Microsoft BI Improvements to My Organization

Justin Larson
Principal Business Intelligence Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Microsoft BI really entails a whole catalog of products. The relative ease with which these products work together is where the primary value comes into play. When you buy SQL Server Enterprise, you automatically have access to SSAS, which can handle Tabular or multidimensional cubes and data mining, SSIS offering a pretty comprehensive integration toolset, SSRS, covering just about any paginated and subscription-based reporting, and of course all of the in-built features of SQL Server, the individual useful features of which there are too many to spout out here. Each of these components work well enough in isolation, or as part of a larger ecosystem with other vendors, but together are a well-integrated machine that can handle end-to-end needs on the entire lifecycle of data. Being one of the more popular vendors, Microsoft products are also the first compatibility for other vendors' products. The breadth of products do a fine job at enabling the delivery of data and insights to the right people, in the right format, at the right time. Doing so efficiently/quickly is where a huge amount of value comes in. Many other enterprise vendors are capable, but are either slower to execute, more work to maintain, cost much more to find talent and skills for, or some combination of all of the above. View full review »
Roman Nedzelsky, MVP
Senior Consultant | Architect at DHL
Because the product is based the ability to quickly produce BI insights and reports, it’s really useful on a daily basis. Another improvement is definitely the possibility of browsing the dashboards on smartphone using an app, and another is the ability to quickly produce reports. View full review »
Accountant at a government
For a long time I had to do everything manually, and it took a long time. At the moment, I just have to refresh and I get my report. A few clicks are needed. Once I get the data in the right format, then I have the report as quickly as it is required. It used to be stressful towards the month's end, to meet the deadline for reporting, especially when these reports are required by the board of the company. But now, as long as the other units give me my numbers on time, I don't waste a lot of time in preparing the numbers. I can now use my time in analyzing the outcome, rather than preparing the figures and cleaning up the data. It provides efficiency and saves time. View full review »
Juanjo Gomez
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It has helped us to have the information in a visual format, using graphical tools. Until now, we had to view the information on paper or in Excel files. With this tool, we can view the company's and departments' situation graphically. It also gives us the flexibility to interact with the data. For example, we can see information for one year, or one month, or a given project, or two projects. And it produces the information very quickly. View full review »
Olumide Ibilaiye
Business Intelligence Developer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It cuts away the time spent to source some of this information. It saves a lot of time, and a lot of things have been automated. Things that used to take close to a week, now, in one day, we are done with it. View full review »
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
One thing it's doing in the early stage of an implementation is, it not only helps decision making, but it allows people to have insight into problems with data so that they can go and get it corrected. View full review »
Partner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
We are a consultancy firm, helping our clients with billing and business intelligence solutions. We can see that it's really improved the way end users can do their own graphs and pick their own fields of information and present that in a nice way. View full review »
Head of Information Systems Department at a government
Microsoft SQL Server BI made data correlation between the agencies so fast, that the simple POCs for the dashboards let the decision-makers to migrate our so-called enterprise architecture. Enterprise architecture is the integration of ETL, CDC, DWH, reporting, and forecasting tools. View full review »
John Gaskell
Head of IT at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The business users have taken to Microsoft BI like a duck to water. It requires a low amount of training. Users already using Excel can generate new reports and dashboards within minutes. View full review »
Gilberto Gutierrez
Presales Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Previously, I was working for a retail company and when I got there, there weren't any analytics implemented yet. So, what I did was, firstly, I implemented an EDW solution so as to gather all the possible data in a single repository. After that, I developed a self-service model so the company could take advantage of their ad hoc analysis. Then, I implemented some standard reports to understand some basic indicators, together with the delivery subscriptions so that all the organization's levels could receive this valuable information, i.e., for more than 500 users. Lastly, I connected this platform to the cloud (Power BI) together with a top BI solution (QlikView) so as to take full advantage of the second data insights' step journey. View full review »
Dipak Bhudia
Founder with 1-10 employees
Other people can access data much more easily than before. Its usability is the main advantage, people in the company are using it. View full review »
Munashe Muwonde
Chief Tecnical Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Microsoft BI Stack improved the way our clients in the beverages (manufacturing and distribution) and the agro industrial sectors manage their financial reporting and board pack preparation, from one week to five minutes. View full review »
Arturo Laos
CEO at a tech services company
We are using Power BI because it is one of the best tools. It has been very good for all situations. The DAX coding language is good for creating formulae. View full review »
Khumbulani Chikura
Business Intelligence Architect at a tech services company
Data integration enabled my organization to easily pool data from our varied system into one data warehouse. SSRS improved our report delivery timings and the Power BI feature empowered the data users. Power View improved the visualization of our reporting and dashboards. View full review »
Managing Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It reduces the time needed to generate reporting for an organization, allowing management to have an overview of how the company performs. Afterwards, it allows the company to formulate strategies to improve itself. View full review »
Dung Dinh Tien
Database Expert & BI Developer at a outsourcing company
By building the multi-dimensional database with Analysis Services, we were able to improve the performance of our reporting system. Now, our end-users can see the data stories quickly through Excel, Power BI tools, etc. View full review »
Taner Kocakafa
Customer Data Analytics Specialist at Allianz Turkey
If you don't have any analytical tool and you don't have any budget, then Power BI can be the best product in terms of the price-quality index. This is because you can work easily on big data; you can upload and model it. View full review »
George Chinowaita
Business Intelligence Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It helps to create the board report pack for financial reporting. View full review »
Gregory Dinh
Consultant MOA BI at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We provide BI solutions to the users at every level in order to monitor business. We can deploy DWH, cubes and reports from scratch within weeks of implementation. View full review »
Director, Education Management Information Systems with 51-200 employees
We cannot truly speak to improvements yet, as we are just exploring it. Potentially, it can provide instant access to a very current state of affairs for school performance. View full review »
Christopher Herbert
Professor of Private International Law with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've not used it enough to be able to speak to organizational improvements. View full review »
Akshata Tare
Data Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is good for users who have experience with Excel but are looking to work with larger than Excel data sets. For experienced users, it is more of a hassle because of its lack of usability; it is not very intuitive to find a given functionality. View full review »
Geoff Speedy
IT Director with 10,001+ employees
* We are running over 500,000 report annually. * It provides data feeds for enterprise KPI reporting. * It provides data feeds for AI. View full review »
Principal at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It allows individuals to do the analysis themselves. We are getting adoption beyond original expectations. View full review »
Peter Valbonesi
Project Manager with 51-200 employees
It helped identify bad data, enabling the corrections needed to the data for management. View full review »
Senior Manager with 10,001+ employees
* Established a culture of management by indicators. * Improvement of services * Greater visibility of results View full review »

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