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Power BI Lite License

Power BI should have a Lite License for people that only consume dashboards or reports every now and then. This is for people that don't create reports but need to see the dashboards and may need to use the "report level" to be able to export output to PowerPoint (since you can't export the dashboard to PowerPoint but can only do it at Report level).

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi All,

        Good Day!

        Need your help to clarify the below two doubts.
        1)
        We are implementing Power BI in one of organization where we have 300+ end users who will be using Power BI reporting for daily business process .
        What should be best cost effective way to get Licenses .
        As some user might not be modifying any report and willl be using just as it is report.

        2)
        We have a plan to Publish the Power BI report using SharePoint also . In case if user want to access using Power BI report using sharePoint still do we need license of Microsoft Power BI?

        Thanks in advance!

        Sesha Kumar

      • DevonDevon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        From a licensing perspective what is the best way to license those types of users now? We have a group of Power BI Pro subscribers and then another segment of internal users that only need to view the Pro subscribers reports. Can the report read-only people just use the free Power BI Desktop, or would they need a Power BI Pro subscription and/or Power BI Premium capacity licensing?

      • Duncan PrydeDuncan Pryde commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is becoming more and more important. We now have several clients that are desperate to push Power BI out to their organisations but can't justify the cost of a Premium node, or of buying a few hundred Pro licences for people who will only view the reports or dashboards.

        Obviously it's frustrating for the companies themselves, but Microsoft is losing money here. Our clients currently have a few Pro licences for evaluating Power BI and love it. However they are holding off buying more licences as they believe that to roll it out fully is too expensive. They are also looking at other non-Microsoft options as a result.

        This really does need to be addressed as soon as possible.

      • Matthew JonesMatthew Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I completely agree with this proposal. I cannot see any justification for requiring 'viewers' of a PowerBI report / Dashboard to pay. Its as if you would ask a person viewing a finished Photoshop JPG to pay for a full Photoshop license merely to view the finished image.

        Come on Mircosoft, you'll get much more adoption and a stronger user base by changing this subscription model.

      • Kieran WoodKieran Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agreed. Although Power BI is already awesome value for money in providing features which other reporting tools do not supply yet cost more than 1000USD per desktop license. For Microsoft Power BI to maintain it's momentum in the public sector including facilitating self service analytics which save lives within the healthcare sector... There does indeed need to be a Power BI Lite License. As a minimum this needs to be where Power BI Users can access other Power BI Authors dashboards and reports without the Power BI User Power BI Pro license. Where the Power BI User has no intention of authoring there own reports.

      • David AldredDavid Aldred commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is definitely needed - there should be a distinction between 'creators' and 'consumers' of information.

        Currently, a user who spends all day creating content needs the same license as a user looking at a dashboard once per day.

        Addressing this imbalance will certainly see a greater uptake of consumers in the organisation (and free up the pricier licenses to allow more Creators)

      • ChrisChris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It should be a free PowerBi Reader the same as Tableau as that's what this product is competing against. My organisation is currently reviewing this vs Tableau and the main cons that keep coming up are the licensing model for what we need and an offline reader.

      • Simon HillSimon Hill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd suggest the solution here is a cloud based Premium Lite offered to >1000 user organisations, that can be scaled up to full premium with growth. If you have it hosted and priced below the premium cost point, it can offer PBI as a full SAAS solution, thus making it more attractive to SME's than just PBI Lite (no local overheads etc.).

      • Lisa BrownLisa Brown commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For small companies that have less than 555 reporting users the premium pricing model is not really affordable. It doesn't make sense to have report consumers pay a lot for just rendering the reports. The premium model makes a lot of sense for companies with over 1000 users. As a partner / re-seller who built a BI app that integrates with our solutions, we have clients that have 100 report consumers and up to 1000 report users. Power BI licenses can get expensive.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a huge issue and the lack of communication/acknowledgment from the Microsoft team is disheartening, to say the least. You are turning away the very community that helped support and test this product while in the very critical development phase. For SME's or those consulting, the premium service price tag just priced power bi out of the market.

      • Bill NBill N commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd been good with paying more for the Pro license to finance a low cost or free lite license for view only. The move to Pro licensing for sharing has greatly curtailed our use of Power BI. The vast majority of our Power BI users are infrequent, view only users. It's hard (or pretty much impossible) to justify a full Pro license for them.

      • AdamAdam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are stuck in an awkward state where we have a Power BI dashboard we want to share with partners (external users), but they need a pro account to view it. We would gladly pay on our end for their access, but we can't assign a pro license to their external user. Asking a partner to pay a subscription in order to consume our reports is far from ideal. Right now, as far as I can tell, there is no solution for this use case.

      • wilzo1wilzo1 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be huge. There are some companies who cannot, will not spend that kind of money on even something this great. I understand the argument about "polishing up your resume... " and moving on - that is fine if you don't mind jumping around to different jobs. However, for the actual loyal people who are trying their absolute best to better their company because they believe in the company they work for, those moderate or small companies, this license would allow the ability to start with something tangible and scale up as opportunity and demand allows. And, demand would grow... Power BI is not a dying breed and it is pushing the envelope of what can be achieved by anyone having a desire for better data and better analytics!

      • Ronald SchepRonald Schep commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really need this. We have developed various dashboards for customers but they now require a Pro License just to view them. At 10 euro p/m per user this prices it out - will now have to look elsewhere - shame, really liked the product.

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