Microsoft Power BI vs. Microsoft Excel
Because the two applications have a similar purpose, it's almost impossible to talk about Power BI without mentioning Excel. Excel has the advantage that it is practically standard on every device. But Power BI is more powerful.
- Power BI can use larger data sets than Excel;
- Power BI can be linked to more data sources than Excel;
- Power BI can process data much faster than Excel;
- Power BI has visualizations that allow you to compare data more clearly than in Excel;
- Power BI is made to work with data, Excel is not;
Power BI is much better suited than Excel for analyzing data sets and for collaboration. On the other hand, you can easily and quickly organize, transform and calculate data in Excel. That doesn't work against Power BI. You can easily export data from Power BI to Excel, and then import it back into Power BI.
Azure, Dyamics and Power BI
Both Dynamics and Power BI are part of the Microsoft Platform. That is modular. That has two advantages. On the one hand, you only need to purchase those parts that your organization needs. On the other hand, you can easily integrate new parts into the bigger picture. Power BI can be linked to Dynamics practically out-of-the-box. Where necessary, we will link it for you. That makes it a very practical tool to do more with your data. At least as handy: the Microsoft Platform is based on Microsoft's Azure cloud environment. With Power BI you not only integrate your on-premise information, but also data from the cloud.
What does Power BI cost?
Microsoft Power BI is availablie in 3 verious versions:
1) Microsoft Power BI Desktop/Free
Power BI Desktop is available for free download from Microsoft. This allows you to link 70+ data sources. This release includes all the basic Power BI features. You can analyze data, publish it on the web, export it to Excel and so on. It's a good start to explore the basic capabilities of Power BI
2) Microsoft Power BI Pro
Power BI Pro is the full suite that Microsoft offers. The functions from Power BI Desktop are extended with possibilities to build your dashboards, share analyzes and create reports. With Pro you can collaborate and give your people more space to store data.
3) Microsoft Power BI Premium
Premium is for organizations where a lot of employees will work with Power BI. Within Pro you pay a license per user, with Premium you buy computing capacity for a fixed monthly fee that you can share with all users.