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Comparing Tableau Desktop Vs Microsoft Power BI.

Introduction:

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.

 

Microsoft Power BI is a similar offering in the line of business of Business Intelligence and Data Visualization. Microsoft Power BI is a set of offerings gathered together to transform unrelated and data available on different platforms to visually immersive, meaningful data to draw interactive insights out of it.

 

Differentiating Tableau Desktop Vs Microsoft’s Power BI:

With an initial understanding of what Tableau Desktop and Microsoft Power BI, 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 Microsoft.

 

 

Tableau Desktop

Microsoft Power BI

Visualization:

Tableau Desktop provides a bigger set of visualizations than that of Power BI


Comparatively lesser number of visualizations provided as part of Power BI software

Environment

Tableau Desktop runs on both Windows and Macintosh OS


Power BI is designed to work only on Windows platform

Graphical Features:

Tableau Desktop software provides a bigger range of charts, bars and graphs for pictorially depicting the data available underneath.


Microsoft’s Power BI provides a limited set of charts, bars and graphs compared to Tableau Desktop

Cost Factor:

Tableau Desktop is a standalone software for Organizations to purchase as a matter of fact and hence higher on the cost.

Tableau Desktop offerings are priced around $999


Microsoft Power BI comes in conjunction with various of Microsoft’s products and has better lineage integrating into Microsoft’s family of products and hence cheaper than Tableau Desktop

Microsoft Power BI offerings come at a cheaper price of $150

Tableau Desktop doesn’t have a limit on the number of data points to be depicted on any of the charts / graphs etc and hence is better over compared to Microsoft’s Power BI.

Microsoft’s Power BI limits the data points to 3500 exceeding which the data automatically gets filtered and hence a possibility of missing out on the outliers.

Tableau Desktop doesn’t enforce any such learning curve as any of these complex calculations can be performed with minimal number of clicks.

Microsoft’s Power BI enforces on the learning curve to learn DAX (a proprietary language to perform complex calculations).

Tableau Desktop supports the feature of Forecasting in its software whereas this is not supported in Power BI

Power BI does not support the feature of Forecasting

Tableau Desktop is a perfect example to be able to provide a provision to analyze data going offline, where there is no requirement for internet connectivity.

This is not the case with Power BI, as it does not support analyzing data going offline.

Tableau Desktop provides a feature like “What-If” analysis on any of the data sets available underneath.

Microsoft Power BI does not provide any support to such analysis in its software offerings

Tableau Desktop provides a feature like Data narration of the story whereas this feature is not available with Microsoft’s Power BI

Microsoft Power BI does not provide any support to such narration feature in its software offerings

Tableau Desktop can be a different tool altogether if you are into the Microsoft family of offerings for other needs, but even then there is every possible integration possible with Tableau

Microsoft Power BI becomes your perfect choice if you are Microsoft driven for your data generation and storage.

Tableau Desktop issues more performance specific queries on the data available to retrieve the data you intend to see on the beautiful graphs and charts

This is a concern as the queries that are fired to retrieve the data from the data underneath is defined by DAX queries written by the users themselves.

Tableau Desktop provides a trial version to try out its built-in features

There is no option of a trial version but there is free version of Power BI which comes with a limited set of features, to get your hands dirty with the features available.

 

 

Conclusion:

In this article, we have tried to understand what areas of the business each of the products Tableau Desktop or Microsoft’s Power BI 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 Microsoft Power BI is your perfect companion to cater to your needs.

 

 

 

 


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Re: Comparing Tableau Desktop Vs Microsoft Power BI.

Hi @Elena,

Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,
Angelia

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Re: Comparing Tableau Desktop Vs Microsoft Power BI.

Hi @Elena,

 

Thanks for sharing that comparison. However, i disagree on two of the points:

 

1. “What-If” analysis
This is very well supported in Power BI. Check out this link for details.

2. Data Forecasting
You can forecast data in Power Bi also. Check out the video in this blog post.

 

I have never worked on Tableau so the information you put out was really helpful.
Also, i would like to highlight that Tableau was founded in 2003 and Power BI has just come into the market (~4 Years ). I see Power BI growing at an exponential rate and it will soon be a bigger and better product to give a tough competetion to Tableau.

 

Prateek Raina

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Re: Comparing Tableau Desktop Vs Microsoft Power BI.

Hi @Elena,

Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,
Angelia

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Re: Comparing Tableau Desktop Vs Microsoft Power BI.

Hi @Elena,

 

Thanks for sharing that comparison. However, i disagree on two of the points:

 

1. “What-If” analysis
This is very well supported in Power BI. Check out this link for details.

2. Data Forecasting
You can forecast data in Power Bi also. Check out the video in this blog post.

 

I have never worked on Tableau so the information you put out was really helpful.
Also, i would like to highlight that Tableau was founded in 2003 and Power BI has just come into the market (~4 Years ). I see Power BI growing at an exponential rate and it will soon be a bigger and better product to give a tough competetion to Tableau.

 

Prateek Raina

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Re: Comparing Tableau Desktop Vs Microsoft Power BI.

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Martin

 

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Re: Comparing Tableau Desktop Vs Microsoft Power BI.

Looks like Elena may have copied and pasted some Tableaus marketing into our forum...Probably not exactly what people want on this site.   

 

Let me check with the team but will likely delete it due to: 

1.  Much of it is not accurate....For instance the first one and which as more visualizations. with the built in, the custom and leverage most of the R libraries this is a no contest. 

2.  It is marking hyperbole to sell Tableau

 

Thanks, 

Chuck