Microsoft Power BI Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

Microsoft Power BI

BI visualization and reporting for desktop, web or mobile

4.29/5 (97 reviews)

Microsoft Power BI Pricing

Starting from: $9.99/month

Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription

Power BI: Free
Power BI Pro: $9.99 per user, per month

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Microsoft Power BI Pricing Reviews

Pros
  • pretty visuals Power Query On-premises Data Gateway responsible Pro Support
  • Easy to use, powerfull, integrted with all the other Microsoft family products, low cost, nice graph
  • easier to use, dax is an option for a lot of end user cheap, so you can involve everyone with news processes
  • Easy to create a report without much training. UI seems to be very much impressive. Fancy reporting features.
Cons
  • lack of data sources pretty useless for 3rd Party Web Sources
  • There are a number of bugs, and the pricing is very complex and confusing for a small organization.
  • Expensive web-based deployment. The ETL process still has a lot of room for development. DAX support is great.
  • customization or developing. not much available. we are looking for customize and developing to change the layout
97%
recommended this to a friend or a colleague

22 reviewers had the following to say about Microsoft Power BI's pricing:

Dave Shaddix

Great platform to create business analytics

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-15
Review Source: Software Advice

Used Jet Reports in the past, Power BI blows it out of the water. (and a fraction of the price)Incredibly powerful platform, and it's relatively cheap. Waay cheaper than the old model when you had a server on premise.

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Judith Serrada

One tool for Business intelligence solution

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-03-20
Review Source: Software Advice

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. 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.

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Emmanuelle Cordonnier

Easy to use for end user, light to administrate for IT

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-02-08
Review Source: Software Advice

easier to use, dax is an option for a lot of end user cheap, so you can involve everyone with news processes

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Luigi Sansottera

The Microsoft BI State of the art

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-01-12
Review Source: Software Advice

It's amazing how the tool dial with data and maps.....unbelievabeEasy to use, powerfull, integrted with all the other Microsoft family products, low cost, nice graph

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Ryan Geiler

Power BI is the best analytics platform out there

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-07-10
Review Source: Capterra

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

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Jimmy Gibson

Miscrosoft Power BI for Federal Acquisition Spend Analysis

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-04-24
Review Source: Software Advice

All in all, for the price, this is an excellent tool for helping your organization turn mounds of data into useful insights.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 questions that you may have. The Power BI Desktop application is used to perform ETL, create reports and is free. The reports are published to the Power BI cloud service for sharing, which is also free with limited capabilities. For more capabilities, such as security groups and scheduled data refreshing, there is a subscription fee. Microsoft will be releasing an on-premise solution for sharing Power BI content via an update to SQL Server 2016 hopefully within the next few months.

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Le Huy Luyen

using, sharing how to use Power BI

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-09-15
Review Source: Software Advice

Very usefuleasy, free both online, desktop. only Pro version, 10usd/user/month is reasonable price. connect to many data source from on premise and online

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Michael LeFevre

Excellent tool for presenting data; still some bugs to work out

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-05-12
Review Source: Software Advice

The ease of presenting data to executives and evaluating scenarios helps me run my organization. We have started to move more and more of our charts and graphs out of excel and into PowerBI.

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Elvin Cheng

Very easy to adopt BI or Visualization Tool

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-01-10
Review Source: Software Advice

If you have no enough budget to begin your visualization and data analyze cases and you also don't like other commercial or open source BI or visualization tool, you should try it first. I believe you will like it. BTW, I still think Tabelau is best one tool of visualization and its cost is also expensive.Easy to use, get Desktop designer tool and cloud-based server. You also can choice on-premised Power BI server for your local deployment needs.

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Julia Brooks

Affordable and fairly intuitive (for Excel users)

Used other for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-02-06
Review Source: Software Advice

Cost. This is definitely great value for the money and beats most of its competitors. Data visualization capabilities are very strong and it integrates to a lot of databases. Microsoft regularly add new features and functionality and since it is a Microsoft product, the integrations are seamless into Excel, etc. No need to know SQL.

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Ian Longfield

Excellent learning curve experience within a familiar paltform

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-11-09
Review Source: Software Advice

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.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.

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Peter Miller

A good idea but pricing models difficult to understand

Used other for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-05-11
Review Source: GetApp

I think the product is great and a fantastic add on to other products. Speed of the application is generally good and the ability to link to multiple sources is great

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Abbas Rezvi

Cheaper alternative to Tableau

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-05-04
Review Source: Software Advice

Rich data visualization tool, cloud based or locally installed. Very nimble, excellent value for money compared to Tableau. Also, easier to pick up and deploy.

