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Microsoft BI vs. SAP Analytics Cloud
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. SAP Analytics Cloud and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"Microsoft BI allows us to connect to any database or any dataset.""The Microsoft Power BI app is very good. It's also very flexible.""Good CS and administration.""The visualization and reporting are the most valuable features of this solution.""Ability to extract data from a variety of sources and systems.""The most valuable feature would be the abundance of connectors. It is also easy to use.""The most interesting feature of Microsoft Power BI is that it's very user-friendly.""The user interface is easy to work with."

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"Offers both business intelligence as well as inbuilt AI and machine learning capabilities.""The solution is stable.""In the most recent release, the schedule publication was officially updated and it's been added on MS Office 365. I like how we had an EPM for B to C perspective; it's a great enhancement. Also, I believe the B to B connectivity has been improved. Android support for mobile is really good also. Power BI has always had android support in place, so manual support for SAP Analytics Cloud is also a very good feature.""Data integration is very good.""Technical support is helpful.""The features that I have found most valuable with SAP ERP products are their good user interface, stability, functionality, and good interface options.""Its user-friendliness is valuable. It is a product for end-users and not for IT, which is an advantage.""SAP Analytics Cloud is easy to create charts with, and is a stable business intelligence platform. Easy to set up solution."

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Cons
"The setup took a lot of tinkering with InfoSec to allow us to do stuff.""In my opinion, the software is a little bit limited in terms of the flexibility it offers, with regard to the design of the visualization.""The dashboard could be simplified.""The integration with third-party products could be more stable.""The DAX in Microsoft BI is quite difficult.""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.""I cannot comment on the stability as we haven't yet used it for a big project.""In an upcoming release, the solution could be simplified and have a more complete product package rather than a suite of products that we have to put together."

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"SAC, which is the cloud version, lost some good features from the previous planning product, like BPC or BPS.""Connection and integration with other applications have a lot of restrictions at the moment.""Technical support could be more helpful and responsive.""The business intelligence features should be improved because there is a lack of functionality regarding that part.""What could be improved in SAP Analytics Cloud is integration, particularly in terms of extracting data from the source system. Currently, its data extraction mechanism doesn't have good integration and needs improvement.""Figuring out how to navigate all of the products around Data Warehouse Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud and BW for HANA is quite difficult.""The general management of this solution could be improved. The graphics or icons could also be improved to allow them to integrate with other environments on the web.""It still lacks a lot of functionalities as compared to other tools such as Power BI or Tableau. Sorting is not working as well as it works in Tableau. A lot of other things are also not at the same level. Their technical support is not perfect and could be better. It takes a lot of time to have lacking functionalities implemented. Its integration with the BW backend should be better. Both solutions are from the same vendor. They position SAP Analytics Cloud as a reporting tool on top of the BW environment, but the integration between both is not yet 100%. For example, user management is still not synchronized."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "It is not the most expensive one. You have to do the cost-of-ownership analysis and take a lot of things into consideration to come up with the conclusion that it is cheaper or not, but its price is reasonable. It provides value for money."
  • "It's quite expensive and costs a lot to maintain, especially with licensing."
  • "It's not that costly as such for the time being."
  • "Its licensing is on a monthly basis."
  • "Compute and storage features should be sold separately."
  • "Its pricing is okay as compared to its competitors."
  • "Its price is slightly on the higher side."
  • "The pricing of this product is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    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.
    Top Answer:Tableau is easy to set up and maintain. In about a day it is possible for the entire platform to be deployed for use. This relatively short amount of time can make all the difference for companies… more »
    Top Answer:One of the most outstanding features is being able to use the dashboard with a touch screen.
    Top Answer:The price is competitive. There is a power user license and normal user license, but the normal user license is reasonable. The power user license is a bit expensive, but our client doesn't need to… 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
    SAP BusinessObjects Cloud
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    Overview

    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.

    SAP Analytics Cloud is an all-in-one Software-as-a-Service business intelligence tool that provides the key functionalities of an analytics tool to SAP business users. This tool is built on HANA Business Intelligence (BI) platform, providing analytics from data collected from multiple sources, such as ERP, Microsoft SQL, and Salesforce, among other solutions.

