9 Spokes vs. Tableau Desktop

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
9 Spokes
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
9 Spokes is a smart dashboard that is designed to help companies see their business more clearly. Key metrics across essential areas of the user’s business are displayed in one place, revealing exactly how it's performing. The vendor’s value proposition is that 9 Spokes makes it easier for companies to make the right calls to manage or grow their business. According to the vendor, key benefits for SMEs include: One smart dashboard for your cloud business apps…N/A
Tableau Desktop
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Tableau Desktop is a data visualization product from Tableau. It connects to a variety of data sources for combining disparate data sources without coding. It provides tools for discovering patterns and insights, data calculations, forecasts, and statistical summaries and visual storytelling.
$70
per month
Pricing
9 SpokesTableau Desktop
Editions & Modules
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Tableau Creator
$70.00
Per User / Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
9 SpokesTableau Desktop
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details9 Spokes is free to use - that’s joining, using the smart dashboard and connecting your apps to it. You'll only pay for any new apps you decide to purchase, but you can trial most of the app recommendations for free! If you want to purchase an app, we'll direct you to the app's website so you can sign up with them. If you sign up to a plan, you'll pay the apps directly and then you can connect the app to your dashboard.All pricing plans are billed annually.
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9 SpokesTableau Desktop
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Features
9 SpokesTableau Desktop
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
9.0
1 Ratings
10% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.5
167 Ratings
4% above category average
Customizable dashboards9.01 Ratings8.9166 Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.5139 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings8.2145 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
7.0
1 Ratings
14% below category average
Tableau Desktop
8.9
164 Ratings
10% above category average
Drill-down analysis7.01 Ratings9.0159 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings9.1162 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings8.1122 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings9.3157 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
10.0
1 Ratings
22% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.6
156 Ratings
7% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)10.01 Ratings9.0154 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings8.7149 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings8.7126 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
9.0
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.8
142 Ratings
3% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)9.01 Ratings8.9139 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.3119 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings8.7129 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings8.977 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
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9 Spokes
8.0
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Tableau Desktop
8.4
135 Ratings
6% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access6.01 Ratings8.5124 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile10.01 Ratings8.8117 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings8.097 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
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Tableau Desktop
8.6
158 Ratings
3% above category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings8.7149 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings8.3149 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings8.6116 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings9.2123 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings8.473 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
9 Spokes
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Ratings
Tableau Desktop
8.8
64 Ratings
11% above category average
REST API00 Ratings8.856 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings8.651 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings9.049 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings9.346 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings8.553 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings8.746 Ratings
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User Ratings
9 SpokesTableau Desktop
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
8.9
(194 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(39 ratings)
Usability
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8.6
(63 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
6.1
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(1 ratings)
6.9
(56 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(4 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(34 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
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10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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7.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
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10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
9 SpokesTableau Desktop
Likelihood to Recommend
9 Spokes International Limited
Good for letting your investors, employees and others know at a glance how your company is doing. The interface is clean and organized well. I just wish more of the app's functionality was available for testing and implementation. "Coming soon" is not really encouraging when we already have been waiting for a year or more.
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Tableau
Tableau Desktop is one the finest tool available in the market with such a wide range of capabilities in its suite that makes it easy to generate insights. Further, if optimally designed, then its reports are fairly simple to understand, yet capable enough to make changes at the required levels. One can create a variety of visualizations as required by the business or the clients. The data pipelines in the backend are very robust. The tableau desktop also provides options to develop the reports in developer mode, which is one of the finest features to embed and execute even the most complex possible logic. It's easier to operate, simple to navigate, and fluent to understand by the users.
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Pros
9 Spokes International Limited
  • Grouping several apps in one place for easy viewing.
  • Clean dashboard interface that looks uncluttered when viewing several apps at once.
  • Setting up the apps is a breeze when the platform supports them.
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Tableau
  • An excellent tool for data visualization, it presents information in an appealing visual format—an exceptional platform for storing and analyzing data in any size organization.
  • Through interactive parameters, it enables real-time interaction with the user and is easy to learn and get support from the community.
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Cons
9 Spokes International Limited
  • Integration with apps that are listed. Some of them are not supported yet and it seems the wait is taking longer than I'd like.
