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Top Business Analysis Certifications [To Advance Analytics]

Are you an aspiring Business Analyst or one who is already playing the role of a Business Analyst?  The role of a Business Analyst has been gaining great traction in today’s scenario, and Business Analysts are among the most highly paid professionals today across industries and domains.So, what do Business Analysts do? They analyse the Business!And what exactly does Business Analysis entail? Business Analysis is a set of tasks, knowledge, and techniques required to identify business needs and determine solutions. Business analysts help organizations make the most of the information they collect by finding trends, patterns, and errors that might otherwise go unnoticed.There are lot of aspiring Business Analysts out there, as well as those who have been playing the role of Business Analysts for years in various organizations and have gained some competence through sheer experience. But what makes the difference between someone who is just a Business Analyst, someone who is a great Business Analyst? Great Business Analysts possess an extensive skill set and thorough technical proficiency, they know the right tools and techniques that a specific business scenario calls for. Great BAs have a deep understanding of business processes, technologies, and are equipped with all the required soft skills.To become a great Business Analyst in this exciting field, it is desirable to be certified. Certifications are not just to prove your skills, but also to demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired, place you as a more competitive candidate for open positions, increase your earning potential, as well as to help you find jobs in more advanced roles. In this article, we'll look at the top certifications for Business Analysis, understand what the benefits of earning a business analyst certification are, and a few reasons why it's a good idea to get certified.In addition to Business Analysis Certifications, this article will also detail Business Analytics certifications – which is basically advanced level certifications for Business Analysts who already possess the Business Analysis Certifications and want to advance their career in the business Analytics stream.Certification name and explanationIn this article, we will discuss about below 12 certifications that are for Business Analysis and Business Analytics:Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™)Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA)Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA)IQBBA– Foundation LevelIQBBA– Advanced LevelPMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®CPRE –Foundation Level CPRE -Advanced LevelCPRE -Expert LevelAffiliation BodyCertification NameInternational Institute of Business AnalysisCertified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®)Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™)Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC)Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA)Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA)  This is an Advanced Analytics certificationInternational Qualification Board for Business AnalysisIQBBA – Foundation LevelIQBBA – Advanced LevelProject Management InstitutePMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®International Requirements Engineering BoardCPREFoundation Level  Advanced Level Expert Level1. Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) IIBA awards the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) certification to those professionals who have extensive business analysis (BA) experience, and have passed the rigorous online exam. CBAP® recipients are senior members of the Business Analyst community.Benefits:It demonstrates you have the knowledge, competencies, and experience as a highly effective business analysis professional.It allows you to stand out to employers and peers by showcasing your dedication to your career and the profession of business analysis.CBAP certified professionals have higher compensation, and you should be earning up to 13% more being CBAP certified.You will get better fulfilment and higher confidence at work.Demand:CBAP Certified Professionals are in very high demand in the IT, banking, manufacturing sectors, and other growing industries.Salary:A CBAP earns an average salary in range of $90,000 - $120,000 every year.Industries hiring CBAP Professionals:Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for CBAP:Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also give the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on completion of the training, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take CBAP training:Individuals with significant experience in Business AnalysisIndividuals with a CCBA™ designationProduct ManagersNon-BA consultantsTrainersHybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and DesignersDuration:You should spend 4-6 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:The Course fee ranges from $250-$400 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Application Fee:$125Exam Fee:$325 for members, $450 for non-members.Retake Fee:$250 for members, $375 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for CBAP Certification.2. Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®)IIBA awards the Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) certification to those who have the requisite experience and have passed the exam. CCBA certification is recommended if you are a business analysis practitioner with 2 to 3 years’ experience. Once you earn your Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®), you would be recognized in your workplace to take on larger and or more complex project responsibilities.Benefits: It would boost your worth to your employer.Once you possess the CCBA certification, it will show your organization’s commitment to maintain global standards of process and delivery.  You would be able to demonstrate efficiency in business analysis work to the stakeholders.Demand:CCBA Certified Professionals are in very high demand in the IT, banking, manufacturing sectors, and other growing industries.Salary:A CBAP earns an average salary in range  of $35,000 - $60000 every year.Industries hiring CCBA Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for CCBA:  Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also give the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on completion of the training, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take CCBA training:  Individuals with an ECBA™ designationProduct ManagersNon-BA consultantsTrainersHybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and DesignersDuration:  You should spend 3-5 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Application Fee:  $125Exam Fee:  $325 for members, $450 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $250 for members, $375 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for CCBA Certification.3. Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™)  IIBA awards the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™) certification to entry level BAs. ECBA certification covers foundational knowledge on how to approach business analysis.Benefits:  ECBA covers the foundational knowledge on business analysis according to the BABOK® Guide and showcases that you have the core knowledge and competencies to embark on a career in the in–demand field of business analysis.  You would stand out from the crowd – and it would highlight that you have the knowledge and are certified by the leading authority in business analysis, IIBA.Demand:  ECBA Certified Professionals are in high demand in the IT, banking, manufacturing sectors, and other growing industries.Salary:  An ECBA earns an average salary in range of of $20,000 - $30,000 every year.Industries hiring ECBA Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for ECBA:  Training should be taken from an IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also gives the much-needed PDU’s (Professional Development Units) and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take ECBA training:  Business Analyst AspirantsProduct ManagersNon-BA consultantsTrainersHybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and DesignersDuration:  You should spend 2-4 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Application Fee:  $60Exam Fee:  $110 for members, $235 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $85 for members, $195 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for ECBA Certification.4. Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC)IIBA awards the Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) to Agile professionals who have passed the exam. This is one of the new competency-based IIBA® Agile Analysis (IIBA®-AAC) Certification which addresses both necessity and demand for agile and analyst communities to collaborate and transform project delivery.Benefits:  The IIBA® Annual Business Analysis Salary Survey reports 71% of BA professionals practice agile approaches, and those certified in agile analysis earn up to 16% more.  Help you in augmenting your business analysis skill set and expertiseEnsures that you stay up to date on best practices and industry trendsDemand:  AAC Certified Professionals are in high demand in the IT, banking, manufacturing sectors, and other growing industries adopting agile practicesSalary:  An IIBA-AAC earns an average salary of $100,000 every year.Industries hiring IIBA-AAC Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for IIBA-AAC:  Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also gives the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on course completion, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take IIBA-AAC training:  This certification recognizes the competencies of BA professionals with two to three years’ experience executing analysis-related work in an agile context.Duration:  You should spend 2-4 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Exam Fee:  $250 for members, $375 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $200 for members, $325 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for IIBA-AAC Certification.5. Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA)IIBA awards Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA) to cybersecurity professionals who have passed the exam. IIBA® and IEEE Computer Society have partnered to offer a robust learning and certification program on Cybersecurity Analysis for business analysts who are working on the Cybersecurity aspects in the organizations.Benefits:  You would be equipped with the basics of cybersecurity needed to assist in the overall cybersecurity solution.  You would become an expert by learning essential concepts and industry best practices in cybersecurity.Demand:  CCA Certified Professionals are in high demand in organizations that need Cybersecurity solutionsSalary:  An IIBA-CCA earns an average salary of $85,000 every year.Industries hiring IIBA-CCA Professionals:  Information Technology and Technology companies requiring cybersecurity solutions.How to take training for IIBA-CCA:  Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also gives the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on course completion, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take IIBA-CCA training:  This certification recognizes the competencies of BA professionals with five plus years’ experience executing analysis-related work in the cybersecurity context.Duration:  You should spend 2-4 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Application Fee:  $1250Exam Fee:  $350 for members, $475 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $300 for members, $425 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for IIBA-CCA Certification.6. Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA)IIBA awards Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA) to business analytics professionals who have passed the exam. This certification would help you to execute analysis related work in support of business analytics initiatives.Benefits:  After achieving this certification, you would be an expert in the Business data analytics discipline by which you can apply specific set of techniques, competencies and practices to perform the continuous exploration, and investigation of business data.  You would get an edge in terms of providing insights about a business that can lead to improved evidence-based decision-making.Demand:  IIBA®- CBDA Certified Professionals are in high demand in all the domains that require business analytics capabilitiesSalary:  An IIBA-CBDA earns an average salary of $100,000 every year.Industries hiring IIBA®- CBDA Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for IIBA®- CBDA:  Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also gives the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on course completion, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take IIBA®- CBDA training:  This certification recognizes the competencies of BA professionals with five plus years’ experience executing analysis-related work in an analytical context.Duration:  You should spend 4-5 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $300-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Exam Fee:  $450 325for members, $575 375for non-members.Retake Fee:  $400 200for members, $525 325for non-membersRefer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for IIBA-CBDA Certification.7. IQBBA – Foundation LevelIQBBA awards IQBBA – Foundation Level certification as a base qualification in the BA field. This certification would help you to learn the basics of Business Analysis and Requirements Engineering.Benefits:  You would be equipped with effective elicitation of requirements from users who may not actually know what they need  You would learn the proper ways of documentation of the requirementsYou would know how to help a set of users through the process of user acceptance testing  You would know how to reduce requirement maintenance time by using effective analysis techniquesDemand:  IQBBA - Foundation Certified Professionals are in high demand in all the domains that require the business analysis activities by the mid-level business analysts.  Salary:  An IQBBA – Foundation Level earns an average salary in range of $25,000 - $40,000 every year.Industries hiring IQBBA – Foundation Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for IQBBA – Foundation:  Training should be taken from the accredited training providers listed at: Who should take IQBBA – Foundation training:  This training should be taken by business and system analysts, requirements engineers, product owners and product managers. IQBBA also expects the participants to have a basic experience in solution concept, design or development.Duration:  You should spend 2-3 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$300 from the accredited trainers.Application Fee:  $0Exam Fee:  Ranges from EUR 150 to EUR 200 as per exam location selectionRefer to for Exam fee per locationRetake Fee:  Same as Exam feeFor retake, you should contact your accredited training provider for retake exam fee and process8. IQBBA – Advanced LevelIQBBA awards IQBBA – Advance Level certification as an advanced qualification in the BA field. The Advanced Level aim to further improve the Foundation Level skills acquired by business analysts who have gained the Foundation level certification. The Advanced Level helps in developing more advanced skills in the specific knowledge area of IQBBA Business Analysis approach – for example, in the scope of Requirements Management.Benefits:  You would be more proficient in Business analysis Process management, Requirements Management and Strategic analysis and optimization.Demand:  IQBBA - Advanced Certified Professionals are in high demand in all the domains that require the business analysis activities by the senior-level business analysts.  Salary:  An IQBBA – Advanced Level earns an average salary of $75,000 every year.Industries hiring IQBBA – Advanced Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for IQBBA – Advanced:  Training should be taken from the accredited training providers listed at:  Who should take IQBBA – Advanced training:  This training should be taken by senior level business and system analysts, requirements engineers, product owners and product managers. IQBBA also expects the participants to have a basic experience in solution concept, design, or development.Duration:  You should spend 3-4 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$300 from the accredited trainers.Application Fee:  $0Exam Fee:  Ranges from EUR 150 to EUR 200 as per exam location selectionRefer to for Exam fee per locationRetake Fee:  Same as Exam feeFor retake, you should contact your accredited training provider for retake exam fee and process9. PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® Project Management Institute (PMI)® awards the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® certification to professionals who have the requisite experience and have passed the rigorous exam. This certification is very suitable for you if you work with project teams and manage requirements or product development, or if you’re a project or program manager who performs business analysis as part of your role.Benefits:  For those business analysts who work with stakeholders in defining requirements, shaping project outputs and driving intended business outcomes, the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® will help in spotlighting your valuable skills.Demand:  PMI-PBA professionals are in high demand in all the domains that require the business analysis as well as support the project management activities.  Salary:  A PMI-PBA earns an average salary of $85,000 every year.Industries hiring PMI-PBA Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for PMI-PBA:  You should enrol in a formal study course offered by PMI chapters or Authorized Training Partners. You can also review self-study books published by Authorized Training Partners and other reputable training organizations.Who should take PMI-PBA training:  Business Analyst AspirantsProduct ManagersNon-BA consultantsTrainersHybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and DesignersDuration:  You should spend 4-5 months for studies and then go for examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $300-$500 from the accredited trainers.Application Fee:  $0Exam Fee:  $405 for members, $555 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $275 for members, $375 for non-members.10. Certified Professional for Requirement Engineering – Foundational, Advanced and Expert Level  The International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) awards the Certified Professional for Requirement Engineering – Foundational Level, Advanced Level and Expert level certifications. This certification is suitable for business analysts who want to excel at the requirement engineering concepts.Benefits:  Those business analysts who work with stakeholders in defining requirements, after gaining this certification will find themselves equipped with techniques and best practices of requirement engineering.Demand:  CPRE-FLs, ALs and ELs are in demand in all the domains that require experts in  business analysis and requirements engineeringSalary:  CPRE certified professionals earns an average salary of $75,000-$100,000 every year.Industries hiring CPRE-FL, AL and EL Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for CPRE-FL, AL and EL: You should enrol in a formal study course offered by IREB or Authorized Training Partners.Who should take CPRE training:  Attending a CPRE training course is recommended but not mandatory. The training providers recognized by IREB can prepare participants optimally for the exam.Duration:  You should spend 2-3 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$250 from the accredited trainers.Application Fee:  $0Exam Fee:  Ranges from USD 140 to EUR 180 as per authorized training partner you are taking study guidance and exam Refer to, and for exam detailsRetake Fee:  Same as Exam feeFor retake, you should contact your accredited training provider for retake exam fee and processSummaryAs you can see, we’ve given you a ready reckoner of the top BA certifications in this article. The certification that is best for you should be chosen based on the experience that you have, how much study you need to put in, as well as the knowledge you need for your chosen career path. All the certifications mentioned in this article have helped thousands of professional in excelling in their careers.
