The world of IT is quickly expanding with newer technologies, smarter tools, automated processes and smarter dashboards and presentations. While a lot has been talked about new software’s, applications, there actually exists very little about visualization tools which help in adding visual elements to a presentation thus playing a vital role in greater clarity and grasp to complex business messages. Graphics-enabled presentations are evolving and becoming more robust making the novice and tech-savvy audience more informed with smart visual enables presentation.
The 2 biggest names in the visualization space today are Qlikview and Tableau who are today considered as the biggest names with their exceptional capacity to go beyond traditional presentations and dashboards to glossy, interactive dashboards and reports. Both these tools have their set of positives as well as drawbacks, lets deep-dive and understand their advantages and disadvantages:
|Qlikview (Quality, Understanding, Interaction and Knowledge)|
|Offers an integrated BI platform coupled with sufficient demos, training manuals, and tutorials||Menus have too many tabs lacking logical structure and a lot of not so useful features like 3D charts, gauges, or faded bar charts with no real business value|
|Easy installation and Configuration, produce magnificent reports within minutes of installation||Visual outputs pretty time-consuming in terms of formatting – non-intuitive|
|Offers a wide variety of features with great product quality and overall market position with 98% success rate||Community development is slow and undeveloped|
|Features very diverse and insightful such as the word clouds, bubble and tree maps||No provision of creating custom groups for different dimensions that are critical for businesses|
|Ready-made drivers for several databases with excellent mapping with a cleaner, clutter-free GUI||Does not provide the freedom to create new arrangements of data as well as single business view of information|
|Instant connection to more than 30 data types, support for cubes, quick integration with R||No enterprise reporting, scheduling alerting and notification of time-sensitive information|
The 2 tools are unique in their own way, Qlikview is desired by those with desire strong visualization capabilities with BI reporting tools; departmental vs. enterprise wide BI solution. Tableau on the other hand is for those who want to build real time visualizations, with little or no technical expertise. Server and Online editions allow visualizations to be shared which is not offered by Qlikview.
To conclude….both are robust visualization tools and have their own pros and cons. It’s on the organisation or individual to decide which one suits them most. These tools provide a cutting-edge over boring data-driven presentation and dashboard by adding a zing of visuals making it highly appealing and friendly.