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Executive Summary
Updated on Jul 19, 2022

We performed a comparison between Alteryx and KNIME based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Most users tell us the deployment of both solutions is easy and straightforward.
  • Features: Alteryx users like the scheduling feature for automation and the general data blending functionality as two favorite valued features. The solution is easy to use and is able to process data extremely fast. The solution can make very heavy demands on resources, though, slowing some processes, and users feel the reporting aspects need improvement.

    KNIME users tell us the visualization is extremely valuable. Other top features are the data wrangling and the solution’s ability to easily handle an unlimited amount of data. Users feel the solution could be more user friendly and improve the documentation. Many users feel the solution does not scale very well.

  • Pricing: Alteryx users feel the solution is expensive and should be priced more competitively. KNIME is open-source and offers a free option and also has some other options that are priced appropriately.
  • Service and Support: Alteryx users feel there is room for improvement with the service and support they have received. KNIME has a thriving supportive community that users rely on heavily, in addition to a formal support process that users are happy with.

Comparison Results: Although KNIME’s open-source version is flexible and cost-effective and their service is top-notch, Alteryx offers an extremely intuitive intelligence suite and overall the solution is very robust and modern and the GUI is very user friendly. Ultimately, Alteryx finishes ahead of KNIME on most occasions.

To learn more, read our detailed Alteryx vs. KNIME Report (Updated: May 2023).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Which solution provides the best ROI: KNIME, Alteryx or RapidMiner?
Answer: I'd suggest checking out the new Actable AI as well. It has a better AutoML and a lot more advanced features like Causal ML.
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"The initial setup is easy.""All of the data science features in terms of unioning and joining data together are valuable.""The most valuable feature of Alteryx is its unlimited handling capabilities.""The most valuable feature of Alteryx is the intelligence suite.""The filtering is fast, and it provides a search tool that is great.""The cloud deployment ensures it scales easily.""You get more support with Alteryx, and it's good for non-sophisticated users who can benefit from the support included in the price.""Its initial setup is easy."

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"It's a very powerful and simple tool to use.""Easy to use, stable, and powerful.""KNIME is fast and the visualization provides a lot of clarity. It clarifies your thinking because you can see what's going on with your data.""The most valuable features of KNIME are its ability to convert your sub-workflow into a node. For example, the workflow has many individual native nodes that can be converted into a single node. This representation has simplified my workflow to a great extent. I can present my workflow in a very compact way.""It also has very good fundamental machine learning. It has decision trees, linear regression, and neural nets. It has a lot of text mining facilities as well. It's fairly fully-featured.""One of the greatest advantages of KNIME is that it can be used by those without any coding experience. those with no coding background can use it.""Automation is most valuable. It allows me to automatically download information from different sources, and once I create a workflow, I can apply it anytime I want. So, there is efficiency at the same time.""We have found KNIME valuable when it comes to its visualization."

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"The only weakness I would say is on the visualization side of having that dynamic incapability.""The technical support could have a little bit of improvement.""Even when it already includes some AI models, this area could be improved.""The solution is improving continuously. They have, for example, just added automatic insights. If they continue to improve on their overall service offering, that would be ideal.""The price of the solution could improve by being lower.""A colleague of mind mentioned that the solution should have more options for the visualization of data.""Lacks an open source edition which would be helpful.""I think they should really work on integrating or have a capacity to integrate some algorithmic code. I think that's one of the most important things they need to be doing."

