What are the best aspects of this product?
There's so much to love about Power BI. For one, it offers a range of pricing models, and we've been able to choose the package that fits perfectly into our budget. It can pull data from just about any source too, and automatically updates when the data source does. It hooks us up with a robust set of ETL tools as well, complete with its own programming language. It supports an expression language as well that helps us deal with our tabular data more efficiently.
What aspects are problematic or could work better?
Its desktop version feels a bit clunky. This is where the bulk of our work happens, and we need it to function as smoothly as possible. The program itself needs to be cleaned up too. We've noticed a couple of bugs such as the date slicer of the program. It does not automatically update the date of our files. These little things are important to us, and we hope that these issues can be addressed right away.
What specific problems in your company were solved by this product?
I use this for creating data sets for my clients. In particular, it transfers data seamlessly to and from hadoop data lake on hive. In the previous program that we used, parallel refreshes did not happen as seamlessly as they do with Power BI.
Are you a current user of this product?