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"Very User Friendly , but limited options to some extend"

What do you like best?

This tool is very user friendly but limited storage and control. A mid size company can you major user of it. Or we can deployed it on departmental wise. As we are using this application departmental wise for quick and rapid reflection of our business to sr, management. we have limited licence so we created power user for that. In nut shell. we have found this is great and comprehensive tool for rapid dashboards.

What do you dislike?

Typically, your average business user is not a power user of Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Power BI is going to be very challenging if you has a huge set of data to analyze, Microsoft Power BI probably isn’t the best solution for you. When trying to connect and import large data set, it may very slow

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Power BI does a fantastic job of combining power analytics with a user-friendly user interface and remarkable data visualization capabilities. So please you are planing to purchase or implement power BI you must have the clear objective and goal toward business and should take end user in confidence before going to live

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you’re a Microsoft-favorable organization and you have a group of Microsoft Excel power users, Microsoft Power BI will work well within your organization at a very low price point. We have different departments who have to present their performance through dashboard or some small kind of reports. Therefore , this tool is very useful to us to presenting their workloads to senior management. Further, it will help out to management to taken good run time decision to respect to view the dashboards.

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"Analysis and visualization of data at full speed."

What do you like best?

The SQL server of Power BI is a service in which you can create all kinds of reports and analyze data quickly, effectively and in real time, this helps to develop projects in a timely manner and without detracting from the quality of them, In addition, this platform integrates access to non-Microsoft applications, which makes this software even more versatile, the creation of reports based on existing data, they are generated in an almost perfect way, creating a distribution of the total type of data, which create ready reports, to enter and present in an exhibition to clients, or within the company, with graphics, and data analysis included and detailed.

What do you dislike?

Some multimedia elements, added to the reports, externally, can give certain problems and compatibility at the moment of the creation of the final report when it is intended to be sent to an external application, such as a word or power point, to be used in a presentation, Conflicts are created with the added images, and must be added again to the presentation, which leads to unnecessary waste of time.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creation of reports of all kinds, small and large scale, for all types of clients, in a simple, clear and with the necessary information, to be liked by all, with graphics, images, texts, elaborated on the basis of data, previously inserted in the report, which simplifies the work of all those in charge of this area, reducing their working hours, in all kinds of projects.

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"Visual Analyzing at it's Best"

What do you like best?

Being able to upload various data sources allows you to create visual tools that better serves your organization's needs. Since our organization performs a lot of reporting and it comes from different modules, being able to tie it all together makes it much easier to present the information to our users.

There is a free and paid for option. This gives you the freedom to test it out first then upgrade to a full account if you decide you want to move forward with it.

There are excellent visualization tools built in, so you can create tables, graphs, lists and so on.

What do you dislike?

You need to have some knowledge in certain scripting languages, like DAX, in order to perform some tasks. If there were some pre-built functions it would make it a little easier.

Unless you go for the higher priced packages, you can only have one user seat at a time. While it works for our organization since we only have a max of two people working on edits at any given time, if you have a larger organization, you'll end up paying slightly more.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Learn some basic DAX functions before getting this product to make the implementation easier, however, you can definitely use it at a very basic/introductory level depending on your needs.

There are free options and paid for packages.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to quickly determine our month to month activity. It's an easier way to know what we need to focus on. It's increased productivity and the quality of the information we provide to our users.

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"App user's usage monitoring "

What do you like best?

this app is used to see how our app users are using the app and how often they are using certain features. I like that the app looks neat and separates everything into different categories. I can easily filter by different categories or needs that as I need too. It overall just has a very tech and smart feeling to using it. Very well organized.

What do you dislike?

It is initially somewhat hard to understand how to use. As well I at times find it difficult to see or find where I need to be or to find specific items i am trying to search for as I was initially using the site and becoming more familiar with the site.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am tracking how much our app users are using out app, downloading our app, using discounts and all of our other implemented features. This allows us to monitor how well the app is doing in terms of growth on a day to day basis or by weekly or in the longer term over the life of the application.

