By Eric Avidon, and Azure Security News
On April 2, Power BI Premium Gen 2 will be available for $ 16.90 per user per month. This offer offered since June 2017 was previously available under a capacity license model invoiced from 4,212.30 euros per month.
By comparison, Power BI Pro costs $ 8.40 per user per month, or comes free with a Microsoft Office 365 E5 subscription, which is worth $ 34.40 per user per month. Power BI Pro users will be able to add Power BI Premium for 8.40 euros per head per month.
The news was revealed on March 2 during Microsoft Ignite 2021, a virtual conference hosted by Microsoft.
“Since we launched Premium, we had one request that kept coming back,” says Arun Ulag, corporate vice president for Power BI at Microsoft. “Customers have always asked us to increase the price of Premium to one level per user.”
Pricing, on the other hand, is a big differentiator for Power BI , according to Rita Sallam, vice president analyst at Gartner.
While Power BI’s capabilities are on par with Microsoft’s competitors, and the BI platform adapts quickly as other vendors introduce innovations to the market, its low price can make it an attractive option for organizations.
Qlik, one of Microsoft’s rivals , does not make its pricing information public, but Tableau Explorer costs $ 35 per user per month and Tableau Creator costs $ 70 per user per month.
“Microsoft is making it increasingly easier for people to buy Power BI and be successful at it, especially if they’re in an Azure environment,” said Rita Sallam shortly before the start of Ignite.
AutoML and security in Power BI Premium
With Power BI Premium Gen 2, customers benefit from a series of features that are not available in Power BI Pro. They understand :
- an automated machine learning (AutoML) capability to build models without having to write code;
- The possibility of Azure Cognitive Services offers including sentiment analysis, key word or phrase extraction, language detection and image labeling;
- preparing no-code data using a visual interface on top of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2;
- Deployment pipelines that allow teams to manage their content and test reports, dashboards, and datasets before they’re consumed by end users;
- “to perfection” paginated reports using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS);
- the ability to process larger volumes of data by optimizing XMLA endpoints; and
- enhanced security features through native integrations with Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) and Microsoft App Security (MCAS) and the ability to engage a BYOK (Bring Your Own Key) encryption mode.
In addition to Power BI Premium Gen 2, Microsoft has unveiled “preview” Power BI capabilities.
All Power BI users can now try out the new analytical playground embedded in Power BI, a hub that includes a sandbox for developers to report using Power BI’s application programming interfaces. , a repository for exploring APIs, and a dashboard where programmers can see APIs in action.
Additionally, Power BI Premium users can browse virtual network connectivity for Power BI datasets. Administrators gain access to a scaling capability that automatically adds a virtual core – at a cost that can be charged to an Azure account on demand ($ 71.68 per vCore / 24 hours). This should make it possible to increase the resources allocated to the Premium server during traffic peaks, then the vCore is deleted after a return to normal.