Tableau and Power BI Comparison and Differences

 Are you wondering which tool to use to design a very interactive and intelligent Business reports to improve your business?

As more vendors are preferring to use Tableau as compared to Power BI. Desperately, Tableau is enhancing more new features and breathing more into the new life by a series of versions in this competitive area while Power BI is also adding new features into life every month. Here is what we are going to discuss with you that you should know as you are analyzing businesses to get better insights.

We are discussing the most powerful things by which Tableau and Power BI differs from each other.



Power BI

Parent Company

Currently Tableau software owned by Salesforce.

Power BI is owned by Microsoft.

Licensing Cost

Monthly Fees for Tableau per user: $70

Monthly Fees for Power BI per user: $9.99

Known as

Tableau strongly focuses on visuals.

So It is a reporting tool or a robust BI tool.

Power BI offers features of data manipulation first and provides simple visualizations later.

So it is an ETL as well as reporting tool.

Data Sources

Tableau offers connections to any number of heterogeneous data sources, and larger data sets visuals.

This feature is unavailable in Power BI

Visuals and data pulling order

Tableau provides data selection first and switching data between the visualizations later.

Power BI offers visualizations first and then data dragging into it later.

Data Analysis

Tableau offers more depth of data analysis front-end.

Power BI does it more on the back-end.

Analysis Speed

Tableau can be a better option where data visualization is the need of the hour for business analytics.

Power BI can do much better with predictive modeling, reporting, and optimization when broad analytics needed

Support to R

Tableau’s R analytic language integration gives power to programmers and advanced users to create an analysis into Tableau, in particular predictive analytics and statistical analytics

Power BI also offers Microsoft’s Revolution analytics with R programming language for open-source analytics for enterprises

Data Capacity

Tableau works on the columnar based in-memory data engine making it possible to fetch billions of rows

In Power BI, each workspace can handle up to 10 GB of data and if data is more than 10 GB, then it would be in cloud or if it is stored locally then Power BI just pulls the data from database but does not import

Users/Target customers

Analyst, Experienced users

Naive users, Experienced users

Customer support

Strong customer support

Limited customer support

Overall Functionality

Tableau is really very good visualization tool to use

Power BI also a good tool to use

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As Tableau and Power BI both are the best Business Intelligence tools in the market. We can not say any of these tools is better than one another because they have their own features as well as pros and cons. Everything will depend on the business logic and requirements. If any business needs the functionality instantly on a very small amount of data to get the best insights, then Power BI will come into the picture. But when the requirement comes for big data and functionality is also huge then Tableau plays an awesome role. Tableau will generate robust insights by providing analytical as well as statistical solutions to perform a fantastic role in such a case.

So both the tools are performing outstandingly.

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