Microsoft Power BI

BI visualization and reporting for desktop, web or mobile

About Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a suite of analytics tools for analyzing business data and sharing insights via rich visualizations. Customizable and pre-built dashboards unify important metrics into single views, showing real time updates to every device. The centralized, web-based Power BI service interfaces Power BI gateways to connect to and unify organizational data while Power BI Desktop for Windows provides local data mashup and report authoring features. Live dashboards offer an instant 360-view on business health, leveraging 59 out-of-the-box connections for apps or services such as Salesforce, Google Analytics, Azure, Facebook, Github, QuickBooks Online, Twilio and Zendesk. Power BI brings all that data, wherever it resides, together to form a complete picture of key metrics that can then be queried using natural language.

With Power BI Desktop, users can author reports using intuitive drag-and-drop tools and share amongst colleagues through the online Power BI Service. Integrating with Microsoft’s established Query engine, data modeling and visualization technologies, Power BI Desktop connects, shapes and reports to centralize a typically disjointed process of reporting. Outputting to .pbix format, these report files can then be manually shared like any other or uploaded to the shared service. In addition, this ability to keep all users on the same page at all times extends to a suite of optimized mobile support. Power BI Mobile keeps remote connectivity consistent across native apps for Windows Mobile, iOS and Android devices, adding intuitive gesture-based operation. Live dashboards can be viewed on the fly, alongside full report sharing capabilities and data-driven alerts.


Key benefits of Microsoft Power BI

  • Microsoft Power BI spans a suite of Business Intelligence tools for creating rich visualizations and sharable reports.

  • Web-based Power BI Service provides a centralized hub for defining live personalized dashboards, harnessing on-premises data via Power BI gateways.

  • Out-of-the-box connections and pre-built dashboards for 59 popular apps and services makes unifying data quick and simple, wherever it resides.

  • Power BI Desktop for Windows provides deeper visual data exploration within a free-form drag-and-drop canvas and a library of powerful visualizations.

  • Author rich reports that can be exported to Power BI’s .pbix format or shared more engagingly among user groups by uploading to the Power BI service.

  • View personalized dashboards and reports from anywhere with Power BI Mobile, offering optimized apps for Windows Mobile, iOS and Google Play.

  • Stay informed of the very latest real-time update with data-driven alerting and full report sharing options while on the move.

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    Andrew
    Andrew
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    • Industry: Computer Hardware
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    There are plenty of competitors, but Power BI is tops

    Reviewed on 25/08/2019

    Power BI allows me to manipulate data and present it in visually appealing and flexible formats.

    Power BI allows me to manipulate data and present it in visually appealing and flexible formats.

    Pros

    I have used Tableau and Google Data Studio - among other alternatives. Nothing has seemed to compare to the functionality that Power BI offers. Everything about the program is made with the full spectrum of analysis in mind - from the designer to the data 'wrangler' to the end consumer (ie. others within the enterprise). In this way, Power BI is extremely powerful because it can be used for so many different types of projects; the data-analysis intensive to the more visual 'data-presentation' dashboards.

    Cons

    Sharing dashboards and reports in Power BI is easy and it has a lot of options for doing so. However, the requirement that all users must have a Pro Account to view dashboards created in Pro is a bit of a hindrance in a global organization where it does not make economical sense for every employee to have a Pro account. It seems like it would be a great addition to allow limited sharing to everyone - even those without a Pro account, as most of my internal team does not have an account.

    Lucy
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    • Industry: Financial Services Software
    • Company size: 51–200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Review or Power BI

    Reviewed on 27/12/2023

    Pros

    Use of dashboard to analyze data. The toggle features are good to be able to view the data in different ways but in a quick view

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be quite complicated if you don't understand it and it can be quite hard to pick up on how to use it

    Tom
    Tom
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Powerful Data Analysis Tool

    Reviewed on 25/09/2019

    I am using Power BI to do enterprise level reporting and analysis on large telecoms service...

    I am using Power BI to do enterprise level reporting and analysis on large telecoms service inventory data bases (2GB, updated monthly). Reports run the full gamut of spend analysis, type of services, transition and modernization opportunities and progress and sub-organizational level for all the above.

    Pros

    I like the intuitive user interface and the ability to work with data files too large for spreadsheets or desktop-quality data bases. Power BI is great for creating summary reports in large inventory data bases, which is what I work with mostly.

    Cons

    There is no easy way to export the summary reports from Power BI. You can only export the raw data that generated the report, which is often too large to export directly.

    Md. Tanvir Bin
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Powerful analytics with an intuitive user interface (UI) and outstanding data visualization...

    Reviewed on 13/11/2023

    In one convenient spot, Power BI gives me excellent access to all the data sources and data sets I...

    In one convenient spot, Power BI gives me excellent access to all the data sources and data sets I generate when creating the reports. I have various devices at my disposal to access the data at any time, anyplace. By using easy clicks, users may highlight features, apply filters, and interact with the dashboards.

    Pros

    Power BI enables users to work together and share dashboards and data with other people. Reports and dashboards can be shared by email, social media, and web publishing, among other methods available to users.
    To ensure that sensitive data is protected, Power BI contains robust security features. In addition to controlling access to data, reports, and dashboards, users can create rules for preventing data loss.

    Cons

    Data that Power BI can ingest is limited in size. The free version must be extended to the paid version if I want to import data bigger than 2GB. It can also crash while processing huge datasets with complicated measurements, which makes using Power BI stressful at times.

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    Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Power BI

    I may download the free edition of Power BI Desktop and begin creating reports on our computer right away.
    Ravi
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Best dashboarding view

    Reviewed on 28/12/2023

    Pros

    good and easy to use. can be linked to various source data mainly MS excel, which is a very easy and provides a quick way of getting good data insight

    Cons

    Not that I have come across anything as of now.

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    Microsoft Power BI offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: $10.00/month
    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Not Available

    Power BI Pro: $9.99 per user, per month Power BI Premium: $20 Per user/month and $4,995 Per capacity/month

    Microsoft Power BI has the following typical customers:

    2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

    Microsoft Power BI supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Microsoft Power BI supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile)

    Microsoft Power BI integrates with the following applications:

    Microsoft 365, Microsoft Excel, Quickbooks Online, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Twilio

    Microsoft Power BI offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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