Microsoft Power BI: Best Free BI Software?

Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. Monitor your business and get answers quickly with rich dashboards available on every device.

Earlier this year, Microsoft made a decision to make its powerful Power BI solution available as on-premises service as well, making it one of the most flexible low cost option for small to medium sized businesses.

Microsoft is currently offering free service for individuals with limited functionality, but enough for you to develop and test.  This is a huge plus compared to other big players where you don't get to play unless you or your company pay big bucks up front.

Following is what's included in the Personal Power BI service

  • Connect to cloud sources
  • Simple dashboard sharing
  • 1GB per user data capacity
  • Daily scheduled data refresh
  • 10K rows per hour streaming data

If you want to utilize Microsoft's cloud technology, there are two options available.
Take a look at the quick comparison of Personal Gateway vs On-premises data gateway options below.
With the on-premises gateways, you can keep your data fresh by connecting to your on-premises data sources without the need to move the data. Query large datasets and benefit from your existing investments. The gateways provide the flexibility you need to meet individual needs, and the needs of your organization.

For those who want more power and increased volume of service, consider Pro Servie which only cost $9.99/user/month!!  That's a small fraction of what the competitors charge.  The Power BI Pro service includes:

  • 10GB per user data capacity
  • Hourly scheduled data refresh
  • 1M rows per hour stream data
  • Connect to live data sources with full interactivity
  • Collaborate with our team using Office 365 Groups
  • Manage access and sharing through Active Directory
  • Shared data queries through Data Catalog

You or your company don't have an expertise to get started with Power BI?  Contact us and we will help you get up and running in no time.
Microsoft Power BI: Best Free BI Software? Microsoft Power BI: Best Free BI Software? Reviewed by Brandon on October 02, 2016 Rating: 5

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