Top Business Analysis Certifications [To Advance Analytics]
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Top Business Analysis Certifications [To Advance Analytics]

Are you an aspiring Business Analyst or one who is already playing the role of a Business Analyst?  The role of a Business Analyst has been gaining great traction in today’s scenario, and Business Analysts are among the most highly paid professionals today across industries and domains.So, what do Business Analysts do? They analyse the Business!And what exactly does Business Analysis entail? Business Analysis is a set of tasks, knowledge, and techniques required to identify business needs and determine solutions. Business analysts help organizations make the most of the information they collect by finding trends, patterns, and errors that might otherwise go unnoticed.There are lot of aspiring Business Analysts out there, as well as those who have been playing the role of Business Analysts for years in various organizations and have gained some competence through sheer experience. But what makes the difference between someone who is just a Business Analyst, someone who is a great Business Analyst? Great Business Analysts possess an extensive skill set and thorough technical proficiency, they know the right tools and techniques that a specific business scenario calls for. Great BAs have a deep understanding of business processes, technologies, and are equipped with all the required soft skills.To become a great Business Analyst in this exciting field, it is desirable to be certified. Certifications are not just to prove your skills, but also to demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired, place you as a more competitive candidate for open positions, increase your earning potential, as well as to help you find jobs in more advanced roles. In this article, we'll look at the top certifications for Business Analysis, understand what the benefits of earning a business analyst certification are, and a few reasons why it's a good idea to get certified.In addition to Business Analysis Certifications, this article will also detail Business Analytics certifications – which is basically advanced level certifications for Business Analysts who already possess the Business Analysis Certifications and want to advance their career in the business Analytics stream.Certification name and explanationIn this article, we will discuss about below 12 certifications that are for Business Analysis and Business Analytics:Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™)Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA)Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA)IQBBA– Foundation LevelIQBBA– Advanced LevelPMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®CPRE –Foundation Level CPRE -Advanced LevelCPRE -Expert LevelAffiliation BodyCertification NameInternational Institute of Business AnalysisCertified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®)Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™)Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC)Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA)Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA)  This is an Advanced Analytics certificationInternational Qualification Board for Business AnalysisIQBBA – Foundation LevelIQBBA – Advanced LevelProject Management InstitutePMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®International Requirements Engineering BoardCPREFoundation Level  Advanced Level Expert Level1. Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) IIBA awards the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) certification to those professionals who have extensive business analysis (BA) experience, and have passed the rigorous online exam. CBAP® recipients are senior members of the Business Analyst community.Benefits:It demonstrates you have the knowledge, competencies, and experience as a highly effective business analysis professional.It allows you to stand out to employers and peers by showcasing your dedication to your career and the profession of business analysis.CBAP certified professionals have higher compensation, and you should be earning up to 13% more being CBAP certified.You will get better fulfilment and higher confidence at work.Demand:CBAP Certified Professionals are in very high demand in the IT, banking, manufacturing sectors, and other growing industries.Salary:A CBAP earns an average salary in range of $90,000 - $120,000 every year.Industries hiring CBAP Professionals:Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for CBAP:Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also give the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on completion of the training, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take CBAP training:Individuals with significant experience in Business AnalysisIndividuals with a CCBA™ designationProduct ManagersNon-BA consultantsTrainersHybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and DesignersDuration:You should spend 4-6 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:The Course fee ranges from $250-$400 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Application Fee:$125Exam Fee:$325 for members, $450 for non-members.Retake Fee:$250 for members, $375 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for CBAP Certification.2. Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®)IIBA awards the Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) certification to those who have the requisite experience and have passed the exam. CCBA certification is recommended if you are a business analysis practitioner with 2 to 3 years’ experience. Once you earn your Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®), you would be recognized in your workplace to take on larger and or more complex project responsibilities.Benefits: It would boost your worth to your employer.Once you possess the CCBA certification, it will show your organization’s commitment to maintain global standards of process and delivery.  You would be able to demonstrate efficiency in business analysis work to the stakeholders.Demand:CCBA Certified Professionals are in very high demand in the IT, banking, manufacturing sectors, and other growing industries.Salary:A CBAP earns an average salary in range  of $35,000 - $60000 every year.Industries hiring CCBA Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for CCBA:  Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also give the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on completion of the training, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take CCBA training:  Individuals with an ECBA™ designationProduct ManagersNon-BA consultantsTrainersHybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and DesignersDuration:  You should spend 3-5 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Application Fee:  $125Exam Fee:  $325 for members, $450 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $250 for members, $375 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for CCBA Certification.3. Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™)  IIBA awards the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™) certification to entry level BAs. ECBA certification covers foundational knowledge on how to approach business analysis.Benefits:  ECBA covers the foundational knowledge on business analysis according to the BABOK® Guide and showcases that you have the core knowledge and competencies to embark on a career in the in–demand field of business analysis.  You would stand out from the crowd – and it would highlight that you have the knowledge and are certified by the leading authority in business analysis, IIBA.Demand:  ECBA Certified Professionals are in high demand in the IT, banking, manufacturing sectors, and other growing industries.Salary:  An ECBA earns an average salary in range of of $20,000 - $30,000 every year.Industries hiring ECBA Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for ECBA:  Training should be taken from an IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also gives the much-needed PDU’s (Professional Development Units) and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take ECBA training:  Business Analyst AspirantsProduct ManagersNon-BA consultantsTrainersHybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and DesignersDuration:  You should spend 2-4 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Application Fee:  $60Exam Fee:  $110 for members, $235 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $85 for members, $195 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for ECBA Certification.4. Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC)IIBA awards the Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) to Agile professionals who have passed the exam. This is one of the new competency-based IIBA® Agile Analysis (IIBA®-AAC) Certification which addresses both necessity and demand for agile and analyst communities to collaborate and transform project delivery.Benefits:  The IIBA® Annual Business Analysis Salary Survey reports 71% of BA professionals practice agile approaches, and those certified in agile analysis earn up to 16% more.  Help you in augmenting your business analysis skill set and expertiseEnsures that you stay up to date on best practices and industry trendsDemand:  AAC Certified Professionals are in high demand in the IT, banking, manufacturing sectors, and other growing industries adopting agile practicesSalary:  An IIBA-AAC earns an average salary of $100,000 every year.Industries hiring IIBA-AAC Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for IIBA-AAC:  Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also gives the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on course completion, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take IIBA-AAC training:  This certification recognizes the competencies of BA professionals with two to three years’ experience executing analysis-related work in an agile context.Duration:  You should spend 2-4 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Exam Fee:  $250 for members, $375 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $200 for members, $325 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for IIBA-AAC Certification.5. Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA)IIBA awards Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA) to cybersecurity professionals who have passed the exam. IIBA® and IEEE Computer Society have partnered to offer a robust learning and certification program on Cybersecurity Analysis for business analysts who are working on the Cybersecurity aspects in the organizations.Benefits:  You would be equipped with the basics of cybersecurity needed to assist in the overall cybersecurity solution.  You would become an expert by learning essential concepts and industry best practices in cybersecurity.Demand:  CCA Certified Professionals are in high demand in organizations that need Cybersecurity solutionsSalary:  An IIBA-CCA earns an average salary of $85,000 every year.Industries hiring IIBA-CCA Professionals:  Information Technology and Technology companies requiring cybersecurity solutions.How to take training for IIBA-CCA:  Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also gives the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on course completion, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take IIBA-CCA training:  This certification recognizes the competencies of BA professionals with five plus years’ experience executing analysis-related work in the cybersecurity context.Duration:  You should spend 2-4 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Application Fee:  $1250Exam Fee:  $350 for members, $475 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $300 for members, $425 for non-members.Refer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for IIBA-CCA Certification.6. Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA)IIBA awards Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA) to business analytics professionals who have passed the exam. This certification would help you to execute analysis related work in support of business analytics initiatives.Benefits:  After achieving this certification, you would be an expert in the Business data analytics discipline by which you can apply specific set of techniques, competencies and practices to perform the continuous exploration, and investigation of business data.  You would get an edge in terms of providing insights about a business that can lead to improved evidence-based decision-making.Demand:  IIBA®- CBDA Certified Professionals are in high demand in all the domains that require business analytics capabilitiesSalary:  An IIBA-CBDA earns an average salary of $100,000 every year.Industries hiring IIBA®- CBDA Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for IIBA®- CBDA:  Training should be taken from an IIBA® EEP (Endorsed Education Provider). The EEPs also gives the much-needed PDUs (Professional Development Units) on course completion, and guidance in form filling for the exam.Who should take IIBA®- CBDA training:  This certification recognizes the competencies of BA professionals with five plus years’ experience executing analysis-related work in an analytical context.Duration:  You should spend 4-5 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $300-$350 from the IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider).Exam Fee:  $450 325for members, $575 375for non-members.Retake Fee:  $400 200for members, $525 325for non-membersRefer to for the details on application fee, exam fee and Retake fee for IIBA-CBDA Certification.7. IQBBA – Foundation LevelIQBBA awards IQBBA – Foundation Level certification as a base qualification in the BA field. This certification would help you to learn the basics of Business Analysis and Requirements Engineering.Benefits:  You would be equipped with effective elicitation of requirements from users who may not actually know what they need  You would learn the proper ways of documentation of the requirementsYou would know how to help a set of users through the process of user acceptance testing  You would know how to reduce requirement maintenance time by using effective analysis techniquesDemand:  IQBBA - Foundation Certified Professionals are in high demand in all the domains that require the business analysis activities by the mid-level business analysts.  Salary:  An IQBBA – Foundation Level earns an average salary in range of $25,000 - $40,000 every year.Industries hiring IQBBA – Foundation Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for IQBBA – Foundation:  Training should be taken from the accredited training providers listed at: Who should take IQBBA – Foundation training:  This training should be taken by business and system analysts, requirements engineers, product owners and product managers. IQBBA also expects the participants to have a basic experience in solution concept, design or development.Duration:  You should spend 2-3 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$300 from the accredited trainers.Application Fee:  $0Exam Fee:  Ranges from EUR 150 to EUR 200 as per exam location selectionRefer to for Exam fee per locationRetake Fee:  Same as Exam feeFor retake, you should contact your accredited training provider for retake exam fee and process8. IQBBA – Advanced LevelIQBBA awards IQBBA – Advance Level certification as an advanced qualification in the BA field. The Advanced Level aim to further improve the Foundation Level skills acquired by business analysts who have gained the Foundation level certification. The Advanced Level helps in developing more advanced skills in the specific knowledge area of IQBBA Business Analysis approach – for example, in the scope of Requirements Management.Benefits:  You would be more proficient in Business analysis Process management, Requirements Management and Strategic analysis and optimization.Demand:  IQBBA - Advanced Certified Professionals are in high demand in all the domains that require the business analysis activities by the senior-level business analysts.  Salary:  An IQBBA – Advanced Level earns an average salary of $75,000 every year.Industries hiring IQBBA – Advanced Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for IQBBA – Advanced:  Training should be taken from the accredited training providers listed at:  Who should take IQBBA – Advanced training:  This training should be taken by senior level business and system analysts, requirements engineers, product owners and product managers. IQBBA also expects the participants to have a basic experience in solution concept, design, or development.Duration:  You should spend 3-4 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$300 from the accredited trainers.Application Fee:  $0Exam Fee:  Ranges from EUR 150 to EUR 200 as per exam location selectionRefer to for Exam fee per locationRetake Fee:  Same as Exam feeFor retake, you should contact your accredited training provider for retake exam fee and process9. PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® Project Management Institute (PMI)® awards the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® certification to professionals who have the requisite experience and have passed the rigorous exam. This certification is very suitable for you if you work with project teams and manage requirements or product development, or if you’re a project or program manager who performs business analysis as part of your role.Benefits:  For those business analysts who work with stakeholders in defining requirements, shaping project outputs and driving intended business outcomes, the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® will help in spotlighting your valuable skills.Demand:  PMI-PBA professionals are in high demand in all the domains that require the business analysis as well as support the project management activities.  