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Overview

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Microsoft Power BI converts data into rich interactive visualizations, utilizing business analytics tools to share dashboard-based...

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SAP Analytics Cloud is a SaaS solution for blending BI data from multiple sources, accessing visualizations, viewing reports...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

9.99

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

36

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

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98%
would recommend this app

4.4

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5

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
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93%
would recommend this app

Pros

It's an incredible programming for examination. I love the perception highlights since it transform drilling information into fun outlines or diagrams.
The ability to filter to the specific metric we are interested in is an amazing feature.
It is a good data analytics and visualization software and its ability to import data from multiples sources is a great feature.

Pros

Ease of use with easy change of languages and the UI is just awesome with frontal access to all the necessities.
It is easy to use with great UI. I love how easy and quick it is to access data and generate analysis with attracting graphic and charts.
The tool has great features like the planning menu and the easy of use interface. It's a complete tool for Business Intelligence and analytics, with beautiful views and charts.

Cons

Could be frustrating to use when first starting as it would give you an error message but provide no specifics on what is wrong or directions to fix it.
I find it a bit frustrating when presented with a visualisation that doesn't represent the particular angle on the data I am looking for.
Had to take some training courses and even at that it was still confusing.

Cons

All my accounting problems have been solved by this. Chances of Fraud have been reduced as all my work is being done on cloud.
When using so much product data, it can take a while to load at times which can be frustrating at times.
The updates don't always work well and we have to call and have problems fixed as an update rolls out.
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Key features

  • Total features37
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Benchmarking
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Blending
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Drag & Drop
  • For Education
  • For Healthcare
  • For Retail
  • Forecasting
  • Functions/Calculations
  • Geographic Maps
  • High Volume Processing
  • Integration into Third Party Applications
  • Interactive Reports
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Monitoring
  • Natural Language Search
  • OLAP
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Private Dashboards
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Public Dashboards
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Relational Display
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Scorecards
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Data Preparation
  • Self-service Analytics
  • Single Page View
  • Strategic Planning
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Trend / Problem Indicators
  • Visual Analytics
  • Visual Discovery
  • Widgets
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features61
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Benchmarking
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Blending
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Drag & Drop
  • For Education
  • For Healthcare
  • For Retail
  • Forecasting
  • Functions/Calculations
  • Geographic Maps
  • High Volume Processing
  • Integration into Third Party Applications
  • Interactive Reports
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Monitoring
  • Natural Language Search
  • OLAP
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Private Dashboards
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Public Dashboards
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Relational Display
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Scorecards
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Data Preparation
  • Self-service Analytics
  • Single Page View
  • Strategic Planning
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Trend / Problem Indicators
  • Visual Analytics
  • Visual Discovery
  • Widgets
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations322
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Mixpanel
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Segment
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Snowflake
  • Stripe
  • Tableau
  • Twitter
  • Xero
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations33
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Mixpanel
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Segment
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Snowflake
  • Stripe
  • Tableau
  • Twitter
  • Xero
  • Zendesk

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Microsoft Power BI

Cloud based business intelligence / analytics tool

Reviewed a year ago

Solid cloud based capability to enable busines user driven analytics

Pros

Regular releases keep this young product fresh and evolving. Even though it is cloud based it is still possible to access on premise data sources using 'gateway' software.

Cons

It offers a free version to get started but to unlock sharing and collaboration you must upgrade to the paid version.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Microsoft power bi-Best cloud based Bi administrations

Reviewed 4 years ago

Microsoft power bi is one of the best analytical service present in the analytics industry. Power BI gives cloud-based BI administrations.

Pros

Power BI's UI is genuinely instinctive for clients comfortable with Excel and its profound mix with other Microsoft items makes it an exceptionally flexible self-benefit device that requires minimal forthright preparing.

Cons

Not the best choice for managing mass data.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PowerBI Features

Reviewed 3 years ago

desgin dashboard for KPI performance monitoring on daily basis Gateway administration Plateforme administration

Pros

Conditionally format button formatting New performance analyser features Transformation tools and connector with SAP HANA data source

Cons

Memory consumption Stockage management Push a report by mail many time per day Cost of the premium License

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Seen it, used it, love it

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great. Users like it. Light weight application....

Pros

Nice alternative to SAP BI, OBIEE. Lightweight, Microsoft technology based reporting tool. Easy to implement, not much user training needed.

Cons

Wish they had all standard adapters to extract data from SAP or ORACLE. It takes a while to extract and dump the data.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Power BI Best Features

Reviewed 5 years ago

Easy to use business analytics tool.

Pros

It's usable and allow the new way of managing data for Bussines decision. The good figure is also the direct connection with different DB's.

