Tableau Desktop is also a leading new generation Business Intelligence (BI) application which is also dubbed as “self-service” data discovery tool as it can be used to achieve 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.
Qlikview is also another option available amidst the various number of options in the business discovery platform which provide self-service Business Intelligence for all users in a given Organization. Analyzing data and the usage of data discovery feature supports the decision making capabilities of your organization. It also enables you to intrigue with the data made available to derive paths to insight and also enables to make decisions in a collaborative manner.
With an initial understanding of what Tableau Desktop and Qlikview, let us get down to business in understanding the comparison between these two tools. The Comparison can be different based on the kind of Organization you represent when you go forward in making the purchase of any of these business intelligence software offerings from Tableau or Qlikview.
Tableau Desktop provides a bigger set of visualizations
Real-time visualization is the biggest capability of Tableau Desktop
|Qlikview has proven its worth with stronger visualizations along with BI (Business Intelligence) reporting features as well|
|Tableau Desktop is suitable for rapid visualization of data and also for creating meaner and data intrinsic dashboards||Qlikview is well suited for departmental and for enterprise-wide Business Intelligence solution|
|Tableau provides a diverse number of options for various kinds of data diversifications and segregations requirements.||Qlikview is considered a single bigger chunk of a product that caters to all the various Business Intelligence needs and requirements.|
|Tableau Desktop is excellent in terms of offerings provided in the features around Maps and weaker in the offerings provided around Tables||Qlikview is excellent in terms of offerings provided in the features around Tables and weaker in the offerings provided around Maps.|
|Tableau Desktop depends on the RAM and the system resources and database offerings||Qlikview also depends just on the RAM of the system resources|
|Tableau Desktop doesn’t enforce any such learning curve as any of these complex calculations can be performed with minimal number of clicks. No need of coding at all, just drag and drop.||The basic usage of Qlikview is very easy and to create basic dashboards, it is very easy.|
|Tableau Desktop comes at a relatively higher cost for its offerings per user||Qlikview comes a bit cheaper for its Business intelligence offerings in comparison to Tableau Desktop|
|Tableau Desktop provides a one month trial version for individuals to explore the functionalities and strengths of Tableau software||Qlikview provides a free version called the Personal edition, just so that you can get your hands on with this tool or if in case you represent a smaller organization|
|Tableau Desktop provides seamless integration with R, you can your R models the moment you can integrate with Tableau Desktop.||There is no such support that has been made available with Qlikview|
|Tableau Desktop provides a feature like Data narration of the story whereas this feature is not available with Qlikview||There is no such provision that comes along with Qlikview as compared to Tableau|
|Tableau provides a lot of connector options such as Google Analytics||There is no such provision that has been made available with Qlikview|
|Tableau’s association based filtering is not as strong as Qlikview as it totally relies on the Dashboards||Qlikview comes with an intuitive association based filtering of the data which is one of the most used feature of the software offerings|
|Tableau Desktop provides with provisions to create geo-spatial dashboards with absolute ease of use. Providing just the city and country automatically detects the latitude and longitude.||There is no such option available with Qlikview|
|This is a feature that is not supported in Tableau Desktop as it doesn’t provide any data storage ability, but rather depends on a dataset to be made available to it.||Qlikview provides a very efficient data storage (in QVD formats) and also provides ability to perform datawarehousing like activities within the BI tool itself.|
|Tableau Desktop provides a very good data narration of the story||Qlikview also falls into a similar category of tools that provides a good data narration of stories|
|Tableau Desktop supports both Windows and Macintosh OS environments||Qlikview also supports both Windows and Macintosh OS environments|
In this article, we have tried to understand what areas of the business each of the products Tableau Desktop or Qlikview cater. We have tried to look at an eagle view of the features that each of these products offer to their customers and tried to understand a clear cut winner out of the compared products.
If you represent an Organization that intends to perform data centric operations in a very crude manner and the operations are going to be very intrinsic in nature then Tableau Desktop is your perfect companion and if you represent an Organization which can compromise on the features available to lower cost, then Qlikview is your perfect companion to cater to your needs.
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