8 Best Tableau Alternatives for Data Analytics

Data Visualization
Jun 24, 2024
8 Best Tableau Alternatives for Data Analytics

Tableau is a popular business intelligence and data visualization tool used by thousands of companies around the world. Its user friendly interface, powerful data visualization functionality, great integrations, and strong community make it an obvious choice for data analytics. But what if you’re not happy and you want to try out Tableau alternatives?

Tableau does some things well, but if you’re looking for a more flexible BI tool with less of a learning curve, there are some great choices out there. Today, we take a look at some of the best Tableau alternatives. But first…

Why look for Tableau alternatives?

Tableau alternatives - Tableau

While Tableau is incredibly powerful, this comes at a cost. The basic dashboards and reporting are pretty intuitive and easy to use. However, any advanced functionalities and calculations can take a long time for your data engineers and developers to pull off in this Salesforce product.

Tableau pricing is more catered toward large businesses. Tableau can be too much for your budget if you want to do data analysis and visualizations in your small business.

Customization options are not the greatest, either. If you want to create highly customized visualizations to make data exploration easier, your developers are going to struggle.

This analytics platform is also notorious for slow performance with large data sets. Tableau for embedded analytics is also not that great compared to some of the alternatives we’ll mention in a moment.

All in all, Tableau has a lot to offer but at the same time, there are cheaper, more effective ways to create interactive dashboards.

Top Tableau alternatives to consider for business intelligence in 2024

If you need more ease of use, a more affordable pricing model, or better embedded analytics capabilities for business users, there are many great business intelligence tools to choose from.


Tableau alternatives - Luzmo

Looking for a business intelligence platform that allows you to create and embed dashboards in your software product? Luzmo is the fastest, most efficient and affordable alternative to Tableau.

Thanks to a variety of data sources, connectors and a great API, you’ll easily connect your data to Luzmo. Building dashboards is a breeze thanks to the drag-and-drop interface and a variety of templates for different use cases.

Thanks to a wide choice of embedding options, your developers will be able to embed a dashboard in your app in a matter of a few hours. There are numerous types of charts and visualizations to choose from, with vast customization options.

There is even an embedded dashboard editor, letting your users create their own dashboards from scratch, inside your app's interface. 

Luzmo has transparent pricing plans. No matter if you have 5 or 500 end-users, you can easily predict how much your monthly invoice is going to cost.

Perhaps the best part is that Luzmo has a free trial that you can take for a spin before determining if this is the best choice for your app and business users.

Or simply book a demo with our team so we can tell you more about how Luzmo works.

Microsoft Power BI

Tableau alternatives - Power BI

If you’re already in the Microsoft ecosystem and want to empower your internal team to make more data-driven decisions, Power BI is a pretty good choice. It integrates with Azure, SQL Server and Azure Active Directory, making light work for developers used to Microsoft frameworks.

It is much more than an upgraded version of Excel spreadsheets and it allows business users to make real-time, ad hoc reports. Like Tableau, it has massive capabilities but only the basic dashboards are light work. Any customization work will require a knowledgeable data analyst on your team with previous PBI experience.

It also does not handle large, complex data sets really well.

The biggest advantage of this tool is that finding developers who are handy with Power BI should not be a challenge. If you primarily use its desktop tool for data analytics, this is a good choice of a BI tool.

Qlik Sense/Qlikview

Tableau alternatives - Qlik

Qlik makes a big promise with their Snapshots: self-service analytics for everyone. Take “snapshots” of data points over time and then turn them into graphs and charts that end-users can understand and use for guiding their decision-making process.

In practice, Qlik only makes sense if you have a large enough team with engineers who can handle the data preparation and data management, and do all the steps before the visualization. This tool has a very steep learning curve and mastering even the most basic workflow can take weeks to learn, let alone something like predictive analytics based on historical data.

If you have an enterprise business with a big data team and you don’t care much for an intuitive interface, Qlik is a solid option. Qlik for embedded analytics is not that great - there are many better alternatives.


Tableau alternatives - Sisense

Sisense is a business intelligence tool built embedded-first. This means that their primary target audience is SaaS businesses looking to create and embed dashboards in their product. To achieve this, there are three options: Fusion Embed, Compose SDK and Cloud.

Ironically, users report that embedding is not as easy as it is in most Sisense competitors. Instead, the biggest highlight is the choice of visualizations and how easy it is to build and customize dashboards.

By far, the biggest issue is Sisense pricing. In typical enterprise BI tool fashion, you can’t find it publicly, but our research shows you’ll need to spend around $20,000 per year for even the most basic setup.


Tableau alternatives - Domo

For teams that want all the necessary data analytics tools in one platform, Domo is an excellent option. Data warehouse, ETL, and visualization - you go from raw, unstructured data to actionable insights without leaving your browser tab.

This array of features comes at a cost, both figurative and literal. Users report that Domo is pretty difficult to master, even compared to traditionally complex tools such as Power BI. When it comes to the actual pricing, Domo keeps it a mystery but research shows that you can expect invoices in the rank of Looker. In other words, six figures annually.

Amazon Quicksight

Tableau alternatives - Quicksight

Amazon Quicksight is the AWS cloud platform for business intelligence. It offers some cutting-edge features, such as natural language processing and machine learning, allowing end users to easily explore data by asking questions in plain English. It is also praised for its fast performance, even when working with large datasets.

If scalability is your concern, Quicksight is a superb option. It’s fast, and works great across different devices and browsers, making it a surprisingly good choice for an embedded use case.

The downside is that compared to Tableau or Looker, the visualization options are fairly limited. Your dashboards may be AI-powered and load quickly, but there are not many chart types to choose from.


Tableau alternatives - Looker

Not to be confused with Looker Studio (Google Data Studio), Looker is the tool of choice for many enterprise businesses. And for a good reason, too: its proprietary LookML makes it easy to do data modeling, analyze data, and prepare it for visualization.

Similarly to Tableau, it’s not geared for non-technical users and to get the most out of it, you’ll need a good data team. However, Looker makes up for it with a wide variety of visualization options.

The other downside is that Looker is very expensive. Prices can easily go from $5-10,000 per month, which may be worth it for your specific needs. However, it’s not exactly small-business-friendly.


Tableau alternatives - Metabase

Metabase is an open-source business intelligence platform that allows anyone to analyze and explore their data without the knowledge of SQL. If you’re looking for a free entry into the world of BI and don’t mind crunching some code, this is a great gateway tool.

In fact, there is a visual builder that allows you to easily build a dashboard without writing code. However, for anything more complex than that, such as custom visualizations and dashboards, you’re going to need some time and learning.

The downside is that Metabase is fairly slow when it comes to dashboard performance. Also, there are not many options for customizations compared to other Metabase alternatives.


Tableau is one of the best business intelligence tools in the market today. For in-house dashboards and reporting, in a company with a strong data engineering team, it can be a sensible choice in 2024. 

But for teams that want modern features such as embedded analytics, Tableau falls short because of its lack of flexibility, poor embedding and customization and unpredictable pricing.

Why stick with Tableau when you can do better? At Luzmo, we help you create and embed beautiful dashboards that give your end-users the power of data. Easy embedding, fast insights and predictable pricing.

Grab your free trial and see Luzmo in action today.

Mile Zivkovic

Mile Zivkovic

Senior Content Writer

Mile Zivkovic is a content marketer specializing in SaaS. Since 2016, he’s worked on content strategy, creation and promotion for software vendors in verticals such as BI, project management, time tracking, HR and many others.

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