Power BI transforms your company's business intelligence data into rich visuals for you to collect and organize, so you can focus on what matters to you. Stay in the know, spot trends as they happen, and push your business further.
Use the power of visualized data, with capable and sophisticated business intelligence dashboards featuring user controls that help with ad-hoc analytics or BI on the fly. Custom BI applications help intelligence analysts collect insights “at the speed of search” and promote changes to business processes, or other decision making that will add value to an enterprise.
Power BI is designed to offer up business intelligence solutions through a channel-based approach: breaking down silos, opening up communications, and presenting self-service Bi data in a transparent way. Learn how one of the leading sets of business intelligence tools helps companies to “compute into the future.”
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Cost of Ownership
Cost Structure for Power BI:
|License/Subscription Cost||Based on number of users for Power BI Pro and Capacity-based pricing for Power BI Premium (refer pricing section for more details)|
|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 equivalent to the fees paid monthly or annually|
|Power BI Desktop Author||
|Power BI Pro Share and Collaborate||
||$9.99 per month per user|
|Power BI Premium For large deployments||
|Deployment Options||What options are available for product deployment?||Cloud - based/SaaS|
|Pricing Model||What is the pricing model?||Subscription and Capacity-based|
|Minimum Commitment||Is there a minimum monthly or yearly commitment required for purchase?||Minimum annual commitment is required for purchase|
|Custom Quote||Is there an option of requesting custom quote?||Available|
|Free Trial||Does the vendor provide a free trial option?||Yes|
Some of the product limitations include:
- No integration available for services like Vend POS, Shopify directly
- Graphical visualization is fairly limited as compared to other BI tools
- Does not support SQL queries
- Comparatively difficult to work with huge data sets on Power BI
- Does not let users build scheduled reports, personalized user views, personalized notifications, personalized security views, or customizable reports
Tableau Server: Starting at $35 per user per month
QlikView: Starting at $1,350 per user
Oracle BI: Starting at $150 per user per month
If You’re Not Sure About Power BI
Despite its status as one of the cheapest business intelligence tools as well as having one of the simplest pricing structures, Power BI isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. If you’d like to explore other BI tools, you can check out our Business Intelligence Leaderboard, and read our article comparing Microsoft Power BI to Tableau and Qlikview.
Tableau is a powerful data visualization tool. It provides fast data analysis and data refreshing functions and, like Qlik Sense, is intuitive to use but doesn’t support scripts. Tableau is offered in Desktop, Big Data Analysis and Server.
Like Tableau, Qlik offers three different products: Qlikview, Qlik Sense and Qlik Sense Cloud. Each product has different versions with different capabilities, including free versions for each product. A data visualization tool, Qlik is one of the largest BI vendors that makes data analysis easy for most businesses.
Along with data visualization, Sisense allows users to combine data from multiple sources. This function helps gather the most accurate insights possible, since all of your data can be analyzed together. Sisense is tailored for mid- to large-sized businesses.