From the details above, you probably have an idea already which platform suits you best.
But if you’re still having a hard time, here are some questions to help you decide:
- How much is your budget?
- How much functionality do you need?
When it comes to pricing, Power BI is a lot cheaper than Tableau.
Power BI’s pricing plan has a free one and 2 paid plans. You can use the Power BI’s desktop version for free. You can also use Power BI service without its sharing feature by using a company email.
Power BI Pro is the first paid plan which costs $9.99 monthly per user. With this, you can share reports and dashboards with others.
The highest plan — Power BI Premium is for large businesses. It currently stands at $4,995 per month. This plan is complete with advanced administration and deployment controls as well as dedicated cloud compute and storage resources.
On the other hand, on Tableau’s pricing, the basic plan is called “Tableau Creator” which allows authorship on a report that costs $70 per user per month.
There’s also a Tableau Explorer which costs $35 per user per month and Tableau Viewer which costs $12 per user per month.
Explorers can access, interact, and collaborate the same with creators can. However, their authorship is limited only to existing workbooks, visualizations, and data sources. They can’t create new workbooks from a new data source.
On the other hand, a viewer can only access and interact with reports and dashboards. They can comment on a dashboard or visualization and even set up alerts. But that’s it.
In addition, there are Tableau add-ons which are required for all plans on an account. These could easily stack up on the price you’ll have to pay so better watch out if you’re planning on using Tableau.
But if you’re an analyst who probably spends more than 2 hours on the tool per day, you should consider Tableau.
The range of data visualizations in Tableau is unmatched as of now. If you’ve got deep and specific BI needs, Tableau just might be right for you.