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  • Frinto A.Manager-Operations
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    4.5

    Microsoft Power Bi Desktop is the best data analytics and business intelligence software that analyses the data most accurately and seamlessly and ensures correct data-driven insights are extracted for business decision-making and seamless execution. It has numerous templates and data visibility formats and designs that enable all the reporting and forms to be done in a streamlined manner and makes the data more accessible and understandable to read and understand and use the data insights accurately for driving businesses. One of the highly recognized business insights software for moving data and numbers, most understandably. No dislikes as such. Though we feel that Microsoft's business offerings are a little expensive in our pockets, our expense is always high. We also request to enable more customized templates inside the software so that we can create different kinds of business insights in the better way possible. Also, the price of the software should be slashed to a significant level so that more small and marginal organizations can come into the picture and use the services of this software to their fullest. Microsoft Power Bi Desktop is the one-stop solution for creating data-driven business insights for people and businesses to their maximum extent. Also, it helps companies to do seamless and easy big data crunching and deriving critical insights for driving businesses. It is helpful for companies to reduce manual data management and brings accuracy and speed to data management overall. Highly credible and fantastic software to work with. Easy deployment and no hassle in this at all. A lot of expense on the part of data management is reduced, and it has eased our efforts and performance greatly

  • Himanshu G.Sr. Business Analyst
    Review
    4.5

    It is simple and easy to use with most of the functions pre-built so that even a fresher can use the tool and learn it easily. Community support is excellent, you get solutions to all issues on the platform. Also the user expereince is great, it is built-in with intuitive functions which are similar to that of excel. As a first time user I had no problem in transitioning from Excel to PowerBI. The Visualizations are also great, you can showcase the reports to anyone and insights can be drawn easily from there. Even though it is a great tool, customization concerning Indian geography and a few basic analysis which are easy in excel is a bit difficult in PowerBI. I cannot use Indian denominations for the amount. Also, the option to do week-over-week analysis is a challenge. It would be better if in the date hierarchy we could get a break of the week over a week also, which is missing right now. It is a great software to automate your reporting and visualize your insights. We have been using it to automate our reporting structure. It gets easily connected with the Database so we can get real-time updates. Also, we are able to generate insights easily using powerful visualizations. By automating the reporting environment we have saved a ton of man-hours on manual reporting and increased the transparency across the organization.

  • Yanis W.Marketing Data Analyst
    Review
    4.5

    Microsoft Power BI is generally easier to use than any other business intelligence platform , which I previously laid my hands on. This makes it an excellent option for regular business users without the technical expertise required for advanced tools. Another area where Power Bi has deeply impressed me is in the area of custom visuals. In situations where I have been unable to find the ideal visual option within Power Bi's visual library, I have successfully created my own visuals. In terms of integrations with third party software apps, I find Power Bi to be too rigid. This drawback interestingly echoes a similar experience with most Microsoft products. This is because Microsoft software tend to work the best within a Microsoft software ecosystem , as against integrating them with software apps. from other vendors. Power BI is a major business intelligence software option within my organization. The robust nature of this software , let everyone within my department to use this software for business insight generation , albeit in different capacities, depending on individual technical abilities.

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  • Verified User in Higher EducationEnterprise(> 1000 emp.)
    Review
    3.0