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Sajid Akhtar

A great BI tool with lots of room for development

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-04-05
Review Source: Software Advice

Power BI is free to use initially and users can utilize this to get hands-on experience with the tool. Set of visualizations is great.

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BI visualization and reporting for desktop, web or mobile

Abhaysingh Thakur

Visualization Software

Used monthly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-05-21
Review Source: Software Advice

It's widely used in the visualization industry.Power BI is a Microsoft product so it's customer service is really good. It is very user-friendly software with all the useful buttons on the screen.

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Yoga Veera

Microsoft Power BI

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-04-19
Review Source: Software Advice

Easy to create a report without much training. UI seems to be very much impressive. Fancy reporting features.

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Kenan Jaddeny

Microsoft Power BI, Master of the Analytics World

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-05-08
Review Source: Software Advice

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

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Benjamin Dymit

Powerful tool for visibility of data across organization

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-01-11
Review Source: Software Advice

Power BI is easy to set up, and has many different data connectors. You can try it out for free, and it is already included for your organization if you have Office 365. It will take some training (especially in the DAX language) to have it work to its full potential (as with any software), but it is better than all of its competitors, which cost MUCH MUCH more.

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Denis Voronchuk

MS Power BI - take your business to the next level

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-05-07
Review Source: Software Advice

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.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.

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Ashmit Tuladhar

Data Analytics at the finest

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-01-03
Review Source: Software Advice

Microsoft has really stepped up in their data analytics game with the latest Power BI software. The data visualization works really well with power BI as it has many different data charts and it delivers real-time data. It's easy to use and connect to different databases as needed. The share of the dashboard with your team members is another great feature that it has incorporated in the software. This is also another cost-effective software from the Microsoft package compared to other data visualization tools that are in the market.

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rajiv hinduja

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

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-09-22
Review Source: Software Advice

Overall good software for beginners and can be explored to get the best efficiency from the softwarebelow 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 reports will always be on the cloud server and can be viewed as and when required d. Reports can be downloaded as and when required. • Viewing dashboard in Mobile/ tab and preparing phone layout a. Once a dashboard has been prepared and saved, the same can be accessed on Power BI App with the same login. b. Since the screen is small compared to laptop, all the dashboard elements can be redesigned to suit the phone screen. c. The other features remain the same and the dashboard is interactive on the phone as well however it cannot be edited on phone. • Export dashboard to PowerPoint, PDF a. This is one of the most important features of Power BI. Reports or dashboards prepared can be exported on PowerPoint or PDF with a click of a button. b. Hence Management reports and department reports can be automated on Power BI and once you refresh the data, the report will be ready to share. c. One problem is that few images which are not compatible with PowerPoint don’t show post downloading. • Narratives for dashboard a. This is one of the recent features offered by Power BI. With the help of narratives you can get the insight of the dashboard in a story form. b. Narrative uses its intelligence to study the data and give output in pointers, paragraphs etc which can be customised. • Importing visuals to suit your need a. Apart from the general visualizations available in Power BI, there are additional visualizations released by Power BI from time to time. These visualizations enhance the visual appearance as well as the adds to further analytics in different ways. b. Visualizations which have downloaded and used in the dashboard are Infographic designer, Narratives for Business Intelligence, KPI Column chart, and Timeline. • Edit interactions in dashboard a. It is important to understand the interactions and groupings in power BI since with the help of these you can control which graphs you want to automatically change by clicking on the other. b. With the help of grouping you can define groups and sub group which can be viewed together as a group if required. • KPI Column Chart a. This is a recent custom visual developed by Power BI. With the help of this visual you can put the KPI target against the actual on a monthly basis. b. Forecasted revenue/ cost can also be put in this visual which will be shown in different colour. c. Individual monthly targets can also be put which can be interchanged by putting variance. d. Data can also been viewed in a table form along with graphical.

