Tableau Alternatives

Top Tableau Alternatives

Summary: Tableau is the most widely used tool for the data visualization. It provides the ability to analyze the data with the help of intuitive and easily understandable charts. Also, making charts using the drag n drop feature of Tableau is beyond comparison with any other tools available.

Pros: It’s ultra-fast in creating complex and visually stunning data visualizations
Cons: There is a lack of flexibility in screen sizes so there is a need to make a visualization for both desktop and mobile users.

Cost: Tableau categories its products as “Desktop” for an individual user, “Online” for groups and “Server” for business.
Tableau Desktop: $1600 per user in one-time licensing and $400 per year in maintenance
Tableau Server: $800 per user in one-time licensing and $200 per year in maintenance
Tableau Online: $500 for tableau online licensing.

The Best Tableau Competitors


1. Power BI
Summary: Power BI provides the ease of uploading the datasets. Like Tableau, Power BI also creates different visualization first as blueprints and then using drag n drop feature.

Pros: Power BI provides the ease of uploading the datasets and modeling these datasets using joins. Also, the big plus is that using Power BI allows for actual data analysis can be done. Users can do different types of analysis with the data using Power BI’s deep functionality of creating relationships between data sources.
Cons: Power BI doesn’t provide the option to publish the reports on a server with the associated data. Also, the end users’ needs to have the Power BI application installed in their system to analyze the results. However, users will need a 92 dollar a year license to view published dashboards.

Cost:  Power BI is a cloud-based solution. Power BI categories its product into two types: Power BI and Power BI Pro. It’s the cheapest because the standard tool itself is free. For, enterprise it’s based on capacity requirements.
Power BI is free for a single user and provides 1GB of data storage with streaming of data at 10k rows/hour
Power BI Pro: is a monthly paid subscription. It provides 10GB of data stores per user and data can be streamed at 1million rows/hour

2. QlikView
Summary: Qlik provides “Qlik View” as the data analytics solution while “Qlik Sense” is mostly similar to Tableau. Qlik has a variety of business intelligence tools like “QlikView Expressor” and “NPrinting”. “NPrinting” is an application of Qlik for report generation, scheduling, and distribution.

Pros: Because of its usage in data analytics and business intelligence, QlikView is an enterprise level solution as it can be used across different departments.
Cons: Because of many facets and intricacies of QlikView, it is quite difficult to learn and operate when the user first gets started. Also, as compared to the front end, the back end of QlikView is not user-friendly and intuitive.

QlikView Client License Pricing: $1,395 per named user
QlikView Server License Pricing: $36,150 per server at an enterprise level
QlikView Extranet Solutions: $18,600 per server

3. TIBCO Spotfire
Summary: TIBCO Spotfire is an enterprise tool, which provides business intelligence and data analysis through the user-friendly dashboards and visualization. Using Spotfire user can define KPI’s as well and sent alerts to mobile devices.

Pros: Like Tableau, Spotfire is also very user-friendly and can be used without much assistance. Using Spotfire awards the user with very interactive and dynamic dashboards visualization capabilities.
Cons: In Spotfire, the user can join two data tables but cannot specify the custom SQL instructions. Although Spotfire provides good visualizations, they are hard or difficult to customize.

Cost: Spotfire packages for users are:
Desktop: $650 Annual Subscription per user
Cloud: $200/month OR $2000/annual subscription pricing


4. MicroStrategy
Summary: MicroStrategy is an enterprise reporting tool with repository-driven data handling processes and data visualization. Using MicroStrategy, users can create sophisticated and personalized reports. Also, the user can automate the same.

Pros: MicroStrategy can handle diverse and large datasets. Also, its major advantage is providing efficient and powerful  analysis at an enterprise level
Cons: In terms of formatting to display the results, MicroStrategy requires more expertise.

Cost: MicroStrategy packages for users are:
Web: $600/named user; $300K/ CPU core
Mobile: $600/named user; $ 300K/ CPU core
Architect: $5,000/ named user
Server: $1,200/named user; $ 600K/CPU core