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What Is Microsoft Power BI?

Power BI can help you connect your data into a single source of truth, uncover powerful insights from this data, and translate them into impact across your organization. Connect data across clouds, databases, and engines to OneLake to create a single place to manage and analyze your data while minimizing data duplication and movement. Turn your data into visuals with advanced data-analysis tools, AI capabilities, and a user-friendly report-creation tool. Turn these insights into impact and help

Who Uses Microsoft Power BI?

Power BI is used by developers, analysts, IT, and other businesses to visualize and analyze data on a unified interface.

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Reviews of Microsoft Power BI

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Service
4.1
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.4

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Utkarsh
Utkarsh
Power BI Developer in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

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How Powerful is Power BI ?

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: I am a Power BI Developer and have delivered many dashboards to the client in Power BI. Its Better than other Products. Its Save my lot of time by using Power BI various features. From Importing the Data to Publishing ,Its a easier platform I would suggest you to use. It contains the most trending Visuals in the market that a every developer wants.

Pros:

1)Its Easy to use, Provides a Reliable user interface . 2)Its Time efficient as most of the work Power BI does it even before you know. 3)Integration to the third party visuals and creating its own market place have already took it way further than other products. 4)A User can customize its design and can easily give the dashboard access to the public. 5)It contains the most trending Visuals in the market.

Cons:

1)Software is reliable on Latest Machines. 2)Old machines then need to be upgraded(OS, RAM) to use this software smoothly. 3) Multiple Dashboards can hang the entire system.

Federico
Federico
CFO in Brazil
Verified LinkedIn User
Banking, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
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Great tool for Data Analysis and Dashboards

4.0 last year

Comments: My overall experience is great, using it to compile, perform ETL, prepare reports and create Dashboards is simply powerful.

Pros:

This is a great tool that integrates perfectly with Microsoft Excel (they are from the same family) it really makes life easy. Another great feature is the possibility to connect with a wide variety of sources such as Google Analytics, Facebook, SQL, data files, cloud files, and the list goes on. Free to use and very affordable price. Finally their visualization features are also impressive.

Cons:

Like any other tool, we found a high amount of the time required to train and master it, when you try to go beyond create reports, you would need to learn about additional tools like Gateways and Report Server. In addition, their language DAX is not the easiest language to work with, but nothing some training and research can't solve.

Osman
Marketing Support Manager in Honduras
E-Learning, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Share important information through Power BI

5.0 last month New

Pros:

How easy it is to connect with different systems, to create dashboards, limit who can see specific data and how everything can be updated in real time.

Cons:

I would say the different cost to have the cloud version.

Nicolas
Data manager in France
Government Administration, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Probably the worst dataviz software out there

1.0 4 weeks ago New

Comments: Go Tableau, only one which deserves my attention

Pros:

None, it's really everyday just another bad stuff happening

Cons:

It's slow, buggy, you can't do what you want to do, counter intuitive, no community

Galaad
Supply Chain Analyst in France
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Ease of use and great on-boarding experience

5.0 3 months ago

Comments: I am a supply chain analyst. I use the product daily for reporting and ad-hoc analysis. I often confronted to massive data base and multiple data source. PBI empowers me to build complex data model and produce sharps dashboard for others user in my organisation.

Pros:

I really like the profusion of learning media for PBI (webinar, forum, microsoft learning experience and LinkedIn Learning). You can learn at your pace. Quickstarting is easy. Becoming proficient require a bit more patience but is relatively easy for people using other microsoft tools (Excel). I like that the product is deployed in many company. The competencies are transferable. I like the well defined working environnement (Query -> BI -> Viz) and the provided editor that are really enabling for people like me that are not developper by trade. Automation of import, analysis and viz is also a real game changer for people that were dependant on Excel before.

Cons:

I dislike the lack of userfriendly info for more complex developpement. I feel not guided enough regarding more technical information regarding the product.