Comparison of Power BI, Tableau & Cognos

September 26, 2019

Analytics Demystified, Cognos Analytics (v11), End User Self Service, Microsoft, Report Authoring, Tableau

Differentiators Demo’d

Power BI, Tableau and Cognos Analytics. You’ve heard about today’s most popular enterprise ready tools, but when have you been able to assess them in action, side by side? Here is your chance!

In this webinar recording, see a unique dashboarding show and tell. Our experts in these three market leading solutions review the dashboarding capabilities of each. After you watch this recording, you will have a good handle on the most current features of each tool. You’ll be better prepared to discuss missed opportunities in your organization’s current landscape and make plans for the future. You may even be inspired to add new skills to your own portfolio!

What to expect from this overview of Power BI, Tableau and Cognos Analytics

  • A walk through of each tool’s look and feel
  • A discussion of the pros and cons of each
  • A demo and comparison of data loading, data prep and building of dashboard visualizations
  • A quick look at each tool, presenting the same data in a dashboard visualization

Finally! A vendor-agnostic take on the BI tools you’ve been hearing about. Unvarnished, objective and from trusted leaders in BI.


Cognos Analytics, Power BI, Tableau


Michael Weinhauer
Practice Area Director and Solutions Architect
Senturus, Inc.

Michael’s team is responsible for the development of the Senturus Analytics Connector. He also heads up our Tableau Practice. Before Senturus, Michael spent over 20 years in different roles at Oracle, IBM and SAP acquiring a wealth of hands-on, practical BI and big data experience.

Pedro Ining
Senior BI Architect
Senturus, Inc.

Pedro joined Senturus in 2010 and brings over 20 years of BI and data warehousing experience to his role. Pedro has been instrumental in implementing data warehousing systems from scratch and has experienced the evolution of the BI industry through several iterations of BI products like Cognos, MicroStrategy and Tableau.

Kyle Biehle
Tableau Solutions Architect
Senturus, Inc.

Kyle has 20 years of experience in data analytics and 10 years working with Tableau. Kyle is focused on helping clients use Tableau in novel and efficient ways by helping them see and interact with their data in ways they hadn’t before.

Shawn Alpay
Senior BI Architect
Senturus, Inc.

Shawn Alpay is a Business Intelligence Architect at Senturus and has spent the last 15 years designing and implementing Microsoft-centric BI solutions for clients. He has built ETL, data warehouse, reporting and analysis solutions from the ground up. In his various development and architecture roles, he often serves as the project manager and business analyst, partnering directly with clients to gather requirements and deliver insight.


  • Three tools – one dataset – one dashboard
  • Features and functions tracked, more than 150+ attributes
  • In easy to read summary complemented by notes and links
  • The Senturus origins story
    • Increasing capability among top vendors
    • Increasing demands of BI tool users
    • Increasing proliferation of tools and data
    • Most companies have 2+ tools
    • Companies revamping entire data warehouse and BI infrastructure due to aging issues
    • Consulting firms increasingly aligned with vendors, not clients
    • Our clients asked for help
  • Senturus BI tool engagement package
    • Tailored for you, we start by understanding your needs and then focus each activity:
      • Information gathering
        • We survey the tool landscape and keep you up to date
      • Tool selection
        • Tailored to your needs and strategy – whether you have an enterprise investment to leverage or just starting
        • Our approach is agnostic, pragmatic and objective based on what we’ve learned over thousands of projects
      • Enablement
        • Expert technical implementation
        • Expert user training
      • Cognos dashboard demo
        • Cognos 11.1
        • Framework Manager is NOT used
        • Data modeling & data prep used
          • 1 data modules
          • Uploaded files
          • Data extracts
        • Cognos data module flow
      • Power BI environment and data flow
      • Tableau environment
      • Tableau data module flow
      • Enabling bimodal BI
      • Bimodal approach Is growing
      • Coexist or cut the cord?
        • Do what’s best for your organization, not what your technology is trying to force you to do