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Research & Development Expert at a energy/utilities company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good visualization and graphing functions, integrates with Python

What is our primary use case?

I use Microsoft BI for my own projects that are related to integrating with Excel datasets. I use the visualization and graphing functions, and I have tried using the Python integration.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is integration with Python.

What needs improvement?

The integration with third-party products could be more stable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for approximately one month.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft BI could be a little more stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 10 users. I don't expect that we will expand our usage or continue using this product.

How are customer service and

What is our primary use case?

I use Microsoft BI for my own projects that are related to integrating with Excel datasets. I use the visualization and graphing functions, and I have tried using the Python integration.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is integration with Python.

What needs improvement?

The integration with third-party products could be more stable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for approximately one month.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft BI could be a little more stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 10 users. I don't expect that we will expand our usage or continue using this product.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not been in contact with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

There is no complexity in the initial setup. It takes approximately 15 minutes to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

There are twenty people in the team that handles the deployment and maintenance of our solutions.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

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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RD
Owner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Powerful visualizations, easy to use, and integrates well with Microsoft products

What is most valuable?

It integrates better with other Microsoft products. It is very easy to use and has very powerful visualizations. It has also got a lot of development going on. 

What needs improvement?

It should have more integrations.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for probably two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. I have a few large customers of this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have any experience with their support.

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

I also use Tableau. Tableau and Power BI are similar in terms of capability.

How was the initial

What is most valuable?

It integrates better with other Microsoft products. It is very easy to use and has very powerful visualizations. It has also got a lot of development going on. 

What needs improvement?

It should have more integrations.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for probably two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. I have a few large customers of this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have any experience with their support.

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

I also use Tableau. Tableau and Power BI are similar in terms of capability.

How was the initial setup?

It was easy. It was done in minutes.

What about the implementation team?

I can do it on my own. You would require external consultants or in-house experts.

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

Licensing is on a monthly basis, but I am not sure.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Microsoft BI a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Senior Manager Analytic & Insights at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Flexible, easy to scale, good reporting, and good support

What is most valuable?

The visualization and reporting are the most valuable features of this solution. It is quite flexible for reporting purposes.

What needs improvement?

This solution is resource-heavy. I would like to see it consume fewer resources. When I use it on my laptop, it consumes a lot of resources.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution within the last 12 months. We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It can scale easily. We have more than 50 people who are using this solution in my company. Across the company, most are in marketing and finance.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support an eight out of ten.

Which solution did I use

What is most valuable?

The visualization and reporting are the most valuable features of this solution.

It is quite flexible for reporting purposes.

What needs improvement?

This solution is resource-heavy. I would like to see it consume fewer resources. When I use it on my laptop, it consumes a lot of resources.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution within the last 12 months.

We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It can scale easily.

We have more than 50 people who are using this solution in my company. Across the company, most are in marketing and finance.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support an eight out of ten.

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

We use Oracle BI and Oracle OBIEE.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward.

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

It would be better if the price was cheaper.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution and suggest they use it.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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RH
Head of Internal Control at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Intuitive design, good support, and reliable

What is our primary use case?

We are using Microsoft BI for various reports, such as overall cost management, credit overview, and sales.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very intuitive, you do not need to have too much programming knowledge to use it. Advanced Excel users can use it very easily. 

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by providing more free visuals. A lot of them are very nice but you have to purchase them. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for approximately four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution has been stable. Everything has been running smoothly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Microsoft BI is scalable.

How are customer service

What is our primary use case?

We are using Microsoft BI for various reports, such as overall cost management, credit overview, and sales.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very intuitive, you do not need to have too much programming knowledge to use it. Advanced Excel users can use it very easily. 

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by providing more free visuals. A lot of them are very nice but you have to purchase them. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for approximately four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution has been stable. Everything has been running smoothly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Microsoft BI is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

The support has been good.

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

We previously used Cognos.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant for the implementation of the solution.

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

The solution is affordable.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Microsoft BI a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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WV
Project Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
A stable solution with a great dashboard

What is our primary use case?

Around 50% of our customers use this solution. We plan to extend our usage of this solution.

What is most valuable?

Our customers really like the dashboard. They can click on whatever they want for an in-depth view. Microsoft BI is very easy to set up and use. 

What needs improvement?

