BlackCompass

Power BI

Tableau

Collabion

Intended audience

Every day, business users

Power users & IT pro

Power users & IT pro

Power users & IT pro

Data source

SharePoint  and most enterprise data source (with external data visualization package)

most enterprise data sources

most enterprise data sources

Primarily SharePoint and SQL server data

Can visualize SharePoint list columns (visual columns)

Yes

No

No

No

Support web parts

Yes

No

No

Yes

Respects SharePoint permission

Yes

No

No

Yes

Handling SharePoint specific fields, such as calculated field, person or group fields…etc

Yes

No

No

No

Pricing

Subscription or one-off

Subscription

Subscription or one-off

One-off

App is self-updating?

Yes

No

No

No

Requires SharePoint WSP server side install?

No

No

No

Yes

Requires desktop tools?

No

Yes

Yes

No

Designer engine

Browser

Desktop

Desktop

Browser

Rendering engine

Browser

Desktop + browser

Desktop + browser

Browser

Data processing engine

Data stays in SharePoint, processed in-memory in the browser

Data is shipped to and processed in Microsoft cloud

Data is shipped to and processed in Tableau cloud

Data is processed in your on premise SharePoint server

Support SharePoint on-premise?

Yes

No

No

Yes

Support Office 365?

Yes

Yes (with third-party tools)

No

No

Analytics ability

Simple to medium analytics ability, geared towards business users

Deep analytics ability – requires professional user

Deep analytics ability – requires professional user

Medium analytics ability – requires power user

Underlying technology

HTML 5 + CSS 3

HTML 5 + CSS 3

Proprietary technology

HTML