting to this point took a lot of resources in training, but when the users got there, it is a real time saver for them, allowing them to focus more on analysis, not on data manipulation. View full review »
John Gaskell
Head of IT at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
The business users have taken to Microsoft BI like a duck to water. It requires a low amount of training. Users already using Excel can generate new reports and dashboards within minutes. View full review »
Dipak Bhudia
Founder with 1-10 employees
Other people can access data much more easily than before. Its usability is the main advantage, people in the company are using it. View full review »
Amanda Zhou
Senior Business Analyst, Big data at a manufacturing company
We did not previously have a BI platform before. This has helped us. View full review »
IT Specialist at a wholesaler/distributor with 1-10 employees
* It is free. * SSAS and SSRS work great together. * There is a lot of help and documentation on the Internet, so no special training is needed to use the source code. View full review »
Arturo Laos
CEO at a tech services company
We are using Power BI because it is one of the best tools. It has been very good for all situations. The DAX coding language is good for creating formulae. View full review »
Norbert Langewiesche
Interim Manager Supply Chain / IT with 501-1,000 employees
We approve it for use with SAP BI, so it has been more effective for our users and much cheaper. So, the costs are small and the benefits are high. View full review »
Data Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
In comparison to Excel, this is a much more powerful tool. View full review »
Mark Cunningham
Regional PDS - Director of Business Intelligence at a real estate/law firm with 10,001+ employees
* An easy learning curve for analysts. If they know how to use Excel pivot tables, then they can self-serve building visitations on curated data. * Full stack end-to-end ETL and viz in one tool. * Power Query for ETL, and externally easy to use. Majority of activities are low or no code. * Creating a model and augmenting with additional calculations and measures extremely easily. * Viz layer build is super fast. Very much like a PowerPoint experience. * All elements together allowed for the rapid deployment of PoC products that could be tested and validated by businesses before being deployed. View full review »
Christopher Herbert
Professor of Private International Law with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've not used it enough to be able to speak to organizational improvements. View full review »
Salahuddin Almohammadi
Group IT Manager with 10,001+ employees
It helps the decision-maker to make decisions related to the data. Power BI is easy to use and user friendly. Because of that, we use it as a visualization tool for our data. View full review »
Director, Education Management Information Systems with 51-200 employees
We cannot truly speak to improvements yet, as we are just exploring it. Potentially, it can provide instant access to a very current state of affairs for school performance. View full review »
BI Analyst at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
I have tried SSRS and later moved to Power BI. SSRS 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. View full review »
Data Scientist at a transportation company with 11-50 employees
This solution has improved our ability in making decisions and explaining data. View full review »
Microsoft Dynamics Specialist at Strategix Business Solutions
We help customers deploy and analyze sophisticated analytics models. These models have helped them all to get a better insight into their data and many of them have found very valuable insights that made them more profitable, more efficient, and in some cases changed the direction of the business. View full review »
Manager at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
It gives us accurate data and an easy way to navigate. View full review »
Sonali Mali
Engineer at Jade Global
Microsoft always believes in adding different features. We did have some issues building the Microsoft blog. View full review »
Geoff Speedy
IT Director with 10,001+ employees
* We are running over 500,000 report annually. * It provides data feeds for enterprise KPI reporting. * It provides data feeds for AI. View full review »
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It allows individuals to do the analysis themselves. We are getting adoption beyond original expectations. View full review »
Balaji Ram
IT & Projects Development with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Giving visibility to management/business users about the business by mobility. * Easy to develop and manage. View full review »
Peter Valbonesi
Project Manager with 51-200 employees
It helped identify bad data, enabling the corrections needed to the data for management. View full review »
Senior Manager with 10,001+ employees
* Established a culture of management by indicators. * Improvement of services * Greater visibility of results View full review »
Bart Witteveen
ERP Consultant MS Dynamics Nav
Better insights, flexibility, and performance. View full review »
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