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Innovation & Project Portfolio Management Practice Director at FACTUM
Real User
Top 20
I would rate support for this solution as excellent

Pros and Cons

  • "Our setup is very straight forward and can be done in a matter of hours."
  • "The upgrade process could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We use Microsoft BI on our portfolio management platform. We use live dashboards, in the public cloud.

What is most valuable?

We only use it for export and import, but that suits our purpose, along with the dashboards.

What needs improvement?

The upgrade process could be improved. Sometimes we miss information if we haven't kept up with the versions. It should be easy to migrate, but it does not provide enough information about what may be lost if you upgrade, especially if something goes wrong with the upgrade. Any current developments should be included in the upgrade so that it is a seamless process.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Microsoft BI for about 4 years. We use the latest version, and we have 4 users.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Very good. We don't have any issue regarding the stability of the solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

You can find everything on their website. We rarely need to contact Microsoft directly, so I would rate Microsoft support for Microsoft BI as excellent.

How was the initial setup?

Our setup is very straight forward and can be done in a matter of hours.

What other advice do I have?

You have to know what you want to accomplish, meaning that you have to know why you are using the solution, what kind of information you want to show in that solution and the location of the data. I would rate this solution 9 out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
SS
Data Analyst at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to deploy and use, but it should support integration with more systems

Pros and Cons

  • "The user interface is easy to work with."
  • "More connections with other systems should be added, which would allow for other integrations."

What is our primary use case?

We are a service provider and Microsoft BI is one of the tools that we implement for our clients. We do not use it ourselves.

My primary use case is integration, but it is also used for reporting and data analysis services.

What is most valuable?

The user interface is easy to work with.

What needs improvement?

More connections with other systems should be added, which would allow for other integrations.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for between eight and nine months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft BI is a stable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

I do not have experience with technical support. In cases where I have found an issue, I Google it, spend time learning about the problem, and then resolve it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have also used Alteryx and Informatica. We still may use one of these other products, depending on our client's requirements. If the client wants us to work using a specific product then that is their choice.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and the deployment will take an hour, or an hour and a half.

What about the implementation team?

We deployed this product ourselves. It is easy to work on.

What other advice do I have?

I primarily use Microsoft BI for integration, so it is difficult for me to say what needs to be improved. Overall, this is a good tool and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Sr. Solution Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Stable and useful for generating BI reports

Pros and Cons

  • "It seems stable. I haven't heard of any difficulties from my clients that utilize Power BI."
  • "Power BI could be improved by implementing more options for data integration. Nowadays, the cloud takes care of scalability and security. As we all know, data sources are increasing, so we get data from a variety of streams. But if we could get the downstream data into the database and update the reports more easily, Power BI would be better."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is to generate BI reports. 

What needs improvement?

Power BI could be improved by implementing more options for data integration. Nowadays, the cloud takes care of scalability and security. As we all know, data sources are increasing, so we get data from a variety of streams. But if we could get the downstream data into the database and update the reports more easily, Power BI would be better. 

For how long have I used the solution?

My company has been working with Power BI for five to ten years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems stable. I haven't heard of any difficulties from my clients that utilize Power BI. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. 

How are customer service and support?

I have never contacted technical support. 

How was the initial setup?

I didn't install this solution, our IT team took care of it. 

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team took care of implementation. It should take a team of two to three to deploy and maintain Power BI. 

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

I don't own the licenses — our clients do, and we work for them as engineering partners. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Tableau is another option. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Power BI, but it depends on one's business requirements. Tableau is another option, as well as a few other tools. My recommendation depends on business needs, budget, and the exact type of reports they need. 

I would rate Power BI an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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DK
BI technical analyst at a government with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Priced well, responsive technical support, but needs to be simplified

Pros and Cons

  • "The scalability is good. We have 20 people in my organization using this solution and plan to increase usage."
  • "In an upcoming release, the solution could be simplified and have a more complete product package rather than a suite of products that we have to put together."

What is our primary use case?

This solution can be used for enterprise reporting, ad hoc visualization, and statistical analysis.

What needs improvement?

In an upcoming release, the solution could be simplified and have a more complete product package rather than a suite of products that we have to put together.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In my experience, I have found this solution scalable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. We have 20 people in my organization using this solution and plan to increase usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been good and the responses have been fast.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used other business intelligence solutions previously and I switched because this solution was cheaper and is on a Microsft platform.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is more complicated than other solutions. Microsoft typically has more involved installations. 

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation myself. We have three administrators doing the deployment and maintains of the solution.

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

Power BI is cheaper for smaller groups when comparing to competitors. It requires a monthly per-user subscription.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Tableau.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Microsoft BI a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Certification Division at a manufacturing company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Feature-rich, scalable, and is easy to install

What is our primary use case?