Salary:  A PMI-PBA earns an average salary of $85,000 every year.Industries hiring PMI-PBA Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for PMI-PBA:  You should enrol in a formal study course offered by PMI chapters or Authorized Training Partners. You can also review self-study books published by Authorized Training Partners and other reputable training organizations.Who should take PMI-PBA training:  Business Analyst AspirantsProduct ManagersNon-BA consultantsTrainersHybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and DesignersDuration:  You should spend 4-5 months for studies and then go for examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $300-$500 from the accredited trainers.Application Fee:  $0Exam Fee:  $405 for members, $555 for non-members.Retake Fee:  $275 for members, $375 for non-members.10. Certified Professional for Requirement Engineering – Foundational, Advanced and Expert Level  The International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) awards the Certified Professional for Requirement Engineering – Foundational Level, Advanced Level and Expert level certifications. This certification is suitable for business analysts who want to excel at the requirement engineering concepts.Benefits:  Those business analysts who work with stakeholders in defining requirements, after gaining this certification will find themselves equipped with techniques and best practices of requirement engineering.Demand:  CPRE-FLs, ALs and ELs are in demand in all the domains that require experts in  business analysis and requirements engineeringSalary:  CPRE certified professionals earns an average salary of $75,000-$100,000 every year.Industries hiring CPRE-FL, AL and EL Professionals:  Information Technology, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services, Technology Companies.How to take training for CPRE-FL, AL and EL: You should enrol in a formal study course offered by IREB or Authorized Training Partners.Who should take CPRE training:  Attending a CPRE training course is recommended but not mandatory. The training providers recognized by IREB can prepare participants optimally for the exam.Duration:  You should spend 2-3 months for studies and then attempt the examination.Course Fee:  The Course fee ranges from $200-$250 from the accredited trainers.Application Fee:  $0Exam Fee:  Ranges from USD 140 to EUR 180 as per authorized training partner you are taking study guidance and exam Refer to, and for exam detailsRetake Fee:  Same as Exam feeFor retake, you should contact your accredited training provider for retake exam fee and processSummaryAs you can see, we’ve given you a ready reckoner of the top BA certifications in this article. The certification that is best for you should be chosen based on the experience that you have, how much study you need to put in, as well as the knowledge you need for your chosen career path. All the certifications mentioned in this article have helped thousands of professional in excelling in their careers.
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Top 10 Business Intelligence Tools

Global business companies, top leaders, and developing businesses, all believe in the power of informed decision-making. With the advent of technology and data science, this decision-making power in businesses is witnessing all new heights. Business Intelligence (BI) tools give businesses the evidence to make informed decisions. The latest business intelligence tools are designed in such a way that every aspect of the end-user is considered and the data, critically analyzed, to produce the best results.  What are Business Intelligence Tools? Business Intelligence tools are tools devised to comprehend the huge quantities of data that organizations accumulate using data science. The tools help companies retrieve, analyze, and transform raw data into resourceful business insights. This is further disintegrated into actionable reports that guide them in decision-making. Various tools are available for data visualization, data warehousing, creating dashboards, and reporting. Key aspects like purchasing patterns, market trends, and customer-psyche are derived using these tools. In this process, companies understand their customers better and can predict precise revenue growth and preventive actions against business pitfalls.Traditionally, business intelligence was gathered from quarterly or yearly reports, but with enhanced technologies, the latest BI tools have introduced a continuous, iterative cycle. Business plans are made regularly and can be populated in mere minutes.  Let us look at the top trending business intelligence tools that most of the companies are using today.  Top 10 Business Intelligence Tools SAS Business Intelligence SAS business intelligence is a self-service tool popular for its advanced predictive analytics. It helps companies use APIs for customization and high-level data integration, along with the protection of business data with security issue identification, and advanced analytics and reporting.  Yellowfin BI This tool is mobile-friendly and gives access to ‘end-to-end’ analytics, empowered with visualization, machine learning, and collaboration. It also has handy features like intuitive filtering and dashboards.  Zoho Analytics Customization is the key differentiator in this tool. It is apt for creating in-depth, personalized reports. Its automatic data sync feature with periodic scheduling and AI-powered assistant help in hassle-free blending and merging of data.  Microsoft BI and Power BI These tools are web-based and are available in SharePoint with interactive reports running on PowerPivot. Their 3 key differentiators include the dataset, dashboard, and report generator. It is popularly used for analysis, reporting, and master data services.  Tableau Tableau is a free BI tool useful for data discovery and data visualization. It removes the intervention of IT and makes it easy for the user to analyze, visualize, and share data. A variety of data sources like Oracle, MS SQL, Google Analytics, Microsoft Excel, and SalesForce are supported. Oracle BI It is an enterprise performance management system with an integrated query, reporting, and analysis of data. Its distinct features are data alerting, integration, and management in one go. IBM Cognos This tool is ideal for larger companies as it supports the entire analytics cycle. It provides cloud support, mobile support, and online as well as offline reports. It presents a visualized report of the data interpreted using its AI, by automatically analyzing hidden patterns of the raw data. SAP Business Intelligence SAP business intelligence tool has been popular for years among businesses of all sizes. Its biggest advantage lies in its transformation of relational databases, which can be used for improved performance, administration, lower cost estimation, and real-time predictive analytics.  QlikView & QlikSense  These two tools are Qlik’s BI tools creating interactive dashboards, visualizations, and apps. An entire relay of the data is visible in one glance, with drag-and-drop options and natural search, allowing instant responses to interactions and changes.  MicroStrategy MicroStrategy is a prominent name in the business intelligence industry and comes with a host of features for data visualization, analytics, Big Data integration, OLAP (Online Analytical Processing), document management, and decision services.  Data Analysis with BI With new tools to access deeper and wider data, the demand for business intelligence analysts is growing rapidly. BI analysts are the bridge between the business and the customer and help in shaping business strategies to meet the ever-evolving customers’ needs. According to Payscale, the average annual salary of a BI analyst is approximately $68,336 in the US. Individuals and data analysts across industries can apply for these roles, and help businesses deal with one of their biggest challenges – customer satisfaction and retention. 
