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.



292 Reviews of Microsoft Power BI

Overall rating

4.42 / 5 stars

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January 2019

Connor from Best Team Bid

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Whаt I'vе bееn lооkіng fоr yеаrs

Pros

Onе оf thе mоst іmроrtаnt thіngs fоr mе іn thіs аррlісаtіоn іs thе аbіlіty tо соnnесt tо vаrіоus оthеr аррlісаtіоns аnd соmbіnе thеm wіth еасh оthеr. It sаvеs tіmе аnd ореns uр nеw орроrtunіtіеs fоr mе. Evеn mоrе tіmе іs sаvеd duе tо thе fасt thаt nоw I usе nоt Exсеl tо сrеаtе vіsuаl mарs. And іf suddеnly thаt іs nоt сlеаr, yоu саn аlwаys usе thе buіlt-іn tеxtbооks. Nоw I саn trасk thе stаtіstісs оf hоw оur usеrs usе оur рrоduсt: dоwnlоаd іt, usе dіsсоunts аnd аddіtіоnаl funсtіоns. Thіs аllоws us tо dіvіdе by рrоduсt grоwth оn а dаіly оr wееkly bаsіs, dереndіng оn thе nееd аnd mаkе рrеdісtіоns fоr thе futurе.

Cons

Thе fіrst, mаіn аnd sіnglе drаwbасk оf thе аррlісаtіоn іs thаt іt іs dіffісult fоr thеm tо usе. Esресіаlly іf іt соmеs tо соmbіnіng wіth оthеr рrоgrаms. At fіrst yоu thіnk thаt yоu аlrеаdy knоw еvеrythіng аnd еvеrythіng wіll bе fіnе, but іt wаs nоt sо! Thаt іs why thеrе іs а nееd tо bе рrераrеd tо sреnd а lіttlе bіt оf yоur tіmе tо sеttlе hеrе. But а fеw buіlt-іn tеxtbооks аnd thе lосаl suрроrt tеаm wіll hеlр yоu quісkly bесоmе а рrоfеssіоnаl оn thе Mісrоsоft Pоwеr BI.

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Quick to pick up for advanced Excel users, but lags in supporting big data sets

Pros

Microsoft has integrated Power BI very well with Excel, making it easy for advanced Excel users to analyze data without having to write SQL queries

Cons

Databases with large amounts of data experience much slower performance than smaller datasets

January 2019

Rochelle from Radisson Blu Cebu

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

My Data Analytics

Microsoft great product.

Pros

Microsoft power bi helps my business to analys and visualize all the data that I need in my business. Thats why I paid for a Pro version to finely use all the features that will benefits my business.

Cons

Its free version is too poor compare to Pro version that you need to pay. All you just need to do is to invest for the development also of your business.

January 2019

Stephen from RFM Corporation

Company Size: 5,001-10,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Easy to access

Pros

One nice feature of Power BI is that it has the ability to save data to Excel. We all know that no matter how great a data visualization is, we still want our data to do their own analysis by saving them in Excel. Thanks to Power BI!

Cons

I don't like how Power BI handles relationship between tables. It does not like it when there are two ways to join a pair of tables. So you have to make some unique fields in tables for you to make tables joined together

January 2019

Titus vincent from RFM Corporation

Company Size: 5,001-10,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Useful software

Pros

You will definitely like it for it connects to a hundreds of data sources. Imagine it can read data and store it in your cloud. Data can be pulled from either one or more sources and stored in datasets.

Cons

Well, its ability is questionable. It can't work with a huge amount of data. I think it's 2gb that Power BI is capable of ingesting. When you have reached the limit, you have now to upgrade the paid version.

January 2019

Dean from MSI-ECS

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

effortless and I love this tool

Pros

I love its frequent updates. They are releasing their updates monthly. Updating is also effortless, all you have to do is to open your Power BI and it will notify you if there are pending update right away.

Cons

Rigid formulas are an issue for me. It has some of shortcomings. I can create new data with formula but it is limited, i can not explore more. Formula limitations make me impossible to maximize my thoughts and data.

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Powerful business intelligence suite

Microsoft's offering in business intelligence did not disappoint at all. We have used power BI to analyze use of donations in field offices and were able to come up with impactful decisions

Pros

Informative and customizable dashboards
Easy to navigate
Lots of reporting options to help in decision making
Impressive visuals on the dashboard

Cons

You got to be good to make sure all the datasets are included in the desired reports
Prior knowledge of excel is quite helpful

January 2019

William from UPS

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

The best data visualization/dashboard tool I've used

Pros

Because PBI is a part of the Microsoft application suite, the UI and functions are very similar to other Office apps. This makes usability a dream, especially in comparison to other tools like Tableau (I worked with Tableau before PBI and it was a significantly steeper learning curve).

PBI is also packed with useful features that can probably take care of 90% of your visualization needs. The great thing is that the PBI Dev team updates the tool every month based on user feedback. You also have access to a lot of neat custom visuals created by third-parties which you can download for free.

