I'm posting for some inspiration. At my last workplace we used Alteryx extensively for all data analysis, pumping out shapefiles which we'd then symbolise and output maps in ArcGIS.

In my new workplace we don't have Alteryx, and I'm finding it incredibly frustrating to have to do things in Arc which are trivial in Alteryx. For example, join fields from two tables, rename fields, summarise data, filter data, perform field calculations, do spatial operations, drivetimes, intersections etc. ArcGIS is great for making maps, particularly in Python where you can do things in batch. But for analysis and geoprocessing it's just rotten.

So, has anyone else there used Alteryx? Can anyone else feel my pain? And possibly, can anyone suggest any alternatives that I might be able to use? I don't really understand how much Alteryx costs, other than that it'll be an awful lot more expensive than ArcGIS. And boy does it show.

Any suggestions for alternative software from those who might've used both? Thanks

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    Which Edition were you using? [Pro?] alteryx.com/products/compare-editions
    – Mapperz
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 16:18
  • We were using an older version (7) which doesn't equate to the current comparison page. But everything I seek to do with csv, shapefiles and personal geodatabases would be done in the more basic editions
    – TreeMan
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 16:22

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As disclosure, I am SVP Marketing at Alteryx.

Just FYI, we recently lowered prices for the desktop versions and also made them public:

...so you might want to look at most recent pricing before making a decision, and possibly talk to someone here. Shoot me an email if you want to speak to someone here further about the prices.

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  • Thanks Rick. Could you put your email address on your profile page please so that I can contact you direct? I can't find a way on this site to send a private message, I'm not sure why I can't find that option, but I can't! Thanks
    – TreeMan
    Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 15:49

If you are still searching for an alternative to Alteryx - Look into FME, by Safe Software. Our organization also had problems with Alteryx's pricing. FME is very similar and much more affordable.

I agree, ESRI is a huge pain when working with tables. FME may or may not be for you. the GUI can take some getting used to if you are accustomed to Alteryx.

Safe Software is pretty generous with their free trials, I'd say give it a try.


I think you might like CARTO if you try it out. It seems to have all the capabilities you need, and if you have started using Alteryx in the meanwhile, we have a great connector so that CARTO can be the visual and interactive output for your alteryx workflows.

Cheers Miguel COO at CARTO

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