    You can use SAP Analytics Cloud to compile data and perform ad-hoc reporting and analysis for predictive planning. SAP Analytics Cloud collects and analyzes the raw data from transactional systems into intelligent insights that allow you to make better decisions.

    SAP Analytics Cloud uses machine learning to clean up data, identify errors, and issues, and suggest optimization or filtering options. You can use the modeling feature in Analytics Cloud to create hierarchies and get deeper data insights.

    The three core functions of SAP Analytics Cloud consist of Planning, Predictive Analysis, and Business Intelligence as a holistic SaaS solution that offers real-time analysis to business leaders.

    SAP Analytics Cloud Capabilities

    • Data discovery
    • Machine learning
    • Integrated financial and business planning
    • Predictive analysis
    • Automated data cleansing
    • Custom widgets
    • Mobile extension
    • Role-based customization
    • Data exploration and visualization

    SAP Analytics Cloud Key Features

    • Augmented analytics: SAP Analytics Cloud allows organizations to make the most of AI (Artificial Intelligence)-powered analytics through augmented analytics. It includes a Search to Insight feature that enables users not skilled or experienced in data science to access and use the platform.

      These smart insight tools allow organizations to visualize business data without manual intervention. By combining multiple machine learning algorithms, SAP Analytics Cloud automates predictive analysis so that organizations can have significant insight into secured data.
    • Enterprise planning: As SAP Analytics Cloud is an all-in-one financial planning and analysis solution, organizations can use it to align strategies across all departments. It allows end-to-end, data-driven planning decisions via financial modeling, allocations, smart insights, and automated reporting.

      The Zero-based budgeting feature allows for an effective resources allocation with built-in collaboration tools. The finance team can collaborate easily, create budget templates and make accurate decisions.

    SAP Analytics Cloud Benefits

    • Real-time cloud insights: SAP Analytics Cloud makes it easy for users at every level to generate instant insights and improve data-driven decision-making. With SAP Analytics Cloud, you can have immediate and central access to all figures, diagrams, insights, and evaluations for every employee on every device and updated in real time.

    • Customizable dashboard: You can customize your dashboard according to your requirements. This customization means you can easily access all the relevant data on a single pane of vision tailored to your business.

    • Collaborative planning: As an all-in-one platform, SAP Analytics Cloud integrates the multiple aspects of a business into a single solution, including finance, HR, sales, and supply chain management.

    • Data on any device: You can integrate SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP S/4 HANA and deploy insights to Android and iOS devices. The SAP S/4 HANA integration also enables the rolling out of changes to multiple files and devices from a central location, so you can carry your business operations on the go over a secured cloud network.

    • In-memory technology: Since it is based on SAP HANA in-memory technology, SAP Analytics Cloud can process massive amounts of data in a short time.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Segun O., SAP HANA Developer at SOA PEOPLE, says that "The most valuable features are on the application side, where you can design applications into your analytics on the platform."

    The Head of Finance Enterprise Application at a computer software company adds that "The visualization feature is the most valuable. SAP Analytics Cloud is also very easy to use."

    "Its many features make it the best in the market," sums up a Consultor SAP Business Object, Sap Analytics Cloud at a tech services company.

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    Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Government10%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Logistics Company7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Educational Organization7%
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Government6%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft BI vs. SAP Analytics Cloud
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. SAP Analytics Cloud and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 188 reviews while SAP Analytics Cloud is ranked 6th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 24 reviews. Microsoft BI is rated 8.0, while SAP Analytics Cloud is rated 8.0. 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 SAP Analytics Cloud writes "Enables us to allocate, spread, and distribute actual figures". Microsoft BI is most compared with Tableau, Amazon QuickSight, MicroStrategy, Oracle OBIEE and Oracle Analytics Cloud, whereas SAP Analytics Cloud is most compared with Tableau, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, IBM Planning Analytics, Oracle Analytics Cloud and SAP Analytics Hub. See our Microsoft BI vs. SAP Analytics Cloud report.

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