Microsoft BI Other Advice

Gary Gonsalves
Consultant at a consultancy
Microsoft Power BI is definitely a good product and Microsoft has a good integration of a good suite of products across the range. I think if you take UI parts recent release, for example, I'm not sure that does it with Power BI but it definitely integrates it across the Microsoft Office activities, so I think it's only a matter of time before a majority of the Microsoft Office products start integrating with UI parts. That would take analysis, reporting, and automation to the next level and we could free up time for the general reporter. I would rate this solution as seven out of ten because it's easy to use and there is a lot of support online. I think Microsoft Office itself has a lot of support being provided. In addition, I like its features and it's growing much faster than some of the other analytical tools out there, although it started off later. View full review »
Accountant at a government
When selecting a vendor, the most important criterion for me is, it should be something that is really user-friendly. By that I mean, I don't need to go through specialized training to learn how to use it; not in this day and age, when the solution should be really a solution. I don't need to be an expert to know how to use it. Just user friendly, click and go. Also, I think it should be something that assures me of its stability. For me, at the moment, it is the best thing that I've used. But I can't compare it to the other ones. It is the only one I know, apart from just normal financial modeling which I've used before. To me it is the best, but I can't really compared to any others because I don't know how the others work. Do your research. For me, this is the only one I know. But I know there are others which are better. View full review »
Juanjo Gomez
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
When selecting a vendor or product, the most important criterion for me is the usability - it must be easy to use. It must be one that end-users can learn to use on their own, so that the IT department does not have to make changes or solve problems for the end-users. It's a good tool, easy to use, Microsoft is adding more and more functionality. My advice would be, always compare with other tools. In part this is own our internal rule, we must compare with others, to make sure we have the best tool. View full review »
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Olumide Ibilaiye
Business Intelligence Developer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
When selecting a vendor, the most important criteria are affordability - because of the exchange in my country - and ease of use. I would rate this solution a seven out of 10, because you can actually go from the common tools that you use, from your Excel, from your SharePoint... You can pretty much do everything with it. The little things that you can't do, you can customize it to do by writing code. I would say that, you should look away from the limitations. Focus on the positives of it, because it's cheaper to acquire than most of the big five. It's cheaper to acquire and easy to use. View full review »
Jorge Barroso
Consultor at a security firm with 501-1,000 employees
It is important to say that the information cannot be confidential or secret. This is because the platform processes all data from the Microsoft cloud and you have to be certain of the security issues that someone could face if a security breach happens. I very much recommend the free trial mode. View full review »
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
I'd say that Microsoft and Tableau are both nine and a half out of 10, and it's per the requirements I already mentioned. They both are very high-quality, easy to use, stable, they both allow business users to do a level of development, and they're both highly deployable. My advice to a colleague would be that they actually do short trials with each of the products they're considering and the check the vendors' support. View full review »
John Gaskell
Head of IT at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Love that fact that we have a great development team that is moving the product forward every month. View full review »
Dipak Bhudia
Founder with 1-10 employees
I rate it a nine out of 10 because it's very cost-effective, so it's very accessible in that respect, and a lot of folks do use spreadsheets so it helps ease the transition from using just spreadsheets to a more mature reporting environment. My advice is, speak to your users because, at the end of the day, if they don't use it, you've failed, which was the case with other reporting tools. View full review »
Amanda Zhou
Senior Business Analyst, Big data at a manufacturing company
It is a solution that is easy for developers to be hands-on, even if they do not have prior experience with it. It is quite easy to learn. View full review »
IT Specialist at a wholesaler/distributor with 1-10 employees
Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Price * Ability to go on the Internet and locate support information. * Secure product * Easy interface to use. View full review »
Arturo Laos
CEO at a tech services company
When selecting a vendor we look for expertise, a company that understands the problems and knows the market, solutions, tools; and one that creates successful products. That is the most important criterion. Also, when you are in front of your clients, you need to know who is supporting you from the back. I would rate Power BI at eight out of 10 because it enables us to do all the things we want to do. Moving forward, for more than 5,000 users, or for very complex dashboards, we don't know how it works. I always recommend Power BI. It's very good. View full review »
Norbert Langewiesche
Interim Manager Supply Chain / IT with 501-1,000 employees
I would recommend Power BI as the best working solution. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: Usability of the solution. View full review »
Christopher Herbert
Professor of Private International Law with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor are cost, cost, and cost. I rate Microsoft BI at seven out of 10 and that's because I have not utilized it as much as I would have liked to. However, it is very well integrated with other Microsoft products, including PowerApps and Excel, as well as Access, so it fits well into our workflow. Consider very carefully what your requirements are and plan your projects well. This is a wonderful tool but it will not get the work done for you. View full review »
Salahuddin Almohammadi
Group IT Manager with 10,001+ employees
I would recommend this solution to another user. We are not dealing the vendor. We are using it directly from Microsoft as part of Office 365. View full review »
Director, Education Management Information Systems with 51-200 employees
My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * cost * sustainability. I would rate it at eight out of 10 because of its ease of use, simple setup, and excellent integration. I would rate it a 10 if they provided free training. It's a wonderful application, it meets our needs. View full review »
Alfonso Gordillo
Director Research and Development at Projects Factory
Because this solution is very easy, and very visual, you can have results in minutes. View full review »
Senior Programmer Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
It depends on how you're going to use the reports, but when looking into this product or similar solutions, check the security side of things. If you don't want to share information with everyone, how does it deal with that? So far, it's one of the best reporting tools I've found. They are improving the product every month. I would rate it at eight out of 10. The two missing points are to see what comes out in the future. View full review »
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