Microsoft Power BI software


152 reviews(4.5/5)
152 reviews(4.5/5)

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.

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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  • Jose from Rivera Corp.

    Specialty: Consulting

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    An amazing tool for analyzing data, a bit too complex, a bit too much

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    Pros

    It has all the power you may expect from a BI tool and a Microsoft product, the ability to create and analyze data cubes is second to none. User interface is sort of familiar as it follows the Microsoft way. Author version is free so you can play with it.

    Cons

    It's a complex tool to use and will rapidly go beyond your regular Excel-user. I would recommend to exhaust options in Excel (a tool that most of your staff would know by now) and even to step into Power Pivots or so (which is just an add-on to Excel but will allow you to mine huge data sources). By the way, remember that you will need someone knowledgeable on Data handling within your organization.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    September 2018

    Self service tool

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    Pros

    This tool is high in market now a days. By self service I meant the end user can easily manipulate data/ create visual/chart. It is most simpler reporting tool compared to tableau or SSRS. Also we have community of Microsoft where we can fetch new things coming into power bi. Recently incremental load came into power bi earlier we were using full load which have saved a lot of time, data utilisation..

    Cons

    It will be perfect if we can fetch sql query from power bi dashboard right now we can see measures which are in DAX language or we can also fetch M query.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    September 2018

    Visualize your data

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    N/A
    Pros

    This is quite powerful tool even on the free version so students and small organizations can take advantage of it

    Cons

    It could have been made more user-friendly

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Daniele from RINA

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

    September 2018

    A good start.

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    Pros

    This tool is really good whn you have to create reports, the layout of the tool and the graphic of the charts are really good, I really like the opening of the platform to third parts plugins, it permits to develop your own charts. The connectivity with the data are pretty infinite. There is also a free and limited version of the tool.

    Cons

    I cannot say that I like the license configuration of this tool, it should be possible to share reports with no users, but this is not posible and all the viewer are forced to have a license in order to use it.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    September 2018

    Great for company wide reporting and visibility

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    Pros

    We use it to present standardized reporting at the business unit level. It's lightweight and easy to use for consumers of the data.

    Cons

    Ugh the dreaded Microsoft login process - please, please, please let login occur on non-Microsoft accounts. Would make it so much easier to spread throughout our organization.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Marco from Recordati S.p.A.

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

    September 2018

    A great choice with some compromise

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    Overall it is a great product with great potential for growth

    Pros

    The product is not very expensive but offers a good number of features. it is also in continuous development

    Cons

    Some basic features are sometimes not included in the product. The on-premise version is not updated very frequently

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • MIRIAM from GA TECH SOLUTIONS

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    VERY FUNCTIONAL

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    Pros

    Power BI is well suited for creating reports, specially when dealing with high volumes of data. The possibility of creating dynamic reports, with variables working as filters, is also a great tool for those who seek to produce a presentation: in some scenarios, PowerBI can even replace keynotes or powerpoints, as it allows to to present in a dynamic way all the information you have been analysing.

    Cons

    One of the main limitations of the BI Power is that it does not have the capacity to publish reports with all the associated data. This means that some data may be left out of visualizations.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    September 2018

    Solid Microsoft Product

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    Pros

    The tool takes a little to get used to but fairly straightforward. It is tightly integrated to SQL Server and has excellent security functionality. Availability and cost of Power BI make the product very attractive. It supports the complete Microsoft stack. Supports third party developers for analytics and image tools.

    Cons

    Microsoft manages the certified training programs which are terrible. Power BI does not bring anything new and interesting graphical to the market - bar charts, pie charts, line graphs . . . Microsoft is way behind other comparable products.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Roxanna from TKG

    Specialty: Consulting

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    September 2018

    Quick and efficient tool to analyze & display data

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    Overall, a powerful and efficient tool for analyzing and displaying data. Download free trial and test it out.

    Pros

    The UI is very intuitive. Great for displaying/creating visual information. Loading data is simple. Compatibility with other Microsoft Office products. Power BI also has a lots of dashboard charts.

    Cons

    You need license for every user to use the Pro.
    Data is not updated very frequently.
    The browser version doesn't have all the features of the desktop version.

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  • Verified Reviewer

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

    September 2018

    Powerful powerful tool

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    Really really nice and powerful

    Pros

    Power BI is really powerful like mentioned in the title. It can be used in so many different varieties of ways. It grabs datasets and reports off of them in so many slices of ways. You can slice the data five ways from Friday. The data can also update itself as well so it eliminates the need to manually update your data like with other software such as excel. The visuals are amazing as well as everything is dynamic throughout your workspace. This is great so when you're making presentations with so much data it helps that the software you use is smart and can adapt easily.