  • iPhone support. It would be nice to have this in the app store. Not available as of 04/25/2018.
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Tableau
  • Formatting the data to work correctly in graphical presentations can be time consuming
  • Daily data extracts can run slowly depending on how much data is required and the source of the data
  • The desktop version is required for advanced functionality, editing on [the] Tableau server allows only limited features
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Likelihood to Renew
9 Spokes International Limited
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Tableau
Our use of Tableau Desktop is still fairly low, and will continue over time. The only real concern is around cost of the licenses, and I have mentioned this to Tableau and fully expect the development of more sensible models for our industry. This will remove any impediment to expansion of our use.
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Usability
9 Spokes International Limited
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Tableau
Tableau Desktop has proven to be a lifesaver in many situations. Once we've completed the initial setup, it's simple to use. It has all of the features we need to quickly and efficiently synthesize our data. Tableau Desktop has advanced capabilities to improve our company's data structure and enable self-service for our employees.
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Reliability and Availability
9 Spokes International Limited
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Tableau
When used as a stand-alone tool, Tableau Desktop has unlimited uptime, which is always nice. When used in conjunction with Tableau Server, this tool has as much uptime as your server admins are willing to give it. All in all, I've never had an issue with Tableau's availability.
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Performance
9 Spokes International Limited
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Tableau
Tableau Desktop's performance is solid. You can really dig into a large dataset in the form of a spreadsheet, and it exhibits similarly good performance when accessing a moderately sized Oracle database. I noticed that with Tableau Desktop 9.3, the performance using a spreadsheet started to slow around 75K rows by about 60 columns. This was easily remedied by creating an extract and pushing it to Tableau Server, where performance went to lightning fast
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Support Rating
9 Spokes International Limited
Support was helpful in the beginning but no longer needed because I didn't use the software as much. The experience that I did have with support was very friendly but not enough to give a good review. If the support team was called for initial setup, video chat or messenger app was used.
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Tableau
I have never really used support much, to be honest. I think the support is not as user-friendly to search and use it. I did have an encounter with them once and it required a bit of going back and forth for licensing before reaching a resolution. They did solve my issue though
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In-Person Training
9 Spokes International Limited
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Tableau
It is admittedly hard to train a group of people with disparate levels of ability coming in, but the software is so easy to use that this is not a huge problem; anyone who can follow simple instructions can catch up pretty quickly.
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Online Training
9 Spokes International Limited
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Tableau
The training for new users are quite good because it covers topic wise training and the best part was that it also had video tutorials which are very helpful
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Implementation Rating
9 Spokes International Limited
No answers on this topic
Tableau
Again, training is the key and the company provides a lot of example videos that will help users discover use cases that will greatly assist their creation of original visualizations. As with any new software tool, productivity will decline for a period. In the case of Tableau, the decline period is short and the later gains are well worth it.
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Alternatives Considered
9 Spokes International Limited
I actually chose QuickBooks (currently using) and Method (used for a month) before deciding that 9 Spokes is just good for looking at a few apps in one place. I'll keep checking back with them to see if they have improved. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 Spokes improves their product within the next 6-12 months.
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Tableau
If we do not have legacy tools which have already been set up, I would switch the visualization method to open source software via PyCharm, Atom, and Visual Studio IDE. These IDEs cannot directly help you to visualize the data but you can use many python packages to do so through these IDEs.
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Scalability
9 Spokes International Limited
No answers on this topic
Tableau
Tableau Desktop's scaleability is really limited to the scale of your back-end data systems. If you want to pull down an extract and work quickly in-memory, in my application it scaled to a few tens of millions of rows using the in-memory engine. But it's really only limited by your back-end data store if you have or are willing to invest in an optimized SQL store or purpose-built query engine like Veritca or Netezza or something similar.
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Return on Investment
9 Spokes International Limited
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Tableau
  • Tableau was acquired years ago, and has provided good value with the content created.
  • Ongoing maintenance costs for the platform, both to maintain desktop and server licensing has made the continuing value questionable when compared to other offerings in the marketplace.
  • Users have largely been satisfied with the content, but not with the overall performance. This is due to a combination of factors including the performance of the Tableau engines as well as development deficiencies.
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