Microsoft BI Pros and Cons

Microsoft BI Pros

Gary Gonsalves
Consultant at a consultancy
There was a lot of manual work involved with Excel, whereas once we moved on to Microsoft Power BI, it was a cleaner dashboard and it was faster too.
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Actnt932
Accountant at a government
The most valuable features are the flexibility, how many ways you can interrogate the data, and the the graphical visualization.
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Juanjo Gomez
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Easy to use. End-users can make changes to the graphics.
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Jorge Barroso
Consultor with 501-1,000 employees
The uploading of information is very easy, as you just use an Excel sheet to start work right away and obtain the benefits of Power BI.
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CTOINBI874
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
In the early stage of an implementation, 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.
Allows business users with a mission to solve their own problems, without an IT person.
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PerHemström
Partner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
We can see that it's really improved the way end users can do their own graphs and pick their own fields of information and present that in a nice way.
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John Gaskell
Head of IT at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
It is in the cloud, which makes it easy for mobile access of reports and data.
Users already using Excel can generate new reports and dashboards within minutes.
Initial setup was very straightforward. Users can get up and running reporting on databases within minutes.
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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.
With Power BI, you're able to store your data within spreadsheets and SharePoints, and then have Power BI pull the data out and report on it. So we actually saved a ton of money not needing to load the data into databases, which is a big prerequisite for many other reporting tools.
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Amanda Zhou
Senior Business Analyst, Big data at a manufacturing company
My primary use is for view of the dashboard.
It ingegrates nicely with Office 365.
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itspec564565
IT Specialist at a wholesaler/distributor with 1-10 employees
There is a lot of help and documentation on the Internet, so no special training is needed to use the source code.
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Microsoft BI Cons

Gary Gonsalves
Consultant at a consultancy
I think because I'm moving more into RPA, I'd definitely like to see integration across the RPA, Power BI, or Tableau platforms, because that integration could then make automation and mundane reporting much faster.
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Juanjo Gomez
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I am a SAP user and I would like this tool to have more connectors - and to more easily connect to - the ERP or SAP environment.
I would prefer that the solution not be shared. I'm concerned that if we make a mistake we could reveal information to people who shouldn't see it. I would like to have my own on-prem server, to buy my own server and have my own infrastructure for Microsoft BI, with only with my data.
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Jorge Barroso
Consultor with 501-1,000 employees
I would like to see the product offer more graphics to impact different audiences.
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CTOINBI874
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
One thing I would like to have is the scripting language, as they already have within Excel. It's already within a Microsoft business product, because Excel is the number one business product out there. So it would be nice to have the scripting capability in order to automate certain processes.
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PerHemström
Partner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
The way you navigate the product, compared to other products in this industry, that could be improved a bit.
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John Gaskell
Head of IT at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Real-time refreshing for SAP BW would be nice. We know its on the radar for the development team at MS. ​
Not having to login again after a mobile app upgrade. A simple login on mobile would be great.
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Amanda Zhou
Senior Business Analyst, Big data at a manufacturing company
Powerpoints are not available in the report server.
The report server feature is quite limited.
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itspec564565
IT Specialist at a wholesaler/distributor with 1-10 employees
The reporting part of Microsoft BI is rather limited compared to other reporting tools.
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Dung Dinh Tien
Database Expert & BI Developer at a outsourcing company
I have to write scripts to query data for analyzing performance.
Microsoft needs to provide more drivers to connect other data sources in a native way.
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Norbert Langewiesche
Interim Manager Supply Chain / IT with 501-1,000 employees
The look is simple, and could be a little more professional.
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