Tableau is a rapid fire business intelligence software that allows you take decisions at a very fast pace. Tableau is also a leading new generation Business Intelligence (BI) application which is also dubbed as “self-service” data discovery tool as it can be achieved with almost no support from IT staff. This product shines as a graphical tool or a visualization tool, where you would have relied on various other tools and takes longer durations to represent the bar charts or the pie charts. Tableau is built to perform and it provides very quick visual analytics. Tableau comes in three variants, namely – Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, and Tableau Digital.
Though Tableau has a very strong command over the customer-base with their strong features provided within their Business Intelligence solutions, there are various other reasons because of which there is an equal market share for the following software. There has been a careful study that has been performed to identify the most relevant and important competitors that may give Tableau a good fight in the decision processes.
Let us take a closer look at the options/alternatives that we have compiled in comparison with Tableau software as such, in this article. Let us get down to business:
TIBCO’s Spotfire is a very powerful solution for self-service data visualization. Just as the way Tableau Desktop recommends on having visualization templates for the available datasets, as it helps the lesser experienced ones to take advantage of the tool without even knowing anything on the first hand. Spotfire is made available in two choices, either a Desktop version or a Cloud based solution. There is every possibility that businesses need to shell out cash to pay for the licenses of Spotfire Desktop applications for end user, just as like any other Business Intelligence solutions available in the market.
Qlik Sense is an offering from the Qlik View’s umbrella of solutions, which can be directly compared with Tableau Desktop version of Business Intelligence solution. In comparison to Tableau Desktop which provides a trial period of just 14 days, Qlik Sense provides a lifetime free usage for a single user. If the point earlier was something that was appeasing you, then this point won’t as Qlik Sense Desktop version only works with Windows whereas Tableau Desktop works with Windows and Mac OS. Tableau Desktop is a complete desktop solution or a mobile solution which sits on a single box, whereas Qlik Sense has a cloud offering which can be accessed through by a normal web browser as well.
Qlik Sense Desktop version also focuses on data discovery tools just like Tableau Desktop and the interface provided for Qlik Sense Desktop is very similar to what is available for Tableau Desktop. Many visualizations can be grouped into a single and an integrated dashboard using Qlik Sense – as an example, if the data provided to one visualization is changed then there will be an automatic change as per the changed data in the other related visualizations. The visualizations that are created on Qlik Sense can be shared with others using the Qlik Sense Cloud application.
Microsoft is a big time player in the Business Intelligence realm at multiple levels with a plethora of services being provided in the lines of Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services which serve the basic database management and data warehousing requirements. Like Tableau Desktop, Microsoft’s Power BI tool is also available only for Windows platform alone and the same is available for free to use. Microsoft has also its presence in the Cloud world with Microsoft Power BI service as a cloud based service, equaling the services provided by either Tableau Server / Online or Qlik Sense Cloud. Businesses will need to pay for Power BI service and/or Power BI Pro.
Options provided by Microsoft (as mentioned earlier), allows users to store the data, share the datasets, schedule for data refresh and also to publish visualizations to the cloud for the other users to access. Microsoft Power BI services provide large numbers of content packs that allow access, formatting and also to visualize data from very famous SaaS applications (Software as a Service). To be very precise on the content packs, they include already built dashboards for the users to kick-start with analysis. Microsoft Power BI provides content packs from SaaS providers like GitHub and the like.
Sisense BI is an end-to-end Business Intelligence platform that has a very strong emphasis on the capabilities of the tool to the end users. One of the best areas that Sisense BI has worked upon is the mashup ability of data from various other data sources. This can be achieved by just dragging and dropping the manipulation. It provides a visual interface by creating relationships between data sources. Sisense BI has the capabilities of more sophisticated data ingestion which by far is provided by traditional Business Intelligence solutions only.
BOARD is the best available option that fits for being called an end-to-end Business Intelligence platforms. BOARD has all the mundane features that any traditional Business Intelligence software has, and in addition to those features it also has the ability to some of these activities like budgeting, financial planning, business strategy management, revenue forecast, simulation of business outcomes and etc. Most of the features that we have discussed that BOARD has, are usually identified in a Corporate Performance Management software (CPM) which generally don’t exist in a data visualization software.
Having said that, BOARD provides all the interactive capabilities that any other Business Intelligence software provides from the list that we are going through right now. It is a wonderful option for businesses that look for an amalgam of features both from a traditional and a modern Business Intelligence software. BOARD finds its usage into Production like scenarios as well than the more stripped down tool that are targeted only for data discovery. It also has many CPM features that require top-down planning tools to plan corporate strategies and financial performance.
In this article we have tried to give you a brief about what Tableau as a software can provide you or your Organization with. Alongside with those details, we have provided necessary information about softwares that are trending as leading competitors in the Business Intelligence space / realm.
Hope this article is informative enough to provide all the necessary details at one place for your quicker references.
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