Microsoft BI Room for Improvement

Gary Gonsalves
Consultant at a consultancy
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 Tableau platforms because that integration could then make automation and mundane reporting much faster. You'll always require some more complex reports that the analyst could work on, but the very standard sales reports could then be automated very quickly using Power BI and RPA together. View full review »
Accountant at a government
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 think it should be a very simple user interface. It should be very easy to learn. View full review »
Juanjo Gomez
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 have my own on-prem server, to buy my own server and have my own infrastructure for Microsoft BI, with only with my data. Power BI, this global solution from Microsoft, is shared with multiple companies. I would like that the content that I create, my data, be available only for me, not shared with other companies. View full review »
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Olumide Ibilaiye
Business Intelligence Developer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 can do this, dynamic sending for subscriptions. Also IBM Cognos can do it. Why Microsoft refused to do that, that you have to rely on add-on to be able to do that... Overall, it has performed to our expectation. It's okay for what we want to use it for. But because they keep changing, every now and then, there's a major shift in versions, so we are trying to catch up. View full review »
Jorge Barroso
Consultor at a security firm with 501-1,000 employees
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. View full review »
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
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 one business product out there. So it would be nice to have the scripting capability in order to automate certain processes. View full review »
Alberto Guisande
Director at Decision Science
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, but Microsoft can add a "learning path". It would instruct users where to start, then what to learn next, etc, to sort out their learning journey. View full review »
John Gaskell
Head of IT at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
* 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 great. View full review »
Dipak Bhudia
Founder with 1-10 employees
The Report Server is pretty expensive on-premise. But as long companies are happy to use the cloud version, that's very cost effective. View full review »
Amanda Zhou
Senior Business Analyst, Big data at a manufacturing company
Once the report updated, we want the system to send a notification to user automatically. Especially if the email can imbed the dashboard data into the email, instead of a link. This does not necessarily happen. In addition, importing the dashboard to a powerpoint is not available in the report server. Even though we go to the public cloud service, the export is only the picture, or a snapshot of the dashboard. We cannot play the features or see the data we could change in a powerpoint. This is frustrating because sometimes the finance manager needs to export the report to a powerpoint. Actually, we wanted to export because we wanted to do the presentation. We wanted to show the figures or something like that, but those figures are just static, and are only a picture. Finally, an additional feature should be added to add a cost table. View full review »
IT Specialist at a wholesaler/distributor with 1-10 employees
The reporting part of Microsoft BI is rather limited compared to other reporting tools. View full review »
Norbert Langewiesche
Interim Manager Supply Chain / IT with 501-1,000 employees
The look is simple, and could be a little more professional. View full review »
Data Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I've been working with connecting with the right platforms and we need to use other connectors to link with the data. This would be a nice feature for BI to add in the future. For example, we needed another connector in order to make our Wordpress functional. More options for the connectors are really important for us. View full review »
Mark Cunningham
Regional PDS - Director of Business Intelligence at a real estate/law firm with 10,001+ employees
The only real need is a lower tier pricing plan around premium. It’s a big step-up unless you have a very large user base (1000). View full review »
Christopher Herbert
Professor of Private International Law with 1,001-5,000 employees
Perhaps the inclusion of ETL functionality would help. View full review »
Salahuddin Almohammadi
Group IT Manager with 10,001+ employees
It should be easier to use when there are multiple system sources, and simplify the connections to it. View full review »
Director, Education Management Information Systems with 51-200 employees
It is definitely a wonderful analytics tool. However, database ETL, data integration functionality would be absolutely perfect in many cases. Currently, it doesn't get the job done and we need to extract, transform, and load the data from faulty data sets into something more suitable for the deployment of the analytics tool. View full review »
BI Analyst at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
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. View full review »
Data Scientist at a transportation company with 11-50 employees
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. View full review »
Microsoft Dynamics Specialist at Strategix Business Solutions
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. View full review »
Alfonso Gordillo
Director Research and Development at Projects Factory
I would like to see a feature that connects with a Machine Learning platform like a RapidMiner or Azure Machine Learning Studio. It would be great to have a Machine Learning application link to connect. View full review »
Senior Programmer Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
The DAX features need some improvement. It's not as easy as Excel. They need more DAX formulas. View full review »
Manager at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
They should add mobile access. View full review »
Sonali Mali
Engineer at Jade Global
We were having trouble working with the icons. View full review »
Guru Javvadi
Software Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
It could have more of a hold on big data. Manipulating big data on this solution complicates things. This needs to be improved. Also, we post NGDP data and manipulating this kind of data could be better. View full review »
Geoff Speedy
IT Director with 10,001+ employees
* The data source definition is all over the place. * It needs a wizard that covers all its options. * It needs an AI which can choose the appropriate connection strings and provide options for connections. View full review »
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Drill-down in dashboards needs to improved. The capability only works in Power BI Desktop today. We need to have an alternative approach today. View full review »
Balaji Ram
IT & Projects Development with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Dependency on data warehousing and pricing. * Clarity on the Power BI (free) compared to Power BI (pro). View full review »
Vice President - HSE Engineering at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
This solution needs integration with SAS and more deep analysis functionality. View full review »
Peter Valbonesi
Project Manager with 51-200 employees
* More graphics and overlays * More analytic tools * More interfaces to databases, especially multi-table management View full review »
Senior Manager with 10,001+ employees
* Delta update * More than 10 GB of space * Single sign-on * More than 30 Windows to update by Power Bi gateway. View full review »
Bart Witteveen
ERP Consultant MS Dynamics Nav
* Sharing reports with non-Power BI users * Use of ISO weeks (European) in relative date options. View full review »
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