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Executive Summary
Updated on May 17, 2022

We performed a comparison between Amazon QuickSight and Microsoft BI based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users report that the initial setup and deployment of both solutions is straightforward and fast.
  • Features: Reviewers of both products are happy with their stability. Amazon QuickSight users say it provides good analytics and query capabilities but has limited features and visualizations. Microsoft BI users say it is scalable, user-friendly, and has good integration options and reporting tools, but that its performance sometimes lags when handling large amounts of data.
  • Pricing: Each of these products received mixed reviews in the pricing category. Some users of each solution feel that the price is too high.
  • ROI: Reviewers of both products report seeing an ROI.
  • Service and Support: Amazon QuickSight users give mixed reviews for the product’s support. Some users report being satisfied, while others feel the support could improve. Microsoft BI reviewers are very satisfied with the level of support they receive.

Comparison Results: Microsoft BI is the clear winner in this comparison. It has excellent customer support, is scalable, reliable, and has a good user interface. In general, it is a more mature solution than Amazon QuickSight.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft BI report (Updated: May 2022).
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Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft BI
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Quotes From Members
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the user interface.""One of the most valuable features of Amazon QuickSight has been the speed at which visualizations can be created.""The query and dashboard capabilities are entirely good.""Amazon QuickSight can provide insights from the available data. It supports various rule types. We get the options of machine learning and insights, which are not available in other intelligence tools. It is easier to use, more stable, and cheaper than other solutions.""The most valuable feature of Amazon QuickSight is its connectivity with other Amazon services.""From an analytics perspective, it's really good for self-service analytics.""The ease with which it integrates with different data sources is most valuable. Especially when everything is on AWS, it is easy to connect to the data source and organize different dashboards."

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"It's a very easy-to-use solution.""It is very good, and it supports the Microsoft ecosystem, including Excel, etc.""I liked that Microsoft Power BI handles a large amount of data. I can handle hundreds of rows from Postgres in a few minutes. I also like how it detects the relationship between the tables without explicitly saying that. It just detects the relationship automatically. That made it easier to work with the data.""We have found that the reporting and publishing are great.""Technical support is quite good.""It's a great tool for visualization data, and it's free for engineers.""Microsoft BI's dashboards are helpful.""What Power BI is, is a whole collection of templates of small amounts of data that can be used to do something for a real world project, that can be easily set up and become the business intelligence environment or a data warehouse for a large amount of data, for a real world customer. That's what is remarkable."

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"There is room for improvement in terms of the number of visualizations and dashboards that are available.""It should support integration with Python or R.""Amazon QuickSight has minimal features. The feature set can be improved to allow you to create good production-ready dashboards. This does not happen with QuickSite, it needs to mature to be used in production.""There could be an end-to-end pipeline for data cleaning as well as presenting it using different visualizations.""There should be better connectors for different data sets.""It is a simple tool with limited features. Its visualization set is very limited, and it also has limited functionality. An intelligence tool should not be only for creating reports. Currently, we have to do all computational and mathematical operations outside. We should be able to do such operations in an intelligence tool like this. As an intelligence tool, it should support dynamic refresh. QuickSight currently supports the refresh at a minimum of one hour, and it is not suitable for dynamic dashboards that require frequent refreshes.""You can't tell a data story as well in QuickSight as you can on others, especially in TIBCO Spotfire."

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"Sluggish performance when handling large amounts of data.""Most clients have MacBooks. Therefore, they use Tableau as Power BI Desktop is not available for the MacBook right now.""When there are large amounts of data being processed there are additional tools needed to handle it.""I would like for the next release to have better desktop performance, especially for big databases. Additionally, I would like to have more integrations with programs like Salesforce in order to get more live data coming in.""I think that the product would benefit by increasing the range of visuals and graphics readily available, as opposed to using a third party included as part of the product.""It's not user-friendly; more tutorials, training, and better documentation would be helpful.""The UI is the main improvement that could be made. Specifically, there is something called DAX, in Power BI, which is complicated compared to calculated fields used in Tableau.""Integration with artificial intelligence would help. Humans take time to review the data and eliminate errors. Artificial intelligence based on machine learning and understanding can bring the same functionality."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I wouldn't say that it is an expensive product, but to stay competitive they would need to bring down the prices."
  • "It is simpler and cheaper than other solutions."
  • "Amazon QuickSight you subscribe and you use the service."
  • "The standard edition is free to use for exploration purposes while the enterprise edition needs to be paid for. The pricing for this solution is very reasonable."
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  • "We have a premium Power BI license in-house that's quite an expensive license. It's $10 a month for four users and then I think 35,000 at the premium rate."
  • "It is somewhere in the middle in terms of price. Licensing is quite clear."
  • "Its cost seems to be unreasonable if you have many users, but for a lesser number of users, it is reasonable. It is $10 per month. Clients easily accept this option, so they must think it is reasonable. It is quite cheap as compared to other tools, such as Tableau. One of the best things about this solution is that it has a trial version."
  • "Once the trial period for the BI service is over, the cost is approximately $10 USD per user, per month, so it's quite reasonable."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable compared to any other tool."
  • "Microsoft BI is not very cheap. A premium license costs roughly 5,000 euros a month."
  • "This product offers good value for the money."
  • "Microsoft BI is free for the personal edition, but there is also a paid-for professional version."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The query and dashboard capabilities are entirely good.
    Top Answer:The standard edition is free to use for exploration purposes while the enterprise edition needs to be paid for. The pricing for this solution is very reasonable.
    Top Answer:There should be better connectors for different data sets.
    Top Answer:There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows:  1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP… more »
    Top Answer:Oracle OBIEE is great in allowing design and creativity per the individual needs of the organization. Dashboards are fully customizable and very user-friendly. This solution is very stable. Oracle… more »
    Top Answer:The most interesting feature of Microsoft Power BI is that it's very user-friendly.
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    Also Known As
    SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data, Power BI Pro, MS BI
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    Amazon QuickSight is a fast, cloud-powered business analytics service that makes it easy to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from your data. Using our cloud-based service you can easily connect to your data, perform advanced analysis, and create stunning visualizations and rich dashboards that can be accessed from any browser or mobile device.

    Microsoft BI is a business intelligence solution that turns data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business.

    Microsoft BI combines familiar Microsoft tools - Office, SharePoint, and SQL server, with extra features for end-users, such as Power View and Power Pivot. This powerful product gives businesses a competitive advantage by allowing end-users to better analyze their data, collaborate and better present their data.

    Learn more about Amazon QuickSight
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    Sample Customers
    MLB Advanced Media, Infor, HotelBeds, Gemini, Jivochat,
    Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company20%
    Media Company15%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft BI
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft BI and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon QuickSight is ranked 12th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 8 reviews while Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 188 reviews. Amazon QuickSight is rated 6.4, while Microsoft BI is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Amazon QuickSight writes "We selected it for scalability reasons but we didn't get that far because of security concerns". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft BI writes "A complete ecosystem with an builtin ETL tool, good integrations with python and R, and support of DAX and Power Query (M languages)". Amazon QuickSight is most compared with Tableau, Google Data Studio, Qlik Sense, Databricks and SAP Analytics Cloud, whereas Microsoft BI is most compared with Tableau, MicroStrategy, Oracle OBIEE, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and IBM Cognos. See our Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft BI report.

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