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Phocas business intelligence and Microsoft power BI: how do they compare?

BARC Research’s annual business intelligence survey received reviews from 3,137 users of 37 BI tools. Based on the survey results, BARC created The BI Survey 16, an annual report that compares the software vendors head-to-head in 32 different categories. In this blog, see how Phocas compares with Microsoft Power BI.

Across its three peer groups, Phocas Software ranked first in 16 different categories and as a leader in 24 categories in the largest BI software review of its kind. Among the many recognizable brand leaders that Phocas outperformed were TableauQlikView, and IBM Cognos BI.

In this blog, we will review the head-to-head comparison between Phocas BI and Microsoft Power BI. Microsoft is one of the largest software providers in the world, and industry analysts consider Power BI to be one of the leaders.

Despite Microsoft’s standing from a brand and size standpoint, Phocas outperformed Microsoft in several key performance indicators (KPIs). The following blog highlights three of the categories.

Additional category comparisons ar… BI presentation.

Chosen as a Standard

Phocas finished first among all products in this category, which measures how many companies choose to use it as their standard BI system.  On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the best, Phocas rated 10 among visual-discovery and self-service reporting focused products, while Power BI rated 4.7.

Once Phocas customers start to use Phocas BI software, it quickly becomes the first thing they check in the morning and the last thing they review at night. The software is intuitive for any level of BI user, and was built to make data accessible by all areas of the business.

Even as users have gone through major ERP changes or upgrades, Phocas has remained a constant, serving as the foundation of data and analytics.

Ian van Haeringen, Information Systems Manager for B&R Enclosures, leaned on Phocas when the company made the decision to update its ERP.

“In an ERP system implementation, reporting is generally the last thing you do because when you ask people what they want, they generally can't define it well,” said van Haeringen. “For our new ERP system, however, we knew our sales reporting was staying the same so we planned the entire integration around Phocas.”

B&R’s sales’ reporting was consistent all the way through the installation because of a long-term commitment to Phocas.


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