Parabola vs. Microsoft Power Automate / Power BI

We frequently hear questions about how Parabola stacks up against Microsoft Power Automate and Power BI.

If you’re looking for something tailored for less-technical users across ops, supply chain, finance, and finance, Parabola stands out as the user-friendly option. Here are a few key differentiators between the two:

Key Differences

  • Parabola shines in data transformation, especially for a less technical audience. Parabola allows users to easily bring data in to the canvas and visualize this data while it is transformed and manipulated. This also allows Parabola users to easily compare data across sources. Parabola also has a variety of custom connections and integrations, whereas Power Automate/BI focuses heavily on the Microsoft suite.
  • Our pricing tends to be much more favorable at the enterprise level
  • Power Automate is a strong choice for businesses looking to automate a broad range of business processes within the Microsoft ecosystem. Users describe that is is easy to do simple 1-2 step tasks, but that more complex flows require much more technical wherewithal
  • Many Power Automate flows require knowledge of SQL, JSON, and other more technical subjects that Parabola has worked to layer user-friendly UI on-top of. That said, Parabola maintains the ability to work with these formats directly as well, offering great flexibility
  • In Parabola, you can build truly end-to-end workflows that output dashboards and visualizations. If you’re using Power Automate, you need to pair the tool with Power BI to create dashboards to go along with your data. Power BI comes with its own steep learning curve – building visualizations and dashboards in Parabola is far more intuitive.

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