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Why use Microsoft Power BI?

Key differentiators & advantages of Microsoft Power BI

  • Live 360-Degree View of Data: Dashboards update in real time from all data sources, so users will never be out of the loop about crucial business information. 
  • Securely Share Insights: Microsoft is one of the largest, most well-known organizations in the world, and it comes with the security to back it up. Users can visit the Trust Center to learn more about exactly how all of Microsoft’s software — including Power BI — meet industry security standards and ensure regulatory compliance. This security is assured from the original data source all the way up through the report sharing and collaboration features, so users can rest easy knowing their information is secure. 
  • Visualize Data Trends: Once the system has parsed, structured and analyzed the specified data, it lets users create intuitive visualizations to present that data. This can be in the form of graphs, charts, maps or other graphic depictions that make it quicker, easier and more impactful to interpret an organization’s data. 
  • Make Data-Driven Decisions: Once users have these data visualizations, the next step is to put them to work. By analyzing not only what happened, but also why, how and where, users can adjust business plans, make forecasts and generally improve their business practices. 
  • Collaborate Across Organization: The sharing functions allow users to share reports and collaborate on decisions quickly. This saves time and money wasted on inefficient meetings and promotes teamwork throughout the different departments that will all be working on the project. 

Industry Expertise

Any organization that wants to analyze their data to make more informed decisions can benefit from a business intelligence solution. Some of Power BI’s industry specialties include telecommunications, government, automotive, financial services, manufacturing, health, media and entertainment, education, retail and more.

Key Features

  • Datasource Integration: Users can draw data from a range of sources with this software, including Salesforce, Excel, google analytics, social media or IoT devices. 
  • Pre-Built or Custom Dashboards/Reports: For most industries, users can choose from a range of pre-built reports to generate visualizations on KPIs in seconds. If the off-the-shelf reports don’t cut it, users can create custom analysis that answer specific questions to their exact specifications. 
  • Data Modeling: This software takes data from databases and creates a range of visualizations that conceptualize the data patterns. These can be a range of different graphics including bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, scattergrams, maps, etc. Visualizing data makes abstract concepts and hard numbers into easy-to-interpret charts that even your least tech-savvy employee can draw insights from. 
  • Data Organization: With intuitive filters and data manipulation features, users can prepare data to highlight trends, organize unstructured data into interpretable data sets, and filter it in a variety of ways to approach analysis from different angles. 
  • Mobile Access: Take insights on the go with the streamlined Power BI mobile application. Users can receive alerts, share insights, create reports and stay informed from any mobile device including phones, tablets and laptops via the app. It is compatible with Apple, Android and Windows devices. 
  • Seamless Integration: Seamlessly integrates with everything in the Microsoft Suite, as well as a range of other software and analytic solutions. This includes third-party data sources like Spark, Google Analytics, etc. 


Limitations

Some of the product limitations include:
  • No direct integration available for services like Vend POS or Shopify
  • Graphical visualization is fairly limited as compared to other BI tools
  • Doesn’t support SQL queries
  • Comparatively difficult to work with huge data sets on Power BI
  • Doesn’t let users build scheduled reports, personalized user views, personalized notifications, personalized security views or customizable reports


Microsoft Power BI Suite Support

mail_outlineEmail: Users can’t email support directly. To get support, users should navigate to the support page and view the free support options including demos, documentation, samples, community forums and feedback. If the problem isn’t answered through these resources, users can submit a support ticket through the user portal. Only Power BI Pro members get free support.
phonePhone: Users can’t call support directly. To receive support, users should first check the resource center for possible resolutions to their issue. If they can’t find one, support tickets can be submitted through the user portal. Non-Pro members may incur a fee for support tickets.
schoolTraining: There are a range of training options available, from end-user training, group/department training, video/self-training or training the trainer. Self-guided training is available free of cost through the knowledge center, whereas online classroom training can cost between $175 to $300 per course.
local_offerTickets: To submit a ticket, users must login to their Microsoft account. Ticketed support is only free to Power BI Pro subscribers. These users can submit support tickets through the user portal to get help with any issues that couldn’t be solved through the knowledge base.


Cost of Ownership for Microsoft Power BI

License/Subscription Cost
  • Based on the number of users for Power BI Pro and capacity-based pricing for Power BI Premium
Maintenance Cost
  • Included in the subscription cost
Installation/Implementation Cost
  • Included in the subscription cost. Additional charges may apply for data migration during implementation, maintaining on-premise data sources and building dashboards and reports
Customization Cost
  • Dependent on functional requirements and specific needs of the organization
Data Migration Cost/Change Management/Upfront Switching Cost
  • Dependent on your current software, amount of data to be migrated, availability of migration tools, complexity of data and gaps between the existing system and the new system.
Recurring/Renewal Costs
  • Renewal cost is included in the fees paid monthly or annually

Pricing for Business Intelligence Tools

Microsoft Power BI Reviews

The following reviews for Microsoft Power BI are taken from the SelectHub ReviewFeed which collects and aggregates reviews from across a variety of online review platforms such as Capterra, Software Advice, Gartner Peerinsights, PC Mag and G2 Crowd.

Education
1000 - 2499
n/a
Capterra
Powerful business intelligence tool that has come a long way over the past year
Excellent integration with other Office 365 tools like Azure SQL, PowerApps, and Dynamics. Visualizations have really improved over the past year and the whole user interface and help documentation have vastly improved. I really get the impression that Microsoft is listening to user feedback and is issuing updates much more frequently than before.
The visualizations are excellent but still lag a bit when compated to Tableau, but I do see the gap getting smaller with each update.
Education
50 - 99
n/a
Capterra
Power BI Review
Power BI is pretty easy to use to find data and visualize it. It is nice having some data in a certain place and being able to view it in a different, easier way.
It does take a little bit of learning to get the most out of the software. I do not use this very regularly so it is hard to become proficient in it. If I had more time to dedicate, I could use it even more to its capabilities.
I use this at work to visualize our placement reports for where our students go after graduating from the university.
Software / IT
1000 - 2499
n/a
Capterra
Very Easy To Create Data Viz
The how easy to use is this tool in dashboard management
Some features we have in others tools like customize filters
We developed our data reports about sales and products to get details about or operations and customize the how we see our data.
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