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"Visual Data Awesomeness!"

What do you like best?

The fact that I don't have to use Excel to create awesome visual charts makes this a complete time saver! Instead of spending hours and hours updating spreadsheets, Power BI integrates with other programs I use to pull the raw data automatically. It looks awesome as well!

What do you dislike?

I don't like that I can't share the Dashboards I create to a weblink. Also, the dashboard page when signed in doesn't format in a way that you could display it on a TV, etc... This would take Power BI up to an 11 if it could do that!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it! Great for visually displaying needed information.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Team productivity, team sales and other information! I can quickly look at the charts I've created to know how my team is doing! Also, it's sharable so my manager, the CEO and others can login and see it as well!

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"Good Dashboard to start with, Use it"

What do you like best?

We are the one of largest courier company in pakistan and many of application and running on 24 /7 . Every application have required some kind of reports and dashboard. For dashboard we are currently using another tool we seems to be very expensive so we have recently do R and D for power BI for further prospective. We found this is excellent tool if you have limited data sources and limited data. This tool have capability to build rapid development of dashboards.A end user easily built their dashboard without asking for help. we have deployed this to some users for test and trail purpose. We have received very positive response by end user. Main thing this is less expensive to others and very much manageable and reusable. In Summary, i would recommend if you have using limited data and required rapid dashboard , power BI is your answer.

What do you dislike?

The main thing is found that if you have huge data source the there is a problem. It may getting slow if you have connected with multiple data source. This tool only be recommended for ms excel as a data source this may create issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

First you have to follow train the trainer concept and identify the champion users. You have to give yours 100 % to identify the user and do proper budget in opex and capex else it cost may hurt in future.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As earlier i have mentioned that we are one of the largest courier company in pakistan and have multiple application we serve 24 / 7 so our senior management reports / dashboard on daily basis. We are lacking to present reports / dashboard on immediate manner . This tool may help and overcome this issue.

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"Show your results like a professional"

What do you like best?

The features I like most about Power BI are these:

*It allows to interact with the graphics once generated.

*With the same data is able to show different levels of the graph. It only depends on what you want to focus (for example, with data that have date you can see the same type of graph per month, per quarter, per year).

*Once the graph is ready you can export it in different formats and present it according to the need, but if you prefer you can share it with other users of the tool without losing or modifying any property.

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What do you dislike?

A certain level of prior study of the tool is required before it can be used successfully.

In my opinion, it is not very intuitive. It took me a few tries and I had to go to some blogs with tutorials before I got some decent results.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a demand generation executive, I wanted to know the best time to hold webinars in the different countries where we have guests. With Power BI I made a graph of trends that allowed me to observe the hours of higher and lower attendance for the different countries.

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"Very powerful tool, but hard to work out how to use"

What do you like best?

Connects easily to a lot of different systems that we use, there are a lot of pre built reports and dashboards for popular data sources such as Google Analytics, Mailchimp etc. We use Dynamics CRM and Power BI has some great reports for this system. The pro version gives access to on premise data sources, which is a good benefit if you use both cloud and on premise systems. this does have to be installed on a PC which is always turned on so this needs considering when you install the Power BI desktop program for connecting to on premise data sources.

What do you dislike?

It's not very easy to learn how to use, particularly linking different data sources. it seems to require you to have an understanding of SQL to be able to get custom reports to work properly. Occasionally i have had problems in saving changes to reports, when a report has been created with the desktop program and i am then trying to edit in the online version.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get some assistance from someone who has an understanding of SQL or Power BI to help you set up the reports

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reporting from various different systems on one dashboard, particularly where the system itself doesn't have customisable reports or dashboards. Mobile access is a great feature utilising the Power BI app. Also reports can be embedded in a web page using an iframe to publish reports to people who don't have access to the system.

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"Power BI helps us make better, data-driven decisions"

What do you like best?

With Power BI, I can combine data from multiple sources, build a data model, create visualizations, and share the results with others in my company. I learned Excel Power Pivot a few years ago, and everything I learned there about Power Query and DAX translated directly to Power BI. Now I rarely use Excel Power Pivot because it's so much easier to share the results through the cloud with Power BI.

