Amazon QuickSight vs Microsoft BI comparison

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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: November 2023).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature I have found is the low-level securities are very easy to use.""The solution's most valuable feature is its flexibility to visualize certain logs.""The solution is simple to implement.""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.""The most valuable feature of Amazon QuickSight is its connectivity with other Amazon services.""Easily able to connect with our other services and easy to manage.""One of the most valuable features of Amazon QuickSight has been the speed at which visualizations can be created.""It is fine for basic reporting."

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"I like having the ability to connect Excel files as data inputs.""The flexibility of the program is valuable. We are able to add other information to the reporting information and expand upon it.""This product has a lot of features and most of them are user-friendly.""There is a feature in Microsoft BI that allows JSON data to SQL on the dashboards effectively and quickly.""The solution is not that difficult to install, although this will vary with the experience of the person responsible for its installation.""The dashboards of Microsoft BI are easy to use.""Implementation is very quick and the solution is very user-friendly.""Power BI is more powerful than other tools because it is new for us. Each new version has more capabilities, and we're expecting AI and ML features in the next version."

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"There should be better connectors for different data sets.""There is room for improvement in terms of the number of visualizations and dashboards that are available.""The product has some storage and SPICE data issues.""Lacked connectivity with other third-party tools and data sources.""It should support integration with Python or R.""An area for improvement in Amazon QuickSight is storage. Data cleanup also needs improvement because I'm experiencing errors when cleaning the data. Amazon QuickSight needs video tutorials showing its different functions and purposes.""The number of features in the product is limited in comparison with the other tools in the market, like Power BI.""The solution must be more user-friendly."

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"One area for improvement in Microsoft Power BI is serviceability. Compared to one of its competitors: Tableau, there are a lot of things which you cannot do in this tool, that can be done in Tableau.""I'm missing collaborations functionality to operate or to work connected with multiple people on a data source or on virtualization. There should be more collaborations functions, such as in Confluence. We haven't explored the solution sufficiently in this area, but at this time it doesn't look sufficient.""BI is scalable, but there are some problems with limited online storage.""There is room for improvement in terms of pricing for the solution.""Technical support could be a bit better.""The cost of the solution can get high.""The handling of the workspaces can be made more granular for user access rights. It can be managed a little bit better in terms of the connection to Active Directory so that we have more granular access rights. I am not sure if this is really possible or if we can solve it differently, but we need a lot of workspaces, and we are not sure how we can deal with it from the access rights perspective.""Microsoft should offer additional features for visualization and have additional features for slicing and dicing that data."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The Amazon QuickSight licensing model my company's on is pay-as-you-go, but I wouldn't be able to give the figures because that's handled by the finance department."
  • "I'm using a paid version of Amazon QuickSight, paying about $22 monthly. As I have yet to learn about the pricing for other tools, such as Power BI, I won't be able to compare."
  • "The pricing is cost-effective with a good plan."
  • "A highly affordable cost structure with fixed membership and timeframe basis options."
  • "The solution is not affordable."
  • "I rate the price of Amazon QuickSight a four on a scale of one to ten, where one is a low price, and ten is a high price."
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  • "In the beginning, the solution cost approximately $1,000 per month, we have a Microsoft startup subscription. There is a subscription pack for startups company which we are able to have for one year."
  • "If you purchase a license for a server, for users, or the professional version, you might not have to. The free version I think it can satisfy many customers' needs."
  • "We have enterprise licenses and some of the other tools or features come as a package and others you have to purchase separately."
  • "We're charged a monthly subscription fee of 500 rupees per person."
  • "They have a free Power BI Desktop version, but it has limitations."
  • "It's straightforward licensing."
  • "I have not had a customer suggest the solution is too expensive. There are licenses to use the solution."
  • "Both cost-wise and implementation-wise, this product is a good choice."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is notably fast in handling large data set refreshes, making it efficient for data analysis.
    Top Answer:For end-users, the price seems to be based on a per-view model, meaning you pay for the number of views of the dashboard. As for developers, it might involve an annual cost of around $36, although I… more »
    Top Answer:The product lacks some advanced customization features compared to tools like Power BI, which can be a drawback for more complex data visualization needs.
    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:Power BI is an advanced visualization tool oriented to big data with a very complete set of widgets to visualize information, control users accessing information, the configuration of governance… 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 »
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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 connects to all your data sources and turns your data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business, ensuring data accuracy, consistency, and security.

    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.

    The BI platform empowers members of your organization to make data-driven decisions that drive strategic actions quickly by allowing them to work together easily on the same data, share insights, and collaborate on reports using other Microsoft Office applications.

    Microsoft BI Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Microsoft BI include: 

    • Scalability: Easily scale the Microsoft BI platform to help reduce costs and minimize the security risks and complexities that arise as a result of maintaining multiple systems.
    • Secure analytics: Protect your data with sophisticated data security features, including sensitivity labeling, end-to-end encryption, and real-time access monitoring. View and share meaningful AI-based insights enriched by data visualizations.
    • Regular user-driven innovative updates: Get weekly and monthly updates that improve the capabilities of Power BI based on thousands of ideas submitted each year from a community of over 500,000 members worldwide.
    • Seamless integration with Microsoft products: Microsoft BI connects with Microsoft 365, allowing you to create Excel queries, data models, and reports for the Power BI dashboards. These integrations make it easy to collect, analyze, publish, and share Excel business data.
    • Access Microsoft BI from any location: BI can be accessed at any time from anywhere using its mobile app, allowing ease of access to distributed teams or businesses across many locations. The business intelligence platform also enables teams to work on any file at the same time.
    • User-friendly dashboard: View and manage your data in a user-friendly and intuitive customized dashboard. The Microsoft BI platform enables teams to work independently while exchanging analytics between different departments and users. With Microsoft BI, you can easily create personalized dashboards that combine on-premises and cloud data into a single view, allowing you to monitor enterprise data from multiple business applications.
    • Easy installation: Install the platform in minutes just by creating an API key and inputting it into the software.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft BI stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its integration options and its data analytics capabilities.

    Tariq R., an operations & BI analyst at American Hospital Dubai, writes, “Power BI is a complete ecosystem. It has an integrated ETL tool and good connectivity with applications such as Office 365 and SQL. Power BI supports the DAX and Power Query M languages. These languages are making Power BI very strong in data analytics, and you can do many types of analysis. ”

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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 Company50%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Educational Organization7%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Educational Organization34%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise41%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft BI
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    Amazon QuickSight is ranked 3rd in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 16 reviews while Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 83 reviews. Amazon QuickSight is rated 7.2, while Microsoft BI is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Amazon QuickSight writes "Good documentation, good support, and easy to learn". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft BI writes "User friendly, easy to set up and great for analyzing data". Amazon QuickSight is most compared with Tableau, Google Data Studio, Looker, Qlik Sense and IBM Cognos, whereas Microsoft BI is most compared with Tableau, KNIME, Domo, Oracle OBIEE and MicroStrategy. See our Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft BI report.

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