I am using this solution for official purposes and for my personal needs. I use it to sort my documents.

What is most valuable?

I have yet to experience all of the useful applications. I need to experience a lot more.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better, undisturbed stability without any interruptions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Microsoft products for three decades. I believe we are using Version 10.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Because our internet here is not constant, it fluctuates, which is why I don' use the cloud-based version. It is not stable. The stability could be improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Microsoft BI is…

What is our primary use case?

I am using this solution for official purposes and for my personal needs. I use it to sort my documents.

What is most valuable?

I have yet to experience all of the useful applications. I need to experience a lot more.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better, undisturbed stability without any interruptions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Microsoft products for three decades.

I believe we are using Version 10.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Because our internet here is not constant, it fluctuates, which is why I don' use the cloud-based version.

It is not stable. The stability could be improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Microsoft BI is scalable.

We have more than 50 users in our organization. More of the users are technical people.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have an IT technical expert in our organization. If we have any issues, he is the person who resolves them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It is very easy to install.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the installation myself. I did not need the help of an integrator or consultant.

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

I am considering personalization but I don't know what the possibilities and the advantages of it are.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others who are considering it.

I would rate Microsoft BI an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Project Business Analyst RPA at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Compatibility with different databases, complete tool, helpful technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The most useful features are the ability to connect different databases to Microsoft BI and explore them. Once the database information has been extracted, you have the ability to construct indicators and dashboards from the information."
  • "The solution could improve by simplifying the user interface and adding integration or compatibility with APA."

What is our primary use case?

We use Microsoft BI primarily for analyzing data to construct indicators and dashboards. We use the information to better understand our business to make effective decisions about our business for the future, such as keeping competitive with other companies.

What is most valuable?

The most useful features are the ability to connect different databases to Microsoft BI and explore them. Once the database information has been extracted, you have the ability to construct indicators and dashboards from the information.

Microsoft BI is a complete tool, it has all the functions needed for its purpose.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by simplifying the user interface and adding integration or compatibility with APA.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for many years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. We are able to see the users and the capability from the cloud platform.

How are customer service and technical support?

Microsoft provides good technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is easy. However, there are many options and areas to configure that can be difficult.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend those wanting to use this solution to take some courses to at least learn the minimal knowledge to analyze and construct indicators. This is a very powerful tool and if you understand it you can get the most out of it.

I rate Microsoft BI a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Manage Client Partner at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Feature rich, functional dashboard, and plenty of charting visuals

Pros and Cons

  • "I have found the best features to be the dashboard creation, graphs, charts, and presentation bar graphs."
  • "I have been doing trial and error to figuring out how to do the data analyzing and modeling. There could be some improvement to simplify it."

What is our primary use case?

I am using the solution for data analytics.

What is most valuable?

I have found the best features to be the dashboard creation, graphs, charts, and presentation bar graphs. As for now, I am able to do a lot of operations but not with much proficiency. I am just getting started with it. I am not very good at doing dashboard creation or writing reports but sometimes I do it during office hours to understand and learn the analytical tools.

What needs improvement?

I have been doing trial and error to figuring out how to do the data analyzing and modeling. There could be some improvement to simplify it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I am only working with small datasets at the moment and the solution has been stable. I am not sure how it will be for larger datasets. We have approximately 50 people using the solution in my organization.

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

This solution came free, it was offered by Microsoft with our E3 license.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is a useful tool for the business and experts. It has plenty of features. I do not have a lot of advice because I am just starting to explore the solution but I have found it very helpful in terms of data presentation. 

I rate Microsoft BI a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Senior Data Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Easy to use, quick report generating, and simple installation

Pros and Cons

  • "Microsoft BI was very helpful for me because I had a huge variety of connections. It is very convenient to build reports, even if somebody has no experience using BI tools or data visualizations. Additionally, the performance is very good when generating reports."

    What is our primary use case?

    I used Microsoft BI to develop reports and then deployed them into Microsoft BI web.

    What is most valuable?

    Microsoft BI was very helpful for me because I had a huge variety of connections. It is very convenient to build reports, even if somebody has no experience using BI tools or data visualizations. Additionally, the performance is very good when generating reports.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Microsoft BI for approximately three months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of the solution has been good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable.

    We have approximately 100 people in my organization using the solution and they are mostly managers.

    We used the solution on a daily basis, we were using it extensively.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I have used Tableau previously.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was very easy to complete and it took approximately 30 minutes.

    What about the implementation team?

    We did the implementation of the solution using two technicians.

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

    The current licensing model that Microsoft BI has is expensive. My customers have told me the cost is approximately $20 per user and this can get expensive fast. There should be a one-time purchase option if the customer has a lot of users.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Microsoft BI a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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