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Metabase vs Power BI: What are the differences?
What is Metabase? An open-source business intelligence tool. Metabase is an easy way to generate charts and dashboards, ask simple ad hoc queries without using SQL, and see detailed information about rows in your Database. You can set it up in under 5 minutes, and then give yourself and others a place to ask simple questions and understand the data your application is generating.
What is Power BI? A business analytics service. It aims to provide interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with an interface simple enough for end users to create their own reports and dashboards.
Metabase and Power BI can be primarily classified as "Business Intelligence" tools.
Metabase is an open source tool with 15.6K GitHub stars and 2.09K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Metabase's open source repository on GitHub.
CircleCI, Geocodio, and StyleShare Inc. are some of the popular companies that use Metabase, whereas Power BI is used by MPOWER Financing, Zoteca, and Goodwings. Metabase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 84 company stacks & 17 developers stacks; compared to Power BI, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.
Power BI is really easy to start with. If you have just several Excel sheets or CSV files, or you build your first automated pipeline, it is actually quite intuitive to build your first reports.
And as we have kept growing, all the additional features and tools were just there within the Azure platform and/or Office 365.
Since we started building Mews, we have already passed several milestones in becoming start up, later also a scale up company and now getting ready to grow even further, and during all these phases Power BI was just the right tool for us.
Pros of Metabase
- Database visualisation58
- Open Source43
- Easy setup40
- Dashboard out of the box35
- Support for many dbs8
- Easy embedding7
- It's good6
- AGPL : wont help with adoption but depends on your goal5
- BI doesn't get easier than that5
- Multiple integrations4
- Google analytics integration4
- Easy set up4
Pros of Power BI
- Powerful Calculation Engine2
- Access from anywhere2
- Intuitive and complete internal ETL2
- Database visualisation2
- Azure Based Service1
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Cons of Metabase
- Harder to setup than similar tools5