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Microsoft BI Pros and Cons

Microsoft BI Pros

Operations & BI Analyst at American Hospital Dubai
Power BI is a complete ecosystem. It has an integrated ETL tool and good connectivity with applications such as Office 365 and SQL. There are also solutions for RPA, such as Microsoft Power Automate and Microsoft Power Apps. Power BI now has integration with Power Query, which has an AI feature for text analytics. Text analytics is a very good feature. This feature is also there in Tableau, but I like it in Power BI because you can write something like, "What is the total sale in the Eastern region?", and it will give you the answer. For example, when you have different types of user opinions, you just run one algorithm and you will have the output that provides the number of positive and negative responses. You can even have a dashboard with positive remarks. This feature has been introduced recently. Power BI supports the DAX and Power Query M languages. These languages are making Power BI very strong in data analytics, and you can do many types of analysis.
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BL
Certified Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering and Computing at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
What Power BI is, is a whole collection of templates of small amounts of data that can be used to do something for a real world project, that can be easily set up and become the business intelligence environment or a data warehouse for a large amount of data, for a real world customer. That's what is remarkable.
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Northern Europe IT Business Intelligence Manager at Adecco
The tool is very flexible so it allows creativity.
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Software Engineer at syntegra
I also find connecting to different data sources is quite simple. Other solutions we were using before were complicated.
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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
As it was my first time using Power BI, I can say that it was fairly easy to learn, especially if you already know BI-type tools.
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NG
Managing Director at Streamline Strategies
It is easy to use. It has got a desktop where people can develop their own dashboards. Basically, we have figured out how to connect finance contracts and all programs for the government agency. So, they can see everything in a dashboard. So, it is very easy to use from a technical standpoint of view.
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Business Application Group Manager at OBASE
Technical support is quite good.
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VK
CFO at Travel Food Services ltd
The interface is very fluid.
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SK
Manager, BI & Analytics at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Two valuable most features are the ability to create columns and create measures.
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AA
Solution Architect
Provides good data flow related to the container and control flow.
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Microsoft BI Cons

Operations & BI Analyst at American Hospital Dubai
It should be more user-friendly. There are very small or tiny icons that you need to move very carefully. If you go a little bit up and down, some of the values change. Its user interface should be improved. It should be like Tableau. Its performance is also slow and should be improved. I definitely feel some sort of speed issues with Power BI. The integration of Excel with Power BI would also be good.
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BL
Certified Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering and Computing at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
When it comes to improvement, I would say there could be more tutorials for students in universities who are just learning it. And it wouldn't have to be just for students in universities. It might also be for the people who use it in the real world.
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Northern Europe IT Business Intelligence Manager at Adecco
I think that the product would benefit by increasing the range of visuals and graphics readily available, as opposed to using a third party included as part of the product.
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Software Engineer at syntegra
I think that there should be visuals for financial reporting videos. It should just be a plug and play because there is a lot of coding that goes into it with different clients.
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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The one thing that I noticed specifically was the graphical features, and some of the analytical features. They were stronger on the Tableau side.
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NG
Managing Director at Streamline Strategies
Its desktop tool is a little bit memory CPU intensive, and it can be improved, but the machines nowadays come with a lot of memory. For the desktop users who are using it on the desktop, we recommend that they do an upgrade. It is a minor issue. We can fix it on the desktop.
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Business Application Group Manager at OBASE
The licensing needs improvement. There needs to be a middle option between Pro and Premium versions.
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VK
CFO at Travel Food Services ltd
The challenge of this product is in truncating the table data.
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SK
Manager, BI & Analytics at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
In my opinion, the software is a little bit limited in terms of the flexibility it offers, with regard to the design of the visualization.
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AA
Solution Architect
There are some connector-related issues in their MSBA solution.
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Learn what your peers think about Microsoft BI. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2021.
542,267 professionals have used our research since 2012.