    Cons

    It is not the easiest product to use as it is extensive and databases can get really confusing. Really recommend that classes be taken before adventuring into the Power BI world because it is really a product on it's own and is different from Excel syntax so nothing really translates completely.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ana Indhira from Endo Serv SRL

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    In love with this software

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    Before Power BI, the access to our company’s information was very difficult, we had to generate manual reports and depended on a Microsoft partner to make the smallest change to those reports. Power BI has facilitated the making of everyday decisions because we now have access to information, we are now growing our business and keeping track of our growth!

    Pros

    I absolutely love Power BI and its endless possibilities to present dashboards and reports, and to keep track of your KPIs.

    Cons

    The price for the pro license is a bit expensive, but the free license has a lot of good features that can be use in a small business

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    September 2018

    Power BI is a tool to have for analytics

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    Pros

    Extremely fast
    Great for use when presenting
    A myriad of tools to get the analytics that you want

    Cons

    Nothing yet as I am still using it on a trial basis

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2018

    Microsoft Power BI for inhouse data analytics

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    This is a great app for deriving statistics from large data pieces for both in-house and outbound use.

    Pros

    I have recently started using power BI and so far the software is dynamic. It offers a wide range of capabilities and different ways to present data with the wide variety of graphs, and images. It is also surprisingly easy to use.

    Cons

    The only challenge is that with certain data pieces from excel, you have to convert them to a specific format provided that can be quite challenging but still doable.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Marshall from Chadwell Supply

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2018

    Probably one of the best reporting tools ever.

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    Love it.

    Pros

    Switching from Sisense to Power BI was one of the best decisions we ever made. The features and flexability are hands down amazing. All of the visuals you could ever need for BI at the click of a button.

    Cons

    Can be a little tricky to setup if you don't have someone technically savy.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mohamed from crystal mind

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    microsoft Power BI

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    great.

    Pros

    very wonderful tool, that can help making decisions, and it can be used to make great reports and make data visual to all parties.

    Cons

    i think it should be more tutorial and online help.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Marco Túlio from Prefeitura Municipal de Uberlândia

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

    August 2018

    Beyond de VLOOKUP

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    If you have tired to use VLOOKUP or your a PRO with this function, you’ve quickly discovered that exist a better world beyond excel spreadsheet

    Pros

    You can Combine all you data visually
    If you are KPI lover with this software you'll power up your formulas
    You really can transform the team work sense of job to be done

    Cons

    The database connections can be scary for beginners

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Are you into pain? Then this is your product.

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    Frustrating. Trying to generate meaningful business reports that should be quite simple, but are in fact made much more complicated through the use of this tool.

    Pros

    *Seems* like it's powerful, can harvest data from multiple sources, and present data in numerical values, graphs, etc. Can be a solid tool in the hands of those qualified to use/build.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve; difficult to use. Difficult to get PowerBI to do the things I want it to do. Not user-intuitive in any way, shape, or form.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Abhinav from INTEL corporation

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    August 2018

    Awesome tool for data analysis

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    My experience so far has been one with no complaints and look forward to using it more.

    Pros

    Somebody told me about this software and this is magical in what it can do with the excel data and do things easily that would probably take a lot of pain and probably macros in excel to do. The graphical features are also very helpful.

    Cons

    The way to export the data needs to be widened to probably have it go back to excel as sometimes thats easier to transfer.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Great for Microsoft Companies

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    Pros

    Power BI integrates amazingly with companies that use a variety of Microsoft products already. It is easy to use for front end users and can be embedded and shared quite easily across the company. You do not need a lot of prior knowledge to figure out how to use it. It is additionally one of the cheapest options out there but adding on features can get costly.

    Cons

    Power BI does not do a great job integrating with non-Microsoft tools, it is built by Microsoft and for Microsoft users. It also requires a fairly strong database to get reliable results.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Make your visualization easy

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    The experience on Power BI is excellent, within a day or two you will be used to it and more powerful than other tools because of Microsoft. Only thing is for large data set it cannot be used or i have to find a work around for this

    Pros

    a) The ease to use, you find things there and then itself and things are self-explanatory.
    b) To Set up power bi is quite easy compare to other visulaization tool.
    c) Charts and analysis are more clear than other tools, by simply droping charts you can view you view.

    Cons

    a) It can not handle the large dataset other then you have to compress it.
    b) You need a company emailid for downloading it.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
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