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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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Which BI tools are easiest for non-technical users to use?

As Big Data is playing a large role in decision-making and planning, even on the Executive level, are there certain solutions that are especially easy for non-technical users?

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8 Answers
Syed Fahad Anwar - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal System Developer at HHRC
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
02 December 21

Hi, in my opinion, Both Tableau Desktop and Power BI are easy to use, you can easily connect to datasources and create charts and dashboards. Tableau/Power BI even provides free online training for basic functionality, lots of help/guides available online if you are stuck and need advanced help.

Roshy R - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Data Analytics Specialist at Nous Infosystems
21 April 22


The BI tool you decide on should create insights clearly. Think about the types of questions you need your BI tool to answer, and keep them top of mind as you analogize your choices. 

In my opinion, I would prefer Microsoft Power BI as the best tool for non-technical users.

Krishna Rao Chigati - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Information Technology (DWH, BI and Data Engineering) at Convergytics Solutions Pvt Ltd
27 May 22

Dear Miriam,

As many users are familiar with MS Excel, using Power BI will stand top-1. 

Arthur Kancelarovicz - PeerSpot reviewer
BI Specialist at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
03 December 21


Based on my experience - Power BI. It is just like any other Microsoft product, familiar to anyone that uses them and has a user-friendly interface.

Tableau is also user-friendly and has a show-me feature. According to the selected data, it will propose the most appropriate graph.

Alberto Guisande - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Decision Science
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
02 December 21

Hi Miriam,

I agree with others on Tableau or Power BI. I've been working with both for a long time.

Something that I don't know if it's your case, but if you consider Big Data, Enterprise Deployment, Government, Administration and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), I'd say Tableau. 

Jhornber - PeerSpot reviewer
Director, BI & Analytics at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
01 December 16

I regularly attend local Tableau meetups where different users from the community present a particular project. These are often not individuals from a technical background or role, but work within Marketing, Finance, etc.. One of the common themes from those presentations is actually the use of Alteryx for prepping, blending, and or transforming data before it is pulled into Tableau (which is generally necessary to do beforehand, as the ideal state for Tableau is a single data set). While I do have somewhat mixed feelings about Tableau itself as an intuitive user friendly tool, Alteryx seems to be very effective at simplifying the process of combining and transforming data without relying on a full scale BI team and ETL tools that require deeper technical knowledge.

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07 December 16

we are providing BO in online training for the details e-maile me

Nigel Magson - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder at a tech consulting company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
30 November 16

Hi Orlee, Thought I would comment on this from an Apteco FastStats perspective. The core BASE product is trainable in around a day, and then Advanced training can follow. Whilst this is not totally intuitive, software always ends up striking a balance between intuitive and simple, and software which contains more functionality and underlying complexity. In terms of "Executive" access new components allowing simpler functionality around "slice and dice" or pivoting is possible, and can be generated/refreshed through an Excelsior component. The new "Orbit" functionality will be released in 2017Q1 and is a share facility of analysis "storyboards", a collection of annotable analysis objects e.g. charts, grids, venns, maps etc. This is perfect for read-only consumption for non-tech users.

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