    1-Free license and tool is available in Microsoft office as an alternative to expensive tools in the same field 2-Flexible to connect with multiple data sources and ERP systems 3-Training modules are available for users with good detailed explanation 4-Can publish review online for yourself and team-members and executives 5-Multiple layout for visualization 6.Data Visualization alternatives are rich without being excessively entangled. Outline sorts are organized and constrained to those that are truly significant, and custom perceptions make it simple to include some visual "bling" when it's vital or required. 7.Easy to distribute gatherings of information, reports, and dashboards in an "application" that clients in the business can undoubtedly discover and expend. Distributing model has become considerably less difficult, and we can dispatch updates to applications rapidly to our whole association 1.Editing data is bit difficult -- it requires dataset to be formatted in a particular manner, otherwise it will give errors and the user will end up most of the time in fixing the issue himself. 2.Every Time data is required to be refreshed, which leads to the issue of regenerating the visualization 3.Dashboards versus reports is frequently confounding to end clients, and the Q&A highlight in the dashboards never entirely appears to work like individuals anticipate that it will. 4.Reports' intelligent parts (slicers particularly) have an awkward client encounter that makes them difficult to get "ideal" for genuinely immersive intuitive announcing encounters. 5.Time-based cutting of information is enhancing, yet needs to develop more. Hard to cut to things like "two months back" still. - Inexpensive - Rich in data visualizations - User friendly -Reports can be seen by multiple user - Great platform for simplifications and automation of reports 1. It is used for Executive reviews for visualization and dashboards to provide insight in the business operations, marketing, finance. My organisation is using this because it comes free with Microsoft Office license. It provides similar services as other tools in the same field. 2. It is being used in my departmen,t but other functions are starting to explore this BI tool. 3. Visualization, dashboards, scorecards, easy to understand huge datasets through graphs and charts, flexible for users to connect with Excel

  • Verified User in Hospital & Health CareMid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
    Review
    2.5

    Power BI Desktop being "free" as part of an Office subscription is a big selling point as it's easy to adopt. The visualisations are basic and it does a reasonable job for entry level Business Intelligence. PBI is suited towards organisations that use the Microsoft stack, and data is best to be stored pre-formatted in a data warehouse. Power BI is not suited towards enterprise customers, as it's handling of large data volumes is particularly poor. The product lacks scalability in this regard, as it can take hours to load large data volumes whereas other tools such as Qlik Sense can load similar volumes in seconds or minutes. Data transformation is difficult as you need to learn M and DAX languages, which aren't intuitive and easy to learn. The query based nature of the tool means the configuration is complex and paths are linear and need to be setup, as opposed to Qlik Sense which has an association discovery model which automates this. Governance of users is an issue with regards to license allocation and security (who has access to what). You should always look at the total cost of ownership of the tool in comparison with others if adopting a business intelligence tool for a wide organisation. Power BI has enabled us to perform basic BI analysis and report creation, which has allowed users previously unfamiliar with BI to get started creating their own dashboards.

  • Verified User in TelecommunicationsEnterprise(> 1000 emp.)
    Review
    3.0

    Visualization in dashboards and reports. Its a modern era tool for BI. Also the pricing is very low as compared to the competitors. Power BI enables the full capabilities of drag and drop, For stake holders sel service BI reporting. only designed for technical people, A person should have deep understanding of DAX language to apply complex transformations, While on the other hand Tableau is very easy to use even for non technical persons. second thing is the visual analytics capabilities lack as compared to tableau. the only recommendation is to enhance or update the tool designed for story telling like in tableau which is a major part of job for data scientists. The main problem Power BI resolves is the reporting and dashboard capabilities, which are far lacking in SAP BO. Along with the mobile dashboard capabilities is very great. Also the huge list of data sources power BI gives feasibility to integrate with.

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  • Brayan C.Information Technology and Services
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    5.0

    me sirvi mucho en mis estudios ya que muchos trabajos de la universidad pedan la implementar de herramientas similares y esta es muy completa.

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    5.0

    It can develop the service with artificial intelligence accurately and safely using easy-to-use tools

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    5.0

    Ein gutes Werkzeug fr alle Hauptnutzer, um ihre Daten klug und przise zu nutzen

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    1.0

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  • Samantha BollmannUser Experience Analyst
    Review
    5.0

