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BI tools comparison: compare all BI software vendors

In the BI tools comparison matrix – included in our BI & Analytics Guide 2021 – we compare all the major Business Intelligence tools and Business Intelligence software based on 1.000+ selection criteria. Our research is 100% vendor independent; we have no strings attached or commercial ties with any of the BI & Analytics vendors in the market. Our research is regularly updated, at least 4 times a year. If you want to do a quick comparison of Business Intelligence tools or perform a comprehensive Business Intelligence tools comparison market analysis, you will find all the information you need in the BI & Analytics Guide 2021.

Business Intelligence software comparison: 20+ plus vendors covered

The table below shows which Business Intelligence software vendors are included in our research. Using our Business Intelligence software comparison, you might want to perform for example a Tableau vs OBIEE comparison, a SAP BI tools comparison, a Tableau Qlikview comparison or generate a Power BI vs Tableau comparison matrix. Needless to say, it doesn’t end there.

Board
Domo
Dundas
GoodData
Hitachi
IBM
InetSoft
Infor
Information Builders
Looker
Microsoft
MicroStrategy
Oracle
Qlik
SAP
SAS
Sisense
Tableau
ThoughtSpot
Tibco
Yellowfin
Zoho

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Business Intelligence tools comparison: the different types

Business Intelligence tools comparison: the different typesThe Business Intelligence tools comparison, which is included in our 100% independent BI & Analytics Guide, will help you with the following BI tool comparisons:

  • From a vendor perspective: In the BI vendor comparison section we compare all the major BI software vendors in the market. With the self-service analysis module you can select only those vendors you want to compare in your own Business Intelligence vendors comparison. Our analytics vendors comparison is free from vendor bias and you can check the results of the analytics software comparison for yourself at any time.
  • From a platform perspective: We live in a platform economy and scale is everything. The BI vendors try to apply the principles of platforms to their products. According to our BI & Analytics Guide, some vendors are more successful than others in this regard. In our BI platforms comparison you will find an in-depth comparison of the major business intelligence platforms.
  • From a product perspective: All relevant products of the different vendors are covered in a special section of the guide: the Business Intelligence products comparison. Some small vendors have only 1 product while Microsoft has more than 45 BI products. Our Business Intelligence product comparison contains a total of 100 products from the different BI vendors.
  • From a functional perspective: In our BI & Analytics Guide we also included a BI analytics tools comparison. Here we completely focus on the analytics capabilities of the different vendors like desktop analytics, advanced analytics, customer analytics, care analytics and so on. In addition, you can select the features that are relevant for performing a self-service BI tools comparison. You can do the same by making your own data discovery tools comparison; we have dedicated one big section of our guide to data discovery (100+ criteria). To make an open- source BI tools comparison, turn on the “open source” switch in addition to other selection criteria.

Whatever BI comparison you want to make, it’s covered with our BI & Analytics Guide.

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Create your own BI tools comparison matrix

The BI & Analytics Guide consists of 6 modules that help you to quickly gain more and deeper insight into the Business Intelligence market. In the first module you will find a graph displaying the market position of each vendor in a BI tools comparison matrix; see the scatter diagram below.

Figure 1: the BI tools comparison matrix contains more than 20 vendors. All ratings are relative to the best performing vendor. As such Qlik has 70% of the functionality of Microsoft.

In addition, with the self-service analysis module you can create your own BI tools comparison matrix and make custom selections for example if you want to create an insight ‘QlikView vs other BI tools’. Each time you select or deselect a BI supplier or switch a criterium on or off, the graph will be updated instantly. You can create your own BI software comparison matrix in just a few minutes. Please contact us if you would like to have the underlying data available as well.

