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Microsoft Power BI Pricing

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Power BI Pro: $9.99 per user, per month
Power BI Premium: $20 Per user/month and $4,995 Per capacity/month

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The possibility of using a free version and the price of the PRO version, which is more affordable than the competitors.

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This is usually very informative especially to the senior management when creating dashboard and data summaries. For example, Its specifically important in monitoring budget and expenditure data.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Powerful BI tool

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

If you have worked with Office tools, you would grasp the basic functionality very quickly. It's very user-friendly. The power comes from a plethora of data source connectors that it provides out of the box. I am also impressed by its data visualization capabilities. It also integrates well with other Microsoft products. Best of all - it's free for most use cases. The cloud version offers a lot more options for storage and collaboration at a modest price. It's also easy to switch between the desktop and cloud versions.

Cons

The desktop app can be sluggish at times, especially if you are dealing with large and varied data sets. Also, to utilize its more powerful features, you need to have a greater learning curve than competing products. Cloud integrations are also not very easy to configure and connections to on-prem and SaaS data sources can be challenging.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Can be a good BI tool for companies already using Microsoft apps

Reviewed 15 days ago

We used it for some time. The data visualizations and reports we were able to create were crisp and great looking. It was challenging to share to our audience though due to accessibility challenges.

Pros

It has good integration with Microsoft apps.

Cons

Microsoft PowerBI is quite expensive to roll out to a large organization. I like the pricing model the least.

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Powerful BI tool

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

PowerBi is easy to use, cost effective, and does a great job interconnecting with other Microsoft products

Cons

Initial learning curve, but pretty quickly able to get it up and going.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Power BI ; Affordable Data Visualization Tool

Reviewed a year ago

It is an affordable software that enables us to consolidate our data, generate reports while keeping track of all the key performance indicators.

Pros

It is a good data analytics and visualization software and its ability to import data from multiples sources is a great feature. What I like about Power BI is that from the dashboard, we are able to get a great overview of the organization including the market analysis, the status of our current deals, track the performance of each team member, view the gross income and company financials. The ability...

Cons

It can be a bit complex due to the fact that it is a collection of various tools and you have to learn what each component does and how it relates to the rest of the structure. Working with large data sets causes lags especially when on the free version. The free version has very limited features and doesn't give you the true performance capability of the software. This can however be solved by upgrading to Pro or Premium. The user interface is a bit crowded with too many icons which hinders a clear view of the dashboard.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Moderate cost for a moderate experience for medium sized enterprises

Reviewed a year ago

So so. The dashboards and reports are limited in visual design, so they all look the same and quite ugly. Because of the difficulty sharing reports/dashboards to external individuals and the lack of a Google sheets connector I couldn't use PowerBI for most of the solutions we need, but will use it for some since it integrates well with the rest of the MS office ecosystem.

Pros

The thing that most sets PowerBI apart from comparable business intelligence solutions is the lower cost of multi-user deployment within an organization. PowerBI is part of a Microsoft Office 365 subscription package for businesses and you only need to pay an additional 15USD/month for each additional admin/analyst account you add. This is a stark contrast to similar solutions like Tableau, which charge a monthly fee for each user and has a minimum user count that equates to roughly a 15,000USD/year license cost as minimum. If your organisation is already invested in the Microsoft Office ecosystem this could be the ideal solution for you if you need to keep costs down.

Cons

It can't connect to google sheets and every other business intelligence platform can. This can be really limiting if your business uses a variety of SaaS solutions since many offer the simplest data integration options via Google sheets. PowerBI also has real issues with external sharing of dashboards/reports. You only have the option of publishing internally (visible to your organization's users)...

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Simple and highly customizable

Reviewed 2 years ago

1. Dax query is highly reliable when comes to slice and dice the granular level data based on time trend. 2. Embedded report and dashboard in any kind of business applications easily and it becomes part of it.

Pros

1. Free desktop tool for development(Power BI Desktop) and simple installation process. 2. Almost, we can connect many source to fetch the data. Ex csv,web,excel,sql,odbc etc.., 3. Specialized ETL(Extract,transform,load) to clean the raw unstructured data into structured data with help of Power Query. 4. Powerful DAX query to customized measure and calculated column to get desirable business metrics and KPIs. 5. Top standard visuals, Custom visuals(visual market) and also we can create our own visuals using reactjs. 6. Publish in cloud(azure) to view report anywhere in the world with help Power BI service. 7. High availability and low latency to view report and dashboard with help of xVelocity engine. 8. Anyone can easily create basic charts with structured data.

