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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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Easy-to-use, cloud-based takeoff and estimating software for construction contractors. Mac & PC compatible. FREE training and support!

  • 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

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$

1999

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

510

328

47

7

2

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

4.5

5

4

3

2

1

627

371

54

12

7

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

I find the PowerBi amazing to have an easy to navigate and attractive interface, simple to create a new panel, easy to learn, not to mention the integrations he already has.

Magno B.

It is a good data analytics and visualization software and its ability to import data from multiples sources is a great feature.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

A great reporting tool with great visuals and user friendly graphical user interface.A wonderful application for running day to day activities.

CM

Clive M.

Pros

Love the layover feature in order to do changeorders. Also love the ability to have many screens open for the same project in order to look at details.

GS

Gary S.

I only used Stack for a couple of days, but I really liked the ease of the takeoff tools. It was very user friendly to navigate.

SO

Sumi O.

Easy to use - great customer service and integration with buildertrend. Great way to track jobs and estimates.

DD

Danielle D.

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.

YZ

Yang Z.

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.

DS

Daniel S.

Had to take some training courses and even at that it was still confusing.

KJ

Kyle J.

Cons

Terrible abominable customer service, unethical, dishonest thieves. Manager was the worst, she uses dishonest interrogation techniques to avoid any liability, fault and to escape offering any refund.

Jacob K.

There also is no undo feature so when you make a mistake on a takeoff you have to delete it and redo the entire thing. There should be a ctrl z type undo feature.

JD

Jeremy D.

I can't determine if its the software or the hardware of my laptop, but when I use it I find that the documents/image lags on medium to large files.

DW

Daylen W.

  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago

Key features

  • Total features32
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Aerial Measurement
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Building Product Database
  • Built-In Database
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commercial
  • Commercial/Industrial
  • Content Library
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Blending
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • File Transfer
  • For General Contractors
  • Geographic Maps
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • Integration into Third Party Applications
  • Interactive Reports
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Natural Language Search
  • Overhead Costs Estimating
  • Planning Tools
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Prebuilt Assembly
  • Product Data Management
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Self-service Analytics
  • Strategic Planning
  • Takeoff
  • Task Scheduling
  • Visual Analytics
  • Total features56
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Aerial Measurement
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Bid Management
  • Building Product Database
  • Built-In Database
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commercial
  • Commercial/Industrial
  • Content Library
  • Cost Database
  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Blending
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Electronic Plans
  • Estimating
  • File Transfer
  • For General Contractors
  • Geographic Maps
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • Integration into Third Party Applications
  • Interactive Reports
  • Job Costing
  • Job Management
  • Labor Cost Reporting
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Natural Language Search
  • Overhead Costs Estimating
  • Planning Tools
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Prebuilt Assembly
  • Product Data Management
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Self-service Analytics
  • Strategic Planning
  • Takeoff
  • Task Scheduling
  • Visual Analytics

Integrations

  • Total integrations222
  • Dropbox Business
  • Facebook
  • Google AdWords
  • Google Analytics
  • HubSpot CRM
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Segment
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Tableau
  • Twitter
  • Wordpress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations22
  • Dropbox Business
  • Facebook
  • Google AdWords
  • Google Analytics
  • HubSpot CRM
  • LinkedIn
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Segment
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Tableau
  • Twitter
  • Wordpress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Microsoft Power BI

PowerBI Review

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Best in class Integrates well with other MS products and Azure Data / Analytics stack

Cons

Not the easiest tool to use Has limitations compared to preview SSRS versions

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Your way to go in creating reports

Reviewed a year ago

overall i feel it has been an addedd value to my company

Pros

It's very handy and easy to work to make reporting tasks easier. You can combine sources from different origins and have them all stacked together.

Cons

Maybe needs a little of learning befor using it to fully seize the possibilities of the tool. Also some regional settings are not standard.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Powerful indeed

Reviewed 7 months ago

Overall positive, now that I have the hang of it, it's a great tool within the Microsoft tech stack to leverage our data with,

Pros

Power BI has been a welcome addition to our tech stack. The ability to create visual reports and quickly export them to add to presentations is a great little addition.

Cons

The onboarding can be a little rocky. The tool has a lot to offer and one can feel a bit overwhelmed when building their first report.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Best BI Tools for Microsoft Stack

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

It was a no brainer to use PowerBI after trying Tableau and Qlik Sense. It was almost as easy to use as Excel, fit right into our Microsoft stack, and we already have licenses with our Office 365 org.

Cons

Since PowerBI is the new tool around, they are releases features so quickly that it's hard to keep up and understand if the documentation you are looking for is still relevant.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Solid Microsoft Product

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

The tool takes a little to get used to but fairly straightforward. It is tightly integrated to SQL Server and has excellent security functionality. Availability and cost of Power BI make the product very attractive. It supports the complete Microsoft stack. Supports third party developers for analytics and image tools.

Cons

Microsoft manages the certified training programs which are terrible. Power BI does not bring anything new and interesting graphical to the market - bar charts, pie charts, line graphs . . . Microsoft is way behind other comparable products.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Power BI

Reviewed 2 years ago

Power BI itself is excellent for business Intelligence work but a lot of setting up required and is very expensive but i guess each business will do its own cost/benefit assessment. Best used by those who have a detailed understanding about the company's data structure and all the internal databases. I.E internal staff and not external consultant.

Pros

Very powerful tool for business intelligence analysis & reporting. It took a lot of time to understand at first but once the fundamentals were in place and when stacked with MS PowerApps, Flow and MS CDS ..... the ability to drill-down to low level data from high level visuals ( charts ) was very impressive indeed.

Cons

As far as i know ( during 2017 ) Power BI and Power Apps are only for internal business use within intranet/SharePoint and therefore CDS/Power Apps cannot be a substitute for web front end SQL server databases. I may be wrong on that or external use might be possible on current version but high cost plus internal use only meant i had to look for alternatives.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Microsoft Power BI

Gradually improving functionality

Reviewed 2 years ago

Power BI is a reasonable alternative to the more mature products on the market, providing a lot for free or on reasonably paid licences. The interface is quite intuitive to learn and one can quickly introduce changes to existing dashboards or create new views. Some details in the app require further development to provide more useful visual choices or default presets.

Pros

Ability to publish a dashboard through the web app (pro: control visibility by account or sharing links); Support for mobile preview; Intuitive drag-and-drop panel to select data, filters and visuals; Colour schemes with good readability; detailed control over font sizes and appearance; Drill-in option allowing intuitive breakdown by different categories within one view; Variety of control interfaces like sliders, tick-boxes or calendar pickers.

Cons

Lack of built-in ability to encrypt data stored with the dashboard file; Limited/glitchy guidelines make it hard to align elements in a consistent way throughout different views; For time series longer than a year it is hard to create a monthly/quartile view which presents years separately rather than stacking them together; The option of a free-text query is controversial in settings where users are not meant to access raw data as it is hard to predict how detailed their queries may go. My team experienced some issues with sharing dashboards but these seem to be incidental.