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Top 6 Tips To Learn Tableau

If you deal with a significant amount of data at work, then Tableau is surely a must-have tool for you. It is not only a data visualization software but it is also considered to be among the best tools available for business intelligence.  So, is it easy to learn? Well, learning Tableau requires the same amount of time, effort and dedication that you need to learn any of the statistics tools. Here are a few tips to help you to pace up your learning process of Tableau.Tip 1: Download and install Tableau Begin your data visualization journey by downloading and installing Tableau. It offers five main products that cater to diverse visualization needs for professionals as well as organizations. They are: Tableau Desktop: Created for individual use Tableau Server:  It enables collaboration for any organization Tableau Online: For Business Intelligence in the Cloud Tableau Reader: Allows you to read files saved in Tableau Desktop Tableau Public: Enables you to publish interactive data online. You can start by downloading the trial version of Tableau Desktop that’s free for 14 days. Just follow the steps to install it into your system. Once your free trial is over after 14 days, you can continue with your data visualization journey with Tableau public which comes with its own limitations of sharing your data publicly. Tip 2: Enroll for a Tableau training Confused about how to begin your Tableau journey? You can always enroll for training with a reputed training institute like KnowledgeHut to learn Tableau at a rapid pace. These courses are created by practitioners and enable you to learnin depth about each of the steps needed to complete tasks . Moreover, you will get guidance from industry experts.  Enrolling for training further gives you real-world experience while exposing you to the practical ways of solving business problems. Tip 3: Learn Tableau with large and clean data    Increase your pace of learning Tableau by diving deep into the data, using large and clean data sets for producing incredible visualization.  Tableau provides a public gallery where you can find Tableau workbooks.  The Tableau workbooks consist of various data visualization sheets and data extracts. You can quickly mimic the filters, formulas as well as graphs in order to improve your skills. You can also look for trends, relationships, and insights by using the fresh datasets available. Tip 4: Visualization and Analysis So, how does Tableau help you? Its primary motive is to build fantastic visuals, and the platforms are specially designed in order to communicate data insights through visuals.  But why do you need analytics skills in Tableau? Well, it is essential for you to develop analytical skills in order to master Tableau, as it is one of the core skills you need for your visualization career. Further, you need to use the charts and diagrams in order to make effective use of Tableau. You can expect to find yourself lost while trying many things at one time, but be sure that you will soon gain proficiency in the tools you need.  Tableau restricts the user from selecting charts that are not in line with the visual best practices. Tip 5: Be a part of the community Got stuck while working with Tableau? Fret not! You can choose from hundreds of Tableau communities to make your learning more effective. These communities are filled with data scientists, hobbyists, as well as visual data artists whom you can approach in order to learn Tableau as a beginner or even as a professional. Tip 6: Get introduced to Tableau Server and Online It is very essential for you to learn to schedule the tasks as well as provide authorization in order to enable data security by using Tableau server and online. Although this should be taken care of by Tableau administrator, having the knowledge of these concepts helps you in dashboard development.  On a concluding note Data analytics plays a crucial role in terms of business analytics and Tableau is one of the fastest evolving Business Intelligence (BI) and data visualization tools. One of the other reasons for its popularity is that it’s fast to deploy, easy to learn, and very intuitive to use for a customer. This blog introduces you to a few tips to simplify your Tableau learning process. Moreover, these tips will provide you with a structured approach in order to pace up your learning of Tableau. Wish you all the best for your Tableau journey! 
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Limitations of Power BI

Every business wishes to establish its brand in the market as well as grow exponentially. This is where business intelligence plays a crucial role, as it is a very important factor in the process of branding and other decision-making processes. To help you with an effective decision-making process and get down to conclusions, Microsoft presents with a very riveting analytics tool, Power BI. The primary tools of Power BI include Power Query, which is used for extraction and transformation; Power Pivot, which is used to model and analyze; Power View and Map, which is used to visualize data. The Power BI Designer combines various separate tools into an all-in-one application, that removes all its dependencies to Excel or Office. The PowerBI Site or service,  PowerBI.com is widely used to share reports, datasets and dashboards.Apart from these,  Power BI allows various other tools which will be very advantageous for you. But, there are a few cons as well. Read along to know what are the limitations of PowerBI that you might come across while working. Limitations of Power BI1. Microsoft Excel power users will benefit bestIt can be noted that most of the business users that you will come across will not be a power user of Microsoft Excel. In case the end-users of your business intelligence model are business users, then it should be noted that Microsoft Power BI will be very challenging to use, especially if you are not a Microsoft Excel power user. 2. Complex in natureThis is one of the major drawbacks as Microsoft has designed Power BI in a very complex manner. Power BI has a long list of components and it is difficult to understand which component you may need. To name a few, there’s Power Bi Desktop, the Power BI Gateway, the Power BI Services,  etc. Moreover, there are no moving parts available for this software, which might make you spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out the function of each part. This makes the product even more challenging to troubleshoot, which leads to an increase in the total cost of ownership. 3. Data qualityMicrosoft Power BI does not provide with any data cleansing solution. Meaning, it assumes that the data you are pulling has been cleaned up well in advance, and is of high quality. So, in case you need data cleansing aptitude, you might need to look for an alternate solution to cleanse your data. 4. Does not handle large data sources properlyIf you have a large data set which needs to be analyzed, Microsoft Power BI will not be the best option for you. You might face trouble in connecting and importing large datasets, as well as problems such as slow performance and time-outs. 5. Performance IssuesSometimes Power BI might face performance issues as it has been observed that it has not been able to process more than 20000-30000 rows without running into issues for some queries. It might just timeout during the processing. To opt-out of facing this issue, you can create multiple queries in order to cover the full range of data, and split them up according to the dates. 6. Bulky User InterfaceThe formula help window and side par often block the view of vital, making the user interface of Power BI to be very bulky.  The making of scrolling dashboard will require a lot of efforts since it is not a native feature.7. Limited Sharing of Data Reports and dashboards can be shared only with those users who have the same email domains or the ones who have their email domains listed in your Office 365 tenant.To sum it all up, if your organisation is Microsoft favoured and has a group of Microsoft Excel power users, then the chances are very high that Power BI will work well within your organisation. Professionals who work on charts, pivot tables, and formulas in Excel can use  Power BI to quickly convert data into information. Have you employed Power BI or Power BI Pro? Leave your comment below to share your experiences with us!