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"It's difficult to provide input on the improvement area because it's more of self-learning. However, there are times when I am not able to do certain things. I don't know if it's because the solution doesn't allow me or if it's because of the lack of knowledge.""There are some parameters that I would like to have at a bigger scale. The upper limit of one node that tries to find spots or areas in photos was too small for us. It would need to be bigger.""Both RapidMiner and KNIME should be made easier to use in the field of deep learning.""It could be easier to use.""KNIME's licensing and data management aren't as straightforward relative to Alteryx. Alteryx's tools are more sophisticated, so you need fewer to use it compared to KNIME. I think tab implementation could be easier, too.""I would prefer to have more connectivity.""KNIME is not scalable.""KNIME could improve when it comes to large data markets."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost of the solution could be reduced."
  • "The price could be better."
  • "The desktop platform costs $5,000 per year. It's very costly."
  • "Opt for the three year subscription. It is 20% less than the yearly one."
  • "ROI is huge. There are some secondary benefits, like analysts getting their post 5 PM time back or the ability to shorten all closing processes to a half or less."
  • "It is $4,000 a year, so it is cheap versus other solutions. It also accomplishes three times the volume on the job in the same time (as the other solutions).​"
  • "Alteryx isn't extortionately expensive, but it's not cheap either."
  • "It's probably on the pricey side, but they provide some really useful ways to grow and test."
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  • "KNIME assets are stand alone, as the solution is open source."
  • "With KNIME, you can use the desktop version free of charge as much as you like. I've yet to hit its limits. If I did, I'd have to go to the server version, and for that you have to pay. Fortunately, I don't have to at the moment."
  • "The client versions are mostly free, and we pay only for the KNIME server version. It's not a cheap solution."
  • "Scaling to the on-premises version requires a licensing fee per user that is a bit expensive in comparison to R, Python, and SAS."
  • "This is a free open-source solution."
  • "For beginners, the free desktop version is very attractive, but the full server version can be more expensive. I have only used the free version and it offers a fair pricing system. I have been promoting it to others without any compensation or request from the company, simply because I am enthusiastic about it. I am not aware of the pricing for the server version, but it seems to be widely used."
  • "KNIME is an open-source tool, so it's free to use."
  • "They have different versions, but I am using the open-source one."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:One of the differences is that with Alteryx you can use it as an ETL and analytics tool. Please connect with me directly if you want to know more.
    Top Answer:Alteryx is an extremely easy and flexible data tool, flexible in terms of drag and drop toolset and also has python, R integrations if your team requires this. It can handle over 2 billion rows of… more »
    Top Answer:I am not familiar with IBM SPSS Modeler, therefore, I cannot compare these two products. Regarding Alteryx I can say the following: - An excellent desktop tool for Data Prep and analytics. -… more »
    Top Answer:We can deploy the solution in a cluster as well.
    Top Answer:They have different versions, but I am using the open-source one.
    Top Answer:They should improve the solution's integration with other platforms. Also, they should add more functions to its server.
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    Alteryx can be used to speed up or automate your business processes and enables geospatial and predictive solutions. Its platform helps organizations answer business questions quickly and efficiently, and can be used as a major building block in a digital transformation or automation initiative. With Alteryx, you can build processes in a more efficient, repeatable, and less error-prone way. Unlike other tools, Alteryx is easy to use without an IT background. The platform is very robust and can be used in virtually any industry or functional area.

    With Alteryx You Can:

    • Prep, blend, and analyze data
    • Deliver faster, better business outcomes
    • Automate analytics and data science
    • Embed intelligent decisioning
    • Deploy and share analytics in hours

    Alteryx Features Include:

    Some of the most valuable Alteryx features include:

    Scalability, stability, flexibility, fast performance, no-code analytics, data processing, business logic wrapping, scheduling, ease of use, data blending from different platforms, geo-referencing, good customization capabilities, drag and drop functionality, intuitive user interface, connectors, machine learning, macros, simple GUI, integration with Python, good data transformation, good documentation, multiple database merging, and easy deployment.

    Alteryx Can Be Used For:

    • Combining and manipulating data within spreadsheets: Alteryx can be used in situations where complex data manipulation occurs. It can handle large data quickly, and the process is much simpler to see and understand.

    • Database access and supplementing SQL development: Alteryx has several sets of database connectors and functions, including many functions that your average database does not. Alteryx can work with data from multiple databases or areas within a database. It allows users to filter, sort, calculate, etc. as they would commonly do in SQL or an ETL tool.
    • API, cloud, and hybrid access: Alteryx can read and write data in databases, files, REST APIs, and a myriad of other locations (with the correct permissions). When a workflow is published, you can also call a workflow through a REST API to start it.

    • Data science: Alteryx provides pre-built models that are extremely useful for data scientists who may have limited programming skills and also gives you the ability to add R or Python code directly within a workflow.

    • Geospatial analysis: Alteryx gives users drag-and-drop tools to geocode, plot, and map locations, customers, competitors, or anything that has a location (employee, truck, pipeline, etc.).

    • Reports and dashboards: Alteryx provides built-in tools that enable the building of reports and dashboards.

    Alteryx Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Alteryx include

    • Saves time: Alteryx helps shorten the time required to start analyzing data and looking for insights, minimizing the tasks that do not add value to the business and maximizing the analysis phase.

    • Clear tool configurations: Alteryx provides simple and concise tool configurations that are quick and easy to set.

    • Excellent workflow compatibility.

    • Reduced development time: Alteryx has an extensive gallery of user-developed analytic applications that helps to reduce development time.

    • Fast data loading: Alteryx has tools that make it very effective when working with big data sets.

    • No-code, low-code analytic building blocks: You can prep, blend, and analyze data to enable highly configurable and repeatable workflows.

    • Machine learning: Alteryx allows you to quickly create properly trained algorithms that are ready to deploy.