What do you dislike?

Prior to May 2017, I was able to share reports with others using the free version of Power BI. Microsoft changed the pricing, and now everyone who wants to view reports needs a Power BI Pro license ($10/month/user). I can understand charging those of us who build models and share reports, but I don't think the company should have to buy a license for everyone who wants to view a shared report. In addition to the expense, it is also a hassle for people to request a license from our IT group.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take the time to learn Power Query and DAX. There are plenty of tutorial videos available.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We analyze usage patterns in our cloud software. The results help us understand user behavior and prioritize new features for our product. Power BI has been extremely helpful here. We have a much better understanding of our data that allows us to make better decisions.

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"Easy to use data visualisation tool "

What do you like best?

- Non-technical users are able to access information they need, instantly and accurately, without reaching out to technical teams

- For frequently used data sets, there is no more need to download and manipulate multiple data sources. You simply build your own report which can be loaded anytime.

- Users are able to set-up reports by pulling data locally (excel file) or from the cloud (data lake)

- Reports can be shared easily with various teams or individuals and based on the user management each can view different parts of the report.

- Users can set-up email alerts to stay up to date on chosen reports. No more need to open up reports on a daily basis to get a quick update

- It can be integrated with G suite and pull data from Google sheets

What do you dislike?

- For complex reports, it can take up to 5-10 seconds to load results

- Professional version could be added as complimentary for organisations that already purchased Microsoft Office license

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business Intelligence and Data Analysis

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"business intelligence "

What do you like best?

It is an excellent product and I am delighted while using it, first use it for free as it can be discarded so one becomes familiar with this system then one can acquire a better version that is the pay this is a good feature, its interface is very good I have intuitive, the mobile application is good, user attention has also been positive, also another very good is that you can make administrative reports automatic because you can confirm with just one click because the reports of commands can be exported to pdf or power point.

What do you dislike?

Its panel can be a little complicated and it can become boring and delay a bit to organize the panel and for the users few experienced in technology will be very complicated this system.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Users who are going to use this software must be advanced users of excel to power understand its use more easily but it will be extremely complicated.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to automate and improve the creation of reports for all our clients and departmental internal use, and periodically having a control of our operations has improved us and simplified the work.

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"Good BI Tool with limited Option. But good one to start with"

What do you like best?

We have different department to show there performance in different dashboard to set their goal , so initially they used ms excel for this but they not quite satisfied to use this. so we search a tool which little bi resource hungry and with good dashboard option. Power BI is very much good and impressive tool to startup with. it has some limited option but good tool. it has different and good dashboard with good integration with Excel and selected database. Further this is very user friendly and easy to learn

What do you dislike?

It has limited option, and only be integrate with excel on . Further, if you have large number of rows then there a issue and performance issue will may there.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There should be a proper and comprehensive list which you want to displayed, There may be a challenge as this tool may some limitations. Further, you have to finalized the power user which help you successful deployment .

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As many of department or using excel for their departmental growth dashboard , it is quite difficult to manage this all in excel. it also difficult to maintain theirs audit trail. This tool slove this issue quite easy.

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"Excellent tool for automation and save time"

What do you like best?

I love their characteristic that exceed our expectations since we can manipulate summarize and edit quite sophisticated visualizations to our taste and specific way.

What do you dislike?

It could improve some things that have the free version as best low-performance computer acceleration.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would sincerely recommend this program to those who use several add-ons such as Excel or a sql database since they are very easy to manipulate with this tool and it is a quite important time saving, I would recommend it to any colleague.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our company has used this software in recent years and has not helped attract more customers to our company due to its excellent automation we have obtained great results. It is a very convenient tool in which we can use on any device, whether computer or telephone. we have improved our delivery and development time which translates into monetary gains to work more for customers.

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"Great Starting Point for BI"

What do you like best?

