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3.9 out of 5.0 (39 ratings)

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  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI,Power BI Desktop

    User experience capability is limited, but satisfied with cost/benefit factor

    Overall Comment

    User experience has room for improvement, but overall cost/benefit ratio is satisfactory.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Limited support from vendor, and relied mostly from blogs and discussion groups

    1 of 1 peer(s) found this review helpful.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI

    Adopting Power BI as your visualization tool

    Overall Comment

    Power BI easy to use, easy to adopt and good part is custom visualization, user groups keep adding more and more.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    There is some limitation on Power BI maps but as it has opened the source code, its easy to download and customize using visual studio

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Easy to use and learn and also as its a PaaS solution every day they keep enhancing.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Paas - We noticed some visualization quit working found that they made changes and it quit working.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    More visualization and multi-layering on maps. We found the maps in Power BI does not allow multi-layering.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    I would have clear data strategy and governance.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Microsoft support for Power BI was exceptional

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    We had few issues setting up the tenant and AD fedaration. but overall it was easy to publish.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI,Power BI Desktop

    Affordable and easy to implement, but needs better auditing capabilities.

    Overall Comment

    Great tool for generating and sharing reports which doesn't require much training (if you are a Excel power user you will love it) and has extensive database connectivity capabilities. Microsoft did an amazing job in my opinion with this product!

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Auditing cababilities are lacking but expect this to get better as the product matures.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Implementation was a breeze and since we are a Microsoft shop integrations was seemless


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI,Power BI Desktop

    MS Power BI - A cost effective enterprise BI tool.

    Overall Comment

    The data visualization options within the Power BI tool are impressive and on par with Tableau, another tool we use for ad-hoc data analysis. The fact that it is Microsoft and part of our overall MS agreement means that it's available for use throughout our enterprise without incurring additional licensing costs. The tool itself is very intuitive for a super user for report and content publishing, and is also easy to navigate as an executive data consumer. The lion's share of the project revolved around creating the appropriate data views throughout our information source systems for Power BI to report against.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    If you already license MS products, utilizing Power BI is very easy decision to make.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Feature rich, with much of the same functionality found in higher priced tools.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    It's predicated on the O365 environment, which we are still in the process of completely rolling out. That said, the collaboration features are enabled by O365, so it’s a balance.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Started sooner and progressively elaborated as we went. The sooner you get to know your data and the extent of its quality, the better.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Very quick to implement, literally a couple of days for the infrastructure, and then progressively integrated data stores and building reports from there.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI,Microsoft Power Query,Power View / Power Pivot,Power BI Desktop

    User Friendly Combination of Visualization and ETL

    Overall Comment

    Very good product with significant monthly updates and very good built-in ETL.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Microsoft commitment to the product development, and the amazing value I get from a free or low cost solution that is already world class, makes this an unbelievable value.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Ease of use, very good built in ETL, lowest cost, great product support, great functionality, desktop and cloud access.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Tables are very limited. No good pivot table type functionality. No menu options for time series analysis. Time series analysis, such as year-over-year, or year-to-date, etc, require scripts. Can export data model/query out.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Better pivot table functionality. Menu of pre-built Time series functions. Better Bridge charts. Export "data model/ query" to csv.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Would not do anything differently, since Power BI was not as mature when we selected Tableau as it is today.

    Service & support - overall comment

    I use the free version, and am able to get help via the chat room, and via the user group.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Very good integration with SAP and Salesforce.com.


  • 3 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI,Power BI Desktop

    Product is evolving rapidly, with new features showing up monthly

    Overall Comment

    The product is evolving rapidly, and not fully mature, but at the cost point is a good value.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    It is not as feature rich as some tools. It is probably the lowest cost option though.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Cost! Most of our users are able to use the free version without making our data public.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Product maturity is not yet where I'd like it to be.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Some of the features are lagging compared to other tools.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Not buy Oracle BI 7 years ago.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Mostly self service.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    We were able to connect to our existing data warehouse, and as an Office365 user, we were able to deploy centrally.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI

    Consider Power BI to visualize your data quickly!

    Overall Comment

    Cannot Bring down .pibx files from the cloud, maps require an internet connection.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Simple tool does what is designed to do however, after you set it up it leaves you wanting more.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    speed to learn and display data.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Ability to download collab work.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Store maps locally, ability to download collab work.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    more emphasis on add-in tool/widget options.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    Great for proof of concept.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Tons of examples and vedios.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Used as stand-alone proof of concept.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI,Power View / Power Pivot

    Implementation was easy, quick and modular.

    Overall Comment

    Easy to learn and shorter implementation cycle.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Choose product for work that involves quick turnaround time with less investment and users.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Easy to learn and shorter implementation cycle.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Scalability.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Train internal resources ahead of time for even quicker turnaround.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Power View / Power Pivot

    Using Excel's Power Pivot and Power Maps.