Cons

There are a few formatting features I wish it had but the dev team hasn't gotten around to putting them in yet. Hopefully they'll get to it!

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Free tool for cool reports

Pros

Power BI is a cool tool for making pretty reports - visuals and color choices are very appealing. Simple report s are easy to make and integrates really well with other Microsoft tools. R integration and support is another advantage. The insights generated by the tool on its own sometimes can be really good but needs a lot of improvements to be reliable every time.

Cons

Limited integration option- especially with NoSQL databases. It is fairly relatively new in the market - doesn't have some features- small community, so may not find help always

January 2019

Berny from Zespri

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Powerful, easy to use and rich with features

We were needing a reporting tool that could extract and report information out of SAP and other sources. Excel had its place but with the amount of data we felt Power BI would suit us better. It has transformed how we report and the professionalism in which information is displayed.

Pros

I love the fact that it is so easy to just create a dashboard or report in a matter of minutes. Link up source data (from a spreadsheet, live website, JSON, and SO MUCH MORE), drag on some graphs and you're done.
Power BI has revolutionized how we report at our company. Gone are the days of spreadsheet graphs!

Cons

There's absolutely nothing I can think of. Power BI has revolutionized how we report at our company.

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1 of 5

Value for money

1 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

January 2019

I can't recomend this at all.

Pros

It let you make prety visualizations, thats true.

Cons

It is not suited for a serious workflow. A lot of defaults behaviours are extremelly weird and in some cases there is no option to change them.

January 2019

Oliver from Cleaver Scientific Ltd

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Good for small business analytics

We use Power BI for data analysis in multiple business areas including product performance, marketing and internal efficiency analysis.

Pros

Compared to competitors it is reasonably priced, especially for pro licenses for small businesses that can't afford Enterprise level software. It integrates well with a large number of data sources and the on on premesis data gateway is a great tool if you don't use cloud hosting yet . Learning the software is easy as it shares a lot from Excel which many people will be familiar with.

Cons

Limited visualisation options that mean the community has to make it's own. The features are not all there and Microsoft seem to prioritize there own plans rather than highly rated suggestions.

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Great for Analytics at Work

Overall, it is great for statistics and reports of data.

Pros

I like measuring different outcomes of our data at work, and this is the perfect place for it. We run multiple reports with several variables for all our teams, and this software does it seamlessly. It groups our data and organizes it in an easy to read way.

Cons

It was a little difficult to understand at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is very useful.

January 2019

Tulasiram from Planon

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Power BI as reporting tool

Pros

Has lot of potential to be used as dashboard for data intensive applications . Rich support for various widgets like charts and tabular widgets

Cons

PowerBI as per my usage can be deployed and used with web based apps . It has lot of learning curve and has very limited support available on internet . Configuration is a hell

January 2019

Mario from CIAM

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Easy to make interactive dashboards

I'm grateful for the functionality that Power BI gives you with Excel online. I use office 365 database that is connected to a flow that entry information to the excel that is on the cloud and the dashboard that I created can show me the real-time information without having to refresh the dashboard manually.

Pros

I love how Power BI can help you make an automated dashboard for your team work.

Cons

I don't like that it don't have enough visualizations for presenting the data.

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Powerful Tool for Reporting

Using PowerBI to condense and report large volumes of operational and financial data to managers and users in order to better influence business decisions. Has the potential to be a game changing tool if used to full capacity.

Pros

High quality charts and graphic options make viewing a variety of data clean and useful for end users. Ability to simplify otherwise complex information and distribute. Ability to handle large data sets is extremely valuable.

Cons

Some learning curve to get started, but this is aided by the large amount of help resources available publicly.

January 2019

Jopay from Tanduay Distillers Inc. Philippines

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

High Standards for this Tools

Pros

business intelligence that you haven't had before. It makes your business' profile simpler. Simpler will always catch someone's mind and attention. It is easier to understand.

Cons

It has its own limitations. You can create data that has formulas but it is limited. I cannot maximize my thoughts and ideas because of the limitations it has.

January 2019

Ramir from Stanley Black and Decker

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Strong software to helps business

Keep it up Microsoft Power Bi!

Pros

Microsoft power bi is very strong software to help your business in terms of organizing all your need data. It's just like an improved and developed excel.

Cons

Didn't anything to say bad issue when it comes to microsoft product. All I can say is Microsoft Power Bi is a strong and great software so keep it up.

January 2019

Chris from Sage

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

User friendly BI solution within the O365 application suite

Pros

Very user-friendly BI solution which provides all users with the ability to powerfully explore and obtain insight from large amounts of data. Great integration with O365.

Cons

External data source/integration options could be improved, particularly from non-Microsoft platforms (e.g. AWS)

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1 employee

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

January 2019

Power BI for beginners

Pros

What i liked the most about the software is that it enables to do calculation and draw graphs with high dimensional data

Cons

Im a beginner with this software and it was hard and it is still hard for me to figure how to do what i would like to do(not so easy for amateurs)
i dont know if it is related to my knowledge and the way i do stuff but in my case it was slow processing for huge data sets