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AmitKumar2
BI Analyst at eVision Industry Software
Real User
Top 5
Easy to use, good self service functionality, facilitates collaboration with other users

Pros and Cons

  • "If you are not very technical this tool could be very useful."
  • "Adding paginated reports to this tool could be of great help for users who want to move away from SSRS."

What is our primary use case?

Power BI is a great tool for analytics. It is useful if you have a requirement to create a dashboard with self-service capability, along with KPIs, and you want to drill down to the data details.

How has it helped my organization?

I have tried SSRS and later moved to Power BISSRS requires every analytical feature to be implemented separately. However, with the appropriate granularity of data, you can drill down and drill up easily which gives you a different view of the dashboards. Now with having on-premises availability, it makes this tool even more powerful.

What is most valuable?

If you are not very technical this tool could be very useful.

The most valuable features are:

  • Self service
  • Inbuilt analytics
  • Custom visualization
  • Printing of dashboard helps a lot
  • Dashboard scheduling
  • Easy collaboration with other users on Power BI
  • Learning curve for this tool is small
  • Dashboard refresh rate can be configured
  • Power BI works both on-premises and cloud

What needs improvement?

Adding paginated reports to this tool could be of great help for users who want to move away from SSRS. 

I would like to see built-in Git support, incremental loading of data, and a machine learning model for predictive analysis.

Custom colouring from the dashboard itself would be helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI, SSRS, and Power BI for four years.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Amol Jaiswal
Head of Offshore Operations & Solutions at Techcarrot
Real User
Top 20
Quick reporting, high data conductivity, and reliable

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for revenue forecasting and other predictive analytic reports based on specific requirements.

What is most valuable?

I have found the quick reporting and the conductivity with all the data sources valuable.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some AI incorporated into this solution in the future.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this solution is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability at first was not the greatest but it has turned out it can be very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support has been good.

How

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for revenue forecasting and other predictive analytic reports based on specific requirements.

What is most valuable?

I have found the quick reporting and the conductivity with all the data sources valuable.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some AI incorporated into this solution in the future.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this solution is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability at first was not the greatest but it has turned out it can be very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support has been good.

How was the initial setup?

I have found the installation straightforward compared to other competitors.

What about the implementation team?

Having this solution on the could cloud allows for quick deployment. We could deliver the solution within four to eight weeks depending on the complexity.

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

There is a license for this solution and we purchase them annually.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Microsoft BI an eight out of ten.

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?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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CEO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Can be easily integrated to any database and is flexible and user friendly

Pros and Cons

  • "It's quite flexible, and it's easy to create reports using this system. It is very graphic and very user friendly."
  • "The smart phone application could be improved, along with better graphics and faster updating."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for management reporting.

What is most valuable?

It's quite flexible, and it's easy to create reports using this system. It is very graphic and very user friendly.

One of the advantages of Microsoft BI is that it's easy to integrate it with any databases.

Another is that it doesn't need a lot of technical support because it's easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The smart phone application could be improved, along with better graphics and faster updating.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for 3 or 4 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

It's easy to install. It requires that you prepare some databases for installing this product, but it doesn't take too much time to do it.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant.

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

Microsoft BI is not expensive. Compared to the price of other BI products, the price is very fair.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate Microsoft BI at ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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KR
Strategic Market Development Sr. Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to use, flexible, but mobile application needs improvement

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is easy to use and flexible."
  • "The solution could improve the mobile application design. It is difficult to use compared to the desktop version."

What is our primary use case?

I am using this solution to monitor the dashboards that someone else has created.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and flexible.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve the mobile application design. It is difficult to use compared to the desktop version. Additionally, we have experienced a problem when attempting to update the desktop application. When we click to update we are unable to open the file to update.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found the solution to be stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 50 people using this solution in my organization.

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

I have previously used Microsoft Excel.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was simple and it takes approximately five minutes.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation of the solution.

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

We have a professional license for Microsoft BI and the price is fair. 

