Power BI Premium needs lower pricing tiers
You've made a odd choice for the name but oh well.
Power BI Premium is a great idea but lower specs to hit a lower price point is necessary for SME clients.
A clearer product name might have been Power BI Enterprise with standard and premium pricing tiers.
The v1 pricing for Power BI Embedded was an equivalent of charging for a sql database at a flat rate per kb of IO.
Fixed capacity for a fixed price takes away all the uncertainty and complexity of the current model.
Kevin H commented
Agree. We are a SME, with about 30-50 Power BI content creators, plus a few hundred content consumers. The "1 GB per dataset" limit on the Power BI Service is very limiting! Also, more than 8 scheduled refreshes per day would be a big improvement for us.
So, I was excited to hear about Premium capacity...but then very disappointed to find that the cost for just a single "P1 node" is WAY beyond our budget. Help!
Luai Rifai commented
This is a must. The latest pricing scenario is "All or nothing"!!
On-Premise customers with SQL Server Standard Edition should have a medium sized licensing model for using PBI reports on-premises such as limited number of consumers... etc.
Tom Huguelet commented
I currently have 3 clients in the incubation phase with Power BI Embedded proofs-of-concept. While the potential upside for wider adoption is quite good in all cases, the $625/month entry point of is too high for these clients in exploratory phases. I respectfully suggest an intermediate tier or two would allow for broader adoption.
John Fitzpatrick commented
We need a way to start small and grow as needed. A minimum of $650 a month is not accessible to anyone trying to start small and grow.
Greg Sharrow commented
I agree, there needs to be a way to dip your toe into this, vs dive in especially in NON Production environments. I am sure once we get in we will have more questions, but this is holding us back from trying and learning.
I too want to express my dissappointment about this recent change. After having invested quite some resources migrating to PowerBI Embedded that follows the Azure pay-as-you-go model that we came accustomed too, suddenly and with NO warning, we have pay at least 30 times more for a fixed minimum entrance fee. Where is the Azure 'scale as you grow' idea behind THAT?
I have been defending our decision for the Azure eco-system against others' warnings of 'vendor lock-in' as a thing of the past for Microsoft, but with this decision you guys proved me wrong.
I can only hope this is just an ill-communicated, not well thought-through decision that you guys will revisit before terminating the PowerBI Embedded service in 2018. In the mean time we will be looking for alternative solutions.
As a business owner buying into, contributing to and selling Power BI to customers as a small BI Specialist company we're VERY diappointed with the recent changes wrt embedding Power BI..!!
Developing a Power BI analytics capability with the ability for a small customer to embed this ability into their web-app and "pay as you use" based on tokens was what we "sold" to our SME customers.
Even with the reduced Power BI premium entry level most of our customers is sitting dry and our image is seriously damaged having "sold" what we thought to be the differentiator between Power BI and other competitors in market!!
Seriously hoping and trusting the Power BI team will re assess what they have done! Otherwise we will have to manage damage and change our staratagy away from Power BI!
Johan du Preez, CEO Synapse-Junction
The pricing, along with a commitment for a year, will deter small developers. There's too much risk unless you already have quite a few established customers already who will commit.
The peak load of 300 page renders per hour sets a limit on each price band. By doing it this way, you create the uncertainty and complexity that you were striving to avoid. The model is now complex and the costs are hard to work out.
In terms of the pricing model, I can now see little benefit over the usage model of Power BI Embedded. All I see is a large increase in costs and further complexity.
+1 To this. Ruined the whole idea of pay as you go
The new pricetag is just WAY over the top. My current solution accumulated 20-30 euros/month and now it would skyrocket to 650 euros/month (I've read that there will be this "low price" option). There has to be low level pricing - a true cloud service - pay for what you use. A small solution would totally not use so big resources. If this will not be changed, I will be forced away from Power BI :(((