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Tableau Competitors :
Top 5 Analytics & Business Intelligence Platforms

June 05, 2023

How do you know which platform meets the needs of your organization? As with any selection process, you have to know your organization’s specific needs, budget, and technical abilities. Then find the tool that best meets those needs. Exploring all the available options is crucial as each platform offers unique advantages to help meet your needs.

According to Gartner’s Peer Insights, Tableau has been the leader in Analytics and Business Intelligence platforms for the last ten years. Tableau is considered the best in the industry for custom visualizations, dashboards, and fast interactive reporting. It is a platform designed for everyone to use. Tableau allows the user to collect, analyze, and visualize the data from multiple sources in a way that is easy to understand, allowing the user to react to the results quickly and effectively.

Le’’s look at what users say about Tableau and its top competitors – Microsoft Power BI, Qlik Sense, SAP BI Suite, and Sisense Fusion Analytics.

Gartner’s reviewers’ overall capability score of Tableau is 4.5 out of 5. With capability rankings of 4.4 out of 5, we have Microsoft Power BI, Qlik Sense, and Sisense Fusion Analytics, with SAP BI Suite coming in at 4.2 of 5.

Tableau outscored the other top platforms in –  

  • Interactive Visual Exploration – 4.6
  • Analytics Dashboard – 4.6
  • Ease of use for content consumers – 4.4
  • Quality of Peer User Community – 4.4
  • Ease of use to deploy and administer – 4.3
  • Ease of use for content authors – 4.3
  • Publishing Analytic Content – 4.3
  • Data Source Connectivity – 4.3
  • Quality of End User Training – 4.3
  • Timeliness of Vendor Response – 4.3
  • Availability of 3rd-Party Resources – 4.2
  • Embedding Analytic Content – 4.1

What are the key differences between these top 5 analytics platforms?

Tableau is an analytics and business intelligence software unifying data across multiple sources easily and quickly. Tableau utilizes an extensive feature set that allows users to build custom visualizations, dashboards, and interactive reports in minutes.

Microsoft Power BI is a cloud-based suite designed with the less technical user in mind. Power BI integrates with Microsoft Office Suite and provides a visualization library to easily create professional-looking visuals without a need for special technical skills.

Qlik is a data analytics platform with an intuitive data visualization library. Qlik has an embedded analytics engine ideal for small businesses with limited IT resources and budgets. Like Power BI, Qlik Sense offers a user-friendly interface with drag-and-drop features to create visualizations without programming knowledge.

SAP BI Suite is a centralized suite of reporting and analytics tools. It allows businesses to create reports and perform such tasks as predictive analysis without the need for data analysts. SAP BI is a front-end platform that does not store the data at the application level but pulls the data from multiple back-end sources. SAP utilizes drag-and-drop functions to search and analyze data from a wide range of sources.

Sisense Fusion Analytics is considered to be the next generation of analytics tools. By combining artificial intelligence and machine learning for analyzing data, the platform allows users to customize their dashboards and data visualizations by industry and by the user’s particular role within the company. It is designed to simplify complex data analysis to help businesses make data-driven decisions.

What is the right choice?

Tableau has a clear advantage over its competition with an extensive list of superior features built into a user-friendly interface that equals success with rapid, data-supported decision-making. Tableau also has the highest rankings in the industry for unmatched visualization capabilities.

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