I have a client who uses a Rest API to retrieve data from their corporate database, currently they pull the data down and into excel, using Power query to massage the data, and push the data back into Power BI web service.
Since they do not use premium, they have no ability to refresh the data automatically without relying on scripts and excel. This increases the chance of error.
I was wondering if it made more sense to pull the data into a cloud based database using API at set intervals, then direct Power BI to the database to pull the data into the Power BI Web Service.
Do you recommend a cloub based database other than azure or sql server? The company is too small for the large expenses related with premium and azure.