    Reviews from Real Users

    "Automation is the most valuable aspect for us. The ability to wrap business logic around the data is very helpful." - Theresa M., Senior Capacity Planner at a financial services firm

    "Alteryx has made us more agile and increased the speed and effectiveness of decision making." - Richard F., Director, Digital Experience & Media at Qdoba Restaurant Corporation

    "The scheduling feature for the automation is excellent." - Data Analytics Engineer at a tech services company

    "The product is very stable and super fast, five-star. It's significantly more stable than its nearest competitor." - Director at a non-tech company

    “A complete solution with very good user experience and a nice user interface.” - Solutions Consultant at a tech services company

    "There are a lot of good customization capabilities." - Advance Analytics PO at a pharma/biotech company

    KNIME is an open-source analytics software used for creating data science that is built on a GUI based workflow, eliminating the need to know code. The solution has an inherent modular workflow approach that documents and stores the analysis process in the same order it was conceived and implemented, while ensuring that intermediate results are always available. 

    KNIME supports Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems and is suitable for enterprises of all different sizes. With KNIME, you can perform functions ranging from basic I/O to data manipulations, transformations and data mining. It consolidates all the functions of the entire process into a single workflow. The solution covers all main data wrangling and machine learning techniques, and is based on visual programming.

    KNIME Features

    KNIME has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Scalability through data handling (intelligent automatic caching of data in the background while maximizing throughput performance)
    • High extensibility via a well-defined API for plugin extensions
    • Intuitive user interface
    • Import/export of workflows
    • Parallel execution on multi-core systems
    • Command line version for "headless" batch executions
    • Activity dashboard
    • Reporting & statistics
    • Third-party integrations
    • Workflow management
    • Local automation
    • Metanode linking
    • Tool blending
    • Big Data extensions

    KNIME Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing KNIME. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Integrated Deployment: KNIME’s integrated deployment moves both the selected model, and the entire data model preparation process into production simply and automatically, allowing for continuous optimization in production and also saving time because it eliminates error.
    • Elastic and Hybrid Execution: KNIME’s elastic and hybrid executions helps you reduce costs while covering periods of high demand, dynamically.
    • Metadata Mapping: KNIME enables complete metadata mapping of all aspects of your workflow. In addition, KNIME offers blueprint workflows for documenting the nodes, data sources, and libraries used, as well as runtime information.
    • Guided Analytics: KNIME’s guided analytics applications can be customized based on reusable components.
    • Powerful analytics, local automation, and workflow difference: KNIME uses advanced predictive and machine learning algorithms to provide you with the analytics you need. In combination with powerful analytics, KNIME’s automation capabilities and workflow difference prepare your organization with the tools you need to make better business decisions.
    • Supports enterprise-wide data science practices: The deployment and management functionalities of KNIME make it easy to productionize data science applications and services, and deliver usable, reliable, and reproducible insights for the business.
    • Helps you leverage insights gained from your data: Using KNIME ensures the data science process immediately reflects changing requirements or new insights.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the KNIME solution.

    An Emeritus Professor at a university says, “It can read many different file formats. It can very easily tidy up your data, deleting blank rows, and deleting rows where certain columns are missing. It allows you to make lots of changes internally, which you do using JavaScript to put in the conditional. It also has very good fundamental machine learning. It has decision trees, linear regression, and neural nets. It has a lot of text mining facilities as well. It's fairly fully-featured.”

    Benedikt S., CEO at SMH - Schwaiger Management Holding GmbH, explains, “All of the features related to the ETL are fantastic. That includes the connectors to other programs, databases, and the meta node function. Technical support has been extremely responsive so far. The solution has a very strong and supportive community that shares information and helps each other troubleshoot. The solution is very stable. The initial setup is pretty simple and straightforward.”

    Piotr Ś., Test Engineer at ProData Consult, says, “What I like the most is that it works almost out of the box with Random Forest and other Forest nodes.”

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    Sample Customers
    AnalyticsIq Inc., belk, BloominBrands Inc., Cardinalhealth, Cineplex, Dairy Queen
    Infocom Corporation, Dymatrix Consulting Group, Soluzione Informatiche, MMI Agency, Estanislao Training and Solutions, Vialis AG
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Educational Organization9%
    Company Size
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Alteryx vs. KNIME
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    Alteryx is ranked 2nd in Data Science Platforms with 32 reviews while KNIME is ranked 4th in Data Science Platforms with 16 reviews. Alteryx is rated 8.4, while KNIME is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Alteryx writes "Plenty of capability and works well for those who don't want to program and don't use algorithms heavily". On the other hand, the top reviewer of KNIME writes "Allows you to easily tidy up your data, make lots of changes internally, and has good machine learning". Alteryx is most compared with Databricks, Dataiku Data Science Studio, SAS Enterprise Guide, RapidMiner and Qlik Sense, whereas KNIME is most compared with Microsoft BI, RapidMiner, Weka, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio and Dataiku Data Science Studio. See our Alteryx vs. KNIME report.

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