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2018-07-18T07:08:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Microsoft BI?


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Top 20Real User

I can't speak to the licensing. I don't have any information related to the exact costs.

2022-01-04T21:31:10Z
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Top 5Real User

We're charged a monthly subscription fee of 500 rupees per person.

2021-12-27T19:02:17Z
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Top 20Real User

Licenses are available on a monthly basis.

2021-12-21T11:41:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We pay for licensing for Power BI.

2021-12-08T08:56:15Z
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Top 20Real User

We have an enterprise agreement with Microsoft concerning the license which decreased the cost of the licenses for Microsoft BI. I have found it to be cheaper than other solutions. It is always difficult to compare the Total Cost of Ownership, mainly because most of the big companies do have a very blur licensing system. The most open one seems to be Tableau ( /products/tableau-reviews ).

2021-11-29T10:37:55Z
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Top 20Real User

If you purchase a license for a server, for users, or the professional version, you might not have to. The free version I think it can satisfy many customers' needs.

2021-11-26T18:56:01Z
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Top 20Real User

In the beginning, the solution cost approximately $1,000 per month, we have a Microsoft startup subscription. There is a subscription pack for startups company which we are able to have for one year. My customers will increase their usage of the solution and they will be additional costs for their usage.

2021-11-24T09:59:55Z
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Top 20Real User

Its price is very low. It is like $10 per user, per month. The clients pay for their own licenses. It is not on us. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. That's the beauty. With other systems, you need to spend a couple of thousand dollars just to get started, and then you need to spend $500 per year for the license, which becomes much more costly. You have a system here where for $120 to $140 a year, you can start with two people and start developing and deploying. You can see why the cost difference is huge, especially when you are on a low scale, like us, and you're not building something very huge.

2021-10-26T21:55:17Z
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Top 5Real User

Power BI's price is reasonable, especially if you can put it in some bigger package and use it with other products. The value of a solution doesn't just come from its features as a standalone product. The price should also reflect how easy it's to set up, clean data, and integrate with other solutions. So in that regard, I would say Microsoft Power BI's price is appropriate.

2021-10-12T17:26:00Z
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Top 20Real User

There are a few options available for purchasing a license. Typically the number of users you have will determine the price of the license. The more users you have the more you will pay.

2021-10-11T17:23:53Z
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Top 20Real User

The premium capacity is very costly in respect of the market in Egypt, amounting to $5,000 monthly. The regional pricing should be addressed.

2021-10-11T14:56:52Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Power BI comes with enterprise Microsoft licensing. So for the user, you don't have to pay, but you do have to pay a one-time cost.

2021-09-14T08:10:01Z
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Real User

I'm unsure about the exact cost, but the Pro license comes out to around $10 per user. There are also additional costs for custom visuals that you can pay for.

2021-09-13T17:00:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We view it as an expensive product. Most of our clients cannot afford the premium capacity. We just make do with Power BI pro features, which is always a big shame because we know that the premium version has a lot of features that we would like to use, and are not available to us. There are a few different licensing models. It ends up being complicated and people don't like paying for things. It's okay if you're working for a large corporation because they can obviously spend thousands of pounds every month on licenses, but our customers cannot. Licensing is paid on a monthly basis.

2021-08-25T13:24:36Z
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Reseller

They are charging us by users in storage, and there is a license fee. My financial people handle all that. The client has already worked out a contract with Microsoft, and basically, we're getting government prices.

2021-08-24T15:20:09Z
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Real User

The solution is quite expensive.

2021-07-29T17:39:02Z
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Top 20Real User

I don't have any insights into the licensing and payments required.

2021-07-09T13:25:29Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We don't have a license on Power BI, so we don't publish anything. It's mainly for some ad hoc use cases that we use Power BI format. Power BI is free; it comes with Office 365.

2021-07-08T18:02:29Z
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Top 5Real User

The price for this solution is reasonable. However, there is an additional cost if you want to publish the dashboard privately.

2021-07-07T03:07:59Z
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Top 5Real User

Power BI is cheaper than Tableau and Cognos. Power BI Desktop comes free and the Pro license is $10 per month whereas Tableau desktop would cost you $70 per month. Cognos is mostly suited for large and medium size companies

2021-07-06T20:29:20Z
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Real User

The licensing is a little convoluted, and not easy to take advantage of. You're able to scale it in the premium model. However, they are very different versions. There's a difficulty in understanding which one of them applies to you and what the costs would be eventually, and what the performance and thresholds are for each one. The documentation might be there, however, for a small company, in order to find out all the aspects of licensing it's not that easy.

2021-07-06T19:03:41Z
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Top 20Real User

I used a two months free trial to see if it had what I needed. I can pay later for a full license, but I don't think I will do that.

2021-06-09T21:21:29Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution is priced well for what they offer. However, the premium version is very expensive.

2021-06-05T17:34:11Z
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Top 20Real User

We have used a client-based service in the pricing. As yet, there are no additional costs.

2021-05-12T12:29:06Z
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Top 20MSP

There are less expensive options on offer.

2021-04-21T20:19:55Z
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Top 5Real User

We pay for users who are publishing on the cloud. The desktop version is free. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.

2021-03-26T17:03:07Z
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Top 20Real User

It depends upon the tier of your Office 365 subscription. On E5, which is a Microsoft Azure subscription, you get it for free. If you are on a lower tier, you can subscribe for $10 a month per user, which is really cheap.