Cons

The least likable things is so flexible at times it can be hard to narrow down how to show a particular data set. It is not as intuitive as it could be navigated.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great visualisation tool

Reviewed a month ago

Great visualization and data analytics tool.

Pros

It is a great software to handle large data and create data relation between different data sources

Cons

Cross-platform feature. Currently, you only can run Power BI on windows computers. On Mac you need to use Parallels or Bootcamp to load Power BI

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Reviewing Power BI

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall I feel its a great tool for analytics and visualization. Value for money

Pros

Its feature to connect multiple data sources like a csv file, SQL Server database, cloud services like Azure is pretty awesome. Also it has the built in data analytics features with interactive visuals to visualize the data effectively and efficiently

Cons

Power BI is not capable on high data. Like if you need to import high volume data into Power BI then its gets slow and he data is not loaded efficiently.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Great Product for Analystics

Reviewed a year ago

great for analytics - data mining - data transformation -

Pros

Ease of use - can use excel to just get familiarized. great analytics - can use different data sources. This was as add on to our existing SAS and SSRS reporting.

Cons

need to purchase individual licenses for folks who need to tweak it. Does not support subscriptions unless you have a premium license.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Power BI Review

Reviewed 8 months ago
Pros

1. Collecting user analytics on UI interactions and events 2. Collect marketing analytics data for product enhancements 3. Customizable dashboards

Cons

1. Initial learning curve 2. Mac compatibility issues

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Powerful analytics tool

Reviewed 2 years ago

Amazing software with incredible analytics resources. It is great for dashboards!

Pros

Can provide incredible database results. Has a lot of interactive chart options, which you can visualize specific data on it. It is able to perform different types of data demonstration.

Cons

The license is typically pretty expensive, so not everyone on my team has the possibility to have one of it.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Review PowerBI

Reviewed 3 years ago

Very great, I like using the software to automate real time analytics.

Pros

Excellent for tracking portfolio performance and KPI monitoring, very good graphics and cross-functional plotting tools

Cons

Increase more of infographic and statistical analytics metrics such as moving average and likes

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Power BI is the best analytics platform out there

Reviewed 4 years ago

Such a great piece of software and it's the future of analytics.

Pros

This is a home run for Microsoft. Pull data from multiple sources (Read--ANY source) and put it into a rich, graph presentation on the fly. It is fairly easy to use, easy to organize data and their customer support is responsive as all get out. I love this software.

Cons

Pricing model needs help. Price per user for viewing projects is kind of a silly model for pricing--and the Enterprise level--well you better make sure you are an 'Enterprise' at that pricing. Give us a middle man pricing scheme Microsoft!

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Useful, but very difficult to master

Reviewed 2 years ago

I am using PowerBI on daily basis and switched all our Excels around the team (and soon, the company) to this more powerful and effective way of showing data. It is really painful to obtain what you want, and very often you would think of switching back to Excel, but at the end of the day it gives you much more satisfaction, especially the web presentation part.

Pros

It has tons of connectors and it is really well connected with the most common databases both in the strict sense of the word, like SQL Server, MySQL, etc and in a broader sense, like JIRA or SAP

Cons

It is very complex to master and it has a very perverse way to manage data. It is impossible to use it out of the box, and you need to learn how to code it to do what you need

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Excellent tool to manipulate complex forms of data

Reviewed 4 years ago

Great tool for any business that is looking for custom complex data analytics.

Pros

This powerful software gives you the power to access data in the most detailed manner. This application is endless and could save your company thousands of dollars on data analytics.

Cons

Difficult to use and requires a steep learning curve in order to access the amount of data this application has to offer.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great Visuals

Reviewed 2 years ago

We can view the info we need without relying on the analytics team

Pros

You can view and data in any way conceivable in a beautiful user interface on mobile and desktop. You can incorporate visuals outside of a standard pivot.

Cons

Printing. If you have multiple tabs on your display it makes printing a pain. It loads each pay into PDF to print from there and it is not great.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Good Analytics

Reviewed 3 years ago

Powerful analytics tool that is also easy for end users to utilize the reporting.

Pros

PowerBI allows the freedom to pull data in from multiple sources in the same dashboard. Editing tool allows for manipulation of data after it has been loaded which gives you great flexibility in your reporting.

Cons

Sometimes difficult working with dates and timestamps. While the software is intuitive, it sometimes makes assumptions with the data it shouldn't.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Best Analytics and Reporting Tool

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Integration with other third party software like Google Analytics, etc.

Cons

Hard to learn DAX which is the core of Power BI

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Microsoft Power BI, Master of the Analytics World

Reviewed 5 years ago

Analytics world is the future, and Power BI is the master of all that Glob...!