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Anonymous

A pretty reporting tool for some (!) Microsoft Products, but pretty much useless outside of the Microsoft Landscape

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-03-18
Review Source: GetApp

In light of the hype around this "Tableau destroyer" in recent months, I want to highlight some fundamental flaws in data connectivity and reports maintenance of Power BI, which the Product Team so far has turned down as "not in scope". In practice, though, this renders Power BI pretty useless for getting dara from any 3rd party products, in the cloud in particular. This review reflects Power BI as of mid March 2017. I have gathered my knowledge from testing, community interaction and a dozen tickets with Power BI Pro Support. The focus lies on getting data via Web Services, much aligned with Microsoft’s «Cloud First» Strategy. 1) Power BI Online is in the cloud, but does not allow for HTTP calls. Power BI Desktop allows for HTTP calls, but only with static authentication parameters. First of all, a distinction needs to be made between Power BI Online and Power BI Desktop. While Power BI Online is the "master" that ultimately allows you to share and publish your reports, user experience in design is diminished by HTML limitations (you may know from Word or Excel Online) and more importantly, data connectivity (Get Data) is limited to SQL Servers on Azure and about 20 to 30 plugins from 3rd party solutions at present. Take note that on Power BI Online, you cannot select or manage your Gateways, either. This brings the attention to the Power BI Desktop client. Updated every one to two months, the Desktop client brings data connectors necessary to connect to a larger number of data sources. With the Web connector, HTTP calls been configured, although with just static headers and parameters and Basic and Windows authentication only. Importantly, though, Power BI Desktop includes Microsoft Power Query, which you may know from Excel 2016 already. With M Scripts, you can script and customise in many ways and most interestingly, convert it into table form quickly. This is where Power Query shines. However, Power Query does not seem to call on methods for nonces and timestamps required in token based authentication (OAuth for example). (Should this be incorrect, please please let me know. I have been browsing the fora and nagging Support too long already.) What’s really amusing here is that Microsoft Azure uses OAuth 2.0 themselves. So, you cannot run any reporting on Microsoft’s Azure AD or Resource Manager database for example, a notorious blackbox. Back to Powershell. (Power BI does not accept Powershell feeds.) In short, while Power BI Online does not allow to get any data out of the web (except for those 20 to 30 plugins, mostly Microsoft Products), Power BI Desktop allows for Web calls, but only with static parameters and thus, basically with your user credentials. That’s a big limitation in Data Connectivity. 2) With Power BI Online being the master, the HTTP calls cannot be scheduled or refreshed in the cloud. Now that you have configured your HTTP call (with risky user credentials), you want to publish your report and have it refreshed on a scheduled basis, say every day. Tough luck. While you can publish your Report to Power BI Online and subsequently a broader audience, it’s a static image of your Desktop data. You cannot schedule a data refresh in Power BI Online (because there is no Web feature anyway) and you cannot even refresh the data manually as this requires republishing the Report anew. You risk your management looking at outdated data whenever you forgot to republish your report and sneak the new URL into your dashboards and iframes. 3) The On-Premises Data Gateway is pretty useless for Web Services. Yes, there is the On-Premises Data Gateway. Yes, you can configure Web Services in the gateway, although it’s pretty ironic to route web calls via on-premises infrastructure. But did you ever try it? That is, you cannot specify any HTTP headers fort he calls at all, lest writing a Power Query script. And thus, we are back at authentication via Basic and Windows only and writing REST scripts in the data source for every single HTTP call because with no Headers and Body, all parameters need to be coded in the URI. Will you do that? At the end of the day, Power BI is Microsoft's long overdue acknowledgement that Excel and some Dynamics Reports do not cut it for Reporting purposes. Indeed, for reporting on SQL Server, Dynamics 365 (if you want to afford it), and Excel and Access databases stored in your OneDrive, Microsoft Power BI does a neat job. However, as soon as you want to integrate with 3rd party systems or via web services in particular, Power BI presents so many limitations in authentication, Header and Body configuration, scripting, and scheduling that you need to configure an entire SQL Server environment (on Azure or On-Premises via feature poor Gateway) and write a SQL CRL interface or buy Azure Data Factory to get that data in. For some pretty reports, do you really want to buy and customise all that BI infrastructure on Azure? My advice to Microsoft: Work on Data Connectivity, especially in Power BI Online, rather than more visuals for those limited data sources. Your Microsoft clients will consider Power BI a given for the utter lack of reporting in Office 365, Azure, or Dynamics 365 (yes, pushing it there). My advice to Users: If the connectors are not listed, look somewhere else. (And make sure it’s your use case that is listed. Power BI announced an Azure AD connector, but rather than reporting on Users, Groups, or Enterprise Apps, you can only see on a nice map where the last logins happened.) Is it a Tableau destroyer? No. It’s a long overdue acknowledgement for necessary reporting with the potential of being a solid Business Intelligence solution ONCE focus comes to lie more on data.pretty visuals Power Query On-premises Data Gateway responsible Pro Support

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