    Overall Comment

    We had several employees already comfortable with using Excel Pivot Tables so getting them trained to use the Power Pivot and Power Map was not that difficult.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Go slow - take extra time explaining data model concepts.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Ease of use once you overcome the basic features.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    It requires using the 64-bit version of Office.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Offer more training options.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Start with creating smaller data models first and then expand into creating larger, more complicated models.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    It takes a little time to learn the DAX functions, but once you do, it is very simple to create data models that can be shared and used by many.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    There were 4 Add-Ins that needs to be added to Excel. Once the Add-ins were setup, extracting from databases are straightforward.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI

    Advisory business unit able to make quick decisions using Power BI.

    Overall Comment

    The product is quite useful for reporting purposes to the exco meetings we hold on a monthly basis. The product has made analysis of financial information quite robust and more meaningful. This has enabled other executives who have limited knowledge of technology and figures to assimilate their business performance to the graphs and different views that Power BI is able to visually display. I have been able to get by in from the team players to an extent that a few more executive are eager to play around with the product with great ease without fear of the technology.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    In the event where the management team is tired of reporting information in one standard form or same template. it is important for the leader of the group to understand the underlying requirements of the team with regards to reporting comprehensively and with confidence to the management team. The confidence of reporting could help the executive to understand if governance matters are being dealt without reservation,secondly this allows the team to understand areas of high risk exposed by realible analytics and lastly to satisfy the compliance requirements that can be exposed by variances. To the marketing and business devlopment team, it give the team good exposure to the client base and be able to carry out a market anlysis of their products and services. For the top executives it gives a holistic view of the growth points of the firm.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    The ease of data manipulation and presentantion of information or data.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    It is part of our family products and its so easy to have buyin from the colleagues. Secondly the ease of use by non IT staff bring a spin to information management and knowledge sharing.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    not at the moment. However i think ThoughtSpot might gain more ground going forward.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    nothing


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Ability to understand your organization's needs

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3.9

Timely and complete response to product questions

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3.9

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

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Availability of quality 3rd-party resources (integrators, service providers, etc.)

(25)
3.8

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

(30)
4.0

Quality and availability of end-user training

(32)
3.7

Ease of deployment

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Service & Support

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3.9

Did you purchase a support package from vendor?

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No


Was the support package worth it?

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Timeliness of vendor's response

(26)
3.8

Quality of technical support

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3.7

Quality of peer user community

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4.0
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Product Capabilities

Overall rating of product capabilities

(39)
4.1

Collaboration & Social BI

(27)
3.7

Mobile Exploration and Authoring

(27)
3.6

Interactive Visual Exploration

(35)
4.2

Analytics Dashboards

(37)
4.3

Self-Contained Extraction, Transformation & Loading (ETL) & Data Storage

(21)
4.0

Ease of use to deploy and administer

(22)
4.2

Ease of use for content authors

(21)
4.1

Ease of use for content consumers

(20)
4.4

Publishing Analytic Content

(19)
4.3

Embedding Analytic Content

(18)
3.5

Embedded Advanced Analytics

(17)
3.6

Self-Service Data Preparation

(21)
4.2

Governance and Metadata Management

(16)
3.7

Data Source Connectivity

(22)
4.4

Security and Use Administration

(18)
3.8

Cloud BI

(27)
4.1

BI Platform Administration

(30)
4.1
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What was the nature of your involvement?

Technical Assessment

Functional Assessment

Rollout and Install

Vendor/Product Selection

Application Lead

Executive Sponsor

User Training

Development/Integration

Vendor Management

Analytics User

Analytics Team Leader

Business Analyst

Data Steward

Maintenance and Support

Data Scientist

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Why did you purchase a BI and Analytics Platforms solution?

Enhance decision making

Create internal/operational efficiencies

Improve business process outcomes

Improve business process agility

Drive innovation

Cost management

Reduce time to market

Improve customer relations/service

Improve compliance and risk management

Drive revenue growth

Improve supplier or partner relations

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What other vendors were considered? Multiple responses allowed.

Tableau

Oracle

Microsoft

Qlik

SAP

IBM

SAS

Information Builders

IBM 

MicroStrategy

Qlik 

Tibco Software

Birst

Logi Analytics

Pentaho

Salesforce

TIBCO Software

Centrifuge Systems

Datameer

Datawatch

Domo

GoodData

iDashboards

Panorama

Sisense

Splunk

ThoughtSpot

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What were the key factors that drove your decision for selecting the vendor?

Overall cost

Ease of use

Availability of skills

Bundled or integrated with a product already installed

Integrates with collaboration infrastructure

Integrates with information infrastructure (database, middleware)

Product functionality and performance

Data access and integration

Pre-existing relationships

Support capabalities

Product roadmap and future vision

Ability to embed analytics content in a portal, process or application

Ability to support large amounts data

Cloud deployment

Functionality

References

Report design complexity

Ability to support large number of concurrent users

Product quality (stability, reliability, free from bugs)

SME / Departmental Support

Strong services expertise

Superior Mobile BI capabilities

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In which region(s) did your deployment take place? Multiple responses allowed.

North America

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Asia/Pacific

EMEA