Microsoft Power BI is a web-based business analytics and data visualization platform that is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It monitors important organizational data and also from all apps used by organizations. Microsoft Power BI provides tools to quickly analyze, transform and visualize data, and also share reports.

Microsoft Power BI offers SQL Server Analysis Services through which users can quickly build reusable models using the overall data. The software enables users to integrate their apps, so as to deliver reports along with real-time dashboards.

Microsoft Power BI also provides self-service access to major third-party cloud sources such as GitHub, Zendesk, Marketo and Salesforce.

Microsoft Power BI is available both in free and paid (Pro) versions. The free version is not limited by any time period; however data of only 1GB per user can be analyzed. Otherwise, it costs $10 per user per month for 10GB storage.

Metrics dashboard
Metrics dashboard

Metrics dashboard

Public preview

Public preview

Retail analysis sample

Retail analysis sample

Sales manager

Sales manager

Share dashboard

Share dashboard

Travel analysis

Travel analysis

Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10



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Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2018

Still unlocking its potential

Pros

Provides insight into the business. You can mine the data

Cons

Like any Microsoft product, lots of different paths to go down, which offers customization but can also create confusion.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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November 2018

Easy to use and powerful tool for data analytics

Pros

Essential for data analytics that leverages Microsoft excel spreadsheets. Easy to link multiple spreadsheets, manipulate the data, and gain insights. Dashboarding our data is a game-changer for my program. All of our monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports are tabulated in data dashboards. It is easy to learn how to use and there are many blogs and tech support forums dedicated to providing help. It is far more simple and efficient for me to model data in powerbi than with excel.

Cons

When working in the linked spreadsheets, it is essential to not fundamentally alter them to "break'' the data in powerbi. It is limited to integration with microsoft and just a couple other platforms.

Review Source: Capterra

Jonathan from Florida Hospital

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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November 2018

Seamless Integration

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Nice job Microsoft. This easily integrated data from a SQL server. Great alternative to other more clunky data tools such as QlikView. Easy to share with coworkers through AD authentication.

Cons

Requires a gateway to keep data refreshed real time.

Review Source: Capterra

Heather from Garfield

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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November 2018

Real nice looking graphs in PowerBI!

Pros

My husband helped me set up a dashboard in PowerBi to track my students progress and I love it!

Cons

I wish it was a little easier to use for the non tech savy people

Review Source: Capterra

Ramon from Radisson Blu Cebu

Industry:  Food / Beverage

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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November 2018

Another Great Product of Microsoft

Im a microsoft product lover

Pros

Great and powerful product that's available for free. It really help's me in my business. I can easily finished my task using this tool.

Cons

This product is not very applicable for beginners in busines. If you don't have any knowledge in this tool. It will be still a hard time to use.

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Mark from SGR

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2018

Great to create clear dashboards!

Pros

It is a great tool to create dashboards. Data will turn into useful information, live, with a single click!

Cons

It's quite hard to learn the DAX statements, that did cost me quite some time, still learning each day.

Review Source: Capterra

Rob from Lennar homes

Number of employees:  5,001-10,000 employees

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November 2018

This is not SSRS or Excel

Pros

Ability to pull in data from tons of sources including on premises SQL. It’s easy for new users to drag and drop stuff and the language isn’t super complex. The service also now hosts RDL files for a one stop shop for reporting. Flexible security options.

Cons

It’s so limited in functionality that you often find your self asking “why can every other MS product do this EXCEPT power bi?” The desktop client loves to crash on underequipped machines instead of throttling itself. There isn’t a good way to partition workspaces into dev and prod, for example.

Review Source: Capterra

Britni from T-Mobile

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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November 2018

Life just got easier!

Pros

Our company used to have to enter each persons stats into Excel everyday, in order to track individual performances. Power BI has saved management SO much time! Also love that we can now project what day we will hit goals, and the fact that each employee has access to see their own stats!

Cons

There is a LOT of data, so it's a little overwhelming to learn.

Review Source: Capterra

Simon from Nickel Keynesbury

Industry:  Banking & Financial Services

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2018

Great software but must be continuously improve.

Pros

Easy and faster in sharing documents and data among users. It is user friendly.
I like all the features.