Our Business Analytics tools comparison contains 15 sections

The research we conducted led to a solid Business Analytics tools comparison of all the major BI vendors in the market. Our BI & Analytics Guide 2021 contains 15 sections: Business Intelligence, Analytics & Analysis, Artificial Intelligence & Machine learning, Big Data Analytics, Connectivity, Data discovery, Data governance, Data integration, Infrastructure & cloud computing, mobile BI, multidimensional models, performance optimization, performance management & KPI’s, real-time options and self-service capabilities. Each section covers at least 25 selection criteria, but some sections have over 100 criteria. The BI software comparison included in our guide is not only very complete but also highly interactive. You can quickly make your own graphs for a selection of sections or a selection of criteria.

A complete Business Intelligence comparison without magic

Most manually compiled Business Intelligence comparisons, knowledge bases or online knowledge platforms are unaffordable, inaccessible, and opaque. In addition, they often contain subjective elements. Not rarely a magic sauce is poured over it. In our Business Intelligence comparison, which is included in the BI & Analytics Guide, an ensemble of algorithms and the eyes of our experienced and independent consultants take care of the accurate selection and comparison of BI tools. Every little detail we have carefully addressed.

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Business Intelligence tools comparison and market analysis

With our BI & Analytics Guide 2021 you will be able to quickly perform a BI market analysis as well. Relevant and up-to-date news from the market is accessible in just a few clicks. In addition, you can drilldown on all the products of the software vendors and watch lots of videos showing product demos and presentations of the product portfolio. It has never been easier to conduct a Business Intelligence tools comparison and market analysis.

Learn Analytics with our enterprise Business Intelligence comparison guide

You are always just one or two mouse clicks away from an ever-expanding library of video material and news items with more than 1,000 examples of application possibilities, among other things. You will always be able to consult a short instructional video, for example a 5-minute video with an expert’s explanation of what a data lake or neural network entails. Our BI & Analytics guide not only contains a Business Intelligence tool comparison but also a complete learning environment to familiarize yourself with the extraordinary world of (enterprise) Business Intelligence, Analytics, Data Discovery and Artificial Intelligence.

A BI tools comparison report made interactive

A Business Intelligence product comparison or reporting software comparison made by other companies often delivers a static PDF-document. These BI tools comparison matrix pdf-files lack interactivity, are inaccessible or costly, and are outdated at the time they are published. The developers of the BI & Analytics Guide broke with these ingrained patterns. They took an alternative, interactive “mobile-first” and “AI-first” approach. Our BI tools comparison report is interactive, always up-to-date and contains a lot of background information about the vendors and their products accessible in just a few clicks.

BI reporting tools comparison of all major BI solutions: 30+ free insights

The BI & Analytics Guide covers all the important vendors in the market. With the self-service analysis module, you can quickly make your own relevant BI comparison for example:

QlikView vs Tableau: how does Qlik score against Tableau when it comes to real-time capabilities?

QlikView vs Tableau Comparison of QlikView vs Tableau © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%TableauQlik74%100%

In this graph the ratings are shown of QlikView vs. Tableau (Qlik vs Tableau). NOTE: only the real-time capabilities of the vendors are compared. Download here the BI & Analytics Guide with all kinds of BI comparisons.

Cognos vs Tableau software: how does IBM Analytics rank against Tableau regarding data discovery?

Cognos vs Tableau The ratings of Cognos vs Tableau © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%TableauIBM77%100%

In this graph a custom comparison is made of IBM Cognos vs. Tableau Software. NOTE: the data discovery capabilities were assessed at the vendor level (IBM vs Tableau). Cognos is an important part of the IBM Analytics portfolio but they have more BI solutions. Download here the BI & Analytics Guide with a complete BI platforms comparison.

Business Objects vs MicroStrategy: what are the mobile BI capabilities of SAP Analytics compared to MicroStrategy?

BusinessObjects vs MicroStrategy | MicroStrategy vs Business Objects A comparison of SAP BusinessObjects vs MicroStrategy © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%MicroStrategySAP81%100%

In this chart the comparison ‘MicroStrategy vs Business Objects’ is displayed. NOTE: the mobile BI capabilities were assessed at the vendor level (SAP vs MicroStrategy). Business Objects is an important part of the SAP Analytics portfolio but they have more BI solutions. Download here the BI & Analytics Guide with a complete analytics software comparison.

