Thought of the day …
I have been messing around with Power BI for a while now and while it “looks” great and does “good demo” I’m finding it almost impossible to build anything that I can rely on .. it has a lot of supposed features that really don’t exist (vaporware) and frankly it’s VERY complicated to the point where I’d be reluctant to put a price on a Power BI implementation and I’d be worried that in the end it would let me down to the point where I would look bad for suggesting it.
I am TRYING to come up with a set of best practices that work reliably and consistently but to this point haven’t found that sweet-spot.
Also remember that Microsoft is selling this as an end user tool for analysts … and they have no idea that this will mostly NOT work because these “Analysts” will run into so many walls (data access, data quality, networking issues, security, internal data politics, etc., etc., etc.) that it should be done by professionals … But by Microsoft pricing it and selling it as an end-user product, companies will just never allocate the money needed to make Power BI Solutions thing really work (if that is actually possible) ….
Oh yeah, sure Microsoft’s line is “We’re working on it and shipping new incremental improvements every day” … but what that means is that Power BI will NEVER be stable enough to host anything but demos .. How can I rely on a technology that will change regularly and is very likely to make things that work for me now stop working at some time in the future for no apparent reason and without warning… ?
And if IT gets involved, none of these Power BI installations will ever see the light of day .. it’ll be just too fragile, too needy and too prone to embarrassing IT in the eyes of their users .. So IT will shut it down.
I am thinking that Power BI better level off technologically and soon and that Microsoft needs to work on making it SOLID, explaining what it REALLY can do rather than writing endless crap on the web about stuff that they’re “working on” as if those features really exist and begin spinning the fact that Power BI is NOT EVER going to be a tool for the amateur.
But that in the end Power BI COULD be a great product and that Microsoft is working to make it so.
No I’m NOT just in a bad mood today btw 🙂