Microsoft Power BI and the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and BI

March 21, 2018


This year, Microsoft was recognized as a leader in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quandrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms and was positioned further to the right, compared with Tableau, for the completeness of vision within the Leader quadrant. Power BI has been the main contributor to this success story and has provided business around the world with self-service analytics at scale.

Microsoft Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools that allows organizations to connect to hundreds of data sources, prepare data, perform data discovery and allows users to perform adhoc analysis. Reports can be created then published to be viewed the web and across mobile devices giving organizations a 360-degree view of their business.

Microsoft offers several options to choose from which can be either on-premise or cloud based. These include Power BI Service, Power BI Desktop and most recently, Power BI Reporting Server.

Power BI Desktop is a desktop application which allows users to connect to hundreds of different data source, clean and prepare data, analyze and build reports with custom visualizations that can be embedded in websites or published to the Power BI service in the cloud.

Power BI Service is the Software as a Service (SaaS) online offering from Microsoft and combined with the Power BI Gateways, users can connect live to on-premises SQL databases Analysis Services and other data sources. Apps and work spaces are two important features included in the online service, learn more here.

Power BI Report Server is the on-premise version which provides a localized way for storing and managing Power BI reports.

There are two licensing options available for organizations to choose from; Power BI Pro and Power BI Premium. With Power BI Pro users are licensed individually whereas with the Premium option, organization can license capacity for their content rather than licensing all users of that content. Microsoft provides an easy to use calculator to help choose which would best suite your needs.

To read more about how Power BI compares with Tableau, BizOne’s resident Power BI expert Danny Galvan breaks down the differences in a previous blog post. Additionally find many other Power BI related posts on our main blog page.