Google Trends Results for BI Software Packages

Update: The popularity of Power BI has skyrocketed in the past few months. Tableau has also received attention, but much of it for the wrong reasons. This may be a sign that Power BI is an emerging competitor in the data visualisation field. (14th March, 2016)

In my quest to be an expert BI consultant, I’ve been given a fair bit of advice about BI software packages from a lot of very intelligent people. The three BI packages I hear the most about are Power BI, Qlikview, and Tableau.

So, which one is the most popular? I did a quick search on Google Trends which gave the following result:

Google Trends snapshot

You can see the results of my search here, which may be a little misleading at first glance.

The results don’t seem to accurately reflect demand of those skills within the Australian jobs market.

A quick search on Seek reveals national job numbers as follows:
Tableau 240 jobs
Qlikview 104 jobs
Power BI 15 jobs

It appears as that Tableau skills are in very high demand, and while demand for Qlikview skills is high, demand for Power BI skills is close to nothing.

Alright, so my quick analysis leaves a couple questions unanswered:

Why is there such low demand for Power BI when so many people have been raving about it? Is it because it is a fairly new product?

Why are the Seek results so different to what is indicated by Google Trends?

Is the demand simply the same for all, yet there is a surplus of Power BI professionals and a shortage of Tableau professionals?

And more importantly, how has the demand for skills in all three packages changed over time? This is what is not clearly answered by my Google Trends search.

It would be great to have more data on this, but even all the data in the world is only as useful as the questions you ask it.

Thanks for reading.

(Results current as of 4th Sept, 2015)

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