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Updated on Jul 10, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Microsoft BI and MicroStrategy users say the initial setup of both solutions is straightforward.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability and scalability.

    Microsoft BI users find that the solution is user friendly, flexible, and has good connectivity with other applications. However, they feel that it should include better visuals and that its UI could be improved.

    MicroStrategy users like that the solution is simple to use, with robust security and good reporting tools. Users mention that the Dossier needs to be better and that the solution has a steep learning curve.
  • Pricing: Both solutions have a free version. Microsoft BI provides three levels: Desktop (free), Pro, and Premium. Users of MicroStrategy say the cost of the licensed version is expensive.
  • Service and Support: Microsoft BI users and MicroStrategy users are satisfied with the level of technical support they receive from both solutions.
  • ROI: Users of Microsoft BI say the ROI is significant. Users of MicroStrategy do not mention an ROI.

Comparison Results: Users gave Microsoft BI higher ratings. Compared to MicroStrategy, Microsoft BI has slightly better features, and users were happy with the ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed MicroStrategy vs. Microsoft BI Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"The best feature of this solution is the way you can plan, communicate, and visualize all the knowledge you extract from the data for the customers. I like the way you can show or visualize the information a client needs to answer a business question.""Its visualization capabilities are pretty good. It is very easy to use. You can easily make your dashboard.""Our setup is very straight forward and can be done in a matter of hours.""The data can be accessed from anywhere.""The reports are easy to create.""It's a very easy-to-use solution.""It is low-cost and easy to deploy. It is fully-featured.""The solution is very easy to use."

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"The hyperintelligence is the most valuable feature.""The interactive features that appear in the report were good. The external rendering option they give with multi servers was also good.""MicroStrategy has what they call the Semantic Graph — an enterprise-grade semantic graph — and I think the technology is fantastic.""It is easy to use and visually very appealing. One thing that sets it apart is that it has got a great ETL tool. As compared to some of the other solutions, it is much easier to process data from other applications in MicroStrategy. That's why we prefer using it.""The simplicity of MicroStrategy is what I like the most.""It is scalable and integration-friendly.""MicroStrategy has powerful data security features, which are crucial these days. For example, when users view data in MicroStrategy, they're only allowed to see a portion based on the permissions. When we evaluated other solutions like Power BI or Tableau, we found the security is very poor. They can't help us secure access to the data.""The most valuable features of MicroStrategy are user-friendliness and integration with the different data warehouse systems."

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"Microsoft is behind IBM when it comes to security features.""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.""Capacity could be improved.""This solution's performance when handling big data could be improved. Right now, if you're handling big data, the application becomes slow and the performance is very low.""Power BI doesn't support some open-source data sources that are new, such as SnowSQL, Iceberg, or ClickHouse.""When you go to the cloud, its licensing is not intuitive. It is a little bit complex. When you have to purchase a new license, it is difficult to understand on their website what exactly you need to pay and how you can group. It is something that is applicable to all Microsoft products. They're not always so simple and clear when it comes to licensing. Their support can also be better in terms of explaining how they resolved an issue and what steps they took to resolve it. They are able to resolve the issue, but they can be better at explaining the approach they took to resolve the issue. It could have something in the direction of machine learning. It can have some kind of integration with machine learning where you can ask for some reports with natural language.""Technical support could be a bit better.""It is not the right tool to do deeper analysis or predictions. When you have some data and you want to do some deep analysis, there is no feature to help you with this."

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"MicroStrategy should improve migration automation. Additionally, I would like there to be better partnership support.""I would like to see more integration.""Its price should be lower. In terms of features, what we have is quite encompassing right now.""The learning curve is quite steep.""Data preparation-wise, it was not so straightforward with respect to getting different sources. Preparing or transforming the data inside and then bringing it onto the dashboard was a bit difficult, and the experience could have been better.""I would like to see the enterprise version available in a demo or as a trial version.""It would be good if it had greater analytics so we could build these visualizations by ourselves with scripts.""Preparation, data loading and data management application is challenging with MicroStrategy. It lacks cube-based analytics as it is outdated, meaning there is no memory or fast processing analytics or MMA deployment."

