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Microsoft Power BI Reviews

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Power Bi has revolutionized the BI industry, it is the best too in self-service BI. I have been using it for more than two years and it helps me in finding great insights about our business.

KAMRAN B.

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The Desktop Version is awesome, provides multiple connectors to different data sources and powerful modelling capabilities so that I format my data exactly how I want it.

Wechuli P.

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First I like that it is very affordable, secondly support is great with Q&A options to help you navigate through it and finally I like the report customization options.

Tawanda S.

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Cons

Personally, I have some trouble with the SQL. I get a tad bit confused on some of the tables to use but that is more personal human error.

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Like any software that relies on the data entered, it is very much a situation of bad data in then bad data out.

Pauline H.

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It could get confusing to use at times. I also got annoyed that Power BI would constantly go down for long stretches... maybe that was our developer’s fault.

Matthew S.

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Has helped bring the organization to another level

Reviewed 7 months ago

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There are plenty of competitors, but Power BI is tops

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ugly numbers to pretty pictures

Reviewed 10 months ago

Management loves it, I love developing with it but getting certain others to adopt it can be a bit of a challenge.

Pros

As the title says, it turns ugly numbers into pretty pictures. It is easy enough for a non-developer to use and turn a mess of data into an intelligent and understandable story.

Cons

It literally changes every three months. You just get used to it and with the next update a lot has changed. I don't really see this as a con though because this is more like a Christmas present waiting to see what they will have made better this go around.

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Analytic Superman

Reviewed 2 months ago

Power BI has been a game changer for us when it comes to how we see and break down the analytics of our business. Its a platform that integrates all parties to one sheet and allows us to break the data down visually and analytically. Only drawback is when you need to make an update it could take the builder some time to update.

Pros

I love the way Power BI is able to show the data in a very eye friendly way. If you have a business that has markets, districts, and locations that need to show data then Power Bi allows you to break this down to any analytics you need to see with graph representation. Its great!

Cons

It does take some knowledge around formulas and excel. If you don't have an analytic data team that can make these repots for you on Power BI then it will take you a longer time to see the analytics from it.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Power BI like the "self service" BI system

Reviewed 17 days ago

it is very convenient and simple, we also have a certified person in the company and I did the course myself. it has many completely free features. Gartner describe it like the best instrument about BI

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Easy to use, cheaper then others, lots of functions and services. We use it in our team and promote it also to our clients

Cons

power bi service layout... microsoft recently changed with an improved update but could still be improved further

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

Reviewed 4 years ago

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...

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pretty visuals Power Query On-premises Data Gateway responsible Pro Support

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lack of data sources pretty useless for 3rd Party Web Sources

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Moderate cost for a moderate experience for medium sized enterprises

Reviewed 2 months 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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Best Data Visualization tool

Reviewed 5 months ago
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Great integration features varied options for visualization ability to centrally build reports and publish to users Regular auto upgrade of the features

Cons

large volume of data might clog running of the reports

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Ottimo prodotto per la business intelligence Self service

Reviewed 12 days ago

Utilizziamo Power Bi per tutte le esigenze di visualizzazione dei dati, in maniera veloce e condivisa con tutti gli utenti dell'organizzazione.

Pros

Semplice da utilizzare e di facile apprendimento. Possibilità di collegarsi a tantissime sorgenti dati differenti (Excel, DB relazionali, No SQL, Cloud DB). I costi licenza sono decisamente inferiori rispetto ai principali competitors.

Cons

Manca la possibilità di creare velocemente dei report se non si utilizza la versione Premium. Probabilmente il problema verrà risolto con la licenza PPU nei prossimi mesi.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A powerful tool for Business intelligence

Reviewed 2 months ago

It's a Microsoft product and it has intuitive drag & drop options and menus. It has a lot feature from Excel Pivot tables, with nice visualization possibilites. There are a lot of pre-build data connectors you can use out of the box.

Pros

Data Analysis Made Easy: you can Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) Data using Power BI Desktop. It's well integrated with other Microsoft tools.

Cons

In order to share the visualizations that you have created (reports and dashboards), you have to pay for a Power Bi Pro license for every member.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Excellent tool for small offices and datasets but can lead to frustration overtime

Reviewed a month ago

I am generally satisficed with the product, price and ease of learning with lots of YouTube video and the Power BI community, there is always something new to learn and implemented to improve or help meet your reporting requirements.

Pros

Easy to get started with Power BI if you are on the Microsoft 365 platform. Power Bi provides an easy to connect and interactive method for pulling data in real time from data collection system such as the SharePoint online, MS Excel and others. The ease of connecting with SharePoint is the strong point for my review. Having the Power Bi connected to the SharePoint system provides the opportunity to...

Cons

The main issues are around the changes that are made by Microsoft, this will always be a learning curve for the users. The lack of consistency on certain actions will be the biggest issue.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Many Resources

Reviewed 2 months ago
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This Software is integrated with others Microsoft products, Like Power Apps, Azure, Office 365... It is very useful and easy to use in routine data visualization activities with dashboard's construction.

Cons

The price is very inaccessible for students yet.