Cons

The software is not known by most people. It only share data and documents among peers or users.
Poor customer support.

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Brent from CedarCreek Church

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2018

Delving into the world of Big Data and analytics

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We've been comparing this to the other big player on the block, Tableau. Where Tableau makes things STUPID simple to use, Power BI hits back with cheaper pricing (nearly free for non-profits) and a large integration with Microsoft Teams.

Cons

Not as user friendly as Tableau. There are literally training courses you can attend to learn how to use this, which, ideally shouldn't be needed.

Review Source: Capterra

FC from takealot.com

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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November 2018

Great tool to use for BI reporting and analysis

We use this alongside other BI tools for ad hoc analysis

Pros

Integration into existing office applications - it's fantastic that you're able to insert Power BI charts straight into presentations. It's integration directly into other software packages like Zendesk is also a game changer, makes it very easy to pull in data from disparate data sources.

Cons

Not as well established as some of its competitors, and it's licensing model is a bit complicated, but other than that it's very useful as a BI package.

Review Source: Capterra

Andrew from North River Marketing

Industry:  Advertising

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Love my Power BI

Pros

I leverage Power BI for almost all of my Business Intelligence needs. It's an excellent platform available through Microsoft 365.

Cons

There are no negatives. It is easy to use, works extremely well with the O. 365 Suite and is powerful enough to handle my needs.

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Rob from IntaPeople Ltd

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2018

Incredible analytics solution!

We have tried several analytics solutions in the past and Power BI gives us the most freedom and flexibility to report on our data. From SQL database to Excel sheets, Power BI can do it all and there seem to be no limits on what it can achieve. We have seen considerable increases in productivity and performance by using the analytics to our advantage.

Pros

The ability to completely customise the look and feel of reports and dashboards, the product is updated on a regular basis and our end users are very happy with the results.

Cons

Setting up the data gateways was a little bit fiddly to start off with but any issues were easily resolved.

Review Source: Capterra

Sara from Ahead

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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November 2018

Not for beginners

Pros

I like the drag and drop feature in adding data to a graphic. Making visualizations are so easy and it saves me time from having to manually input my spreadsheets.

Cons

This is definitely not for beginners. When I first started using this, I had to google for every little thing. It was such a hassle, but also an investment.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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October 2018

Easy to use

Pros

This program is great for for when you have an Excel file as a data source, it is quick to interpret and provide suggestions of data visualizations which is impressive.

Cons

It would be helpful if SQL could be used as far as writing selections.

Review Source: Capterra

MARCIA from BETTER LIVING MANAGEMENT

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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October 2018

good buy

Pros

EASY TO USE AND TO GET ANSWERS FOR THIS PRODUCT

Cons

COST TO BUY OUTSIDE OF WHERE I WORK OR NOT EASY TO FIND

Review Source: Capterra

Angela from York Region District School Board

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

Helps with Dashboards

Pros

Great software to collect data and generate various tools to be used for reporting. Great dashboard report generator!

Cons

I seem to run into performance issues when carrying out tasks managing big data sets. Other than that, the software works well.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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October 2018

Not A Fully Fledged Product

Pros

Looks great. Easy to use for the most basic of queries and for the general user - similar to an Excel Power Pivot

Cons

Having to implement hacks like a R Slider to get a date picker as a parameter. Have to be a developer to set this up properly - this is not for your average business user

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Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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October 2018

Power BI Review

Pros

Power BI was extremely helpful in helping us access a domain that we owned, but for some reason could not access. Through Microsoft's Support Team and Power BI we were able to gain access.

Cons

Once it was determined what needed to be done, the process was relatively simple. However, it took awhile to figure that out.

Review Source: Capterra

Brian from Mercy Health

Industry:  Healthcare / Social Services

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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October 2018

Easy to use, great data tools and visuals, amazing level of integration accross databases and flat sources

Pros

It connects to just about any source imaginable, and the "query editor" data mashup tool enables users to automate data normalization. Powerful analysis capabilities and even a decent NLP engine. Good, but limited, visualizations.

Cons

This is a relatively new product with limited visualizations and standard features compared to others in the category. Updates arrive monthly, but it feels like features that ought to be standard in a Microsoft product are not.

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