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Microsoft BI Pros

Operations & BI Analyst at American Hospital Dubai
Power BI is a complete ecosystem. It has an integrated ETL tool and good connectivity with applications such as Office 365 and SQL. There are also solutions for RPA, such as Microsoft Power Automate and Microsoft Power Apps. Power BI now has integration with Power Query, which has an AI feature for text analytics. Text analytics is a very good feature. This feature is also there in Tableau, but I like it in Power BI because you can write something like, "What is the total sale in the Eastern region?", and it will give you the answer. For example, when you have different types of user opinions, you just run one algorithm and you will have the output that provides the number of positive and negative responses. You can even have a dashboard with positive remarks. This feature has been introduced recently. 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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BL
Certified Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering and Computing at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
What Power BI is, is a whole collection of templates of small amounts of data that can be used to do something for a real world project, that can be easily set up and become the business intelligence environment or a data warehouse for a large amount of data, for a real world customer. That's what is remarkable.
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Northern Europe IT Business Intelligence Manager at Adecco
The tool is very flexible so it allows creativity.
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Vice President at Shiluv
Its connectivity with other Office applications, mostly with Excel, and the ability to deploy it very easily are the most valuable features. It comes sort of bundled with the cloud, so you don't need to set up a server and a standalone infrastructure. So, getting into the system or building something that you can deploy is very easy and very cheap. With other systems, you need to have a server, and you need to have a license for the server. The initial setup is very costly.
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Software Engineer at syntegra
I also find connecting to different data sources is quite simple. Other solutions we were using before were complicated.
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Owner at Pranali Consultants
The solution is quite scalable.
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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
As it was my first time using Power BI, I can say that it was fairly easy to learn, especially if you already know BI-type tools.
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NG
Managing Director at Streamline Strategies
It is easy to use. It has got a desktop where people can develop their own dashboards. Basically, we have figured out how to connect finance contracts and all programs for the government agency. So, they can see everything in a dashboard. So, it is very easy to use from a technical standpoint of view.
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Business Application Group Manager at OBASE
Technical support is quite good.
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President & Owner at Altrim Systems
It gives us, the ability to do a lot of analysis quickly, similar to ad hoc analysis.
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Microsoft BI Cons

Operations & BI Analyst at American Hospital Dubai
It should be more user-friendly. There are very small or tiny icons that you need to move very carefully. If you go a little bit up and down, some of the values change. Its user interface should be improved. It should be like Tableau. Its performance is also slow and should be improved. I definitely feel some sort of speed issues with Power BI. The integration of Excel with Power BI would also be good.
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BL
Certified Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering and Computing at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
When it comes to improvement, I would say there could be more tutorials for students in universities who are just learning it. And it wouldn't have to be just for students in universities. It might also be for the people who use it in the real world.
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Northern Europe IT Business Intelligence Manager at Adecco
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.
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Vice President at Shiluv
It has come a long way in terms of how it was working two years ago, but there are some things that you still can't do with it. For example, permission management and user access management are still a bit limited. It is basically based on the idea that everybody from the organization can see everything or limit the type of data they can see. If I want you to see only one report and the other guy to see another report, I can't do it. There should be a better way to manage permissions and users. It should also support external users much better.
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Software Engineer at syntegra
I think that there should be visuals for financial reporting videos. It should just be a plug and play because there is a lot of coding that goes into it with different clients.
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Owner at Pranali Consultants
Microsoft has got a very large repository of all change suggestions which have been raised by the BI community. They keep on adding features that are very widely sought after by the community. We don't focus on product features. We focus on business requirements. To use the solution, we find that existing features are good enough and offer us a very effective solution.
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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The one thing that I noticed specifically was the graphical features, and some of the analytical features. They were stronger on the Tableau side.
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NG
Managing Director at Streamline Strategies
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.
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Business Application Group Manager at OBASE
The licensing needs improvement. There needs to be a middle option between Pro and Premium versions.
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President & Owner at Altrim Systems
One of the more difficult things to do is to export some of the data from Power BI to Excel.
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Learn what your peers think about Microsoft BI. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
564,143 professionals have used our research since 2012.