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Power BI vs Tableau Infographic

Aug 2022  · 4 min read

Business Intelligence tools like Power BI and Tableau provide practitioners the ability to create incredibly rich visualizations and dashboards with no coding involved. They also provide organizations with an insights layer that anyone can access within their organization. How do these tools stack up, and which one should you pick up? Check out this infographic to learn more.

Power BI vs Tableau Infographic

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Power BI vs Tableau Comparison

  • Platform: While power BI only works on Microsoft windows, Tableau works on both windows and other commonly used operations systems like macOS.

  • Certification: Power BI has one exam called PL-300 that covers all the main functionalities of the platform and costs $165. Tableau, on the other hand, offers a wider range of options designed for specific professions. The counterpart to the Power BI PL-300 exam is the "Tableau Certified Data Analyst" exam which costs $250. 
  • Affordability: Power BI professional version costs $9.99 per month per user. Power BI Premium (for larger teams and businesses) is priced at $4,995/month per capacity or $20/month per user. Tableau Creator costs around $70/ month, while Tableau Viewer, which enables users to view created dashboards, is priced at $15/month.
  • Performance: Power BI and Tableau are built to handle large amounts of data. Both tools have various storage and connection types. Some are built to handle large amounts of data while others are built to ensure real-time dashboard updates.
  • User Experience: The user interface of Power BI is intuitive, and it can easily be integrated with other Microsoft products. Similarly, Tableau has a fanbase that praises it for its easy-to-use interface that doesn't overwhelm you with tons of buttons and menus.
  • Data Sources: Both tools can connect to 100+ data sources. Power BI has slightly better integration with the Microsoft stack, but otherwise, the two platforms are evenly matched.
  • Programming Languages: Both Power BI and Tableau seamlessly integrate with R and Python to allow users to leverage the data analysis capabilities of both languages.
  • Data Visualisation: Power BI focuses on data manipulation and provides simple visualization later, allowing you to select various visualizations as blueprints. It also gives users access to drill-down features. Tableau, however, scales well to larger sets of data and gives users great drill-down features. It delivers interactive visuals that support insights on the fly.
  • Machine Learning: Power BI premium enjoys the advantages of Microsoft business analytics for machine learning as well as the features of Python and R machine learning. Tableau also supports the features of Python and R machine learning and has recently introduced "Einstein Discovery" to implement native ML features.
  • Deployment: Tableau can be run on a firm’s existing infrastructure, be it Linux, Windows, Public Cloud or on-premises, whereas with Power BI you are required to migrate to Azure. If you want to deploy Power BI on-premises, you need Data Gateways which function as a link between Power BI service and on-premises data sources.
  • Free Version: Power BI Desktop, the free version of the software, contains around 95% of all features and allows you to connect to multiple data sources to transform and visualize your data, while Tableau Public is a free version of Tableau that allows users to explore and visualize data and then share it publicly with Tableau Public community online.
  • Setup: Power BI is available in three forms: Power BI Desktop, Power BI mobile and Power BI service. Tableau on the other hand has four products: Tableau Prep, Tableau Desktop, Tableau Online, and Tableau Server. 

The Verdict

While each tool has a small advantage over the other here and there, they are both widely used within the business intelligence space and provide an incredibly rich feature set to make data-driven decisions with no coding involved. What’s most important to consider is what your organization uses and which tool you feel most comfortable getting started with. 

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