In general, all the Microsoft programs are integrated quite well, but it could be improved. Also, integration with products that are not Microsoft could be more improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI on and off for the past two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

If implemented correctly, Microsoft BI is quite stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's quite scalable.…

What is our primary use case?

Around 50% of our customers use this solution. We plan to extend our usage of this solution.

What is most valuable?

Our customers really like the dashboard. They can click on whatever they want for an in-depth view. Microsoft BI is very easy to set up and use. 

What needs improvement?

In general, all the Microsoft programs are integrated quite well, but it could be improved. Also, integration with products that are not Microsoft could be more improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI on and off for the past two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

If implemented correctly, Microsoft BI is quite stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's quite scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never contacted customer support. 

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

I don't know much about the licensing because our customers pay for it. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Microsoft BI a rating of nine. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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EG
Responsable Industrie 4.0 at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Easy to use for a non-IT person and good for data modeling and working with a large amount of data

Pros and Cons

  • "I like data modeling. You can connect with your database, which is quite useful for me. It is a good tool if you have a large amount of data and you want to gather different data and interconnect it. The Power Query functionality is quite an interesting feature. If you have a query in Excel, you can also copy your query and run it in Power BI. Its dashboard is also very nice and not complicated. You don't need to be a developer to be able to use it. I am not an IT guy, and it is quite easy to use for somebody who is not an IT person."
  • "It is not the right tool to do deeper analysis or predictions. When you have some data and you want to do some deep analysis, there is no feature to help you with this."

What is most valuable?

I like data modeling. You can connect with your database, which is quite useful for me. It is a good tool if you have a large amount of data and you want to gather different data and interconnect it.

The Power Query functionality is quite an interesting feature. If you have a query in Excel, you can also copy your query and run it in Power BI. 

Its dashboard is also very nice and not complicated. You don't need to be a developer to be able to use it. I am not an IT guy, and it is quite easy to use for somebody who is not an IT person.

What needs improvement?

It is not the right tool to do deeper analysis or predictions. When you have some data and you want to do some deep analysis, there is no feature to help you with this. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for one year.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Microsoft BI an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Carlos Mardinotto Junior
BI Expert at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Fast and user friendly

What is our primary use case?

I've used it for work I did with three clients in the Brazilian banking sector:  Bank Bradesco, B&B Bank, and the Regional Bank of Brazil.

What is most valuable?

It's very fast and user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

Microsoft is behind IBM when it comes to security features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used Microsoft Power BI for about three years with different clients.

How are customer service and technical support?

You don't need much support with Microsoft Power BI because it has such a large base of users who can answer your questions on their forums. There are also many video tutorials and webinars available online that offer solutions to whatever problems you may have.

Which solution did I use previously and why

What is our primary use case?

I've used it for work I did with three clients in the Brazilian banking sector: 
Bank Bradesco, B&B Bank, and the Regional Bank of Brazil.

What is most valuable?

It's very fast and user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

Microsoft is behind IBM when it comes to security features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used Microsoft Power BI for about three years with different clients.

How are customer service and technical support?

You don't need much support with Microsoft Power BI because it has such a large base of users who can answer your questions on their forums. There are also many video tutorials and webinars available online that offer solutions to whatever problems you may have.

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

I use Cognos Analytics 11 for some projects, but many of my clients prefer Microsoft Power BI because it is less expensive.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Diógenes Eloi
Consultor at PwC Brasil
Real User
Top 10
Integrates data onto dashboards to help managers make better decisions

Pros and Cons

  • "PowerBi is used to import our production data and generate dashboards, then integrates other Excel sheets to provide managers dashboards. This helps them get insights to make better OEE improvement decisions, mainly where to focus resources. We became able to see indicators from any time frame (day, week, month, or year), then could make better decisions."
  • "Real-time updating needs improvement."

What is our primary use case?

Daily updated production indicators dashboard: We get production data (Number of pieces, downtime, and downtime reasons) from the shopfloor and input them on an Excel sheet. 

How has it helped my organization?

PowerBi is used to import our production data and generate dashboards, then integrates other Excel sheets to provide managers dashboards. This helps them get insights to make better OEE improvement decisions, mainly where to focus resources. We became able to see indicators from any time frame (day, week, month, or year), then could make better decisions.

With this solution, we were able to know which problems were critical and chronic. Once we used Power BI for production management, we realized that we could also use it for quality assurance, finance, and others types of management.

What is most valuable?

Interactive graphs are its most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

Real-time updating needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two years.

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