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Microsoft BI vs. SAP Crystals
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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. SAP Crystal Reports and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The standard BI visualization capabilities are great.""Reports, dashboards, and visualizations are most valuable.""Good CS and administration.""The most useful features are the ability to connect different databases to Microsoft BI and explore them. Once the database information has been extracted, you have the ability to construct indicators and dashboards from the information.""Easy to use and the visualization is valuable.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft BI is its visualization and its ease of use.""We like the drag and drop interactability visualization. We really like that. It's user-friendly.""In my experience the scalability is good. You are able to increase users and add more data."

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"The most valuable feature is that from a user's point of view, it is easy to use and requires just a simple click to generate a report.""I find Crystal Reports very easy to use, even for a non-technical person."

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Cons
"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.""I think that the solution is harder to use for people who are not experts in data.""The only concern I have faced with Microsoft BI is the time it takes to find out an issue and rectify it.""We need more integration capabilities.""I would like to see a change in the premium capacity.""I believe the price should be degressive, and we should have a lower, or better unit price if we have more users.""One of the more difficult things to do is to export some of the data from Power BI to Excel.""The interface could be improved."

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"There could be improvements made to the analytics capabilities.""A real improvement would be a simpler system that allows users to play with the visualization without needing specialized skills and code."

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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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  • "This product costs a lot of money."
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    SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data, Power BI Pro, MS BI
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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.

    Turn information from almost any data source into a sophisticated, interactive report with SAP Crystal Reports. This powerful, user-friendly application for small businesses and departments can help you deliver key insights to the right decision maker, at the right time, in the right format. 

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    Sample Customers
    Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
    City of Buenos Aires, ASR Group, Citrix, EarlySense, Usha International Limited, Automotive Resources International (ARI), LivePerson, Coelba (Grupo Neoenergia), RZD Russian Railways, National Basketball Association - NBA, TALLY WEiJL, El Machetazo, Young Heroes, Mozzart, Mitsui Knowledge Industry (MKI) , Surgutneftegas Open Joint Stock Company, The VELUX Group, AOK Bundesverband, AL-KO KOBER GROUP
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Government10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government6%
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    Healthcare Company19%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Government9%
    Computer Software Company9%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government8%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft BI vs. SAP Crystals
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. SAP Crystal Reports and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Reporting Tools with 188 reviews while SAP Crystal Reports is ranked 9th in Reporting Tools with 2 reviews. Microsoft BI is rated 8.0, while SAP Crystal Reports 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 Crystal Reports writes "Offers a good user experience that can export reports to different platforms, but it requires a specialized skillset to develop them". Microsoft BI is most compared with Tableau, Amazon QuickSight, MicroStrategy, Oracle OBIEE and Databricks, whereas SAP Crystal Reports is most compared with TIBCO Jaspersoft, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, Tableau, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and IBM Cognos. See our Microsoft BI vs. SAP Crystal Reports report.

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