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  • "Its pricing is great."
  • "For my primary use case, i.e. teaching students, the free version of Power BI is adequate."
  • "The premium licensing is approximately $5,000 per month which is pretty expensive."
  • "We pay on a monthly basis which is approximately $10 per user on the Microsoft Power BI Pro license. At the moment we are still down at 400 users, but once we reach 500 users, we will move to the premium edition. The premium is $5,000 for unlimited users. Currently, with the 40 users, the cost is roughly $500."
  • "It is based on the usage. If you're using it, you pay for it, and if you're not using it, you stop paying for it."
  • "The cost of licensing depends on the number of people that are going to be using the reports, and we are satisfied with it at $10 per user."
  • "I am satisfied with its price. Its price is very less as compared to Tableau and QlikView."
  • "Their price is good."
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  • "It is expensive. We would like to extend it to many users, but we are currently restricting that because the cost is a constraint. If we are given a chance, we would love to expand it."
  • "All BI software vendors' list prices are high. It's about a price that fits the customer's needs. And I think MicroStrategy has some flexibility in its pricing model where we can easily demonstrate a total cost of ownership comparison against any of the other players."
  • "There is no subscription, I am using the free version."
  • "I am unsure what the licensing costs are for this solution however, development costs are around $100,000 per year."
  • "The price of MicroStrategy is reasonable."
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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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    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. ”

    Company: Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms. With direct operations in 26 countries worldwide and approximately 2,000 employees, our mission is to provide enterprise analytics, mobility, and security platforms that are flexible, powerful, scalable and user-friendly. To learn more, visit MicroStrategy online, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Product portfoilio:

    MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise™ empowers leading organizations to analyze vast amounts of data and distribute actionable business insight throughout an enterprise through two distinct offerings: MicroStrategy Analytics™ and MicroStrategy Desktop™. MicroStrategy Analytics delivers reports and dashboards, and enables users to conduct ad hoc analysis and share insights anywhere, anytime, via mobile devices or the Web. It also combines the agility and productivity of self-service visual data discovery with the security, scalability, and governance features of enterprise-grade business intelligence. MicroStrategy Desktop is a standalone, on-premise visual data discovery tool designed to enable business users to analyze and understand their data. MicroStrategy Mobile™ enables organizations to rapidly build custom business applications that deliver analytics combined with transactions, multimedia, and custom workflows to mobile devices. MicroStrategy Secure Cloud™ combines all of the enterprise analytics, mobile, and security features in MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise with powerful and scalable data integration, validation, and warehousing services — all delivered in an environment where organizations can deploy transformational analytics applications in minutes.

    Usher, MicroStrategy’s breakthrough security solution, is a powerful mobile security platform designed to dematerialize traditional forms of identity verification (such as passwords, tokens, and physical badges) and replace them with a single mobile identity badge that is cryptographically linked to its owner’s smartphone and dynamically linked to an enterprise’s existing identity repositories. Usher works on standard Android and iOS smartphones, and also boasts an Apple Watch™ integration.

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    Sample Customers
    Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
    Allstate Insurance, Barneys New York, Boston Children's Hospital, Buenos Aires Department of the Treasury, Campbell Soup Company, DHL, eBay, eHarmony, Facebook, Four Seasons Hotels Inc., Godiva, Hard Rock International, LinkedIn, Netflix, Pfizer, SECO (Swiss Government Unemployment Agency), Starbucks, Texas A&M University, Thomson Reuters Markets, US House of Representatives, and the US Postal Service.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    MicroStrategy vs. Microsoft BI
    November 2022
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    Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 177 reviews while MicroStrategy is ranked 7th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 12 reviews. Microsoft BI is rated 8.0, while MicroStrategy is rated 8.2. 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)". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MicroStrategy writes "Very good solution for mobile". Microsoft BI is most compared with Amazon QuickSight, Tableau, Oracle OBIEE, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and IBM Cognos, whereas MicroStrategy is most compared with Tableau, IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, Qlik Sense and Oracle OBIEE. See our MicroStrategy vs. Microsoft BI report.

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