Power BI vs Tableau
EPC Group’s Point of View:
User Adoption The successful adoption rate among new Power BI users is much higher than Tableau. This is because anyone who has utilized Microsoft’s products before might feel right at home in Power BI. Its user interface is similar to Microsoft Excel which makes it easier to navigate for rookies. Power BI has an intuitive learning curve and utilizes Microsoft’s DAX query language which will be familiar to advanced users of Excel. While Tableau becomes easier to navigate once you become more familiar with the tool, the marks menu will take more time to become comfortable with.
Sharing reports Collaboration is much easier with Power BI since you can use Power BI Pro to create and share rich, complex interactive reports on the Power BI.com service. Tableau does have a few built-in sharing options, but they fall short with the lack of customization capabilities when compared to Power BI.
Sharing critical business data and extracting insights can be an overwhelming process but, Power BI simplifies this process from both the adoption and cost perspective.
Visualizations Power BI offers a robust library of visualization options and its open framework enables users to add additional visualizations to their library via the Microsoft Office store.
Power BI gives you the ability to create your own custom visualization allowing you to explore and display your data in captivating ways that allow you to uncover key actionable insights. You can also download visuals created by the community and Microsoft. These visuals are downloadable for you to leverage in your reports.
Tableau’s built-in visuals may be top notch, but they do not allow you the flexibility to create your own custom visualizations
Affordability At just $10 per month for Power BI, users gain access to wide array of features such as real-time dashboard creating capabilities, automatic data updating, shared data collaboration and much more. The Power BI desktop version is free for users and will help start your data visualization journey on the right foot. Tableau is priced at $35 for similar features.
ETL & Data Discovery Suite Tableau really can’t compare with Power BI’s robust set of tools for ETL and data discovery. Data prep is 90% of any reporting requirement. Reporting data-marts can be directly built into Power BI without having to go to a third party.
MSFT Integration Power BI is tightly integrated with the O365 offerings as well as everything Microsoft, making it a much more sensible fit for organizations that run on Office 365 or Azure. This is a huge advantage for organizations that are excel driven but need data from the same source as Power BI based reporting.
Finding Answers There’s no other Business Intelligence product on the market that offer Natural Language Query capabilities. The Power BI Natural Language Query is surprisingly robust as you can simply type in a question and Power BI will select the appropriate visualization for you. What’s even more surprising is that the visualization selected may or may not have been created by the dashboard’s author. This is a game changing feature and will make data accessibility consistently present.