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Microsoft BI Pros

Tariq Raza (MS Certified) - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Deepak Damodarr - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Office Lead at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The most interesting feature of Microsoft Power BI is that it's very user-friendly.
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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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AndreasSemousu - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Sales Manager at Skhomo Technologies
The one feature most of our customers like is data visualization. When we were doing BI directly from SQL, most users found it challenging to create their own reports. Power BI has self-serve analytics that the end-users can do themselves. On most projects, people are primarily using data visualization and self-serve analytics.
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RicardoPedro - PeerSpot reviewer
Northern Europe IT Business Intelligence Manager at Adecco
The tool is very flexible so it allows creativity.
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Itay Oleinik - PeerSpot reviewer
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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BlessingSithole - PeerSpot reviewer
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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WinayakWagle - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Pranali Consultants
The solution is quite scalable.
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Sumit_Gupta - PeerSpot reviewer
BI Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Everything that's in M Query and DAX is the heart of Power BI because with these tools you can make up for a lot of other missing features.
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LunikKanungo - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Microsoft BI Cons

Tariq Raza (MS Certified) - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Deepak Damodarr - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Office Lead at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
here are still better UI designs they can go through. I'm assuming they are focusing more on capabilities rather than look-and-feel designs.
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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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AndreasSemousu - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Sales Manager at Skhomo Technologies
These licenses are in US dollars. With a long-term license, the client is unaffected when the exchange rate goes up. However, if the exchange rate goes down, you don't get refunded from the excess money you've paid. I guess that is a risk you take in business.
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RicardoPedro - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Itay Oleinik - PeerSpot reviewer
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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BlessingSithole - PeerSpot reviewer
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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WinayakWagle - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Sumit_Gupta - PeerSpot reviewer
BI Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is no specific area that I have a problem with. It's just that, with whatever feature you come across, every visual has its own formatting and behavior. What you get in one visual for a feature, you don't seem to get in another.
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LunikKanungo - PeerSpot reviewer
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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Learn what your peers think about Microsoft BI. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2022.
609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.