Getting started is easy, you can download the Power BI Desktop and get in it. There are a lot of tutorials build into the application you can use to see how to do different things. There are a decent amount of dashboard and visual add-ons you can get, most for free. The way you can model your data is easy and visual.

What do you dislike?

You can't fully customize the dashboard, especially the ones you get form the extension site. What I mean if you can't put your company logo into a visual element on a dashboard. You can color code the dashboard so match your company's colors but not anything with branding, at least not right now you can't. There are monthly feature updates and weekly patches. You can't patch the application from an update tool you have to redownload the application and install it each time there is an update.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a good starting point, you can download Power BI Desktop for free and get started with their tutorials. The cost is comparable to Tableau.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to visually show potential customers, as well as employees ways they can see their data and be able to drill down into what they are seeing. This is a pretty cool experience and different way to present people with data that is not the typical static SSRS presentation.

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"Affordable and easy to use Visualization tool"

What do you like best?

The major selling point is anyone can you this product as Power BI desktop is free, and the pro version is much cheaper than its competitors, secondly you don't need to be a technically sound person to use this, basic fundamental of dashboard is enough to play around, if you are good at excel then you will learn faster

it has good visualization capabilities and can connect to many data sources.

What do you dislike?

It is slow while connecting to large data sets, takes much time to load and process the data, If you don't know the basics of dashboards it will be much more challenging to learn the tool.

Power Bi desktop user cannot share the dashboards and data sets, as it comes with the price you have to opt for the pro version, also scheduling reports option should be available, as it can help to reduce manual task, unfortunately, it is not there.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to create visually appealing dashboards and easy to understand and also you have a budget constraint go for power Bi, it won't disappoint, and if you are an excel expert knows excel dashboard, you don't have to put in many efforts to learn, but it has limited capabilities compared to competitors, if your expectations are more and money is not the barrier don't go for Poer BI.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating real-time interactive dashboards which help to keep track of the business, can have a lot of information about the business by having a look, which can help to take the important business decisions.

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"Power BI Is a quick and easy way to get high level information"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Power Bi in my field, is the color coded, blocked out information, and high level details outlined. This makes it more efficient to present different business findings in meetings. It can also go down to a specific details that you see fit. We break out by stores, country, styles, and so forth. Having this tool at my fingers tips and filters that I can adjust easily to change the way I look at business makes it easier to present different information if requested during a meeting.

What do you dislike?

I wish the filters didn't take as long to load. I think the system can sometimes get overwhelmed and it doesn't know how to process what you are requesting as fast as you are. The filters are also not very intuitive so it takes some time practicing with the report before you feel comfortable.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Upgrade the filters. Allow them to transition easier and don't need to clear all to adjust anything.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Printing and timing. By having Power Bi on everyone's lap top in a meeting, all attendees can pull the same information at the same time. This way you don't need to reprint various reports.

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"MICROSOFT POWER BI : Amazing tool for your daily tasks."

What do you like best?

Microsoft Power BI is a very useful tool. It is easy to use & understand. It has similar features to Excel with the ability to create & import graphs & charts & manipulate them. The tool is incredible for making intuitive dashboards to impart to different clients. The highlights and capacities improve this much than a straightforward exceed expectations archive and make it simple to impart to different clients. As it is a Microsoft product, it can be easily integrated with other Microsoft products such as Office 365, Excel etc.

What do you dislike?

There is always room for improvement. The user interface is very complex & confusing in it. There are large segments in the tool itself which is sometimes very confusing to figure out which part does what. To use Power BI efficiently you have to use absolutely cleaned data, there is no scope of data cleaning in Power BI.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I strongly recommend others to use Power BI if you are an expert Excel user.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a very powerful tool when it comes to Business use. You can do enormous things with your data with Power BI. Dashboard creation, report generation, data visualization are some effective examples.

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"A good BI platform, with a roadmap towards being a great BI platform"

What do you like best?

Power BI is simple an intuitive to both model data and design reports. Power Query allows you to quickly load data and make important changes on the load.

Cross-filtering is intuitive, and a properly modeled dataset allows extracting insights efficiently.