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Tableau Vs QlikView

What is Tableau?Tableau stands as the most powerful and fastest-growing data visualization tool which is being used in the Business Intelligence Industry. Its basic funda is to simplify raw data into a format that can be easily understandable. Data analysis has become very quick with Tableau and the dashboards and worksheets are the forms of visualization that are being created.The best part is that Tableau is a market-leading BI tool as well as the most trending tool used to visualize and analyze the user's data in a very easily digestible format.It also enables the user to work on live data-set and spend quality time on data analysis rather than data wrangling.Usage of Tableau software are listed below:They are used to translate queries into visualization.Managing metadata is also feasible through Tableau.It can even import data of all sizes and ranges.In the case of the non-technical user as well as Tableau acts as a  lifesaver as it offers the facility to create ‘no-code’ data queries.What is QlikView?When we talk about the most flexible Business Intelligence platform for turning data into knowledge then Qlikview comes into the picture. There are more than  24,000 organizations worldwide have enabled their users to easily consolidate, search, and analyze visually all their data by using QlikView.List of the top companies using QlikViewCompanyWebsiteCountryRevenueCompany SizeRed Hat Incredhat.comUnited States>1000M>10000Centerstone of Tennessee,Inc.centerstone.orgUnited States50M-100M1000-5000Robert Walters Plcrobertwalters.comUnited Kingdom>1000M1000-5000Nigel Frank International Limitednigelfrank.comUnited Kingdom200M-1000M1000-5000Axtriaaxtria.comUnited States10M-50M500-1000The wide scope of this software lies in its simplicity of usage. The creation of dashboards for analytical purposes is done by its reporting tools.The era of modern analytics truly began with the launch of QlikView. It actually revolutionized the way organizations lets its user create data with the intuitive visual discovery that put business intelligence in the hands of more people than ever.Enterprise-scale analytics is also being performed with utmost ease and credibility.Usage of Qlikview software are listed below:Flexible Business Intelligence platform for converting data into knowledge.Consolidating, searching and visually analyzing data with simplicity.Even data discoveries in order to support decision making for end-users in the business.Key Difference between Tableau and QlikViewA quick view of the difference between Tableau and QlikViewFeaturesTableauQlikviewPerformanceProcesses data slower than QlikviewCombines large and complex data at a faster rateSpeedSlow in the data processingData processing and accessing is fasterCostCheaperBit costlyBig data supportGoodAverageMultidimensional CubesGoodLimitedVisualizationSimple and interactiveExcellentCustomizationSimpleComplex toolLet’s understand the differences brieflyEase of UseEverybody can analyze information with intuitive products for drag & drop. No programming, only insight. The user can easily create their own perception using various objects and it's easy to use because of a well designed GUI interface. Tableau offers a storytelling feature that can allow us to create a presentation using data points that are available. It does not provide a feature to search content across all the user's dataThe best quality of Qlikview is it's easy to use the feature and even exploring the hidden trends.QlikView offers an associative technology that enhances the capacity of the presentation. This feature helps companies understand hidden links between data points. In the case of searching any data, we just need to type the word in the search box resulting in instant and   It also shows in-depth connections and relationships across the data. At times it becomes difficult for users to design their own views due to properties that are menu-driven.Ease of LearningTableau has community and resources which are actively engaged. The drag & drop application even makes it very easy to learn for the end-users.QlikView also has actively engaged community and resources which ultimately helps the user learn this software in the best possible way.CostTableau: Here are Tableau’s new monthly prices: Tableau Desktop Personal, $35; Tableau Desktop Professional, $ 70; Tableau Server, $35; and  Tableau Online, $42. Under the old model, a license, with annual maintenance, costs $999 for Desktop Personal and $1,999 for Desktop Professional. The server starts at $10,000 for 10 people, and Online is $500 per user per year.Qlikview: The personal edition in Qlikview is absolutely free with a limitation of no feature for document sharing. Per named user license is $1,350 and $15,000 for a concurrent user. Per Server license cost around $35,000. Additionally we require to pay $21,000/server in case of PDF distribution service; $22,500 for SAP NetWeaver connector.Might even require upgradation of RAM if the concurrent users are larger in number.Data VisualizationTableau is one of the industry's leading instruments for data visualization. Today, companies are investing more in information segmentation, clustering, and stronger analysis. It offers a user-friendly interface that enables even non-technical users to generate tailored dashboards rapidly and easily to give significant perspectives in a wide range of company data.QlikView, on the contrary, offers normal report creation characteristics, visualization templates, configurable graphs, and customized opinions that assist provide an interactive report in real-time. All the visualizations and data sets are shown as a quick reference when QlikView is in use. Qlik's product provides an in-memory engine that can view patterns and produce associative analytics that alone can not be achieved with SQL. The In-Memory Engine is able to integrate with diverse information source variants and create a unified dashboard that shows analyses, KPIs and metrics of our concern.Connectivity with Other tools/ Language or DatabaseTableau integrates successfully with a wide range of data sources which includes the spreadsheets, CSV, SQL databases, Salesforce, Cloudera Hadoop, Firebird, Google Analytics, Google BigQuery, Hortonworks Hadoop, HP Vertica, MS SQL Server, MySQL, OData, Oracle, Pivotal Greenplum, PostgreSQL, Salesforce, Teradata, and Windows Azure Marketplace. It can also coordinate with sources of Big data as well.Qlikview also integrates with high range of data sources like Amazon Vectorwise, EC2, and Redshift, Cloudera Hadoop and Impala, CSV, DataStax, Epicor Scala, EMC Green Plum, Hortonworks Hadoop, HP Vertica, IBM DB2, IBM Netezza, Infor Lawson, Informatica Powercenter, MicroStrategy, MS SQL Server, My SQL, ODBC, ParAccel, Sage 500, Salesforce, SAP, SAP Hana, Teradata, and many more. In this case, API integration can be used to connect with R. It can also readily connect with Big data sources.DeploymentSince tableau does not have their own data warehouse hence they have to generate layers while connecting with data set. The deployment becomes easier here since it needs more structured data.QlikView has its own data warehouse with an additional feature of scripting which acts as a feature in the cap leading to the use of multilevel layers in its deployment. QlikView is readily deployable and configurable and starts producing excellent reports immediately after the installation. An additional feature involves enabling interactive queries and creation of reports—a technology which is not found in other products since this product does not use cubes; hence loads all the tables and charts found in the memory. Both 32 and 64 bit can be used for the development. Data modeling becomes easier because of associative technology.SpeedIn the case of Tableau the speed varies based on two parameters, first being the RAM and second being the source's database. Tableau makes it extremely effective to produce in a matter of minutes of interactive views and reports. Tableau can also speed up the entire process since it enables online and offline report sharing.  