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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Senior Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
User-friendly, stable, and integrates well with other data sources

Pros and Cons

  • "The interface is very easy to use."
  • "The on-premises version lacks some technical features that are available with the Cloud version."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for our departmental reports, which are accessible from Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint.

What is most valuable?

Microsoft BI is very friendly.

The interface is very easy to use.

The integration with other data sources is very easy and very handy.

What needs improvement?

The on-premises version lacks some technical features that are available with the Cloud version.

There is definitely room for improvement.

The visualization is lacking, it needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft BI is a stable solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not contacted technical support.

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

Previously, we did not use another solution.

How was the initial setup?

From a technical perspective, the installation is straightforward.

It took one week to deploy.

The deployment was done by the database team.

You only need one person to maintain this solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other solutions before choosing Microsoft BI.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the cloud version of this solution.

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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JorgeCastro1
Data Scientist at Packen SAS
Real User
Top 10
Automation of real-time and batch analytics are fast and help us to better explain our data

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution has improved our ability in making decisions and explaining data."
  • "We would like to have better SQL support for queries."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use is real-time & batch analytics on Postgres databases in combination with MS Excel.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our ability in making decisions and explaining data.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the automation of analysis and already prepared tools to do the analytic work rapidly.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have better SQL support for queries. It means to have a kind of development environment trying to correct bad sintax in SQL query, or having an intellisense like style for code completion being aware of table's fields and having a preview of the query response without needing to run the whole procedure. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Microsoft BI for two months.

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

Previously we used MS Excel but continue using it mainly for prototyping.

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

Power BI free layer is attractive and second stage with Power BI online is not expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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?

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
EtienneReynecke
Microsoft Dynamics Specialist at Strategix Business Solutions
Real User
Top 5
Good reporting, and provides data insights that help to improve efficiency and profit

Pros and Cons

  • "The feature I find most valuable is the ability to publish Power Bi reports, using an embedded link, directly onto a website."
  • "I would like to see Machine Learning for Power Bi Pro users or an intermediate license to enable Machine Learning if you don't have access to a Premium account."

What is our primary use case?

I have developed and deployed more than twenty separate customer solutions. I am a Business Intelligence Deployment Specialist. The most significant implementation was to reduce the Financial consolidation time for one hundred and twenty companies into one shareholder report, from thirty days to four minutes.

How has it helped my organization?

We help customers deploy and analyze sophisticated analytics models. These models have helped them all to get a better insight into their data and many of them have found very valuable insights that made them more profitable, more efficient, and in some cases changed the direction of the business.

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable is the ability to publish Power Bi reports, using an embedded link, directly onto a website. Data that is not classified as confidential can very easily be exposed to customers, vendors, or even just visitors to the web site.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see Machine Learning for Power Bi Pro users or an intermediate license to enable Machine Learning if you don't have access to a Premium account.

The minimum embedded capacity for Machine learning is currently an A3 capacity, and this should be reduced to include A1 level licenses.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years.
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Microsoft Gold Partner
JV
Part Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Great technology and some very good features

What is our primary use case?

I am a consultant for a big company. We deal with energy companies, petroleum, sales companies and we deal with everything from financials to operations. We deal with market strategy and we provide consultancy services - I'm a part owner of the company. 

What is most valuable?

I like the CS, administration, most of the features are good as well as the technology.

What needs improvement?

I think creating dashboards could be easier. Compared to other solutions, the cost of the license is expensive and that could be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for over 20 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent. 

What do I think about the scalability of the

What is our primary use case?

I am a consultant for a big company. We deal with energy companies, petroleum, sales companies and we deal with everything from financials to operations. We deal with market strategy and we provide consultancy services - I'm a part owner of the company. 

What is most valuable?

I like the CS, administration, most of the features are good as well as the technology.

What needs improvement?

I think creating dashboards could be easier. Compared to other solutions, the cost of the license is expensive and that could be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for over 20 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is excellent, all our professional consultants use it. Where we deploy in the banking sector, they can have 1,000 licensed users; in smaller companies there can be 50 users. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is quite good, but I'd like to see a quicker response time. 

How was the initial setup?

Deployment time depends on the company, it can take up to two months. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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