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  • Hi, what are the differences between using Office365's PowerBI versus building your own in Azure using the Microsoft stack?

    Are their limitations or constraints with Office365 that you will not have with your own SQLservers in Azure? The Office365 website states this is 'enterprise grade' but no specifics are listed, hence this question. 


    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 4:01 AM

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  • Hi,

    There are a couple key differences -

    1. Feature set - The feature set introduced with Power BI (Power BI Sites, Mobile BI, Q&A, Data Stewardship etc.) are only available through O365. On the other hand deploying the stack on Azure yourself gives you more freedom to control the environment (e.g. the supported workbook size).
    2. Installation/Provisioning - The O365 Power BI offering is a SaaS offering provisioning all the BI features on top of O365 without requiring any installation/configuration on the user's part. Building your own in Azure using the Microsoft stack would be more of an IaaS type solution and would require you to deploy, configure & manage the Microsoft stack on your own.

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:24 AM
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  • Hi,

    There are a couple key differences -

    1. Feature set - The feature set introduced with Power BI (Power BI Sites, Mobile BI, Q&A, Data Stewardship etc.) are only available through O365. On the other hand deploying the stack on Azure yourself gives you more freedom to control the environment (e.g. the supported workbook size).
    2. Installation/Provisioning - The O365 Power BI offering is a SaaS offering provisioning all the BI features on top of O365 without requiring any installation/configuration on the user's part. Building your own in Azure using the Microsoft stack would be more of an IaaS type solution and would require you to deploy, configure & manage the Microsoft stack on your own.

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:24 AM
    Moderator
  • How can we add power bi to our existing E3 subscription? It's not in the admin portal and will not allow sign up though power bi site.
    • Edited by JimmyBL Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:39 PM Typo
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:38 PM