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Anonymous User
Real User
Principal Business Intelligence Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 17 2017

What is most valuable?

SSRS and the Tabular server/Vertipaq engine/DAX are probably the two most valuable components, leaving out SQL Server (and Azure versions of it, including the Azure warehouse and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Microsoft BI really entails a whole catalog of products. The relative ease with which these products work together is where the primary value comes into play. When you buy SQL... more»

What needs improvement?

No product is perfect, and the Microsoft stack is no exception. The first things that come to mind are Microsoft's recent shift in strategy to focus on cloud first. While this... more»

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework when deciding what components to leverage. The worst thing you can do is try to use them all. The gamut of products under the Microsoft BI banner enables every... more»
Rafael Martins Cardoso
Consultant
Business Intelligence Analyst & Developer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Since its integration into SQL Server 2005, Microsoft has made a number of improvements and added many new features. It had a big overhaul in... more»

What needs improvement?

The few things I mention below constitute very strong reasons why Microsoft has essentially abandoned the platform and why I agree with them. *... more»

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

The SQL Server Reporting Services works as a part of SQL Server license. If we have a licensed copy of SQL Server, we can run Reporting Services... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I switched from 2005 to 2008 in order to get more features.

What other advice do I have?

SQL Server Reporting Services is one of the most popular components of SQL Server, but it has always been surprisingly difficult to get from one... more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
Accountant at a government
Apr 11 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the flexibility, how many ways you can interrogate the data, and the the graphical... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

They need to make it as user-friendly as possible. Make it as non-technical as possible. At the moment, if you are not... more»

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

At the moment I'm using a free version.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I knew there must be a better way of doing what I was performing, so I searched. I did not have a previous solution, I... more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, the most important criterion for me is, it should be something that is really user-friendly.... more»
Juanjo Gomez
Real User
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* Easy to use. * End-users can make changes to the graphics. * The tool runs very fast.

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

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. Also, I would prefer that the solution not be... more»

What other advice do I have?

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... more»
Olumide Ibilaiye
Real User
Business Intelligence Developer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Apr 16 2018

What is most valuable?

It's actually the self-service of Power BI, because we're on a lean structure here, the technical side. So we wanted them to push some of those things back to end-users.

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

For our reporting services, it would be good to have the capability for email-based subscriptions. I want to be able to change the sender dynamically, without having to rely on... more»

What other advice do I have?

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,... more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Apr 30 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability for business users with a mission to solve their own problems, without an IT person.

How has it helped my organization?

One thing it's doing in the early stage of an implementation is, it not only helps decision making, but it allows... more»

What needs improvement?

One thing I would like to have is the scripting language, as they already have within Excel. It's already within a... more»

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

Pricing, that's where Microsoft beats Tableau. It is priced much cheaper.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were previously using Excel, and Excel did not have the ability to deploy nor did it have the ability to easily do... more»

What other advice do I have?

I'd say that Microsoft and Tableau are both nine and a half out of 10, and it's per the requirements I already... more»
PerHemström
Real User
Partner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Sep 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The self-service part.

How has it helped my organization?

We are a consultancy firm, helping our clients with billing and business intelligence solutions. We can see that it's really improved the way... more»

What needs improvement?

The navigation. The way you navigate the product, compared to other products in this industry, that could be improved a bit. It's user friendly,... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

QlikView and Qlik Sense. We felt demand in the market for Microsoft Power BI. Also, within my company we are selling services around Microsoft... more»

What other advice do I have?

There are some limitations in regards to the navigation part.
Anonymous User
Real User
Head of Information Systems Department at a government
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* It provides easy integration with Office tools. * It is easy to understand BI architecture.

How has it helped my organization?

Microsoft SQL Server BI made data correlation between the agencies so fast, that the simple POCs for the dashboards let... more»

What needs improvement?

Our expectation is putting BI to work in real-time data collection systems in the maritime environment. The Automatic... more»

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

I don't want to speculate but there is room for at least 45% discount as compared to the initial price. So bargain... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using some open-source BI tools. It was very difficult to get support for open-source and that is why we... more»

What other advice do I have?

You will need training personnel and powerful servers.
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What is Microsoft BI?

Microsoft BI is a business intelligence solution that turns data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business.

Microsoft BI combines familiar Microsoft tools - Office, SharePoint, and SQL server, with extra features for end-users, such as Power View and Power Pivot. This powerful product gives businesses a competitive advantage by allowing end-users to better analyze their data, collaborate and better present their data.

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SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS BI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data, Power BI Pro
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