Cognos vs MicroStrategy: how does IBM Analytics score against MicroStrategy regarding their infrastructure capabilities?

Cognos vs MicroStrategy | MicroStrategy vs Cognos A BI comparison of Cognos vs MicroStrategy and the other way around: MicroStrategy vs Cognos © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%MicroStrategyIBM82%100%

In this graph a comparison is made of IBM Cognos vs MicroStrategy and vice versa: MicroStrategy vs Cognos. NOTE: the infrastructural capabilities were assessed at the vendor level (IBM vs MicroStrategy). Cognos is a crucial component of the IBM Analytics portfolio but they have more tools for analytics. Download here the BI & Analytics Guide with a complete BI reporting tool comparison.

Cognos vs Power BI: how does IBM Analytics score against Microsoft BI when it comes to machine learning?

IBM Cognos vs Microsoft Power BI | Power BI vs Cognos A comparison of Cognos vs Power BI on artificial intelligence © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%IBMMicrosoft81%100%

In this graph a comparison is made of IBM Cognos vs Power BI and the other way around: Power BI vs Cognos. NOTE: we focused here on the artificial intelligence & machine learning capabilities at the vendor level (IBM Analytics vs Microsoft BI). Cognos is a crucial component of the IBM Analytics portfolio but they have more tools for analytics. In addition: Power BI is a key component of Microsoft BI but the vendor has more BI tools. Order now the BI & Analytics Guide with a complete enterprise Business Intelligence comparison guide.

QlikView vs Cognos: what are the data science capabilities of Qlik software when it is compared to IBM Analytics?

QlikView vs Cognos Analytics | IBM Cognos vs QlikView Ratings of QlikView vs Cognos on data science capabilities © Passionned Group - as of 20210%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%QlikIBM36%100%

Above graph shows a comparison of BI software QlikView vs Cognos and the other way around: IBM Cognos vs QlikView. NOTE: the data science ratings were calculated at the vendor level (Qlik vs IBM Analytics). Cognos is a crucial component of the IBM Analytics portfolio but they have more tools for BI & data science. Order now the BI & Analytics Guide for an interactive BI systems comparison.

Qlikview vs MicroStrategy: how do the QlikView predictive analytics capabilities relate to MicroStrategy?

QlikView vs MicroStrategy | Predictive Analytics | MicroStrategy vs QlikView Comparison of QlikView vs MicroStrategy or the other way around: MicroStrategy vs QlikView © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%MicroStrategyQlik80%100%

In this graph a comparison is made of Qlikview vs MicroStrategy (or the other way around: MicroStrategy vs QlikView). NOTE: the predictive analytics functionalities were assessed at the vendor level (Qlik vs MicroStrategy). Download now the BI & Analytics Guide for an in-depth Business Intelligence product comparison.

Tableau vs Cognos: when it comes to desktop analytics does Tableau outperform IBM?

Tableau vs Cognos Comparsion of Tableau vs Cognos regarding desktop analytics © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%IBMTableau66%100%

Above graph displays the ratings of Tableau vs Cognos. NOTE: the desktop analytics functionalities were calculated at the vendor level (Tableau vs IBM). Buy here the BI & Analytics Guide for an in-depth & unbiased Business Intelligence tools comparison.

Microsoft Power BI vs Pentaho: the connectivity ratings of Microsoft BI & Hitachi Analytics

Power BI vs Pentaho Ratings of Power BI vs Pentaho regarding connectivity © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%HitachiMicrosoft71%100%

In this graph a side-by-side comparison is made of Microsoft Power BI vs Pentaho. NOTE: the degree of connectivity was assessed at the vendor level (Microsoft BI vs Hitachi Analytics). Download here the BI & Analytics Guide for a 100% vendor independent comparison of Business Intelligence software .

Business Objects vs SAS: how does SAP rank against SAS regarding data discovery features?