    We originally put together some projects in Power BI surrounding the methods by which shareholders contact us. Our dashboards included visualizations of how our shareholders call us, use our IVR, and access our website. We also made some visualizations regarding demographics. We are possibly looking in the future to utilize Power BI for replacing OLAP cubes in Excel. Currently we are only using Power BI among a small number of groups in different regions as we are still exploring fuller implementation. I find Power BI to be an extremely useful and easy-to-learn tool (if you have previous Excel experience) that only becomes more and more useful each month when updates come out. Power BI's data visualization capabilities makes it easy to make discoveries in our vast amount of data and present it in an easy-to-absorb way.
    Power BI is fantastic for wrangling large data sources or multiple data sources to make easy-to-understand dashboards. There are a variety of uses for these dashboards including less flashy internal tools that can be used for day to day management decisions or reporting, as a means to present data in an easy-to-absorb way to executives and stakeholders, or even used externally (perhaps hosted online) as a way to communicate information about the data to clients or customers.
    Constant updates and improvements. Power BI provides FREE major updates every month which has been making the product more and more useful over time. Reading the update log is always exciting because Microsoft is always putting out new features are legitimately useful for me. Power BI connects easily to a huge variety of data sources, even those outside of the Microsoft ecosystem. You can even connect to websites and pull data right off of their pages. For example, you can link to Google or Yahoo Finance and pull information about stocks right into your dashboard for free. Tons of visualizations. Power BI has many different visualizations for dashboards and more are released every month. On top of those that are released, you can download more from the web as they are open-source. You can even code your own. Power BI is increasing its R capabilities which is excellent as R is the most widely used statistical programming language. This makes it so Power BI easily integrates into already established data science departments. R can also be used to add more visualizations to Power BI. Power BI is the cheapest data visualization tool at $10 per month per user. You can also get a lot done with the free version.
    Power BI might be difficult to learn for those who do not have intermediate or above experience with Excel or understanding of a programming language. The DAX language used to manipulate data in Power BI would probably be difficult for those working on the business side (as opposed to IT) who don't use Excel heavily. Although some improvements have been made, there could still be more options for customizing visuals and graphics. More tight control of the aesthetics of dashboards would help with meeting branding standards.

  • Gabriel ChiarariaMarketing Consultant
    Review
    5.0

    Power BI is usually the cheapest solution and most user-friendly for most people (since we are all used to the Microsoft Suite). However the connectivity to non-Microsoft soft tools (databases and data analysis tools) are somewhat limited, especially when compared to its biggest competitor: Tableau.
    Well suited: - The best scenario to use Power BI is if your organization already has an agreement with Microsoft and you can get it for super cheap or even for free; - Another good scenario is to make your organization more data-driven since it is usually very user-friendly. Or, if your organization is extremely focused on Excel and you want them to improve their data visualization skills. Less appropriate: - You might want to look somewhere else if you have a lot of datasets coming from several different systems (Oracle, SAP, Nielsen, Neogrid, etc) and you want to integrate them under the same umbrella; - If you have a team of analysts/consultants experienced in analytics you might want to use another tool since Power BI does not integrate well with other analytics tools.
    Price: The biggest advantage of Power BI is its price. All other data visualization tools can cost thousands of dollars per year, but Power BI would cost way less than $100/month. Most companies have Power BI in their agreement with Microsoft, so it might be even free for most of you. It's a Microsoft tool: Well, all of us are used to Microsoft Excel, right? So, the learning curve to use Power BI is not steep since we are all used to how Microsoft organizes their software, especially compared to other tools such as Tableau. Powerful cloud: Running a lot of data can be an expensive task for many computers. Since Power BI is cloud-based, all the processing power is done on powerful servers, so you can run complicated graphs and tool will handle super well and fast! Add-ins: Power BI has a good stand library of standard features. However, if you need more advanced graphs, such as heat maps, correlation charts, and Sankey charts, they are all available for free.
    Connectivity with non-Microsoft tools: Power BI is great to integrate with other MS tools, but if you want to connect it with statistical or machine learning tools (R, Python, Mathlab, JMP, etc.) you might get in trouble. Tableau, for example, has an easy integration with R and Python. Not all features are available in the online version: If you want to use more advanced features, you will probably need to download the desktop version of Power BI. No desktop version for Mac: So, I use a Mac and I needed to use some extra features on Power BI. When I tried to download the more complete desktop version, I realized that there's no desktop version of Power BI for Mac! I had to borrow a PC from a colleague to run the analysis I wanted.