Cons

1. Power BI Desktop consumes a huge amount of resource in system. 2. Service monitoring increases for larger report consumers. 3. While dealing with an enormous volume of data, constant optimization takes place.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Power BI is one of the most user friendly BI software for adding visual representation and analytics to your existing reports

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall good software for beginners and can be explored to get the best efficiency from the software

Pros

below are a few pros • Sharing dashboard in a group a. Sharing can be done once you have the Pro version of Power BI. Dashboard can be shared with the respective department members or your own team members. b. Since you have prepared the dashboard you will be the owner and you can decide whether you want to give the other members only viewing rights or editing rights as well. c. With this feature...

Cons

• One of the important features of exporting report in PowerPoint does not allow custom visual to be exported. Hence if there are custom visuals in your report then the same will show error once exported. • Arranging dashboard is a bit tedious and takes a lot of time • To share reports, we need to publish to MS Cloud. We cannot share report from Power BI Desktop • For sharing a report even members to who report needs to be shared have to get Power BI Pro. Since the department to whom report is shared is just to view giving them a Pro license might not be useful.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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The best gets better

Reviewed 2 years ago

It's easily the most feature rich overall. Other products like Tableau and Qlik have their advantages, but I'm hard pressed to find much fault with Power BI, other than the premium licenses being ridiculously expensive. The word is Microsoft is addressing that issue later in 2020/2021.

Pros

The features and ease of creating visualizations are top notch. Also integration with all other Microsoft products as well as pre-built connectors to many of the most popular software is hard to beat.

Cons

There are many features not available unless you pay for expensive premium capacity.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Miscrosoft Power BI for Federal Acquisition Spend Analysis

Reviewed 5 years ago

All in all, for the price, this is an excellent tool for helping your organization turn mounds of data into useful insights.

Pros

Power BI simplifies the process of combining different types of data sources to create a single data model. There are also many built-in Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) functions that help reduce the time required to prepare data. Creating reports and dashboards is as easy as drag and drop. The Power BI User Groups are strong and plentiful, so you can always read through blogs to get answers to...

Cons

It's not always easy to speak directly with a MS Power BI expert, so that is a bummer. Also, you have to sign up to the Power BI service using an email address in order to share and view Power BI reports and dashboards, but Microsoft doesn't yet support personal (.cox, .gmail, et.) or government (.gov, .mil, etc.) email addresses which is a real bummer.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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There are plenty of competitors, but Power BI is tops

Reviewed 3 years ago

Power BI allows me to manipulate data and present it in visually appealing and flexible formats.

Pros

I have used Tableau and Google Data Studio - among other alternatives. Nothing has seemed to compare to the functionality that Power BI offers. Everything about the program is made with the full spectrum of analysis in mind - from the designer to the data 'wrangler' to the end consumer (ie. others within the enterprise). In this way, Power BI is extremely powerful because it can be used for so many different types of projects; the data-analysis intensive to the more visual 'data-presentation' dashboards.

Cons

Sharing dashboards and reports in Power BI is easy and it has a lot of options for doing so. However, the requirement that all users must have a Pro Account to view dashboards created in Pro is a bit of a hindrance in a global organization where it does not make economical sense for every employee to have a Pro account. It seems like it would be a great addition to allow limited sharing to everyone - even those without a Pro account, as most of my internal team does not have an account.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A good analytical and reporting tool

Reviewed a year ago

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

Pros

It is a good analytical tool which simplifies complexities in producing articulate reports and good especially when it being used by people without much programming knowledge. The visuals are great and integrates excellently with other Microsoft applications . It is also very easy to deploy and work with

Cons

The pricing is a bit high when you want to add more users.It may be a bit difficult for beginners

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Microsoft Power Bi A great tool for creating data Dashboard and Data Visualization

Reviewed 10 months ago

Overall it's great software which summarize your all data in reporting and dashboard forms without any errors. Further it's also provide multiple data visualization report and format.

