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MS EA POWER BI PRO SUBS P/USER

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MS EA POWER BI PRO SUBS P/USER is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ​MS BI comes with all the tools and it is to the best of my knowledge the most affordable solution​.​ Valuable Features:MS SQL & SQL Server Analysis Services.Improvements to My Organization:We provide BI solutions to the users at every level in order to monitor business. We can deploy DWH, cubes and reports from scratch within weeks of implementation.Room for Improvement:SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is not user friendly, requires development, Power BI will surely provide a huge boost to MS BI in terms of self service BI. Then again, SSRS developers are plenty thus not so expensive.Use of Solution:10 + yearsStability Issues:Stability issues are due to bad hardware sizing, bad forecast of volumes or bad data modeling.Scalability Issues:Only when data models were faulty of when the infrastructure was not compliant to MS recommendations.Technical Support:Tech support from Microsoft when needed is as efficient as can be.Previous Solutions:Worked in different technical environments but never saw a switch from MS BI.Initial Setup:Developers and architects are easily available for this technology.Cost and Licensing Advice:MS BI comes with all the tools and it is to the best of my knowledge the most affordable solution.Other Advice:Watch your data model, use data marts when possible, set your archiving/purge policy from the beginning, size your hardware well (unless on cloud).Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from With the Data Platform and Business Intelligence ecosystem, you get the entire platform with a single license. Valuable Features:With the out-of-the-box Data Platform and Business Intelligence ecosystem, you get the entire platform with a single license.Improvements to My Organization:Previously, I was working for a retail company and when I got there, there weren't any analytics implemented yet.So, what I did was, firstly, I implemented an EDW solution so as to gather all the possible data in a single repository.After that, I developed a self-service model so the company could take advantage of their ad hoc analysis.Then, I implemented some standard reports to understand some basic indicators, together with the delivery subscriptions so that all the organization's levels could receive this valuable information, i.e., for more than 500 users.Lastly, I connected this platform to the cloud (Power BI) together with a top BI Gartner solution (QlikView) so as to take full advantage of the second data insights step journey.Room for Improvement:The Windows OS dependency needs to improve. There are some bugs with the new features that have released.It is getting better but still, there are opportunity areas in some aspects, especially the Windows OS dependency.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for 10 years and am still counting.Stability Issues:There were no stability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is very good.Previous Solutions:I was using Oracle before, we switched to Microsoft because Oracle is very expensive for the benefits that they offer.Initial Setup:The setup was easy, actually, a single instance installation can be installed by clicking next and next. Maybe a cluster installation could be a little more complex, but it is still easy.Cost and Licensing Advice:This is one of the best out-of-the-box solutions in the market. Microsoft has to improve their Data Governance solution, but for a data platform and BI solution, it is very good.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated products such as Oracle, MySQL and Postgres.Other Advice:It is very straightforward, maybe you will not like the Windows OS dependency but in the 2017 version, you can install the engine on Linux.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My current company is a Microsoft Partner.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Users with Excel experience can use this tool to work with larger than Excel data sets. It is not very intuitive to find any functionality. Valuable Features:Pivoting is the most valuable feature.Improvements to My Organization:It is good for users who have experience with Excel but were looking to work with larger than Excel data sets. For experienced users, it was more of a hassle because of its lack of usability; it is not very intuitive to find any functionality.Room for Improvement:Its ease of use feature is not very intuitive and needs to improve.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for six months.Stability Issues:We often experienced stability issues.Scalability Issues:There were scalability issues, it does half the work like any other product in the market.Previous Solutions:This product was used during tests.Initial Setup:It is easy to set up.Other Solutions Considered:We looked at Tableau and Qlik; we are using Qlik.Other Advice:It seems to be good for extending the capabilities of Excel but I wouldn't recommend it as a stand alone setup.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The interactive reports, DirectQuery and integration with the other Microsoft services are valuable features. Valuable Features:The interactive reports, DirectQuery and integration with the other Microsoft services are valuable features.Room for Improvement:There needs to be support for more data sources in DirectQuery.