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We performed a comparison between Microsoft BI and XLCubed based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"Microsoft BI is easy to use and to design. I found Microsoft BI a lot easier than Tableau.""I like the flexibility it offers.""Microsoft BI is very easy to set up and use.""We have found that the reporting and publishing are great.""The dashboards of Microsoft BI are easy to use.""The stability is good.""We have found the solution to be stable.""The dashboard features are really valuable, you can connect to multiple data points."

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"I am looking forward to testing their full graphics that are available, as they looked very interesting in the demo."

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"You do need to do some hard coding for certain things in Microsoft BI.""Microsoft should offer additional features for visualization and have additional features for slicing and dicing that data.""The setup took a lot of tinkering with InfoSec to allow us to do stuff.""The biggest thing with Microsoft right now is better support. There should be more timely support. We can do 90% of it ourselves by the same token. When we're into the 10%, we do not get timely support via Microsoft's support team.""Microsoft Power BI was born native on the cloud, however, it's quite difficult when it has to connect to on-premise data sources.""here are some limitations with the data models needed to build the report.""If I compare it to Tableau, I'd say the visualizations can be better. We should have multiple options. By that I mean, while there are multiple options for the visualization, the look and feel of the dashboard when you compare to Tableau is on the lower side. Tableau has a much better visualization.""The default parameters of the prompt could be improved by including a dynamic option."

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"There should be a better or an easier way to establish that connection to external sources."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "As far as I am aware you do not need a license for the solution."
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  • "I am still using the two-week trial, but at first sight, the price 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: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 »
    Top Answer:I am looking forward to testing their full graphics that are available, as they looked very interesting in the demo.
    Top Answer:I am still using the two-week trial, but at first sight, the price is reasonable.
    Top Answer:The connection, definitely, is an area that could be improved. There should be a better or an easier way to establish that connection to external sources. In the next release, it should be a simpler… 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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    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
    Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
    Marshalls Ltd, BP Exploration and Production, Thorntons, Ted Baker, Bristol-Myers, Rank Group, ING Bank Genve, Cargill Value Investment, Chloride Power, Auchan, Erste, UEFA, Novartis, Porsche Informatik, Raiffeisen Bank International
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Reporting Tools with 176 reviews while XLCubed is ranked 14th in Reporting Tools with 1 review. Microsoft BI is rated 8.0, while XLCubed is rated 5.0. 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 XLCubed writes "Connection should be simplified, but it's priced well". Microsoft BI is most compared with Amazon QuickSight, Tableau, Oracle OBIEE, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and KNIME, whereas XLCubed is most compared with Tableau, Jedox, IBM Planning Analytics, SAP Analytics Cloud and Board.

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