Straight Talk: Yurbi Vs Tableau; Strengths and Weaknesses

Straight Talk BI ReviewsAt 5000fish we take pride in cutting through the hype and offering you straight talk. So when we’re asked how Yurbi is different than competitors like Tableau, we’re glad to outline how the business intelligence (BI) solutions compare and contrast. Because the truth is, Yurbi and Tableau are impressive tools that offer a wealth of unique advantages, but each has drawbacks too.

If you want to enhance your understanding of the differences between Yurbi and Tableau, this guide is a great starting point.

  1. Cost
    Based on available data, Tableau is relatively affordable when compared to traditional vendors like IBM and Oracle, but it’s still cost prohibitive for many small to medium sized organizations. And although Tableau requires less developer involvement than the solutions offered by the Big Boys of BI, costs associated with implementation, deployment, training and maintenance can be sizable.Yurbi’s upfront costs are going to be less than Tableau’s. Like all publically traded companies, Tableau’s sales people are under pressure to make sales and get customers to buy heavy right from the get-go. In contrast, Yurbi offers a flexible pricing model that lets customers buy only what they need- and scale as necessary. Another reason Yurbi costs less is that it was designed especially for the business user, and therefore doesn’t require as much developer involvement. Yurbi is also easy to implement, deploy and maintain, and training can take place in hours or days, not weeks or months- further reducing total cost of ownership.
  2. Security
    Yurbi’s “App Shield” feature provides centralized data level security. With Yurbi you create a security profile and apply it to a user or group. Every time they do anything in the Yurbi platform, such as view dashboards, run reports, or even build reports, the security profile is applied- ensuring they only see what you want them to see.Tableau goes further than many traditional BI vendors when it comes to security, but it still falls short of offering centralized data level security. With Tableau, you can establish “row level” security at the data level, but first each user must have a database user account. –And more accounts can equate to more opportunities for hackers.
  3. Amazing data visualization
    Without question, Tableau’s data visualization is far superior to what’s offered by traditional BI vendors and is more robust than Yurbi’s. With Tableau, business users are able to do some pretty impressive and interactive data visualization in a very intuitive, drag and drop manner- all without the help of IT.
  4. Self-service features
    Gartner’s Magic Quadrant gives Tableau high marks for its ease of use. In fact, the report reveals that more than 70 percent of Tableau’s customers selected the product because of its ease of use for the business user+. Users can upload data in files like Excel or CSV to Tableau without difficulty, but when users want to connect to a database, they’ll have to call for the help of a developer. A developer skilled in SQL will have to create the SQL query to pull the dataset. So, although Tableau gives the business user a lot of independence, they must still rely on IT.Yurbi was built to meet the needs of the business user, and free them from IT. To that end, it offers a number of self-service features, including dashboard, ad-hoc reporting and scheduling. There’s no SQL query language to learn; no dependence on IT.
  5. Scheduling, notification of reports and production layout reports
    Tableau is a powerful BI tool that offers best in class data visualization, but it lacks functionality to perform traditional production type reporting. You can’t create static layouts or data tables and it doesn’t offer features related to distribution, or scheduling and notification of reports. As a result, although Tableau offers end users the ability to leverage amazing data visualization, Tableau is not the BI standard for most organizations.With Yurbi, end users can schedule reports to run daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or in specific minute increments. The user can also specify the time of day for the report to run as well as which days of the week. The Yurbi Report Scheduler executes each report in the context of the recipient. So, if a Yurbi user does not have permission to see a report, they do not receive an email.
  6. Embedded analytics
    Both Yurbi and Tableau offer the ability to embed analytics into your existing application or into agency portals. However Tableau’s unique style presents a challenge when it comes to embedding. From both a financial and an appearance perspective, it’s difficult to embed Tableau seamlessly into your product. Yurbi’s 100% HTML5 platform gives you the option of embedding reports or dashboards into an existing section of your application or absorbing the entire Yurbi solution into your website easily and seamlessly.

Yurbi Vs. Tableau: Our Bottom Line

If cost is a significant issue and you need traditional production type reporting and seamless embedded analytics, Yurbi could be a good fit.  If you’re looking for amazing interactive data visualization (and your budget can handle it) you can’t go wrong with Tableau.

Yurbi and Tableau are both first-rate products. Before you can decide if either is right for your organization you must first establish your budget and identify what outcomes you hope to achieve by leveraging a BI tool.

We hope this review of Yurbi Vs. Tableau helped you gain a better understand of both solutions. If you’d like to find out how other popular BI solutions compare, explore these straight talk reviews.

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