Please FIX/REVIEW your recent changes to the PRO licensing pricing structure
Power BI Team,
Your recent changes/fixes to PRO licensing pricing has caused widespread concern and discussion amongst the community. This is due to Microsoft no longer allowing end users/consumers to access Power BI workgroup reports & dashboards. Reports were suddenly inaccessible in organisations that had built Power BI frameworks over the past 2 years. Your new structure now forces these companies to purchase PRO licenses for ALL users regardless of whether they use it or not.
Unfortunately, Power BI is now the most expensive BI product for large organisations, whom I believe are your primary customers.
The community has not received any feedback despite the topic being the most discussed topic in the Community Forum:
(Please read the feedback to get a better understanding of the issues we face)
All we ask for is a response which we have yet to receive. Are you going to review & revisit the Licensing Structure soon due to the feedback ? Or are you sticking firmly to the changes ? Your response will help large organisations plan their BI strategy rollout.
Jon Fortner commented
For us, Power BI has the best ROI when compared to other Gartner Recognized BI tools. Once you hit 600 Pro user, strongly consider a Premium Sharing Server Node where content consumers don't need a Pro license. You really have to examine the cost profile across the major BI tools before deciding this is expensive, trust me, it's not too bad. And, no, I do not work for them.
This pricing structure seems to fly in the face of basic business practice & I just cant understand where Microsoft is coming from. In all BI solutions a basic free or nominal cost for a pure view option is a must.
Everyone on a pro licence just to be able to view Dashboards is the most insane solution ever !!
Cor CEC commented
I totally agree with this licensing issue. It is a total nonsense from Microsoft and a magnificent punch to their SMB customers.
Microsoft, If you wanted to make money out of this product (which works very well by the way, congrats on that), this was not the way to go.
Chris Dodgson commented
Agreed - the pricing changes have blown business cases here out of the water. Love the tool - but need a better pricing structure for consumers of content.
Echo the same licensing message. Our organization is an Office 365 customer - and it is hard to pitch a move to Azure and PowerBI with this licensing. Consumers have to have the ability to integrate with Excel without being Pro users.
"We are willing to pay more for the Pro licenses than what we are currently paying, but will not pay for consumers to have paid licenses. No matter what. If we hear nothing in the next month we will have to pick a different platform. Our organization is otherwise deeply invested in the Microsoft ecosystem, so this will be a real blow. "
Mike Kostuch commented
for us the premium costs 3,000% more than pbie, so it's totally cost prohibitive for use with our customers. We need the licensing model to dial this down a ton. Using it internally isn't anywhere near as much as for our external customers especially at 5K a month in premium. That can buy a lot of PowerBI pro licenses, at our discounted rate.
Hein Mulder commented
Thank you Daniel for posting this.
This structure is keeping us from going full ahead with this product.
It keeps us in trial licensing mode....
Our company needs one or two PRO licenses to build the reports and dashboards and 10 or more user licenses to read them. That should be the structure!
[Deleted User] commented
Yes, we prefer to pay more for Pro licens than let our user to own Pro licens! In many cases it is not possble.
With Power BI, MS have a very good BI tool. We enjoy this tool very much. I hope MS would continueing the strive.
We are willing to pay more for the Pro licenses than what we are currently paying, but will not pay for consumers to have paid licenses. No matter what. If we hear nothing in the next month we will have to pick a different platform. Our organization is otherwise deeply invested in the Microsoft ecosystem, so this will be a real blow.
Thanks Daniel.I also focus on this topic for a long time from Feb to the present. Please MS give the reply how will further for this problem?
Very well written Daniel. I have firm belief that Power BI team will soon review their pricing strategy else we need to look at some other platform unfortunately.