What's easier, connecting Airtable with Power BI or Tableau?

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6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Hi all,

What do you find the easiest to connect (and scale) Airtable to when it comes to reporting/dashboards, Power BI or Tableau?

I realise there are no connectors for either through Zapier but have seen some workarounds for both tools.

Any thoughts or suggestions?


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I would say PowerBI has the edge in ease of integration but I’m a little biased. I do have experience with Tableau and my recollection was there are many challenges in their API from methods that are not available in the REST API to the server requirements. I think this integration awkwardness stems from the legacy of Tableau which dates back to the 90’s.

PowerBI’s integration pathways seem more “modern” as this article by @Oscar_Diaz demonstrates how he integrates Airtable.

If you want to do this in a no-code/low-code way, Make offers native support for PowerBi, Tableau, and Airtable.

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

As of 2024, Tableau's easier because there are some Web Data Connectors that exist for it. Airtable Labs have one which is free.

We built our own Connector that supports the full range of many-to-many relationship types, including Multiple Linked Record fields and Multiple Users fields. So you can build Tableau reports off of your Airtable data even when your Base contains these many-to-many relationships.

Nice thing about Connectors are they're 100% secure - data flows directly from Airtable to Tableau without ever touching third party servers. 

Link to our landing page is here (there’s a 30 day free trial) if it's of interest.