Pros

The best I like about Power BI that's it's desktop version is free and you can create your data and prepare different reporting dashboard and data reports without any cost. Further this can easily integrated with Excel and you can view all power BI report in excel as well. Also Microsoft update this software on monthly basis and user can suggest thier recommendation for further improvement in any features.

Cons

The least I like I in power BI that's it's interface view which is too bulky and mess. And it's complicated formula which is difficult to understand. Further if you want to handle big data in Power Bi you can't do this in free version. You have to purchase this for advanced feature and space.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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One tool for Business intelligence solution

Reviewed 4 years ago

Power BI is awesome for companies which use Microsoft products on daily basis and for experienced excel users. if you got both things this is the low price answer to handle the data of the company.

Pros

To start it is important to tell that Power BI, as is part of Microsoft business suite, is linked to other tools as Excel and SQL Server. Therefore the integration of the data of the company in one place is very easy. Power BI has a very good capabilities for report visualization, having more than 10 different kinds of charts you are able to represent the data of the company in a huge variety of formats making analysis pretty fast and easy. Let me tell you the database connectivity capabilities are outstanding with excellent cloud based connections as well.

Cons

Using Power BI will be challenging if you are not a powerful Excel user. It has no way to clean up wrong data. The system assumes the data you are pulling in has good quality. Power BI sometimes is too complex to use because has many options to handle data and setting it for the first time becomes hard.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Good data reporting tool for a small group

Reviewed 2 years ago

my overall experience is good with Power BI and I would highly recommend it to a small business or a group of people. Or if you company has more than 1000, it could also be a good competitor compared to Tableau.

Pros

very powerful, easy to use and deployment. It works best with other Microsoft product, such as Teams.

Cons

It becomes costly when you want to share a report or a dashboard to a wide range of users. Because it requires the viewer to have a Pro license, it could be as expensive as Tableau.

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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 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 recommend10/10

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Power BI is a Very Effective Tool.

Reviewed 10 months ago

There are many uses for Power BI at work, from data analysis to data visualization using its excellent charting capabilities. To develop and track project team performance indicators, we needed the means to take enormous quantities of data from our management software and turn it into meaningful reports. As a result, Power BI is our data visualization solution for making our data more intelligent and simpler to interpret. 

Pros

Power BI Service simplifies the creation and distribution of cloud-based reports. Make and save your own statistics for reporting purposes. This is a valid numerical interpretation. When compared to other apps, this program has a relatively cheap licensing fee. Reports may be shared and published online in minutes.

Cons

I can't think of many ways to enhance it. Every day, I see it improve, adding and correcting features.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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get Powerful Sales Insights with a few clicks

Reviewed 2 years ago

We're using Power BI on everything from keeping our clients apprised of our value to them, to allowing consultants to see what case types and clients they're interacting with most. From financials to geographic data to charting growth over several years, Power BI can do it all... it's quick and the sheer amount of data that the platform can integrate is impressive. And with customizable permission groups, users see the data they need, without seeing that data they don't.

Pros

With tech like this, the potential is limitless. I love the depth and breadth of sales insights that can be gleaned from Power BI. It took a significant investment of time and money from a team of people in our company to get up and running. Once we did, e=I understood the value straight away. View your entire company's financial performance at a glance, or allow individual users to only see their...

Cons

It takes a few tries to become comfortable and familiar with this software, just like any software. But I can't think of any true drawbacks. You do get what you pay for - Power BI requires an investment. But with the ability to make truly informed decisions about the future of your business, Power BI is well worth it.

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Excellent learning curve experience within a familiar paltform

Reviewed 5 years ago

Generally a good product that I am having my team self learn on and use in our management reports. Would like to see better connectivity to SQL within our secure corporate environment rather than having everything pushed to an Azure solution, which we are unlikely to get anytime soon. The pricing didn't seem to lend itself well to SME.

Pros

Power BI is free to learn on which is ideal for novice users and organisations that have limited experience with BI packages. The developmental nature of the package is also interesting as new features are added in response e to the user community feedback through the forums. The learning from community forums , on line tutorials and Youtube videos has been invaluable.

