Why is bipp a compelling Tableau alternative?

Both bipp and Tableau perform the core BI functions you’d expect. However, bipp is built with a modern approach to software design instead of Tableau’s legacy architecture model. bipp was created with the end-user in mind to reduce complexity, encourage creativity, and improve how a BI tool can interact with databases.

Tableau is undoubtedly a leader and has gained fame for its visual-based exploration experience. But this comes at a significant price. In an age where data-based decision making is accelerating business by putting powerful BI tools in everyone’s hands, Tableau’s cost structure means it really can only be used by the largest companies.

bipp wants to help all businesses seamlessly derive insights from data to make informed decisions. And this means setting a price point that works for all companies. And we believe it’s always healthy to consider options.

If you want to upgrade your BI approach, here are four reasons why bipp is a compelling Tableau alternative:


bipp’s in-database analytics means there are no slow-moving cubes or redundant data extracts, so non-technical users can make real-time decisions based on the latest data instead of waiting days for outdated dashboards. Using ad-hoc reporting, users can explore billions of records in seconds, and get granular, row-level answers. bipp’s data extraction is fast as each time a query is executed, the back-end table is used to fetch the data. However, with Tableau, live connections will slow down if a table has lots of data.

Similarly, each time a Tableau user drags and drops metrics such as KPIs, it will load the data. This creates unnecessary overhead, which slows performance, especially when dealing with a large dataset. bipp is faster as it will first select all the required KPI’s and then fetch the data.

Data Governance

Unlike Tableau, bipp is balanced to meet the needs of both technical teams and self-service end-users. The bipp platform establishes data governance based on a central business logic layer. This data model is separate from the underlying data and makes it easy to expand core dashboard infrastructure around the country or the world while maintaining centralized management.

SQL analysts can easily update the data model, with changes automatically backed up to a Git repository. Updates can be reflected instantly across all of a company’s dashboards or updated progressively, depending on the requirement.

The business logic layer ensures business users can explore their customized dashboards with confidence. They can trust their visualizations and easily filter them in real-time, which means they’re making decisions based on the latest information.

No desktop software by design

With bipp’s browser-first experience, there’s no need to install and maintain desktop software. In addition, unlike Tableau’s legacy interface, bipp's modern approach and intuitive web experience let you share links to content, making collaboration simple.

Tableau users have to chop and change from Tableau Desktop to Tableau Prep Builder, then back to the web to finish a task. Whereas bipp ensures all users have a consistent experience, letting them complete tasks within our modern, intuitive interface.


Clients should never need to move data to gain insight from it. Ideally, a BI platform should support on-prem, cloud, and migration from one to the other. Bipp was designed from day one to be cloud-agnostic and offers a choice of deployment options. This future-proof, multi-cloud approach means you aren’t locked into a provider and can change without impacting your users.

Tableau, by comparison, doesn't have a cloud-native architecture, and its roots are in on-premise deployment. Tableau’s server reliance means its customers don’t natively receive benefits such as reduced hardware-related BI costs, the ability to scale quickly, and access via web browsers.


bipp believes enterprise-level business intelligence should not come at enterprise prices. bipp’s pricing model starts at $10 per user per month, offering enterprise functionality from the beginning.

Tableau’s pricing, by comparison, starts at $70 per user per month for the most basic version. Our always free trial can help you, and your team start their BI vendor comparison today. In contrast, Tableau makes it challenging to connect to data sources and have them available for other users to explore about needing to reconnect with credentials.