Pros

As my experience as MIS Specialist in one of the most famous Fragrances Company in the Middle East, we see that in any company there's the accounting department that provide all reports and analytics that's demanded by other departments, according to that those guys have to do all there outcomes reports manually, and this process will cost time, efforts, stuffs,... for that one of great benefit from MS Power BI, is that he save me money, save me time, save me my the cost of wages for the accountants, my stuff in the accounting department is just about 5 great guys. All the mater is just I have to design the report and working on the Data Warehousing a little bit, then I can get my report in the target template that provide me all what I want, and furthermore, all reports up-to-date 7/24.

Cons

We still need the integration with other services, like Vend POS, Shopify directly without any intermediate programs.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great work Tool

Reviewed 3 years ago

We have been using this for a little over a month and have found it to be really helpful analyzing data better than we were with just excel.

Pros

-Great analyzing data sets -Helps combine data sets for deeper analytics

Cons

-Graphical modifications could be more streamlined

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A valuable tool for business strategy.

Reviewed 3 years ago

Power BI is a powerful BI tool that has optimized our business vision with the simplified construction of dashboards and the almost unlimited possibility of data visualization and reporting customizations.

Pros

Simple and easy integration with a variety of data formats.

Cons

Some features are not available on the Cloud version.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Ability to convey data points

Reviewed a year ago

It's been useful to be able to convey our data throughout the company.

Pros

Microsoft Power BI allows our team to share data and results with the rest of the company. We can customize the layout and different inputs which is very useful.

Cons

If you are a beginner at data analytics, it is a lot to digest and take in.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Okay - A little clunky

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

Great tool and alternative to Tableau - useful for data visualization and analytics

Cons

When resize the internet browser, all of the report sizing is fixed relative to the browser - so if you make your browser smaller the reports become small and difficult to read.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Power BI on the way forward

Reviewed 5 years ago

I am now on my third BI Project in which I created the User interface with Power BI Reports and Dashboards. So far the clients were extremely happy with the way Power BI looks as well as how easy it is to learn. The most popular feature is the report interactivity - clicking in a chart is filtering the rest of the report accordingly which is really fun to make use of.

Pros

- Easy to use - Easy to learn - very intuitive - Allows powerful calculations - constantly new features and developments - great community, you can find an answer to almost any question - very interactive, it tempts to play around with the reports

Cons

- Some small bugs here and there, due to the ongoing development - At the moment On-premises version does not offer the same scope as the Cloud version. Cloud is more comprehensive.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Power Bi review

Reviewed a year ago

Overall experience has been really nice.

Pros

Its user friendly visualization tools backed by data sets from different tables makes it convenient to develop a dashboard.

Cons

Data takes time to load in dashboards if fetched from cloud.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Awesome software for reports

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Makes my analytics duties very easy to handle. Beautiful reports and intuitive use!

Cons

If you are used to excel then you need some time to get used to it!

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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SAP Analytics Cloud

What’s SAC?

Reviewed 5 months ago

Business planning and forecasting. Data modeling and visualization.

Pros

SAP Analytics Cloud helps in business planning through healthcare BI capabilities. Predictive analytics helps in future preparation. Data modeling and visualization helps in decision making.

Cons

Nothing specific apart from unavailability of mobile application for my iOS.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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SAP Analytics Cloud

I used SAP Analytics Cloud to create some commerciale and financial reports.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Easy of use; analytics insight; beautiful interface.

Pros

The tool has great features like the planning menu and the easy of use interface. It's a complete tool for Business Intelligence and analytics, with beautiful views and charts.

Cons

SAP Analytics Cloud doesn't have some features that other BI tool have, for instance direct connectors with cloud data sources as Google Analytics, Facebook, etc. The latency is also a problem for final users.

Vendor response

Hi Damiano, We¿re glad you¿re enjoying the product. Data connection is integral to data analysis so our team is always trying to find ways to make a new connection seamless. Stay tuned for new connectors in the coming releases! SAP Analytics Cloud

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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SAP Analytics Cloud

A BI platform that is not at a disadvantage compared to the consolidated names on the market

Reviewed 3 years ago

It's a BI platform that is not at a disadvantage compared to the consolidated names on the market for a variety of tools. The customization options to displaying information and graphics are visually pleasing. The SAP product platform is easily integrable, which is a big plus.

Pros

The graphics preview interface is very friendly.

Cons

It has support only for the United States region.

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Forget MS Excel

Reviewed 6 years ago

If you use SAP Financials together with other SAP modules like MM, PP and CO you have a fully integrated ERP Software. The drilldown functionality helps you to understand and to analyse the different processes in your company. If you are used to work with Excel for analysis it is not longer necessary with SAP financials, because the standard reports give you a lot of information. They can be easily...

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