4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Aug 29, 2016
User experience has room for improvement, but overall cost/benefit ratio is satisfactory.
Limited support from vendor, and relied mostly from blogs and discussion groups
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4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Aug 17, 2016
Power BI easy to use, easy to adopt and good part is custom visualization, user groups keep adding more and more.
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
Easy to use and learn and also as its a PaaS solution every day they keep enhancing.
Paas - We noticed some visualization quit working found that they made changes and it quit working.
More visualization and multi-layering on maps. We found the maps in Power BI does not allow multi-layering.
I would have clear data strategy and governance.
Microsoft support for Power BI was exceptional
We had few issues setting up the tenant and AD fedaration. but overall it was easy to publish.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 5, 2016
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!
Auditing cababilities are lacking but expect this to get better as the product matures.
Implementation was a breeze and since we are a Microsoft shop integrations was seemless
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jun 16, 2016
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.
If you already license MS products, utilizing Power BI is very easy decision to make.
Feature rich, with much of the same functionality found in higher priced tools.
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.
Started sooner and progressively elaborated as we went. The sooner you get to know your data and the extent of its quality, the better.
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 May 26, 2016
Very good product with significant monthly updates and very good built-in ETL.
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.
Ease of use, very good built in ETL, lowest cost, great product support, great functionality, desktop and cloud access.
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.
Better pivot table functionality. Menu of pre-built Time series functions. Better Bridge charts. Export "data model/ query" to csv.
Would not do anything differently, since Power BI was not as mature when we selected Tableau as it is today.
I use the free version, and am able to get help via the chat room, and via the user group.
Very good integration with SAP and Salesforce.com.
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed May 19, 2016
The product is evolving rapidly, and not fully mature, but at the cost point is a good value.
It is not as feature rich as some tools. It is probably the lowest cost option though.
Cost! Most of our users are able to use the free version without making our data public.
Product maturity is not yet where I'd like it to be.
Some of the features are lagging compared to other tools.
Not buy Oracle BI 7 years ago.
Mostly self service.
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 May 11, 2016
Cannot Bring down .pibx files from the cloud, maps require an internet connection.
Simple tool does what is designed to do however, after you set it up it leaves you wanting more.
speed to learn and display data.
Ability to download collab work.
Store maps locally, ability to download collab work.
more emphasis on add-in tool/widget options.
Great for proof of concept.
Tons of examples and vedios.
Used as stand-alone proof of concept.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed May 11, 2016
Easy to learn and shorter implementation cycle.
Choose product for work that involves quick turnaround time with less investment and users.
Easy to learn and shorter implementation cycle.
Train internal resources ahead of time for even quicker turnaround.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Apr 1, 2016
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.
Go slow - take extra time explaining data model concepts.
Ease of use once you overcome the basic features.
It requires using the 64-bit version of Office.
Offer more training options.
Start with creating smaller data models first and then expand into creating larger, more complicated models.
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.
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 Mar 27, 2016
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.
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.
The ease of data manipulation and presentantion of information or data.
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.
not at the moment. However i think ThoughtSpot might gain more ground going forward.