Visitors to PRACTICAL Blog who concerned about Data Analytics, often asking Practical Computer Applications (PCA) for Vendor-to-Vendor and Tool-vs-Tool comparison of the most advanced Data Visualization technologies. Most popular requests are pair Tableau vs Qlikview and Tableau vs Spotfire.
PCA also did a few custom projects where the choice of the technology stack was initial part of those projects. Detailed Results of those efforts we are happy to share with PRACTICAL blog visitors:
the webpage "Tableau vs Qlikview" you can find here: http://www.practicaldb.com/data-visualization-consulting/tableau-vs-qlikview/
and the webpage "Tableau vs Spotfire" can be found here: http://www.practicaldb.com/data-visualization-consulting/tableau-vs-spotfire/
Tableau has advantage over other vendors due its unique ability to connect to SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Cubes and to local PowerPivot multidimensional Cubes. Another unique feature of Tableau is its ability to distribute Data Visualizations and Interactive Visual Reports without Server involved due free Desktop Tableau Reader.
Such a feature (free Desktop Reader) while convenient and is the money saver, it is only complementary because most users need the remote multi-user access to fresh up-to-date centralized data and business logic. All 3 Data Visualization Vendors: Tableau, Spotfire and Qlikview have excellent application servers, which allow to publish securely Data Visualizations on intranet and over internet and access them with web browser.
If you need to discuss your Data Visualization, BI and Data Analytics needs in more details, please Contact Practical Computer Applications via email, phone: 617-527-4722x127 or Request For Information regarding our Database, Data Analytics or Data Visualization consulting services.
Andrei Pandre, Ph.D., VP of Data Visualization, Practical Computer Applications