About the Leading BI Tools

Whether you’re just starting or in the middle of your search, you may have already heard of Microsoft Power BI, Tableau and QlikView, as they are all three quite popular BI solutions. However, you probably want to know how they stack up against each other and more importantly, against your BI requirements. We’ll briefly take a look at an overview of their features and what makes them unique.

Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is an analytics and data visualization tool that enables users to connect to a wide variety of data sources and create reports and dashboards. Though it originally emerged as an add-on to Microsoft Excel, Power BI has since grown to stand on its own as a formidable product that fulfills the needs of all companies, from small businesses to large enterprises. Its highlights include seamless integration with Microsoft Office technologies, powerful data preparation and data querying capabilities, a drag-and-drop data visualization builder and a perpetually free version.

 
Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is an analytics and data visualization tool that enables users to connect to a wide variety of data sources and create reports and dashboards. Though it originally emerged as an add-on to Microsoft Excel, Power BI has since grown to stand on its own as a formidable product that fulfills the needs of all companies, from small businesses to large enterprises. Its highlights include seamless integration with Microsoft Office technologies, powerful data preparation and data querying capabilities, a drag-and-drop data visualization builder and a perpetually free version.

Tableau

Tableau is a data visualization solution that excels in helping businesses turn their data into actionable insights through interactive dashboards and stories. With a high degree of customization and security options, it offers users considerable control over their data storytelling. Through a user-friendly interface and intuitive drag-and-drop functionalities, it encourages users of all technical skill levels to create and explore data visualizations. While Tableau Desktop is the main offering, it comes as a part of several different packages that pair it with a license for Tableau Server or Tableau Online.

 
QlikView

QlikView is a data discovery and analytics platform from Qlik Technologies that helps companies make data-driven decisions by making insights accessible to business users. Built for speedy deployment and quick configuration, it connects directly to and pulls information from almost any data source and then allows users to analyze all their data and build visualizations that convey its story effectively.

 

Its differentiators include the Qlik Associative Engine, which indexes every possible relationship among data to render faster insights and enable associative analysis, a data governance dashboard and wizards for alerts, reporting, and more. Though the vendor encourages users to move to its cloud-based QlikSense platform, it continues to provide updates and support for QlikView, as it remains a strong competitor in the business intelligence field.

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