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Enterprise Analytics - with some gotchas

Reviewed 3 months ago

We're using this as our enterprise analytics platform to supplement paginated reports in SSRS/PBIRS. Aside from the wrinkles mentioned, it's been a solid performer. If there was a little more "admin" capabilities around subscriptions and permissions, it'd be a home run.

Pros

Near-constant updates and feature additions. It's exceptionally easy to throw together a Power BI Report across a bunch of different data sources and then share it with 1 or 100 people. Tons of connectivity support - if you have data somewhere it can *probably* read it into a model for consumption. The "front end" development is pretty straightforward with the ability to get very fancy with custom visuals - although you need to be a real developer to build those yourself.

Cons

It feels like there are some (currently) missing enterprise features. We still haven't really figured out a holistic way of managing both the enterprise stuff, as well as the "power user" self service stuff that gets published around the org. To Microsoft's credit, there are pretty much monthly releases that add ne functionality and features. Some things I'd like to see include more API support and additional sources like Box, perhaps.

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Simple and highly customizable

Reviewed 8 months 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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The visualization and analytics product that is constantly evolving - for the better

Reviewed a year ago

With Power BI we identify patterns, issues and opportunities in sales, marketing, operations, supply chain, people management and finance data. The ways to look at the data and the drilling capabilities make this a wonderful tool

Pros

1. Improves with new releases every two weeks 2. Powerful insight management 3. Integration with MS products 4. Online forums and learning zones

Cons

1. Not as intuitive as packaged applications, but getting there 2. Not a good IDE for Python / R 3. Connectors to social media need to be improved

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Very robust, though a little overwhelming

Reviewed a year ago

We're moving from having staff creating Excel reports or Access database reports to having Power BI do it all for us. We spend some time cleaning up the user's data, streamlining how they enter it (and where - we still use Access, some SQL, some Sharepoint), and Power BI does the rest after that. Our staff loves that they no longer have to manually create reports, and they love the way Power BI looks for them. We are enjoying it overall.

Pros

The dashboard creation is amazing. Give it a data source, design how you want to see your data, and it shows it to you. I enjoy creating dashboards for our different departments. And once our staff sees the reports and dashboards they get from this, vs how they used to get it in an Excel spreadsheet or an Access Report, they are hooked.

Cons

Overwhelming in the back end. Sometimes you just cannot get the data to display the way you want. There are so many options, features, methods. It gets overwhelming. My biggest gripe is that the back end is not as user friendly as other programs. And, comparing it to something that one of my users would create in Excel, it's difficult for me to get the exact data reported that they want. I have to figure out how to display it, and because the Power Bi is just so robust, it's a little overwhelming in that respect.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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It brings the power of BI down to non-tech users

Reviewed 2 years ago

My job is to collect and process all sorts of data in my organization and present them to the highest management committee for policy level decision making. We are heavily dependent on MS Excel for this. I handle excel worksheets with thousands of entries every day. A year ago, I tried Power BI to see whether it can help me in my job or not. And i am hooked till now. I am most impressed with the processing power of Power BI. Huge worksheets can be processed very fast using Power BI. It also updates the reports automatically which improves my productivity significantly.

Pros

1. Ease of Use: Unlike other BI software’s, Power BI's interface is friendlier especially to MS Excel users. You will not feel overwhelmed rather it will look familiar. 2. Powerful engine: Users who need to tackle very large datasets with thousands of entries know that MS excel gets horribly slow processing such a large file. Power BI is a God sent for these users. Its processing engine is super-fast...

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Honestly, in my opinion, Power BI is by far the best software made by Microsoft. But considering I am a heavy user of MS Excel, it is easier to me. I think learning curve of Power BI for a beginner with no prior skill in MS Excel will be a bit steep. Then again, BI is a complex thing itself. So master any kind of BI software will be tricky by its own merit.

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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 4 years ago

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

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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...

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• 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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Really good for aggregating data from multiple sources

Reviewed a year ago

Power BI has helped us go from random spreadsheet reports to consolidated dashboards that are pleasing to look at and easy to interpret.

Pros

The interface is beautiful and easy to navigate. Once data sources are all connected, it's pretty easy to create a new dashboard/layout if you know how to analyze your own data. Nearly every integration that we needed was already included.

Cons

It's hard to build some more complex reports. If you want to combine two different data sources into one view/metric, you will need some advanced skills.

