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Difference between Tableau and Power BI | Benefits and Special Features

Last updated on 30th Jan 2023, Artciles, Blog

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    • In this article you will get
    • What is Power BI?
    • What is Tableau?
    • Difference between Tableau vs Power BI
    • Advantages of Tableau
    • Advantages of Power BI
    • Disadvantages of Power BI
    • Disadvantages of Tableau
    • Features of Power BI
    • Features of Tableau
    • Conclusion

What is Power BI?

Power BI is the Business Intelligence and Data Visualization tool which helps to convert a data from the various data source into interactive dashboards and also BI reports. It also provides the multiple software connectors and services. Microsoft Power BI is the business intelligence tool that helps to handle data from various sources and provides visualization after the cleaning and integration process. It also provides a feature of Adhoc report generation, which helps in analysis of a data.

What is Tableau?

Tableau is the powerful and fastest-growing data visualization tool used in a business intelligence industry. It allows to simplify a raw data into a more easily understandable format.This helps professionals to understand a data that is created using a Tableau at any level in organization.


Difference Between the Tableau vs Power BI

    TableauPower BI
    Tableau can handle big volume of data with a better performance. Power BI can handle the limited volume of a data.
    Tableau platform is known for a data visualization functionality. The users can use a 24 various types of visualizations in Tableau. Power BI provides a numerous data points to offer data visualization. lt is offering a more than 3500 data points for drilling down a dataset.
    Tableau has an excellent customer support. It has large community forum for a discussions. Power BI provides the limited customer support to its users with free Power Bl account. However, the paid version users will get a faster support compared with a free version.
    An Analysts and experienced- users mostly use for a analytics purposes. It is used by both the naive and experienced users.
    Tableau is a complex. Power BI Interface is more easy to learn.
    Tableau deploys a MDX for measures and dimensions. Power BI uses a DAX for calculating and measuring columns.
    Embedding report is the real-time challenge in Tableau. Embedding report is simple with a Power BI.

Advantages of Tableau

  • A less cost of training.
  • Very fast and simple to create visualizations.
  • A good customer support.
  • A data interpreter story-telling ability.
  • Tableau provides a feature of visualization.
  • It helps to combine a shape & clean the data for analysis.
  • It helps to handle a large amount of a data.
  • Allows users to create a reports, dashboards, and stories using a tableau desktop.

Advantages of Power BI

  • Provide a pre-built dashboards and reports for a SaaS Solutions.
  • Provide a real-time dashboard updates.
  • Secure and reliable connection to the data sources in a cloud or on-premises.
  • A data exploration using a natural language query.
  • Power BI provide a quick deployment, hybrid configuration, and a secure environment.
  • Feature for a dashboard visualization.
  • New features are frequently added that are great for an excel users.
  • An extensive database connectivity capabilities Q&A feature publish to a web.
  • Integration with the both Python and R coding to use a visualizations.
  • Power query provides more options related to be wrangling and clean the data.
  • Post publishing a data into Power BI web service can be schedule a refresh without manual intervention.
  • Power BI backed by a superpower of with an artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Disadvantages of Power BI

  • Dashboards and reports only shared with the users having a same email domains.
  • Power BI will be never mix imported data, which is an accessed from real-time connections.
  • Power BI can’t accept a file size larger than 1 GB.

Disadvantages of Tableau

  • Relatively more cost.
  • No change management or a versioning.
  • Importing custom visualization is a bit complex .
  • Not provide easy methods for an embedding reports to other applications.
  • Tableau is suitable only for large organization which can pay for a licensing cost.
  • The tableau does not offer support for an artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • There is integration with the other Microsoft products like Power Apps , Dynamics 365, Office 365, and Microsoft Flow, which uses a Single Sign-On (SSO).

Features of Power BI

  • A Customizable dashboards.
  • Datasets.
  • Reports.
  • Navigation pane.
  • Q&A question box.
  • Help & feedback buttons.
  • Ad Hoc reporting and analysis.
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP).
  • Trend indicators.
  • Interactive reports authoring.
  • A complete reporting & data visualization tools.
  • Real-time dashboards that help to business owners solve problems as they occur.
  • Offers a Power BI embedded, azure service that allows applications to interact with a Power BI.
Features of Power BI

Features of Tableau

  • Data blending.
  • No need of a technical knowledge.
  • Real-time analysis.
  • Data collaboration and data notifications.
  • DAX analysis function.
  • Patented technology from Stanford university.
  • Toggle view and drag-and-drop.
  • List of a native data connectors.
  • Highlight and filter data.
  • A share dashboards.
  • Embed dashboards within.
  • Mobile-ready dashboards.
  • Tableau reader for a data viewing.
  • Dashboard commenting.
  • Create “no-code” data queries.
  • Translate a queries to visualizations.
  • Import all ranges and sizes of a data.


Tableau deploys a MDX for measures and dimensions, while the Power BI uses a DAX for calculating and measuring columns.

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