In Quikview the Speed is dependent on only the source's RAM.QlikView offers quick assessment, outcomes, and allows for much quicker decision-making in comparison to traditional techniques.Valuable Insight GenerationTableau has an excellent storytelling feature that helps the user to create effective presentations, using the available data sources.In Qlikview the Associative technology makes it more impressive and it also helps to read association between variables readily. This unique feature sometimes even benefits businesses to understand the hidden relation between the data points.MobilityTableau is readily available on all devices and can be accessed via the internet. We can even use it on our laptop, tablet or smartphones as well.QlikView is independent of any device thus we can easily access it from anywhere hence decision making becomes much prompt and quicker as compared to the traditional methods of data visualization.SecurityTableau provides excellent security features and it is highly handled by Tableau server. It is indeed a modern enterprise analytics platform that enables the users to avail the self-service analytics at scale with proper governance. Security is the first and foremost critical part of a data and content governance strategy. It's server actually provides comprehensive features along with deep integration to address all the aspects of enterprise security present. Tableau also renders the organizations in promoting trusted data sources for all users, so the right data is used to make the right decisions within seconds.PerformanceWhen compared with Qlikview, Tableau generates the output slower since it uses the cubing technique for data visualization. QlikView seamlessly combines all sizes of datasets hence are quicker when compared with Tableau.ScalabilityQlikView is a lot more scalable than Tableau. The  Qlik Sense applications can be easily scaled especially while dealing with big data. But we cannot deny the fact that both the vendors handle a huge amount of data successfully. In Fact, most of the organizations do not produce the amount of data that both these can handle individually.Big Data SupportTableau has good support for Big data as compared to Qlikview.CustomizationSimple drag and drop features are available in Tableau. Qlikview is Complex tools when compared with Tableau.ConclusionIn brief, the reply to the question:' Which is the best tool for data visualization? It's pretty subjective. Users find out the demands of their business or their projects, which is a matter of personal preference. In both Tableau and QlikView, all the points listed above in this blog illustrate the possible regions where consumers can assess and comprehend their possibilities and then decide in an informed fashion which ones to use.Want a career in Tableau and QlikView? Then taking up training in  Tableau and  QlikView would be an added advantage.
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Top Features of Power BI

Power BI is a business analytics service by Microsoft that provides users with Data Visualization and Business Intelligence tools with an elementary interface, simple for end-users so that they create reports and dashboards of their own. Microsoft Power BI helps to find insights within the data of an organisation.  It converts data from various data sources to interactive BI reports and dashboards, like it forms different data models, creates graphs and charts which depict visuals of the data, etc. These data and data models can be shared with other Power BI users within the organisation. Moreover,  Power BI provides executive dashboards for the manager and administrators which gives the management more insight into how the departments are functioning. The following lists the key features of Power BI that makes  Power BI a hit amongst various organisations and businesses.Key features of Power BIGet started in seconds: You can sign up for free to get started in no time and start monitoring your data. There isn’t any setup required or training needed. They have simple, yet out-of-the-box dashboards for different services like Salesforce, Google Analytics, etc. with the help of which you can get insights from your data in no time.Analysis of Data, Stored Anywhere: Get a comprehensive view of all of your data and key metrics of your business, no matter what form your data is stored in or where it is stored. Solve Problems on the go: With real-time Power BI dashboards, you can instantly know when your business is demanding attention.  Seize opportunities to solve problems as they occur. Content Packs: Power BI uses Content Packs, which has embedded queries, dashboard reports and data models. A large number of applications use Content Packs now, including QuickBooks.Print Dashboard: Power BI allows printing of dashboards, which is a new feature. This feature comes really handy in board meetings and discussions. Natural Language Q&A: Natural Language Q&A is one of the most powerful tools in Power BI, which allows users to write questions as well as provide the content and answer, which can be manipulated as per your visual needs. For example, if you ask for the previous year’s sales by product, be ready to get a stunning and interactive visualization as a reply. Custom Visualization: Power BI is a library of custom visualization, that is, depending on the business needs, if the business needs differ, then so should the visuals.DAX Data Analysis Function: Power BI comprises of more than 200 functions and counting. The DAX formula language is so rich that it includes libraries of various remarkable capabilities that it cyphers your data in such a way that powerful analytical data models can be created. Get Data (Data Source): With the help of Power BI, businesses can virtually get data from anywhere. Power BI Desktop encompasses a variety of on-premise as well as cloud data sources, which are both structured and unstructured; more of which are added each month.Act in motion: No matter wherever you are, keep yourself on the top of your data. With apps available for iOS, Android and Windows, you can now access all of your data where you are and where you go!Integrate with Power BI: With the help of their open, standards-based REST API, integrate your service or application with Power BI. This will help you deliver solutions faster without losing focus on the core value. New Features of Power BIThe following lists the latest Power BI features that have been made available since January. Read along to know what all changes and upgradations have been made!1. Show and hide pages:If you wish to share just some particular sections of your report, then you might want to hide certain pages before giving them the access. This feature has become available since January, where all you have to do is right-click on the page and select ‘Hide’.Upon doing so, you will be able to look at the hidden pages yourself. But if you go onto reading mode, you won’t be able to see them as well.2. Manage the data label background colour for map visuals and Cartesian:You can now edit the background colour and data labels for Cartesian and map visuals. It can be found under the Data labels card in the formatting page. These options have improved the issues faced previously, such as readability.  3. Control the Bar/Column padding:This lets you control the inner padding between the bars. The inner padding can now go up to 50% of the bar’s width, as well as all the way down to a zero or a histogram effect.4. Increase the area used for axis labels in a chart:You no longer have to increase the chart’s size if the axis labels are cut off in a chart. If your page’s space is limited, a new slider is now available to increase the percentage of the charts used by the axis labels. 5. Top N selection in Q&A:Improvements have been made in the natural language engine to support ask top-n-type questions. For example, ‘What are my top 3 products by sales?’, ‘Top manufacturer by NSAT.’
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