  • Tom JaskulaData Analytics Practice Lead
    Review
    5.0

    From a user perspective, Power BI appears to be more intuitive than Birst. You don't need a training class to learn or use Power BI.Power BI Desktop is free, other vendors are charging for desktop licenses.
    If your organization is bound by very strict rules and regulations regarding cloud based solutions, then Microsoft Power BI may not be for you. In many cases though, the infrastructure behind Power BI is more secure than your onsite infrastructure, but it can be difficult convincing your IT security team that this is true.Power BI has proven to be a great fit in manufacturing, transportation, retail, and non profit organizations just to name a few. Generally speaking though, Power BI can be a fit for any company that is open to cloud and is especially a good fit for companies that are already invested in Microsoft technologies.
    Power BI is constantly evolving because Microsoft is pushing updates to Power BI on a regular basis. This means you'll have all of the newest features or functions without having to upgrade or pay anything extra. Power BI is very cost friendly to cost conscious CIOs and organizations. Power BI is priced at a fraction of some of the competing products. Power BI has built in connectivity with a plethora of mainstream cloud based data sources. The real bonus is that after you connect to them, Power BI creates a default dashboard for you that is unique to the data source you are connecting to.
    Row based security is not yet integrated with Power BI. To have row based security you need to use Power BI in conjunction with another Microsoft BI tool. The good news is that if you own SQL Server you already own the other tool that you need. Power BI is not as mature as some of the competition and some of the visualization features are a bit behind the competition. Power BI is rapidly catching up, however. At this point in time, Microsoft only offers cloud based dashboard sharing. Microsoft's strategy for onsite Power BI continues to evolve.

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  • Verified User
    Review
    3.0

    Power BI does not have the feel of a fully independent and robust BI Solution. It tackles smaller functional or department-level analytic needs and can operate in a small or solo roll-out environment. But scaling up to enterprise would be better suited for Qlik or Tableau. Same thing with any imbedding into Salesforce, if youre rolling this out from a NOT IT-driven perspective you should go with Power BI for the cheap licensing and let IT absorb the costs for additional staff to support it on the back end. If you are IT-driven in the roll out, use Qlik so the business units pay the higher license costs but you need less staff to support them.
    Power BI is great for power Excel users and what I call data archeologists or people who dig up old data and clean it up for modern usage. It strings many files together and lets you customize the connections and format of the data. It does not work well with large data set or pull data from large databases, you will find it timing out unless you limit the data set first with a SQL View or Tabular Model before going after it. Also, large data sets take forever to refresh and update, so if you have a lot if iterations, you will spend a lot of time going out for coffee while the data reloads. Other BI tools allow you to localize the data with the first load (Qlik QVDs) so you can refresh quicker. Comparatively, a refresh of SQL data on Power BI took 45 minutes, the exact same data set would refresh in 30 seconds using Qlik Sense.
    Data blending from several different files is a big hit with our Power BI users. We have so many excel and CSV files and many of them are not clean, so making use of the data cleaning and blending saves us from countless pivots and lookups to just get data worthy of analyzing. The visualizations are top notch, and available without additional cost. Everything is in vibrant colors and crisp, clear lines that whatever your produce is clearly pleasing to the eye. From mapping down to pie charts, the visuals are well done. The Beta preview is very helpful, not all software allows you to preview or use things in beta, but Power BI has a wonderful set of tools and visualizations you can add into your work with very little effort or complexity.
    Power BI lacks in horsepower compared to other tools with more robust ETL components built in. Particularly if you connect to any type of source system database like SQL, you have to either have a SQL View built for you that limits the volume of data your bring in, or have solid knowledge of the SQL table structures to build yourself custom (and correct!) connections to the tables. Security is not as robust as other BI tools, like Qlik Sense. We often need to restrict subsets of data by customer and even functional position of an individual within a customer. Power BIs security seems to be built for using just within a company, so if you leverage your work outside the firewall there can be issues when figuring out security streams. I do not like the pricing. Its really a dirty trick, Microsoft goes around and says the product is free. Well, the stand-alone is free, yes, but you have to pay for the enterprise version so you can share files. They say it only costs $10 a month/user, which again is a white lie. You need much more IT infrastructure and people to build SQL views and Tabular Models so you can use the tool, and Microsoft does not tell you that. So we find it is a good stand-alone tool to analytics, but a fairly heavy cost structure if you roll it out enterprise-wide as compared to Qlik or Tableau (which are more expensive per license, but require less back-office support).

