Amazon QuickSight vs Microsoft Power 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 Power BI Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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 I have found is the low-level securities are very easy to use.""The solution is simple to implement.""The graph charts, pie charts, and box plots are valuable.""It has a lot of valuable features, but the most important aspect is the affordable cost. This solution costs much less in comparison to the competitors like Qlik Sense, Power BI, and Tableau.""I like that with Amazon QuickSight, you don't need to install an app to use its services. With other BI tools, you need to install the app, so Amazon QuickSight is better for me in this area.""The query and dashboard capabilities are entirely good.""Compared to other reporting tools, it is very effective but does require an understanding of certain concepts in QuickSight. This understanding is crucial for creating dimensions, changing metrics, and visualizing reports."

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"I like the downloadable visualizations a lot. I think that they give the user a very nice starting point in creating awesome dashboards, with the right way to tell their data story.""The flexibility of the program is valuable. We are able to add other information to the reporting information and expand upon it.""Key features are its dashboard functionality and ease of integration with various data sources.""We can see that it's really improved the way end users can do their own graphs and pick their own fields of information and present that in a nice way.""Ease of development and maintenance.""The solution is easy to set up and implement.""The solution is easy to use.""There is a feature in Microsoft BI that allows JSON data to SQL on the dashboards effectively and quickly."

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"The solution must be more user-friendly.""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.""It should support integration with Python or R.""The product is quite expensive because the price is too close to QlikView's prices but it does not ring as well as QlikView.""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 should be better connectors for different data sets.""It can be made more user-friendly as some users might find this solution hard to implement. Qlik Sense, for example, is very user-friendly."

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"There could be an integrated AI that can automatically analyze some of your data and highlight or provide suggestions. For example, when you are looking at a data set, it can suggest putting it into a certain type of chart so that you gain different insights or a trend line. You would almost have templates that it would recommend for you.""The product’s on-premise reporting servers could support real-time data refreshing capabilities like its on-cloud version.""You do need to do some hard coding for certain things in Microsoft BI.""SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is not user friendly.""SSMS & SSRS.""Its desktop tool is a little bit memory CPU intensive, and it can be improved, but the machines nowadays come with a lot of memory. For the desktop users who are using it on the desktop, we recommend that they do an upgrade. It is a minor issue. We can fix it on the desktop.""Lacks the ability to copy data from BI into PowerPoint.""The solution could use a faster speed on certain interactions and a refresh of the dashboards."

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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."
  • "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."
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  • "There is room for at least 45% discount as compared to the initial price."
  • "MS BI comes with all the tools and it is, to the best of my knowledge, the most affordable solution."
  • "All in all, for the price, this is an excellent tool for helping your organization turn mounds of data into useful insights."
  • "I would advise that Microsoft BI products are rightly priced and the licensing is easy to follow and to fulfill."
  • "Remove the cost of a licence to show a dashboard within SharePoint. Why should readers of a dashboard have to pay to view? ​"
  • "Make it low in cost. It is a no-brainer!"
  • "Globally, we evaluated a number of products, including Salesforce's product, Microsoft won on the ground of simple functionally and cost."
  • "Paid for itself in the first month."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The integration is very seamless. We stored our result CSV files in S3 and connected directly from there.
    Top Answer:My company had a corporate discount and other arrangements, so I'm not familiar with the standard pricing.
    Top Answer:Compared to Power BI, I felt QuickSight lacks some features, like delayed drill-downs. Drill-downs were the main area where we found QuickSight lacking. Especially for root cause analysis, the ability… more »
    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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    SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS Reporting Services, 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 Power BI is a powerful tool for data analysis and visualization. This tool stands out for its ability to merge and analyze data from various sources. Widely adopted across different industries and departments, Power BI is instrumental in creating visually appealing dashboards and generating insightful business intelligence reports. Its intuitive interface, robust visualization capabilities, and seamless integration with other Microsoft applications empower users to easily create interactive reports and gain valuable insights.

    Sample Customers
    MLB Advanced Media, Infor, HotelBeds, Gemini, Jivochat,
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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company40%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Educational Organization7%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Educational Organization36%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise42%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft Power BI
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft Power BI and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    Amazon QuickSight is ranked 4th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 24 reviews while Microsoft Power BI is ranked 1st in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 297 reviews. Amazon QuickSight is rated 6.8, while Microsoft Power BI is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Amazon QuickSight writes "Useful for developing dashboards for various lines of business". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Power 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, Looker, Google Data Studio, Qlik Sense and IBM Cognos, whereas Microsoft Power BI is most compared with Tableau, KNIME, Domo, Oracle OBIEE and Databricks. See our Amazon QuickSight vs. Microsoft Power BI report.

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