2021-03-26T13:39:50Z
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Top 20Real User

Power BI premium is really expensive for our market. A lot of small and medium companies would like to purchase it, but they can't afford it.

2021-03-25T18:07:44Z
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Top 5Real User

I think it's a good price, from what I've heard. I know it's competitive with other Power BI tools. It comes in lower. I've heard no complaints about the pricing.

2021-03-11T08:57:48Z
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Top 20Real User

As far as I am aware you do not need a license for the solution.

2021-03-03T16:15:36Z
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Top 20Real User

I'm not sure of the exact cost of the solution. It's not an aspect of the product I need to worry about. I am aware that we currently have an enterprise license.

2021-03-02T22:16:49Z
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ExpertModeratorReal User

The cost of this product is very low, at approximately $8 or $9 per month for a developer. It is the cheapest of all of the visualization tools. They have a 30-day trial available for you to try it. For personal use, this product is free to use.

2021-02-25T14:57:28Z
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Top 20Real User

We're still in the process of licensing the model. We don't have it set up yet. My understanding is that we will pay for licensing on a yearly basis. I don't have the exact figures in terms of the costs.

2021-02-16T19:37:03Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

There is a free license, however, it is limited. The Premium license and the Pro license functionalities are very different. Whenever we talk with our customers, they ask "Should we chose the Premium?" We say that "No, you don't need to, as it's too expensive. It is much more expensive than the Pro license." However, the Pro license functionality is not enough for some customers. There is no middle between Pro and the Premium. We need something in between. The Pro license is maybe suitable for SMBs, small and medium-sized businesses. The premium version is ideal for companies that need to scale up and out. There also may be some additional costs that can drive up the price.

2021-02-12T11:50:52Z
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Top 20Real User

Their price is good.

2021-02-04T16:14:43Z
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Top 5Consultant

I am satisfied with its price. Its price is very less as compared to Tableau and QlikView.

2021-02-03T09:10:29Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2021-01-30T05:46:10Z
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Top 20Real User

The licensing costs vary. It all depends on the individual customer due to the fact that Microsoft's options are modular. For example, they have Microsoft Office suite, then they add CRM and then you might add BI. It's not expensive per user, however, as you increase the functionality or add different tools, it becomes more expensive.

2021-01-29T05:58:34Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2021-01-22T23:46:37Z
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Top 20Real User

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. There can be some additional cost, for instance, it was an internal decision to have an on-premises gateway set up with the standard Windows Server installed on it. We had to set up this server on our side, which costs us no more than $400. This was important because we needed something to allow our reports to refresh on a regular interval without people using the personal gateways.

2021-01-21T19:20:09Z
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Top 5Real User

The premium licensing is approximately $5,000 per month which is pretty expensive.

2021-01-07T08:05:01Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

For my primary use case, i.e. teaching students, the free version of Power BI is adequate.

2020-12-13T06:21:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Its pricing is great.

2020-12-08T00:15:42Z
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Top 5Real User

We have 8,000 Power Bi licenses in our organization, so it is widely used. Setup is easy, and the cost is economical. You do sometimes need to pay additional costs for third party products which "plug-in" to Microsoft BI.

2020-11-23T18:06:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Microsoft BI is free for the personal edition, but there is also a paid-for professional version. Setting up Microsoft BI is simple.

2020-11-22T15:44:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Microsoft BI is not very cheap. A premium license costs roughly 5,000 euros a month.

2020-11-13T15:11:22Z
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Real User

I was not involved in the pricing or procurement process of the solution. I'm not sure how licensing works of the overall cost of the solution on a monthly or yearly basis. It's not part of my day-to-day.

2020-11-11T16:18:56Z
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Top 5Real User

The pricing is very reasonable compared to any other tool.

2020-11-09T16:54:26Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are using the free desktop version of this product. 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.

2020-10-29T15:10:53Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

This product offers good value for the money.

2020-10-29T10:20:47Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2020-10-27T22:43:04Z
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Top 20Real User

It is somewhere in the middle in terms of price. Licensing is quite clear.

2020-10-26T09:30:22Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2020-07-26T08:19:00Z
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Real User

It depends on what you are wanting to do. Get the cost of users, and the servers, and work out if you are hosting, or if it's going into the cloud.

2020-05-26T08:17:00Z
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Real User

Power BI free layer is attractive and second stage with Power BI online is not expensive.

2020-01-09T23:04:00Z
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Top 10Consultant

If you are looking for free tools to process data in different ways for an easy to medium analysis then you have the free version available. However, if you want a complex analysis from multiple sources of data then you should look for the charge and support version. In my opinion, both options are good.

2019-05-06T15:17:00Z
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Real User

The pricing is fine for our company. It is reasonably priced.

2019-01-20T07:09:00Z
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MSP

I do not have a comment on the pricing of the solution.

2018-10-24T14:07:00Z
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Real User

It is a cheap solution for our needs.

2018-09-25T09:23:00Z
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Real User

The most important criterion for me, when selecting a vendor, is that the product is cost-effective.

2018-08-01T07:08:00Z
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Real User

I don't have any advice as I am not in a position to recommend it. I am just an end-user, I do not develop, I do not maintain it.

2018-07-25T07:31:00Z
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Real User

It is part of our Office 365 license.

2018-07-18T07:08:00Z
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