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for two years.Stability Issues:In the beginning, we did encounter some stability issues; now, Microsoft is doing great things to make this product more stable and enhanced.Previous Solutions:We were using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS reports), now we are moving towards Power BI due to its Publish on web part, as well as the interactive cross-filtering throughout all the visuals (i.e., if you need).Initial Setup:The setup is easy. It is very easy to use, i.e., if you are an Excel and SQL user, then it is very easy to get grip on this product.Other Solutions Considered:We tried Tableau; although Tableau itself is a great product, we chose Power BI due to its pricing and Microsoft's focus to make it a better product.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are Microsoft Gold Partners.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SQL Server 2016 delivers built-in mobile BI capabilities. Valuable Features:Microsoft SQL Server Report PublisherMicrosoft SQL Server Report BuilderMicrosoft SQL Server Reporting Services (Web Portal)SQL Server 2016 delivers built-in mobile BI capabilities. The above tools give professionals the ability to deliver business insights quickly and easily as well as enabling a quick way of presenting the data/charts/reports over a web portal. The portal is compatible for cross platform, from desktops to major mobile devices.Overall a great way of delivering your insights to your data.Improvements to My Organization:Works with data, systems and tools we already have. They are "additional" tools rather than complete replacement software. Easy to upgrade / install. The new SSRS tools in particular give us an easier way to share insights and reports to our clients and within our own teams. Security is easily managed within SharePoint.Room for Improvement:License fee structure. Mobile reporting Services is only available for the "Enterprise" addition of SQL Server 2016. This comes with a hefty price tag. Would be better if you could pick and choose the features you require and then the price tag is set accordingly. Rather than paying for the full Enterprise addition and getting a lot of features we do not need/use.Use of Solution:We have been using Microsoft's extensive software library for years. But at the time of writing this review, SQL Server 2016 Enterprise is pretty brand new. We knew of the latest reporting services offering and were eager to trial it.Deployment Issues:Deployment isn't rocket science, but it isn't child's play either. There were a fair few standard issues getting everything to talk to each other. Nothing to worry about though. Microsoft has worked well to make sure the latest SSRS is an "add-on" feature that integrates seamlessly.Initial Setup:Straightforward easy setup. Typical Microsoft software (familiar).Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SQL Server 2016 delivers built-in mobile BI capabilities. Valuable Features:Microsoft SQL Server Report PublisherMicrosoft SQL Server Report BuilderMicrosoft SQL Server Reporting Services (Web Portal)SQL Server 2016 delivers built-in mobile BI capabilities. The above tools give professionals the ability to deliver business insights quickly and easily as well as enabling a quick way of presenting the data/charts/reports over a web portal. The portal is compatible for cross platform, from desktops to major mobile devices.Overall a great way of delivering your insights to your data.Improvements to My Organization:Works with data, systems and tools we already have. They are "additional" tools rather than complete replacement software. Easy to upgrade / install. The new SSRS tools in particular give us an easier way to share insights and reports to our clients and within our own teams. Security is easily managed within SharePoint.Room for Improvement:License fee structure. Mobile reporting Services is only available for the "Enterprise" addition of SQL Server 2016. This comes with a hefty price tag. Would be better if you could pick and choose the features you require and then the price tag is set accordingly. Rather than paying for the full Enterprise addition and getting a lot of features we do not need/use.Use of Solution:We have been using Microsoft's extensive software library for years. But at the time of writing this review, SQL Server 2016 Enterprise is pretty brand new. We knew of the latest reporting services offering and were eager to trial it.Deployment Issues:Deployment isn't rocket science, but it isn't child's play either. There were a fair few standard issues getting everything to talk to each other. Nothing to worry about though. Microsoft has worked well to make sure the latest SSRS is an "add-on" feature that integrates seamlessly.Initial Setup:Straightforward easy setup. Typical Microsoft software (familiar).Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We switched from Crystal Report Server because it was crashing regularly. Valuable Features:The ease of implementation and reliability of SQL Server Reporting Services far exceeded the solution originally implemented with Crystal Report. The Crystal Report Servers (3 of them) were crashing on a weekly basis at one of the companies where I worked.Improvements to My Organization:We were able to reduce costs by consolidating the 3 Crystal Report Servers down to just one server running SSRS (with one backup just in case). The time it took to run some reports in Crystal were exceeding 5 minutes. The same report in SSRS not only was significantly faster (down to 30 seconds) and the licensing cost savings allowed for a quicker return on investment (less than one year).Room for Improvement:The build in Report Builder for end users needs improvement. But for someone that has some training on SSRS, its very straightforward.Use of Solution:The solution was implemented and still in use to this day to my knowledge.Deployment Issues:No. Following the installation guide was a help with setting up SSRS to use single sign on as well as SQL accounts. The overall setup of the server took about an hour. The conversion of over 200 Crystal Reports to SSRS took some more time but was done with one user and completed within 3 months.Stability Issues:No. SSRS has been rock solid and the server never needed rebooting unlike the Crystal Report Servers.Scalability Issues:No. In fact we were able to decommission servers and switch to using a virtual server for SSRS.Customer Service:Never had to use their support. But, the few times I have had to contact Microsoft, there were very knowledgeable and able to resolve the problem quickly.Technical Support:9, see above.Previous Solutions:Yes. We used Crystal Reports, see above.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We have the ability to connect separate services like CRM, NAV, Facebook, Exchange, etc. and make data integration and transformation based on these data connections in a few clicks. Valuable Features:Firstly there was the wow effect, as when I saw the number of connectors which were made for this product/service. It is quite fantastic to have the ability to connect separate services like CRM, NAV, Facebook, Exchange etc. and make data integration and transformation based on these data connections in a few clicks. Also, the ability to download new visuals is quite nice. The effect of new graphics for higher management is magical and this is the good way not only for a pre-sale/sale or up-sale, but also for good impressions. Another great feature is, for example, the collecting of data in concrete folder on disk. If there is, for example, 100 csv files from other information systems, these should be automatically merged, analyzed and transformed into great graphical report.Improvements to My Organization:Because the product is based the ability to quickly produce BI insights and reports, it’s really useful on a daily basis. Another improvement is definitely the possibility of browsing the dashboards on smartphone using an app, and another is the ability to quickly produce reports.Room for Improvement:Well definitely the connectors, which is always a huge space for improvement in configurations, especially the amount of connectors etc. Also, the graphic designs of the reports needs work as they are still really strictly defined, and with the amount of output, there isn’t space for such a design realization.Use of Solution:I have used this solution since it was released (a few years ago) and I am using it on a daily basis at work and at university where I work as a researcher and am a PhD student. I use it on mobile, laptop and tablet as well. Also, it has its own app for viewing the reports and dashboards, own app for creating and editing.Deployment Issues:There have been no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:There was no issue with stability.Scalability Issues:We have been able to scale it for our needs.Previous Solutions:Personally, I used Excel Services/Visio Services.Initial Setup:Really straightforward. The most complex part is defining the data gateways between the cloud part and the on premises part of the infrastructure. Another bigger task is to define security model of all the datasets and reports with correct audience, data refresh etc.ROI:It's too soon to calculate. I think, that for the correct ROI value, you need to have it in place for more than three years. But, it saves a lot of time and not only developers time, but also management time etc. Things are easier when there are functionalities like “quick insight” for auto-creating of data based on machine learning algorithms, or Q&A for using natural query language.Other Solutions Considered:I played with Tableau. I see many similarities in Power BI to other products, so there is no reason to combine many different vendors/third parties to build such a complex BI solution.Other Advice:It's a tool for a new kind of business intelligence from Microsoft. Tool for quick modeling of data structures and for visualizing almost everything you have in mind at the moment. There is still a lot of room for improvement and there is also a huge space for new functionalities. But it’s a simple and great tool for everyday use.You should get it and implement it. However, you should get a trial version, and contact a partner who can provide some sales presentation with the live session (CIE for example) and show, what the possibilities are of Power BI.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-03-23
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