Surprised to find Excel in here? It’s only natural to include Microsoft Excel here. After all, Power BI was inspired by Excel.
Also, Excel has some of the components of Power BI like:
- Power Map (for immersive 3D geospatial maps)
- Power Pivot (for creating memory tabular data)
- Power View (for graphs and charts creation)
All that power means Excel could also be a BI tool. With more than 400 functions, Excel is great for quick computations and analysis.
Aside from BI functions, Excel is kind of an all-around spreadsheet tool that offers you more freedom over what you can do than your usual BI tool.
Unfortunately, though Excel has advanced plotting and charting features, it’s nowhere near the quality of visuals you see on BI tools like Power BI.