  • David ShiManager, Data Visualisation
    Review
    3.0

    In any [Microsoft] Power BI to Tableau comparison, especially in organizations that uses both platforms the most important aspect is which platform came first. As any platform that is widely adopted first will naturally have the 'first mover' advantage. In this case where in my organization we had Tableau first, [Microsoft] Power BI is only picked in cases where Tableau licensing costs become an issue. Whereas in other organizations where [Microsoft] Power BI is the first option, Tableau is rarely picked as an alternative as [Microsoft] Power BI is deemed to be 80% 'good enough' for 10% of the cost. The only major issue being if you needed that extra 20% in which [Microsoft] Power BI will struggle to deliver.
    For any instance where Tableau is too expensive as an option, [Microsoft] Power BI is the natural choice. Also in cases where the end user is operating in a Microsoft stack heavy environment where they're expected to perform both the data modelling and wrangling as a data engineer type role, along with the actual creation of dashboards in a data vis and dashboard reporting developer type role.
    Excel integration, allowing users more familiar with Excel to transition over with relative ease. Inexpensive license model, compared to Tableau which can get very expensive depending on your needs. Updates, by far Power BI is one of the most updated apps currently. With monthly releases of new features and fixes.
    Poor interface, not as intuitive as Tableau and very typical of Microsoft where it can easily get you 80% of the way there, while getting the last 20% is seemingly impossible. Not enough flexibility in formatting, whereas in Tableau getting something to look 'pixel perfect' takes a lot of effort, in Power BI in a lot instances 'pixel perfect' is not even an option given the lack of controls in formatting. Reliance on Excel means data related best practices are naturally hindered by the kind of 'dirty' data that is typically used in Excel as opposed to cleaned up tables sitting in data warehouses.

  • Verified User
    Review
    3.5

    Microsoft Power BI is part of the MS product family, and since we are a Microsoft shop (Office365, Azure, SQL DB) it fits into our environment with centralized management/administration. This alone justified additional costs (licensing). Tableau and SAP Business Objects are natively on premise tools, so there is an additional effort to go to the cloud. Also, each is separately managed (except with AD authentication). SAP Business Objects is an enterprise reporting solution, so it is not a fair comparison. However, Tableau is very similar to Power BI, with great visualizations and more user friendly features. However, it is much more expensive and with complex public facing server option.
    Since virtually all organizations are using Microsoft's products, Power BI comes "baked in" with your Office 365 licensing. To end users, it is free, and you can do a lot with this free desktop version. Analysts and developers with data source knowledge can very quickly create pretty advances and interactive visualizations - with zero additional costs. You can even share your output with another Power BI desktop user, or via free Power BI viewer tool. Problems start if you want to distribute and share your work on a broader scale. You need to purchase additional licenses, which to us was kind of confusing (pro vs premium) and expensive. If you are not a Microsoft shop, this can be a showstopper.
    Ability to connect to many different data sources Ease of access (basic version is free) Integration with office modules Cloud based (Azure) architecture
    Confusing licensing for Pro and Premium Steep learning curve Too many features are hard to find

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  • Verified Reviewer
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    5.0