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Simple et très personnalisable

Reviewed 4 months ago

1.Intégrez facilement un rapport et un tableau de bord dans tout type d'application commerciale et il en fait partie. 2. La requête Dax est très fiable lorsqu'il s'agit de découper en tranches les données de niveau granulaire en fonction de la tendance temporelle. 3. les fichiers fusionnés a l'aide de power Query

Pros

Avantages 1. Outil de bureau gratuit pour le développement (Power BI Desktop) et processus d'installation simple. 2. Presque, nous pouvons connecter plusieurs sources pour récupérer les données. csv,web,excel,sql,odbc etc.. 3. Spécialisé en (Extraction, transformation, chargement) pour nettoyer les données brutes non structurées en données structurées à l'aide de Power Query. 4. Puissante requête DAX pour une mesure personnalisée et une colonne calculée pour obtenir les mesures commerciales souhaités. 5. Publier dans le nuage (azur) pour voir le rapport partout dans le monde avec l'aide du service Power BI. 6. Tout le monde peut facilement créer des graphiques de base avec des données structurées. 7. La gestion de stock a l'aide de power pivot et indescriptible

Cons

Inconvénients 1. Power BI Desktop consomme une énorme quantité de ressources dans le système. 2. La surveillance des services augmente pour les grands consommateurs de rapports. 3. Tout en traitant un énorme volume de données, une optimisation constante a lieu. 4. la traduction des formules DAX en Français pour les francophones

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One of the best BI softwares out there

Reviewed a year ago

I have created dashboards on project progress, business cases and at times, a personal dashboard of my own assets and savings just to keep track of certain things. I love that PowerBI is easy to use, and has been designed with the end user in mind. However, I would like to have a wider variety of templates to choose from, especially if I am a beginner to the whole business intelligence idea.

Pros

Having been a user of the full range of Microsoft Office, it was only natural that PowerBI comes to mind when trying to create a live update dashboard. It is extremely easy to use - a plug and play approach comes to mind - and if you had worked with Microsoft Office before, some of the features are very intuitive to use. If the organisation that you are working with uses Microsoft Office, access issues are sorted and it becomes incredibly easy to drive adoption of this dashboard on a day to day basis

Cons

The design of the dashboard created with PowerBI can be found to be lacking at points, compared to some of the other BI softwares. The templates available seem great, but there aren't as many options as I would like when I am creating a specific type of dashboard.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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The best gets better

Reviewed 7 months 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 recommend10/10

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Overall the best Dashboard software at this moment

Reviewed a year ago

Part of our dashboards were developped using Power BI. Although the UI is not as perfect as Tableau, Basically it can achieve all Tableau can do, (maybe not as quick or few steps as Tableau).the modelling, the strong ETL support, the Power Query and integration with office can offset the drawbacks.

Pros

1. The wide and deep design and full support for upstream and downstream systems; 2. Excellent query engine with well design data modelling principals (which is better than Tableau); 3. Seamless integration with other Microsoft data integration products such as SSIS, SSRS, SSAS; 4. Excellent knowledgebase community and support; 5. Quick update to the Azure cloud support

Cons

1. UI design is a little bit inconvenient comparing to Tableau. 2. DAX is a bit complicated for power users.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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New to Power BI but love it

Reviewed a year ago

Overall I love the software and would highly recommend it. Not only does it help visualize data but also helps to keep it updated in real time with the ability to connect to a server. The automation of pulling the data on a schedule and importing it directly into the visualizations solved a huge problem for our company.

Pros

I love how easy it is to make really powerful visualizations. The ease of use in order to basic visualizations is similar to Pivot tables in Excel. If you have a basic understanding of Pivot tables you will be able to open the software and get straight to visualizing. Once you take a deeper dive into the queries and data transformations you will uncover an entirely new world of analysis.

Cons

The software is easy to use for basic functions but when you get into more detail it can be difficult. It is also really hard to share your work with someone that does not pay for the service. Without paying for a Power Bi Pro account it is basically impossible to share the visualizations that you have created. Also, the Arc GIS feature only works within the software. If you try to post a map visualization to a website through an embed it doesn't work.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Miscrosoft Power BI for Federal Acquisition Spend Analysis

Reviewed 4 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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Power BI review

Reviewed 2 months ago

I have been using Power Bi for over 2 years now in creating Dashboard for several items including Finance, data, Students and school data and recently I have used it in documenting poll results and Covid-19 cases.

Pros

Power BI is great especially with data analytics and visualization. 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. The most important advantage of Power Bi is how it can easily summarize, transform and visualize data through summaries and dash board reports. In addition Power BI delivers real-time reports especially when linked with production of the data. It both accessible on computer and mobile. It is also very easy to integrate with excel and other data storing softwares.

Cons

It is somehow technical especially when writing DAX scripts and when linking several tables for relationships. Since its mainly used for Dashboards and visualizations, the presentations can be crowded considering a lot of information is supposed to be squeezed on one page. Power BI also requires complex formulas in DAX which sometimes can give wrong results from expected. It also takes a lot of time to prepare data and create visuals.

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Great, Simple Vizualization Tool!

Reviewed 4 months ago

Overall I have had an excellent experience with power bi as someone coming from a Network engineering role into data science and visualization. Power bi does a great job with ease of learning the product.

Pros

Free desktop tool for modeling is great to try out for anyone. Excellent customer support. Using the power bi web dashboard is a great way to gain the visibility that you need to make this Business intelligence valuable. Being able to send reports on a schedule makes it a great tool for displaying and sharing data. The level of features and third party visualization also makes this a versatility tool that any data driven groups could benefit from. Publishing from the desktop to the web version is extremely simple.

Cons

When creating measures and columns there can be some slowness or odd reactions while using the measures/columns as filters. Not able to choose a theme for the background colors.

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