|Availability||Windows only - not available for Mac||Windows and Mac|
Beware of hidden costs around implementation maintenance, training, and adoption.
|Mix of usage-based and user-based; viewers are always free. Whaly also has flexible plans that start at $460/month. Implementation is included, along with 1 training session.|
|Average roll-out time||Several months minimum, depending on size of company and scale of project||1 to 3 weeks|
|Data connectors (ETL)||Yes, via ETL tool called Power Query Editor.||Included|
|Integrations||Connects to 116 data sources||Native integration with dbt.|
Connects with 150+ sources.
|Speed / Performance||Slow with large amounts of data. Load time could take up to several minutes due to heavy processing power. Publishing reports is also time-consuming.||Fastest speed/performance on the market built on latest technology|
|Interface||Web interface to a service hosted on Azure, and a Power BI Desktop application for the Windows desktop||In-browser; no desktop install or specific requirements.|
|Software updates||Monthly updates that need to be made manually (not automatic), which can be time-consuming and frustrating.||Whaly automatically updates all customer deployments at all times and makes sure nothing is broken and no one is left behind.|
|User permission management||Yes||Yes|
|Self-service||Yes, for consumption. Limited self-service capabilities for configuration, with DAX requirements.||Self-service for modeling (data-savvy), exploration, and consumption. Configuration requires a main builder with SQL knowledge.|
|Modeling layer||Yes, but in a separate app. Power Pivot is the modeling tool for creating data models||SQL-based or visual builder. No proprietary language to learn. Drag & drop is available for non-technical users.|
|Visualization for business teams||Standard visualization capabilities. Customization is limited||Comprehensive capabilities and customization|
|Limitations||2GB of data for free version; 10GB for Pro; 50GB for Premium||Data ingestion is calculated on processing time. First plan starts at 12h / month|
|Export / Share / Embed||No share options in Free version. In Pro, you have the option to share with other users who also have the Pro license. Limited export options to get data into the right format for a recipient. Premium account is required to share information outside the organization.|
Custom visuals cannot be exported.
|Whaly’s “push” feature allows reporting to be pushed out to your preferred channels (Slack, Email). Dashboards can be embedded into wherever you already work (HubSpot, etc). With Whaly, it’s free to share data out.|
|Customer support||Varies based on tier. Strong for Premium, but otherwise lacking with long waits in the ticketing system. No real-time support.||Highly reactive with SLAs in place; quick problem-solving team. Partnership-minded team that learns from customers and implements based on real needs.|