    My job is to collect and process all sorts of data in my organization and present them to the highest management committee for policy level decision making. We are heavily dependent on MS Excel for this. I handle excel worksheets with thousands of entries every day. A year ago, I tried Power BI to see whether it can help me in my job or not. And i am hooked till now. I am most impressed with the processing power of Power BI. Huge worksheets can be processed very fast using Power BI. It also updates the reports automatically which improves my productivity significantly.
    1. Ease of Use: Unlike other BI software's, Power BI's interface is friendlier especially to MS Excel users. You will not feel overwhelmed rather it will look familiar. 2. Powerful engine: Users who need to tackle very large datasets with thousands of entries know that MS excel gets horribly slow processing such a large file. Power BI is a God sent for these users. Its processing engine is super-fast and the speed is more noticeable when you let it handle such large datasets. 3. Excellent data presentation tools: For regular MS Excel users Power BI is a PowerPivot on steroid but a lot smarter one. Even those users who are not familiar with the complexities of PowerPivot feels less intimidated by its simple and user friendly design. 4. User friendly but powerful DAX language: To write formulas you have to use DAX language in Power BI which in my opinion is a fancy name of just natural language formula writing. However, DAX is super easy to learn and pretty much intuitive but at the same time very much powerful. 5. Schedule refresh option: Power BI has an option to auto update the report at fixed interval of time which is very helpful if you need to prepare and submit reports weekly or monthly. 6. Option to control users of the report: In Power BI you can share your reports with other users and also control how much of the report can they see. If you want you can allow only a part of the report to be seen by some user which is super convenient.
    Honestly, in my opinion, Power BI is by far the best software made by Microsoft. But considering I am a heavy user of MS Excel, it is easier to me. I think learning curve of Power BI for a beginner with no prior skill in MS Excel will be a bit steep. Then again, BI is a complex thing itself. So master any kind of BI software will be tricky by its own merit.

  • Virgil H.Research and Evaluation Manager and Advisor
    Review
    4.0

    So so. The dashboards and reports are limited in visual design, so they all look the same and quite ugly. Because of the difficulty sharing reports/dashboards to external individuals and the lack of a Google sheets connector I couldn't use PowerBI for most of the solutions we need, but will use it for some since it integrates well with the rest of the MS office ecosystem.
    The thing that most sets PowerBI apart from comparable business intelligence solutions is the lower cost of multi-user deployment within an organization. PowerBI is part of a Microsoft Office 365 subscription package for businesses and you only need to pay an additional 15USD/month for each additional admin/analyst account you add. This is a stark contrast to similar solutions like Tableau, which charge a monthly fee for each user and has a minimum user count that equates to roughly a 15,000USD/year license cost as minimum. If your organisation is already invested in the Microsoft Office ecosystem this could be the ideal solution for you if you need to keep costs down.
    It can't connect to google sheets and every other business intelligence platform can. This can be really limiting if your business uses a variety of SaaS solutions since many offer the simplest data integration options via Google sheets. PowerBI also has real issues with external sharing of dashboards/reports. You only have the option of publishing internally (visible to your organization's users) or publishing publically (indexed in search engines). There is no option of sharing dashboards and reports to individuals outside your organization via a login, like what is done with Google Data Studio. PowerBI also has a steep learning curve and uses 3 coding languages (DAX, M, and SQL). It's more complicated than it needs to be but it's relational database modeling has proven a good one and competitors have copied PowerBI's approach in recent years (Tableau).

  • Verified Reviewer
    Review
    5.0

    It is an affordable software that enables us to consolidate our data, generate reports while keeping track of all the key performance indicators.
    It is a good data analytics and visualization software and its ability to import data from multiples sources is a great feature. What I like about Power BI is that from the dashboard, we are able to get a great overview of the organization including the market analysis, the status of our current deals, track the performance of each team member, view the gross income and company financials. The ability to filter to the specific metric we are interested in is an amazing feature. It enables us to review our marketing expenses and also see how each team member's activities contribute to the bottom line. It is also easy to forecast cash inflows and outflows. Power BI makes it possible to customize the visualizations and it also has the option to upload and view data from Excel. Frequent upgrades from Microsoft keep Power BI functioning well. It has both freemium and premium versions. You can try it out and have a feel of the software before you choose to purchase it.
    It can be a bit complex due to the fact that it is a collection of various tools and you have to learn what each component does and how it relates to the rest of the structure. Working with large data sets causes lags especially when on the free version. The free version has very limited features and doesn't give you the true performance capability of the software. This can however be solved by upgrading to Pro or Premium. The user interface is a bit crowded with too many icons which hinders a clear view of the dashboard.

