Who should use Power BI?
If your business favors Microsoft and you have a team of Excel power users, then Power BI will probably work well for you at a low price point. The free version is designed more towards individual users, offering limited storage and other capabilities. Teams will probably want to go with the Pro plan with more storage, faster refresh cycles, and collaboration capabilities.
- Creates a single data model from different types of data sources
- Good data visualization capabilities
- As part of Microsoft business suite, linked to other tools as Excel and SQL Server
- Limitations in the free version can be frustrating
- 3rd party visuals cannot be exported to PowerPoint
- Could be challenging if you are not a powerful Excel user.
Pricing for Microsoft’s Power BI tool ranges from free for individual to $9.99 per month for the Pro plan, as well as more custom pricing for larger deployments.