The base visuals provide most types of visual you will need, while not as robust as tableau, custom visuals are easily integrated in to a report.

Creating measures is an easy experience, and DAX is relatively intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Layout tools are not as robust as I would prefer, and reports often do not look polished. It takes a high level of design knowledge and effort to make a report feel finished.

Custom visuals often do not follow the same visual theme as the main built in visuals.

I do not like that datasets cannot currently be used across multiple workspaces, but fixing this is on the roadmap.

A bug that disconnects the desktop editor from the cloud service exists, but is fixed with reopening the editor.

Error messages are generally not intuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Power BI is likely the most cost effective method for rolling out a BI solution at your organization, so ask what the ROI will be on such a solution.

For a best rollout start with 1-2 users with Pro licenses building reports and then once there is some established reporting immediately provide all users with Pro licesnses to use the Power BI services.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Power Bi allows us to effectively understand how our business is performing through synthesizing all information together in one platform.

Through the mobile platform we are also able to share reporting with our vendors at tradeshows that is more informative than previous paper reporting, as well as less tedious to provide.

Shared datasets have allowed us to unify the numbers in our reports across departments.

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"Power BI"

What do you like best?

Power BI integrates well with Excel and other MS Suite. I like the maps visualization and the data embedding featured especially updation on a real-time basis. Its ease of use is great and it has a low learning curve

What do you dislike?

It has some limitations in terms of visualizations as compared to Tableau. It’s peers like Qlik and Tableau has some great visualization, especially for dashboards. Power BI is also limited in terms of having a more intuitive visualization and still is more generic in nature

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its a nice robust BI Product though could improve more specially with more dynamic visualizations.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has impacted a lot I have been using it quite sometime now especially in the analytics space. Its seamless integration with Excel is a great plus. A great benefit is it being adopted across the organization as its easy to implement.

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"Awesome for data visualization"

What do you like best?

PowerBI feels like and enchanced version of Excel.

It is awesome for data visualization, since it allows us several options in terms of presenting Data.

More than that, it also has some functions, just like excel, which makes it a very complete software.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it could be more flexible.

For example, we are not allowed to edit data directly on the sheets, which makes it hard to clean a database. Due to that, it forces you to have something else, like Excel, to help you clean up a database before you start working on it on Power BI.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are having trouble working on presentations and ways to show your data, you've gotta start using Power BI.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Essentially Data Visualization. Since SPSS, my main tool for data analysis, is not great in that specific field, I complement it with Power BI.

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"Power BI is the future of Business Analytics"

What do you like best?

Interactive charts in a cloud that can be shared with a click of a button--what's not to love? Easy to build, easy to share across any device and interactive on any form factor as well. This is the future of analytics.

What do you dislike?

The pricing for Power BI Pro is a bit hard on small businesses. Either you jump to Enterprise licensing for thousands of dollars--or you end up paying 9.99/user to use that service. Would love to see a middle ground/small business license option.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in healthcare IT--and I use this to update our performance scores for our providers (as well as produce a variety of reports). It's easy to share across the organization.

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"A great entry level product for enterprise reporting that scales with you"

What do you like best?

The pricing is what initially attracted us to the Power BI platform. at $10/user it is much cheaper than many of its competitors. The frequent feature releases and additions keep us around.

There is also a very active community that Microsoft has built around this product. The user community is very helpful and responsive. They are very welcoming of new users to the platform and happy to help.

What do you dislike?

Their prices have been increasing. Organization of reports within Power BI is also a bit uncomfortable. Workspaces, Apps, Content Packs, Folders, etc. are al a bit overwhelming. There are multiple ways to organize and distribute reports, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.

Lack of solid workflow is also missing. It's very flexible, but lacks some direction.

Microsoft Support is very difficult to work with, and has been mostly unhelpful every time we have reached out to them.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a shot. You can download the desktop app, and use the web service for free for 1 person. As you prepare larger roll outs however, be aware of how you structure workspaces, apps, and PBIX files.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We utilize Power BI as the reporting layer on top of our Data Warehouse. It solves our issues of distributing information to our business users with visualizations, export ability, and some self service functions.

