Metabase quest (Metabase vs X "competitor")


#1

Hi,

How is metabase different that tableau and powerbi?

As explained in the documentation with sample data, it seems more like a visualisation on data which is a capability provided by powerbi and tableau as well.

Thx
Deepak


#2

Hi, without knowing tableau or powerbi that well for me a big advantage of merabase is that it is
a) open source: means you can participate and improve it and drive change. And because it’s open source it is for free what is a huge benefit for small businesses or NGOs.
b) it is more “lean” than a lot of other systems i know, it provides what i need without a huge package of unnecessary other things.

You might just need to try it with your real database to see if it fits your requests :slight_smile:


#3

Related topic: Metabase vs Redash


#4

Building on the cost perspective. Tableau needs a much bigger server than Metabase to run well. It’s difficult to do much for less than £2000 per year in licensing.
PowerBI looks great at first (£8 per user per month), but once you start to do anything clever it very quickly switches to the hosted model at £XXXX per month plus user licences. Ignore the free licence unless you’re one person working on their own.

I don’t do much with Tableau, but I have done a lttle with PowerBI.
PowerBI is prettier at the moment and does a very nice job of working with multiple data sources. The data exploration is weak compared to Metabase, though you do get proper drilldown and can select by clicking charts rather than having to use parameters.
PowerBI’s greatest weakness is when it comes to sharing your work - you export to PowerPoint to view a picture of your work. Metabase’s option of sharing links is far more powerful.


#5

I would add that, in my experience, PowerBI gives you an incredible amount of granular control over properties as well; the flip side is, as noted by @AndrewMBaines, you end up paying for it.

I’m a big fan of the interactive filtering though: