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Amol Jaiswal
Head of Offshore Operations & Solutions at Techcarrot
Real User
Quick reporting, high data conductivity, and reliable

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for revenue forecasting and other predictive analytic reports based on specific requirements.

What is most valuable?

I have found the quick reporting and the conductivity with all the data sources valuable.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some AI incorporated into this solution in the future.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this solution is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability at first was not the greatest but it has turned out it can be very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support has been good.

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What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for revenue forecasting and other predictive analytic reports based on specific requirements.

What is most valuable?

I have found the quick reporting and the conductivity with all the data sources valuable.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some AI incorporated into this solution in the future.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of this solution is great.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability at first was not the greatest but it has turned out it can be very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support has been good.

How was the initial setup?

I have found the installation straightforward compared to other competitors.

What about the implementation team?

Having this solution on the could cloud allows for quick deployment. We could deliver the solution within four to eight weeks depending on the complexity.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is a license for this solution and we purchase them annually.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Microsoft BI an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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CEO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Can be easily integrated to any database and is flexible and user friendly
Pros and Cons
  • "It's quite flexible, and it's easy to create reports using this system. It is very graphic and very user friendly."
  • "The smart phone application could be improved, along with better graphics and faster updating."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for management reporting.

What is most valuable?

It's quite flexible, and it's easy to create reports using this system. It is very graphic and very user friendly.

One of the advantages of Microsoft BI is that it's easy to integrate it with any databases.

Another is that it doesn't need a lot of technical support because it's easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The smart phone application could be improved, along with better graphics and faster updating.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for 3 or 4 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

It's easy to install. It requires that you prepare some databases for installing this product, but it doesn't take too much time to do it.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Microsoft BI is not expensive. Compared to the price of other BI products, the price is very fair.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate Microsoft BI at ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Strategic Market Development Sr. Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Easy to use, flexible, but mobile application needs improvement
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is easy to use and flexible."
  • "The solution could improve the mobile application design. It is difficult to use compared to the desktop version."

What is our primary use case?

I am using this solution to monitor the dashboards that someone else has created.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and flexible.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve the mobile application design. It is difficult to use compared to the desktop version. Additionally, we have experienced a problem when attempting to update the desktop application. When we click to update we are unable to open the file to update.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found the solution to be stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 50 people using this solution in my organization.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have previously used Microsoft Excel.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was simple and it takes approximately five minutes.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation of the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a professional license for Microsoft BI and the price is fair. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Microsoft BI a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Director of Analytics and Cognitive Computing at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Quick chart building tools, responsive technical support, but more attractive charts needed
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is easy to use and charts can be built quickly with the tools."
  • "The solution could improve by having more attractive graphical charts."

What is our primary use case?

We use Microsoft BI for dashboards and monitoring tools and dashboards. We mostly use it to produce charts and graphs for our customers.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and charts can be built quickly with the tools.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by having more attractive graphical charts.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for two and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft BI has been stable in my usage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of Microsoft BI is good.

We have approximately 2,000 users using this solution.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is very good, they have been available when we needed them.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be to compare Microsoft BI to all the other similar solutions and see what fits their use case best. If they're looking for nice looking charts then perhaps, they should compare this solution to the others. If you are looking for a solution that is easy to use and quick to learn then Microsoft BI could be the right fit.

I rate Microsoft BI a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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Senior Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
User-friendly, stable, and integrates well with other data sources
Pros and Cons
  • "The interface is very easy to use."
  • "The on-premises version lacks some technical features that are available with the Cloud version."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for our departmental reports, which are accessible from Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint.

What is most valuable?

Microsoft BI is very friendly.

The interface is very easy to use.

The integration with other data sources is very easy and very handy.

What needs improvement?

The on-premises version lacks some technical features that are available with the Cloud version.

There is definitely room for improvement.

The visualization is lacking, it needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft BI for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft BI is a stable solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we did not use another solution.

How was the initial setup?

From a technical perspective, the installation is straightforward.

It took one week to deploy.

The deployment was done by the database team.

You only need one person to maintain this solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other solutions before choosing Microsoft BI.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the cloud version of this solution.

I would rate Microsoft BI an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Mediha Šiljić
Chief Information Officer at Sensilab
Real User
A powerful and easy-to-use platform with a lot of connectors

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the abundance of connectors. It is also easy to use. It is a very powerful platform for BI. It has everything that you want from BI. 

What needs improvement?

It is easy enough. I don't see any real substantial improvements that are needed. It is great as it is, but its interface could be a bit modern.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years. I am using the online version. So, it is the latest one.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has improved over the years. There were problems a few years ago, but now, it is way better.

How are customer service and support?

Their support is fine. I had to reach technical support a few times, and they have…

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the abundance of connectors. It is also easy to use.

It is a very powerful platform for BI. It has everything that you want from BI. 

What needs improvement?

It is easy enough. I don't see any real substantial improvements that are needed. It is great as it is, but its interface could be a bit modern.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years. I am using the online version. So, it is the latest one.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has improved over the years. There were problems a few years ago, but now, it is way better.

How are customer service and support?

Their support is fine. I had to reach technical support a few times, and they have been very good in the last two years.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Compared to others, I think it is reasonable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I tested a few other similar products before deciding on Power BI.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to just try it. I would rate it a 10 out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Director of technology alliances at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Stable and scalable solution for data reporting
Pros and Cons
  • "I've seen no issues with BI's stability."
  • "BI is scalable, but there are some problems with limited online storage."

What is our primary use case?

My primary uses of this solution are BI reporting using SQL server reporting, Power BI online reports, and BI dashboards. We connect to SQL server databases plus other sources, including data warehouses in the cloud and on-premise.

What needs improvement?

There are areas where BI lags behind its competitors - for example, Qlik has an in-built data manipulation engine while BI does not. I also do not like transformation in BI, as we have to go back to the data for this process instead of being able to do things on the fly, as with Qlik. Other areas for improvement include the language that BI uses, the ability to do data manipulations, and the flexibility of the licensing models. In the next release, I would like to see manipulation and internal analytics, as well as some analytics features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I've seen no issues with BI's stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

BI is scalable, but there are some problems with limited online storage and always having to go back to the data warehouse.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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Part Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Great technology and some very good features

What is our primary use case?

I am a consultant for a big company. We deal with energy companies, petroleum, sales companies and we deal with everything from financials to operations. We deal with market strategy and we provide consultancy services - I'm a part owner of the company. 

What is most valuable?

I like the CS, administration, most of the features are good as well as the technology.

What needs improvement?

I think creating dashboards could be easier. Compared to other solutions, the cost of the license is expensive and that could be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for over 20 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent. 

What do I think about the scalability of the

What is our primary use case?

I am a consultant for a big company. We deal with energy companies, petroleum, sales companies and we deal with everything from financials to operations. We deal with market strategy and we provide consultancy services - I'm a part owner of the company. 

What is most valuable?

I like the CS, administration, most of the features are good as well as the technology.

What needs improvement?

I think creating dashboards could be easier. Compared to other solutions, the cost of the license is expensive and that could be improved. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for over 20 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is excellent, all our professional consultants use it. Where we deploy in the banking sector, they can have 1,000 licensed users; in smaller companies there can be 50 users. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is quite good, but I'd like to see a quicker response time. 

How was the initial setup?

Deployment time depends on the company, it can take up to two months. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution a nine out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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