  • Carlos A.CEO
    Review
    4.0

    Data is the new petroleum, Information is the new combustible; and Power BI will boost this challenging new world of information and analysis.
    For the last 30 years I have been using Excel to work with Tables, Filters, Functions, Formulas, Conditional formatting, Graphs, Pivot tables, Segmentation and VBA to register data and analyze information. That was great. But now, with the huge amount of data, available from many sources and Excel limitations, we needed something more robust and Microsoft launched Power BI. I have been using it for more than a year. Now I don't use pivot tables and graphs for analysis anymore, I use Power BI visualizations to represent and summarize the data. With it's impressive tools including geolocalization, I have found more effective ways to convert, transform, represent, analyze and make better decisions and planning with Power BI. It's ecosystem composed of Power Bi Desktop, Power BI Services (in the cloud) and Power Bi apps, has allowed me to find very innovative and productive ways to monitor the performance of my business and improve communication with my clients
    It is in continuous development. The first week of each month, Microsoft releases a new version of Power Bi, so we have to keep us updated to use the program efficiently. But the pros outweigh the cons.

  • Nikhil B.Business Analyst
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    4.0

    Tableau is very complicated in comparison to Power BI mainly with its User Interface and data modeling.
    Power BI is a valuable tool for data modeling in addition to being a visualization tool. Here, two or more tables must be joined while taking into account their cardinality. Power Bi gives us the ability to link a variety of sources, including live data warehouses and massive data lakes, to import our data. It also provides us with the option to export the dashboards through PowerPoint. Ad hoc reporting within the user hierarchy is essential to a business analyst's role in order to deliver findings to C-suite executives and decision-makers. The platform speeds up execution compared to other visualization tools because of how simple it is to use. The way everything is set out in Power BI makes it easy for the users to understand which data type fits which visualization and how it will affect the way it is perceived. The formatting available is also simple to understand and locate. KPI monitoring is extremely important and directly proportional to the setup in Power BI. Compared to Tableau I feel Power BI has a big edge.
    I have switched to this product from another one and prefer this. I believe this is the best visualization tool in the market right now.

  • Andrew B.Global SEO/Digital Marketing Program Manager
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    5.0

    Power BI allows me to manipulate data and present it in visually appealing and flexible formats.
    Data Studio has limited functionality, which is understandable since it is free. Power BI has more built-in data analysis and data processing abilities.
    I have used Tableau and Google Data Studio - among other alternatives. Nothing has seemed to compare to the functionality that Power BI offers. Everything about the program is made with the full spectrum of analysis in mind - from the designer to the data 'wrangler' to the end consumer (ie. others within the enterprise). In this way, Power BI is extremely powerful because it can be used for so many different types of projects; the data-analysis intensive to the more visual 'data-presentation' dashboards.
    Sharing dashboards and reports in Power BI is easy and it has a lot of options for doing so. However, the requirement that all users must have a Pro Account to view dashboards created in Pro is a bit of a hindrance in a global organization where it does not make economical sense for every employee to have a Pro account. It seems like it would be a great addition to allow limited sharing to everyone - even those without a Pro account, as most of my internal team does not have an account.

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  • oswaldo
    Review
    4.0

    Have nice tools and many ways to get your data into the project. The only thing missing is a way to connect with google docs, hopefully soon.

  • rolandoisidoro
    Review
    5.0

    Great business analytics suite with a wide variety of data sources to choose from in a fully featured free solution.

  • 80sbush
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    4.0

    Range of data source support and provides a better environment than excel for adhoc power query workflows.

  • rajeshn
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    5.0

    Microsoft Power BI is a handy tool for both self-service and IT-managed enterprise BI projects.