It’s almost 2020 and business intelligence tools are only increasing in relevance. That’s why it’s important to understand your options before making a sizable investment. In today’s blog we’ll look at two of the top tools in business intelligence, Power BI and Tableau, so you can make an informed decision.


Data Sources and Capacity:

When it comes to data sources, Power BI is left in the dust. Tableau supports a massive amount of data sources and is built well for integrating with whatever suits your needs. As for capacity, Tableau once again leaves BI behind. While Power BI’s 10GB will suit most regular uses, when you need to work with huge amounts of data, Tableau is the obvious answer.


Pricing and Performance:

Pricing is the main area where Power BI is better. It is substantially cheaper and for users whose needs are met by it, meaning Tableau is unnecessary. However, for heavier lifting, Tableau can handle a massive volume of data and performs incredibly well. 


The Bottom Line:

At the end of the day, Tableau and Power Bi have entirely different target audiences. While they may seem to suit the same market initially, Power Bi is built for those working on a budget and with needs less demanding than others. Tableau is a much more advanced program and is built for analysts. There is no right answer when choosing which your business needs, but it’s important to assess the extent of your own needs before investing in new software.


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