Why Power BI isn’t for You: Pitfalls and Limitations

Target Audience:

Anyone evaluating Power BI as a potential reporting tool


Power BI looks pretty, but honestly it can be a bit rough around the edges sometimes. Rarely do people talk about the areas that Power BI falls short. It is more like a scalpel than a swiss army knife, and it’s important to know that going in to it.

In this session, we will cover the downsides of using Power BI. These include: learning curve, operational reporting, security, and licensing. By the end of this course, you’ll have a much better idea of the pros and cons of using Power BI.

Why I Want to Present This Session:

I think it would be an interesting spin on the usual presentation.

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Eugene is a Business Intelligence developer in the Pittsburgh area. He helps run the local Power BI user group.
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5 Comments. Leave new

Alleged DBA
March 6, 2018 1:49 pm

But the salesperson said PowerBI would solve all my problems!
I like the approach of this presentation: this tool, like every tool, has its limitations and drawbacks. Sometimes what seems like a slam-dunk solution isn’t.

Rick Kohler
March 6, 2018 3:56 pm

This approach is interesting to me also. I’m not very familiar with the benefits claimed either, so quick coverage of those would be nice for me personally, but I’m sure I’m way behind your average audience member and I can probably get lots of benefit lists elsewhere.


I’d definitely attend. This looks like an honest session. I’m fed up with marketing.


Where can I view this Power BI limitation presentation?


    It didn’t get voted into the next GroupBy. If you hit the home page of this site, you can read about how the conference works. The lineup is up to you – next time voting is open, vote for your favorites, and they make it into the conference.


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