Power BI

What is Power BI Microsoft’s Power BI is a suite of data visualization and business analytic tools. It offers tools to easily analyze, transform and visualize data, including the ability to build reusable models. The software enables users to integrate their apps, so as to deliver reports along with real-time dashboards. Providing a user-friendly interface and excellent data visualization capabilities, users can choose from the Pro plan or a more limited free version.

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/

Power BI Review

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.

Pros

  • Creates a single data model from different types of data sources
  • User-friendly
  • Good data visualization capabilities
  • As part of Microsoft business suite, linked to other tools as Excel and SQL Server

Cons

  • 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

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.

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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
  • User-friendly
  • 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.

Improvado

Tableau

Looker

Google Data Studio

Big Query