Cons

The limitations in the free version are frustrating as you can't share dashboards with colleagues unless they have Power BI. This means you can't show it off easily to others who may also start using it. Getting the IT department to implement this is a hard slog if you can't demonstrate the productivity gains to a wider audience. The CEO is not going to install Power BI, she just wants to see the output and then will endorse wider adoption.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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MS Power BI - take your business to the next level

Reviewed 4 years ago

If you want to understand in what direction to move your business, to be always up to date, to receive data from anywhere in the world and from any device MS Power BI definitely your choice.

Pros

You can access your data from anywhere in the world from any device and always keep abreast of your business. Great product from Microsoft. Easily connects to a large number of systems, can combine data from different sources. A large number of built-in reports and dashboards, informative charts that give a visual representation of your data. You can drill down into your data, publish your reports online, pleased with the opportunity to cost reports offline, followed by their publication. Deep integration with MS Office.

Cons

Really it is very difficult to distinguish what the cons on the background of a very large number of advantages. The only thing you will have to spend the time and effort is of course learning without which I think can not do everywhere, no matter what product started studying. The only sad thing is that to learn MS Power BI is possible only using your work account from Microsoft.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great Product

Reviewed 5 months ago

Overal power BI has significantly improved our repeating process and allowed speed to insights from data within our org

Pros

Power BI is a dynamic reporting tool that serves the needs of many for budget reports with high to detailed data

Cons

The data transformation steps and learning Dax code intimates people in our org which prevents adoption. Would be great to have low code no code solutions

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Power BI as a BI Solution

Reviewed 4 years ago

With the use of existing free or premium connectors and templates, a user can get up and running with Power BI in minutes and have access to hundreds of prebuilt visuals and analysis instantly - with their own data.

Pros

Four main things: 1. Ease of Use (same Microsoft intuitive feel) 2. Virtually connect to any data source and multiple data sources. Report on them individually or combined (great if you're looking to combine historical legacy data with new, current data from another source) 3. Scalable. Grow your business and Power BI grows with you. It can handle huge amounts of data 4.Bang for buck - so much packed into an affordable package

Cons

Ability to only refresh part of your data, not all of it, which can take a long time. Old data that doesn't change, for example, doesn't need to be refreshed every time along with the new data. Although, I hear Microsoft is working on this.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great BI Tool for the Value

Reviewed 3 years ago

Using Microsoft Power BI has allowed us to customize our reports in a way that was not possible or easy within the systems we had and allows us to much more easily track our progress towards goals and YOY.

Pros

We were looking at two main options and were able to purchase licences for our entire office for the cost of one license with another BI tool. Having knowledge of Excel, it made it much easier to adopt and when I ran into trouble there was great help in the Power BI online community.

Cons

The only thing I wish was easier was to set your fiscal calendar/start date for the year rather than having to create your own custom date table.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Power BI might be the best way to start a BI practice

Reviewed 4 years ago

As a starting point for our BI practice it worked just fine. Now, after 2 years we are beginning to have issues due to not available features. So far we are able to implement workarounds in the source databases before Power BI consumes data. We know eventually this has to change.

Pros

I was able to create out daily operation KPI dashboards using Power BI in a very few days only using a very cheap Udemy course as training. For internal usage it can be a very affordable solution when compared to mostly every other enterprise BI solution in the market. Some of Office 365 services are already integrated to provide datasources to Power BI in a very simple way.

Cons

Microsoft's documentation for Power BI wasn't useful at all. It works in a completely opposite way to how Excel woks, I expected that my experience using Excel would be helpful, but it wasn't at all. It lacks a lot of features for data processing and transformation that are expected on any BI solution, like the ability to to column vs rows transposition. There's no integration between Power BI desktop and web.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Power BI Best Visualizer of raw data

Reviewed a year ago

Overall was good experience with power bi. Its give multiple valuable business insights which cant be seen in raw data. Convenient as compared to other options which are available in market.

Pros

Easy and simple to use Cheaper than others Have Microsoft excel integration which makes easier to understand for the people who already had the knowledge of excel. We can use custom Visualizations Provide regular updates by considering the suggestions given by the user community. Easy to understand. Anyone who is having average excel skills can start using power bi.

Cons

We can't connect power bi with Google sheets whereas other business analytics tool can. For 3rd party web sources there is lack of data sources. Power bi service layout which Microsoft recently changed