SAP BusinessObjects vs SAS Data Discovery ratings of Business Objects vs SAS © Passionned Group - as of 20210%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%SASSAP96%100%

Above graph shows a comparison of Business Objects vs SAS. NOTE: the data discovery capabilities were assessed and displayed at the vendor level (SAP vs SAS). Order our BI & Analytics Guide for a complete data discovery tools comparison.

Oracle BI vs QlikView: how does Qlik score against Oracle with respect to data integration?

Oracle BI vs QlikView A comparison of Oracle BI vs QlikView with respect to data integration © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%QlikOracle86%100%

This graph displays a comparison of Oracle BI vs QlikView. NOTE: we have only considered here the data integration capabilities at the vendor level (Oracle vs Qlik). Download now the BI & Analytics Guide to get an in-depth Business Analytics tools comparison of all BI tools.

Cognos vs Business Objects: how do the former market leaders IBM and SAP score against each other?

Cognos vs BusinessObjects | Business Objects vs Cognos Analytics An in-depth comparison of Cognos vs BusinessObjects & SAP Business Objects vs Cognos Analytics © Passionned Group - as of 20210%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%IBMSAP89%100%

In this graph a comparison is made of Cognos vs Business Objects and the other way around: Business Objects vs Cognos Analytics. NOTE: all the BI & Analytics capabilities of both vendors (IBM, SAP) have been considered. Order now our unique and interactive BI & Analytics Guide 2021 for an unbiased BI tools comparison .

Birst vs Qlikview: how does Infor Birst score against Qlik on mobile BI?

Birst vs QlikView A comparison of Birst vs QlikView (mobile BI) © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%InforQlik60%100%

Above graph displays a comparison of Birst vs Qlikview. NOTE: here we have applied a filter on the mobile BI capabilities for both vendors (Infor vs Qlik). Download here our BI & Analytics Guide for an in-depth BI reporting tool comparison.

Business Objects vs Oracle BI: which vendor scores best on Big Data Analytics? SAP or Oracle?

Business Objects vs Oracle BI Ratings of Business Objects vs Oracle BI for their Big Data capabilities © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%OracleSAP91%100%

In this graph a custom comparison is made for Business Objects vs Oracle BI. NOTE: the Big Data analytics section is displayed at the vendor level (SAP vs Oracle) and not at the product level. Order here the BI & Analytics Guide 2021 for an in-depth Business Analytics software comparison.

Birst vs Microsoft BI: How does Infor relate to Microsoft BI with respect to financial consolidation?

Birst vs Microsoft BI | Financial Consolidation Ratings of Birst vs Microsoft BI for their financial consolidation capabilities © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%InforMicrosoft66%100%

Above graph shows a comparison of Birst vs Microsoft BI. NOTE: here we have applied a filter on the financial consolidation capabilities at the vendor level (Infor vs Microsoft). Download now the BI & Analytics Guide for a 100% independent BI vendors comparison.

Microstrategy vs Oracle BI: how does MicroStrategy score against Oracle BI with respect to their Enterprise Business Intelligence capabilities?

MicroStrategy vs Oracle BI A comparison of MicroStrategy vs Oracle BI | section Enterprise BI © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%MicroStrategyOracle77%100%

Above graph shows a comparison of Microstrategy vs Oracle BI. NOTE: the enterprise BI capabilities were assessed at the vendor level (MicroStrategy vs Oracle). Download now the BI & Analytics Guide for 100+ BI tool comparisons.

IBM Cognos Analytics vs Oracle BI: how does IBM score against Oracle with respect to IoT data processing?

IBM Cognos Analytics vs Oracle BI Ratings of IBM Cognos Analytics vs Oracle BI for their IoT capabilities © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%IBMOracle80%100%

In this graph a comparison is shown of IBM Cognos Analytics vs Oracle BI. NOTE: here the scores for the section Internet of Things (IoT data processing) were assessed at the vendor level (IBM vs Oracle). For a full BI analytics tools comparison download here our BI & Analytics Guide.

