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Senior Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
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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?

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Mediha Šiljić
Chief Information Officer at Sensilab
Real User
A powerful and easy-to-use platform with a lot of connectors

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the abundance of connectors. It is also easy to use. It is a very powerful platform for BI. It has everything that you want from BI. 

What needs improvement?

It is easy enough. I don't see any real substantial improvements that are needed. It is great as it is, but its interface could be a bit modern.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years. I am using the online version. So, it is the latest one.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has improved over the years. There were problems a few years ago, but now, it is way better.

How are customer service and support?

Their support is fine. I had to reach technical support a few times, and they have…

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the abundance of connectors. It is also easy to use.

It is a very powerful platform for BI. It has everything that you want from BI. 

What needs improvement?

It is easy enough. I don't see any real substantial improvements that are needed. It is great as it is, but its interface could be a bit modern.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years. I am using the online version. So, it is the latest one.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has improved over the years. There were problems a few years ago, but now, it is way better.

How are customer service and support?

Their support is fine. I had to reach technical support a few times, and they have been very good in the last two years.

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

Compared to others, I think it is reasonable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I tested a few other similar products before deciding on Power BI.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to just try it. I would rate it a 10 out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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JV
Part Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
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
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PA
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
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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
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JohnMcKay
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
I like its drill-down feature and overall ease of use

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for Microsoft BI is reporting. It comes with the Microsoft 365 E5 license. Then you just need to secure and harden it. That took a bit of time, but you can open it up and let people use it after that. There is a desktop component that they can work on that's independent of the Microsoft license. In that case, they can create files that are like dashboards.

What is most valuable?

I like Microsoft BI's drill-down feature and its overall ease of use.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Microsoft BI for about eight months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft BI has been stable so far.

How are customer service and support?

Microsoft's support is pretty good. 

How was the

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for Microsoft BI is reporting. It comes with the Microsoft 365 E5 license. Then you just need to secure and harden it. That took a bit of time, but you can open it up and let people use it after that. There is a desktop component that they can work on that's independent of the Microsoft license. In that case, they can create files that are like dashboards.

What is most valuable?

I like Microsoft BI's drill-down feature and its overall ease of use.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Microsoft BI for about eight months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft BI has been stable so far.

How are customer service and support?

Microsoft's support is pretty good. 

How was the initial setup?

Installing Microsoft BI was relatively straightforward. It just took a lot of tinkering with InfoSec to allow us to do stuff.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Microsoft Power BI nine out of 10. If you plan to implement it, ensure that you harden it, so you do not leave it wide open. Otherwise, you're vulnerable to data leakage.

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TS
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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