Is Power BI The Silent Death Of SSRS?

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Apr, 22, 2021 12:04

Is Power BI The Silent Death Of SSRS?

Is the popularity of power BI the silent death of SQL Server Reporting Services or SSRS? It is one of the most commonly asked questions among users these days. Today in the article, we are going to examine if the increasing demand for Power BI is overshadowing the popularity of SSRS or not. We will also help you know if Power BI can replace SSRS. Further, we will also highlight the comparative features of both SSRS and Power BI so that you can choose the one that is more useful for you.

If we go by, the user experience, installation, configuration, and overall management are more accessible in power BI than SSRS. However, both services have their share of benefits and drawbacks in terms of technicalities. Let us understand both one by one.

Power BI features that give it an advantage over SSRS

Power BI is a popular business analytics service provided by tech giant Microsoft. With a simple interface, Power BI aims to help the end-users with interactive data visualizations and business intelligence capabilities. But at the same time, most users feel that Power BI has certain limitations as it is just 4-years old in the market. However, Microsoft is introducing attractive features every month. Thus we can say that it won’t take much time to overcome the few drawbacks that the service has.

Below are some remarkable features of Power BI that makes it better than SQL:

  1. Power BI has some excellent and trendy visualization options.
  2. Users prefer Power BI because it is interesting to create new dashboards and business intelligence reports in it. It has easy development options.
  3. The flexibility of Power BI Report Server 
  4. It also offers Strong Community Service. 
  5. Power BI allows mobile support. It is highly adaptive and responsive. 
  6. Unlike SSRS, one doesn’t need to use a separate tool for migrating mobile reports in Power BI.
Power BI Features

SSRS Features and where it stand in comparison to Power BI

SQL Server Reporting Services, commonly known as SSRS, is one of the oldest software systems from Microsoft used to generate business reports. It is a part of a suite of Microsoft SQL Server services which also includes SSIS and SSAS. Unlike its new contour part, Power BI, SQL is administered by a web-based interface. It looks more professional, but nothing can beat the fact that it is an old system with some usage limitations. However, it has some robust features as well that make it better than Power BI even today.

SSRS Vs Power BI

Here are some remarkable features of SSRS

  1. It allows the users to generate delivery reports in multiple formats automatically. 
  2. It has scheduling features that anyone can avail of via subscriptions.
  3. Compared to Power BI, it is much better for on-premise security control.
  4. It lets the users control the clients used to visualize the reports.

Can Power BI Replace SSRS?

At this point, it is hard to predict if Power BI can completely replace SSRS or if the popularity of Power BI is the salient death of SSRS. But the demand for Power BI will give a dent in the popularity of SQL as it is more advanced and user-friendly. If you’re a beginner and don’t know much about either of them, you should go for Power BI as it will have much more demand in the market. At the same time, it is believed that SSQL will lose the market, maybe not shortly but in the longer run. 

Wrapping Up!

Calling Power BI as the salient death of SSRS would be not fair. Both the systems have their share of pros and cons. And one thing which cannot be ignored is the loyal user-base of SSRS. Power BI can be an effective alternative to SSRS, but it is not going anywhere for the next couple of years.

Errin O'Connor
About the Author

Errin O'Connor

With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Management Consulting, Errin O’Connor has led hundreds of large-scale enterprise implementations from Business Intelligence, Power BI, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, IT Security, Azure and Hybrid Cloud efforts for over 165 Fortune 500 companies.

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