03-08-2017 04:00 AM - edited 03-08-2017 04:03 AM
Sorry to include you in on this, Lukas. It's just that the community is not receiving any feedback on the negative impact the licensing changes (Or bug fixes as mentioned by Microsoft) have had. Without proper change management from Microsoft, a lot of organisations are stuck with a Power BI environment that cannot function properly because users suddenly have no access to reports.
I chaired a BI work group across 4 Govt departments today, which encompasses almost 30,000 employees. All of which are looking at emulating our O365 and Power BI environment. I gave them the bad news... Due to the recent licensing changes, Power BI PRO is the only viable solution for large organisations, whereas previously it was a mix of PRO and Free. As a result of these changes, Power BI is now the most expensive BI solution for large organisations. This makes no sense.
Many BI specialists have fought long and hard to get Power BI implemented within their organisations and have been part of your 2 year journey. But the recent licensing change could wipe out all your effort in an instant. As much as I hate to say it, Power BI's licensing changes must have been a massive sigh of relief for Tableau.
Please take note. And we would still like to know whether Power BI is reassessing it's licensing policy. In my opinion, there needs to be a price for developers and a separate one for end users/consumers.
03-20-2017 02:27 AM
Thanks for your update about the Pro Content dialog box.
I have a small doubt and curious to know why MS is implementing a pricing model where the users have to get a Pro License just to view the reports.
Please provide some update on the same, we are not looking for free solutions. But we are looking for a solution where it's mandatory for developer to pay and get Pro license and users can view for free like other platforms (Tableau).
03-22-2017 07:04 AM
I am growing quite tired of waiting for a response. Even my Microsoft contacts agree that these licensing changes are not corporate friendly.
I created a new Idea regarding the licensing issue. If you would like to vote, please go here:
03-29-2017 02:40 AM
Thanks for your contribution on this matter. I suffered also from that my customer and collegues could not access my dashboards. Microsoft must have some solutions to this.
03-29-2017 08:44 PM - edited 03-29-2017 09:11 PM
@Mardin maybe just share your password with your colleague when you are in vacation ?
or just don't use the web at all, and just distribute pbix files.
03-29-2017 11:27 PM
@mim Sharing my password is not a viable option since it's simply not allowed. I'm in a company with 6.000+ employees and they have a very strict IT policy.
Distributing the .PBIX files defeats the purpose of this tool and it would also be a hasle to distribute a new .PBIX file to 1-200 different end-users each month.
It should simply be possible for everyone to READ the online reports and only have the developers/admins require the Pro-license, like many many others have stated in here.
Why is it free to read/view-only the .PBIX files via the free Desktop client but not free to read/view-only online?
03-29-2017 11:50 PM
@Mardin Microsoft is not obliged to do anything, it is the market that decide and unfortunately the BI enterprise offering is still very expensive.
don't get me wrong I understand your frustration, but microsoft model from day one was clear, everyone need to have a subscription to do any meaningful work in enterprise, I know it does not make sense but what's the alternative. ( Qlik Server and Tableau Server required named user too)
another option is to wait for SSRS on premise, but it is not clear what will be the license model.
SSAS with Excel as a front end is an option too.
so unless the competitors come up with a better pricing model, Microsoft will not change anything.
03-30-2017 09:12 AM
Sharing passwords and passing around files defeats the point. It's also bad practice. We're looking for solutions, not workarounds.
The market has indeed spoken: Non-Microsoft providers provide better and more affordable options (depending on your size and usage of course). This was a blatent bait and switch for some of us affected.
Sorry, but Microsoft really messed up here.