Tableau Review
BIME vs. Tableau Comparison


1.1 General

This document compares two BI tool players in the Big Data arena – Tableau (http://www.tableausoftware.com/) and BIME (http://www.bimeanalytics.com/).

1.2 Comparison: BIME vs. Tableau


Parameter

BIME

Tableau

Details

Visualization

8

9

Many types of graphs and visualization objects

Ad-Hoc

9

9

In both tools, a Semantic Layer pane allows for quick data exploration and manipulation

Canned Reports

8

8

Both tools support the ability to crete and consume pre-built reports with minimal time and effort

Dashboarding

9

9

Both tools have powerful built-incapabilities for authoring, publishing and administering dashboards on the web server

Analytics

8

8

calculation engine using a large function library

License costs

3

6

BM – Monthly subscription model
TL – Perpetual model

Cloud offering

9

6

BM – SaaS-based solution by nature

TL – 1. "Tableau Public": TL server hosted in Tableau; 2. Customer server in EC2 instead of on-premise

Ease-of-use / intuitiveness

8

9

Intuitive visual analysis, drag & drop, no SQL needed

Ease-of-implementation & maintenance

9

9

Very quick setup, semi-automatic semantic layer creation: data-types recognition, dimensions and measures definition, no code, no SQL required

SDK/API

6

7

TL – JavaScript API for web apps authoring

BM – new API to allow 3 rd party integration and OEM

Israel-based support & PS

3

9

BM – Limited IL presence

Financial stability, market presence and track-record

5

8

BM – 15 employees, 1 st release 2 years ago, Angel-funded; Large installed-base

1.1 Summary

Significant strengths of Tableau:

  • Financial stability, market presence and track-record (both WW and in IL)
  • Tableau's license costs are not cheap, but seem cheaper than BIME's in the long-term
  • Israel presence – support and professional services

Significant strengths of BIME:

  • Cloud offering – BIME is a SaaS product, thus cloud-enabled top to bottom.
  • While Tableau does have some capabilities in this domain, it's not a true cloud solution.

Significant strengths of both:

Visualization, user capabilities (Ad-Hoc, Analytics, etc.) and Ease-of-implementation.

Significant weaknesses of both:

API capabilities are quite limited and immature.

Note:

  1. It seems like an issue both vendors are aware of and are working on in their roadmaps.
  2. It is not the most important feature, unless you plan an embedded/OEM solution.

Performance

Both tools have a native connector to almost every Big Data platform available on the market. While this does not ensure good performance, it does improve the chances of getting better performance than other tools, which do not have such a connector.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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3 Comments

Larry KellerConsultantTOP 5POPULAR

This critique is a welcome addition to this forum. I have to really test drive BIME but a cursory review suggests that this reminds this writer of the early days of Tableau. BIME appears to have adopted much of the Few school of the best practices in DV. This venue is indeed helpful for those of us who track this field. At this stage I pass on one observation and that is the BIME pricing model is not competitive with a subscription based approach.
L Keller

08 December 13
Ariel LindenfeldCommunity Mgr

Adar- based on your experience, would you agree with visualman's comment that BIME is similar to Tableau in it's early days?

10 December 13
it_user72696Real UserTOP 20POPULAR

Thanks, Ariel. If Visualman refers to visualization and visual analytics - I would agree with such a statement

10 December 13
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