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4.0 out of 5.0 (48 ratings)

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  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    Microsoft Gets Analytics Right at cheap price point

    Overall Comment

    Great cloud based platform that evolves with new capabilities quaterly, low cost, easy to implement, quick results

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

    be use cases focused for today and tomorrow

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    capabilties

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    more connectors needed to other vendor data stores

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    happy with engagement

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

    spend less time evaluating such a large group of vendors


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Business Intelligence Suite, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools, Power BI Desktop

    Impressive stack that is finally starting to feel fresh and innovative

    Overall Comment

    The most impressive aspect of the new Power BI centric approach is that they are so responsive to new feature requests. With a monthly release schedule incorporating user feedback, they are now the most agile vendor in the space.

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

    Ask a lot of questions about the product. While impressive, Power BI is still missing some key features. It may be missing something you need. If your enterprise is not already in the Microsoft stack, then consider more carefully the alternatives.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Power BI is the most versatile product to shift from cloud to premise and vice versa. Its integration with other Microsoft products also makes it enticing.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Right now, Power BI still lags behind Tableau and Microstrategy as far as property options. Admittedly, every month Power BI inches closer to their competitors.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Power BI is being concentrated on so much that I feel like its underlying support from the tabular model is not being fleshed out as quickly.

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

    In our particular case, we are entrenched already in the Microsoft stack. It makes the decision to move away nearly impossible. However, decide early on if Cloud is going to be integral part of your strategy. Waiting until late to decide this can really change the examined features of a given product.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI

    Power BI

    Overall Comment

    Product allows for very fast creation of dashboards and reports on Office 365. Easily enables self-service BI.

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

    Product not easily embedded into an on-premise only dashboard - designed for self service BI via Office 365.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Speed and ease of dashboard creation.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Cannot directly embed into on premise SharePoint site.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Provide ability to embed into on premise SharePoint

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

    Started evaluating platforms for BI earlier.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Business Intelligence Suite, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Power Query, Microsoft PowerView, Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Power View / Power Pivot, Power BI Desktop, Power Map

    All was well but better performance is required

    Overall Comment

    Bugs were fixed, performance issues were addressed

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

    consider the recent advancements that were made to this toolset in 2016 version

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    scalability and capabilities

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    nothing really

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    improve performance, its not bad but could be better

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

    nothing


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    Implementation was easy and quick... works well but needs to keep iterating on new feature

    Overall Comment

    Completely online relationship with Microsoft. Implemented on our own.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Completely online relationship with Microsoft. Implemented on our own.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI

    Power BI powers its way into Data consumptions

    Overall Comment

    We have enterprise agreements with Microsoft and it was easy to implement - adoption was easy as I have staff and users very familiar with MS products - Power BI is a great set of visualization and data consumption toos

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

    Try this out -- very quick to learn, adopt and implement - -you can really try the 'fail fast' concepts

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    easy to adopt and implement

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    none at this time

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    none at this stage - we are at early stages now

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

    data marts and definitions are still the most important things to consider - start slow and try many things before going big rollouts

    Service & support - overall comment

    MS support


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI

    Power BI is worth a try

    Overall Comment

    Power BI has been easy to get in place as a Proof of concept.

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

    Start with a proof of concept, the rest is easy

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    ease of use

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    too soon to tell

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Made the licensing model easier to understand

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

    Brink in the executives early for a demo

    Service & support - overall comment

    Too soon to tell


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Power BI

    Great vendor support

    Overall Comment

    Microsoft was great to work with as we determined if security was suitable for our environment

    Service & support - overall comment

    Microsoft was very helpful in explaining how product updates were rolled out


  • 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

    2 of 2 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.


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Evaluation & Contracting

Overall rating of product evaluation and contract negotiation

(36)
4.1

Ability to understand your organization's needs

(36)
4.0

Timely and complete response to product questions

(39)
4.0

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

(35)
4.2
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Integration & Deployment

Overall rating of integration and deployment

(44)
4.1

How long did your deployment take?

0 - 3 months (<3)

3 - 6 months (<6)

6 - 9 months (<9)

9 - 12 months (<12)

I don't know

12 months or more


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

(32)
3.9

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

(36)
4.0

Quality and availability of end-user training

(41)
3.9

Ease of deployment

(47)
4.2
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Service & Support

Overall rating of service and support

(41)
4.0

Did you purchase a support package from the vendor?

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No

I’m unsure


Was the support package worth it?

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No

I'm unsure


Timeliness of vendor's response

(32)
3.9

Quality of technical support

(32)
3.9

Quality of peer user community

(43)
4.0
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Product Capabilities

Overall rating of product capabilities

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4.1

Collaboration & Social BI

(35)
3.8

Mobile Exploration and Authoring

(35)
3.7

Interactive Visual Exploration

(43)
4.2

Analytics Dashboards

(45)
4.2

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

(29)
4.0

Ease of use to deploy and administer

(31)
4.3

Ease of use for content authors

(30)
4.1

Ease of use for content consumers

(28)
4.5

Publishing Analytic Content

(26)
4.3

Embedding Analytic Content

(25)
3.7

Embedded Advanced Analytics

(24)
3.8

Self-Service Data Preparation

(28)
4.2

Governance and Metadata Management

(22)
3.8

Data Source Connectivity

(31)
4.5

Security and Use Administration

(27)
3.9

Cloud BI

(35)
4.1

BI Platform Administration

(38)
4.2
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Additional Context

What was the nature of your involvement?

Technical Assessment

Executive Sponsor

Vendor/Product Selection

Application Lead

Functional Assessment

Rollout and Install

Development/Integration

User Training

Analytics Team Leader

Vendor Management

Analytics User

Business Analyst

Data Steward

Maintenance and Support

Data Scientist

Other...


Why did you purchase a BI and Analytics Platforms solution?

Create internal/operational efficiencies

Enhance decision making

Improve business process outcomes

Improve business process agility

Cost management

Drive innovation

Improve customer relations/service

Reduce time to market

Improve compliance and risk management

Drive revenue growth

Improve supplier or partner relations

Other...


What other vendors were considered?

Tableau

Qlik

Microsoft

Oracle

SAP

IBM

SAS

Information Builders

Salesforce

MicroStrategy

IBM 

Qlik 

Tibco Software

Birst

Logi Analytics

Pentaho

TIBCO Software

BeyondCore

Centrifuge Systems

Datameer

Datawatch

Domo

GoodData

Halo

iDashboards

Panorama

Sisense

Splunk

ThoughtSpot

Other...


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 information infrastructure (database, middleware)

Product functionality and performance

Data access and integration

Integrates with collaboration infrastructure

Pre-existing relationships

Cloud deployment

Product roadmap and future vision

Report design complexity

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

Support capabalities

Ability to support large amounts data

Functionality

References

Ability to support large number of concurrent users

SME / Departmental Support

Strong services expertise

Superior Mobile BI capabilities

Product quality (stability, reliability, free from bugs)

Other...


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

North America

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Asia/Pacific

EMEA

Latin America