Tableau and Power BI: A Practical Guide

Data and Analytics (D&A) leaders are constantly challenged to keep up with technology advances and provide actionable insights for business leaders. When it comes to data visualization and analytics, how can D&A leaders be sure they are using a platform that meets their organization’s unique needs? In this perspective, we’ll explore two of the leading data visualization and analytics providers: Tableau and Microsoft’s Power BI. Our goal is to make sure you are making the most of your technology stack and investments, now and in the future.

First, some quick background. Tableau and Power BI are two of the most popular tools for data analytics today. Tableau got a head start, gaining notoriety in 2013. Just three years later, Power BI showed up on D&A leaders’ radars. Now, both platforms are gaining momentum as self-service tools for business intelligence (BI). So, how do they really stack up? There are five key functions you should consider before choosing to implement either Power BI or Tableau.