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"Excellent data visualization tool that is included with O365 E5 Licensing!"

What do you like best?

Power BI is extremely easy to use. There is a wealth of free training available from Microsoft which makes this solution very easy to roll out. Many connectors to popular data sources, which makes integration with most systems a breeze. Power BI is extremely powerful, even in its online form. It rivals the capabilities of other leading visualization tools.

What do you dislike?

Because the tool is so powerful, it can be daunting to use if you pick it up without training. If a connector does not exist, it will require some technical knowledge for integration, unless you rely on flat-files.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ask Microsoft for a trial of the product. Access your data with native connectors if available. Avoid flat files if possible.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've significantly reduced our data analytics costs by migrating off of Tableau, and using Power BI instead. Because Power BI is easy to integrate with, we've had great success with creating real-time information to our Team members.

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"Easy to use but few complicated views are tough to implement"

What do you like best?

simple dashboard creation is one of the best and easiest part to implement. Connectivity to different data source made very simple.

What do you dislike?

Complex views creation with joins over multiple table using calculated columns

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Power BI is good when it comes to connectivity or data pulling from different sources. Power BI is easy while preparing various visualization.

Power BI is not competent enough in representing complex visuals with multiple joins from different data sources all taken together.

The Power BI pro implementation was not user friendly at all as we had to purchase office 360 to activate paid licence.

Office 360 has an additional monthly cost over Power BI pro monthly cost. Power BI Pro is required to share dashboards online within and outside organisation.

Power BI provides good editing functionality and they have provided additional column creation functionality like "measure" and "calculated columns", both has their own benefits.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick data visualization and analysis by senior employees of the organisation without involving a technical support to create the same.

Quick access, easy understanding are the few benefits we have realized

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Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Power BI is a powerful tool, needs some training"

What do you like best?

I really like the powerful visuals in Power BI. I like that you can drill down to your data, and publish your reports via Power BI online. I like the slicer tool, as I can make one report, and simply slice it down to each person or Account that I want data on, instead of making 50 separate reports. It saves me time, and my supervisor loves how the reports look when I'm finished. Talk about making me look great!

What do you dislike?

Because my supervisor and my company are still very into "hard copies" the lack of ability to print from PowerBI desktop is frustrating. I would like to be able to format my prints just like I would out of excel. Printing from online works ok, as does screen shots but a powerful print interface would make this a 10/10 software.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've used Power BI to put our information from Dynamics CRM into a dashboard tool that is visual, and useful for management teams.

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Information Technology and Services
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"Great for Analytics"

What do you like best?

This application is wonderful to utilize for presenting numbers in a way that is easy to interpret. You can also link the information to external spreadsheets and applications that hold the information you need. This application is a fancy spreadsheet that really boosts presentations to clients.

What do you dislike?

To be honest, there is not a whole lot wrong with this application. The only thing I would really say is that it takes a bit of time to really just play around with the application and make mistakes in order to really understand its functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just play around with the application with some fake data until you can really get the hang of all the different features that Power Bi has to offer.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I utilize Power Bi to display customer purchasing details and purchase history trends in a way in which is easy to interpret

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Computer Software
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"Microsoft Power BI Review"

What do you like best?

Power BI gives me a one stop shop for dashboards on my customer data. As an Account Manager, it is very valuable to me to have information at my fingertips, and Power BI makes that happen. It is easy to use and navigate. It pulls in information from our SQL databases and excel reports - and combines all of that data into a beautiful dashboard! I am a visual person, so I appreciate the beauty :)

What do you dislike?

Perhaps I haven't taken the time to learn how to create my own dashboards, but I very much feel like I am at the will of our admin when it comes to dashboards. Another issue I have experienced is that it is a bit slow in getting to the data I need. I know I need to log in, select the dashboard, and then go do something else so I don't have to wait for it to load.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can spot trends in my client base, making it easier for me to spot at risk clients and also clients I can upsell to. It helps me to see who best I should target for keeping and growing accounts.