SAS vs Cognos: How is SAS related to IBM when it comes to Business Intelligence?

SAS vs Cognos | Cognos vs SAS BI A comparison of SAS vs Cognos on Business Intelligence © Passionned Group - as of 20210%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%SASIBM91%100%

In this graph a comparison is made of SAS vs Cognos and vice versa: Cognos vs SAS BI. NOTE: the Business Intelligence functionalities were assessed on the vendor level (SAS vs IBM). Order here a copy of the BI & Analytics Guide for an in-depth Business Intelligence tools comparison.

Oracle BI vs SAS BI: how does Oracle score against SAS BI in relation to analytics?

Oracle BI vs SAS Oracle BI vs SAS comparison © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%OracleSAS87%100%

Above graph displays the comparison ‘Oracle BI vs SAS BI’. NOTE: the core analytical functions and features were calculated and displayed at the vendor level (Oracle vs SAS) were considered. Download now the BI & Analytics Guide to create your own BI software comparison matrix.

QlikView vs. BusinessObjects: how does QlikView score against SAP with respect to Big Data?

QlikView vs BusinessObjects Ratings of QlikView vs. BusinessObjects with respect to big data capabilities © Passionned Group - as of 20210%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%QlikSAP65%100%

In this chart a comparison is shown of QlikView vs Business Objects. NOTE: in this chart we applied a filter on the big data capabilities, assessment took place at the vendor level (Qlik vs SAP). Buy now the BI & Analytics Guide and play with the interactive Business Intelligence tools comparison matrix.

Tableau vs Birst: a 100% vendor independent comparison of the vendors Tableau Software and Infor (Birst) with respect to Business Intelligence

Tableau vs Birst Comparison of Tableau vs Birst with respect to Business Intelligence © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%InforTableau86%100%

The graph above shows a comparison of Tableau vs Birst. NOTE: the Business Intelligence capabilities were assessed at the vendor level (Tableau vs Infor). Order here our BI & Analytics Guide for an in-depth BI tool comparison.

SAP BusinessObjects vs Tableau: a comparison of SAP and Tableau in terms of dashboarding functionality.

SAP BusinessObjects vs Tableau A comparison of SAP BusinessObjects vs Tableau filtered on the section dashboarding © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%TableauSAP94%100%

In this graph we created the insight ‘SAP BusinessObjects vs Tableau’. NOTE: the dashboarding functionalities are displayed here at the vendor level (SAP vs Tableau). Download here the BI & Analytics Guide 2021 for a vendor neutral BI platform comparison.

Tableau vs Yellowfin BI: How does Tableau score on Data Discovery in relation to Yellowfin BI?

Tableau vs Yellowfin BI Ratings of Tableau vs Yellowfin BI filtered on data discovery © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%YellowfinTableau59%100%

In this chart, we created the insight ‘Tableau vs Yellowfin BI’ regarding their Data Discovery capabilities. Buy here the BI & Analytics Guide for an interactive and comprehensive comparison of analytics tools.

Tableau vs OBIEE comparison: Oracle and Tableau in terms of self-service BI features.

Tableau vs OBIEE | self-service BI Ratings of Tableau vs OBIEE with respect to self-service BI © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%OracleTableau84%100%

In this graph you see the Tableau vs OBIEE comparison. NOTE: for this chart, we applied a filter on self-service Business Intelligence capabilities for both vendors (Oracle & Tableau). Download now the BI & Analytics Guide for an in-depth Business Intelligence product comparison.

BOARD vs Birst: how does BOARD score against Infor with respect to performance management capabilities?

BOARD vs Birst (Infor) Ratings of BOARD vs Birst filtered on the performance management section © Passionned Group - as of 20210%20%40%60%80%100%BoardInfor85%100%

In this chart we have made a comparison of BOARD vs Birst in relation to performance management (financial planning, balanced scorecards, etc.) Order here the BI & Analytics Guide for a 100% vendor-neutral BI solution comparison .

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