Microsoft BI Reviews
May 23 2019
Valuable dashboard and automated reporting features but should have better integration with RPA and Tableau platforms
What is most valuable?Our most valuable features are the dashboard and the reporting feature because, before that, our organization used to only use Excel. There was a lot of manual work involved with Excel, whereas once… more»
How has it helped my organization?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… more»
What needs improvement?I haven't experienced any issues with it right now, so I can't really advise on that part. I think because I'm moving more into RPA, I'd definitely like to see integration across the RPA, Power BI, or… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We hadn't previously used another solution. We were just using Excel and decided to go to a much better platform.
What other advice do I have?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… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?The other departments in my company were using Power BI, so it would not make sense to get another solution when they already had Power BI in other parts of the organization.
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 visualization.
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 get my report. A few clicks are needed. Once I get the data in the right format… 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 a person who is familiar with modeling analysis, it might be a bit scary. So I… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?At the moment I'm using a free version.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?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 just did things manually.
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. By that I mean, I don't need to go through specialized training to learn how to… more»
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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 view the company's and departments' situation graphically. It also gives us the flexibility to interact with the data. For… 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 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… 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 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… more»
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 one day, we are done with it.
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 running through an exercise passage. I know for a fact that SAP… 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, because you can actually go from the common tools that you use… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?IBM Analytics. But the learning curve for IBM, that's what actually led us to pause on the implementation of the Cognos 10. Everything was pretty much difficult to do. Things that you could do in two clicks in Microsoft, you would be doing… more»
May 08 2019
What is most valuable?One of the features I really like is that there are a lot of different graphics that are very nicely presented. The uploading of information is very easy, as you just use… more»
How has it helped my organization?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… more»
What needs improvement?I would like to see the product offer more graphics to impact different audiences. Also, I would like more ease in connecting with the different database drives.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?If you are looking for free tools to process data in different ways for an easy to medium analysis then you have the free version available. However, if you want a complex… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?This is different from other solutions in that Power BI offers ease of use. It is different from any SQL tool because you can use it right away.
What other advice do I have?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… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?I evaluated some other tools but I think they had very different objectives. Power BI looked more generic and has an easy and quick way to present the information in… more»
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 people to have insight into problems with data so that… 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 Microsoft business product, because Excel is the number… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Pricing, that's where Microsoft beats Tableau. It is priced much cheaper.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We were previously using Excel, and Excel did not have the ability to deploy nor did it have the ability to easily do some of the things that people were asking for. The… 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 mentioned. They both are very high-quality, easy to use… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?The short list was really only Tableau and Microsoft, and frequently clients have Microsoft products already installed so they have the security, the Active Directory, as… more»
Dec 29 2019
What is most valuable?I like the downloadable visualizations a lot. I think that they give the user a very nice starting point in creating awesome dashboards, with the right way to tell their data story. Data Modeling is very simple and powerful for an experienced user, but I think it needs some improvement for the non-technical people. Besides this, it allows us to save a lot of time in data "massaging" prior to the… more»
How has it helped my organization?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… more»
What needs improvement?I think Power BI needs to focus more on the end-user (i.e. the business user). Solving things in DAX is not a nice approach to a user that has no knowledge of IT nor wants to get it. Some kind of expression wizard, where the user can build a complex expression without any knowledge of DAX, can be a good addition to the product. I see a lot of materials on how to go about doing things in Power BI… more»
Mar 04 2018
How has it helped my organization?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.
What needs improvement?* 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… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Make it low in cost. It is a no-brainer! Remove the cost of a licence to show a dashboard within SharePoint. Why should readers of a dashboard have to pay to view?
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?The previous products include Tableau, Cognos, BusinessObjects, and Sisense. All of them have high price tags! Why pay and get ripped off for these products when you have Power BI? It will give you… more»
What other advice do I have?Love that fact that we have a great development team that is moving the product forward every month.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?Globally, we evaluated a number of products, including Salesforce's product, Microsoft won on the ground of simple functionally and cost.
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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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