Embedded capabilities of BI tools allows to force data-driven decisions in the company by embedding reports and data visualizations into existing web-based business software - like intranet portal, CRM, ERP etc. Main benefits are:
First of all you need to check technical preconditions to ensure that BI tool:
Not must have but usually desired features:
And the last, determine your bugdet that you can spend for BI capabilities: if you're not a Fortune-500 company, enteprise-grade BI solutions might be too expensive for you.
|Live connection||SQL Server, MySql, PostgreSql, Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, Oracle, Yandex ClickHouse, MongoDb, ElasticSearch, OLAP XMLA (Analysis Services), ODBC*
* with ODBC drivers technically it is possible enable live connections to Snowflake/Vertica/SAP HANA/other DBs that don't have built-in connector in SeekTable
|SQL Server, Amazon Redshift, Oracle, IBM DB2, Exasol, Vertica, Snowflake, SAP HANA, SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services
Taken from: Power BI data source
with JWT-based authorization, security context: any data passed from main app
security context: username, roles, datasets
|Reports Deployment||All account data (cubes, reports, published reports) may be exported to XML-backup file.
Then, this XML file may be restored on prod environment by the user with admin rights.
XML file can be stored under version control; file is a human-readable and usual text diffs work just fine.
|PBIX (binary format, no way to get diffs under version control).|
|Export report formats||PDF, Excel, Excel PivotTable, CSV, JSON, Image||PDF, PowerPoint
PBI can export to CSV/Excel raw data if allowed.
|Paginated table reports and multi-page PDF export||Yes||Yes
paginated reports require PBI Premium
|Pivot Tables||Rendered as HTML <table>
Same layout in web-view and PDF/Excel exports
Server-side pagination for large matrixes
Max size: up to 1,000,000 cells (columns x rows), limit can be increased
No expand/collapse for columnssource
No export to Excel/CSV (pivoted data) source
Max size: up to 100 grouped columns x 500 rows source
|Flat Tables (datagrids)||Web-view pagination is supported (prev/next or show-more)
Up to 50,000 rows at once.
No pagination in table reports source
Up to 500 rows at a time source , large tables may be rendered/exported with PBI paginated reports
|Charts||Basic charts: bar, horizontal bar, stacked bar, line/scatter/area, pie/donut.
Any custom visualization can be embedded with JSON data export and JS-code.
|Basic charts, maps, huge gallery of advanced charts source|
|Dashboards||Only canned dashboards developed with HTML/JS are possible||Dashboards may be created with UI|
|Price for self-hosted subscription
with white-labelling, paginated reports, no per-user licenses for viewers
annual: $59,940 (PowerBI Premium)
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