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Adaptive Insights

It is very helpful for budgeting and reporting. I love how easy it is to automate reports and presentations. It can be more difficult to plan specific activities. It feels more high-level than activity-level. It shows totals rather than individual transactions (either past or future transactions).
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau is a wonderful tool for exploratory data manipulation. It has a learning curve but once you understand its view of the world, many things fall into place. Lot's of flexibility -- you'll never want to go back to Excel alone. The storytelling feature could use a bit more polish in its choice of defaults. You can end up with a great final result but it takes a while to get there.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Adaptive Insights
9.3
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Adaptive Insights
10.0
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Adaptive Insights
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Publish to PDF
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report Versioning
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Publish to Web
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Adaptive Insights
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Adaptive Insights
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
6.8

Access Control and Security

Adaptive Insights
9.0
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Mobile Capabilities

Adaptive Insights
8.5
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Dedicated Android Application
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Adaptive Insights
10.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Adaptive Insights
8.6
Tableau Desktop
Long-term financial planning
Adaptive Insights
8.9
Tableau Desktop
Financial budgeting
Adaptive Insights
8.8
Tableau Desktop
Forecasting
Adaptive Insights
9.1
Tableau Desktop
Scenario modeling
Adaptive Insights
8.2
Tableau Desktop
Management reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.1
Tableau Desktop

Consolidation and Close

Adaptive Insights
7.5
Tableau Desktop
Financial data consolidation
Adaptive Insights
7.9
Tableau Desktop
Journal entries and reports
Adaptive Insights
5.6
Tableau Desktop
Multi-currency management
Adaptive Insights
7.6
Tableau Desktop
Intercompany Eliminations
Adaptive Insights
7.5
Tableau Desktop
Minority Ownership
Adaptive Insights
7.1
Tableau Desktop
Local and consolidated reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.3
Tableau Desktop
Detailed Audit Trails
Adaptive Insights
8.5
Tableau Desktop

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Adaptive Insights
8.3
Tableau Desktop
Financial Statement Reporting
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Tableau Desktop
Management Reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.6
Tableau Desktop
Excel-based Reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.4
Tableau Desktop
Automated board and financial reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.5
Tableau Desktop
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Adaptive Insights
7.0
Tableau Desktop

Analytics

Adaptive Insights
7.6
Tableau Desktop
Personalized dashboards
Adaptive Insights
7.3
Tableau Desktop
Color-coded scorecards
Adaptive Insights
6.8
Tableau Desktop
KPIs
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
Cost and profitability analysis
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
Key Performance Indicator setting
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Tableau Desktop
Benchmarking with external data
Adaptive Insights
7.3
Tableau Desktop

Integration

Adaptive Insights
8.6
Tableau Desktop
Flat file integration
Adaptive Insights
8.3
Tableau Desktop
Excel data integration
Adaptive Insights
8.7
Tableau Desktop
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Adaptive Insights
8.7
Tableau Desktop

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
7.1
REST API
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
7.1
iFrames
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
6.7
Java API
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Adaptive Insights
Tableau Desktop
7.0

Pros

  • Infinite ability to group accounts and departments for reporting. The only limitation is the number of ways that you think of in terms of consolidating the information.
  • Being able to build scalable, complex, distributed, budget models. With the data we can bring into the system and the formulas we can use we have all the functionality of the spreadsheet, but with the flexibility to allow leaders across the organization to participate and update their section.
  • The platform allows multiple forecast/budget versions which allows for version control and sensitivity analysis. I can lock versions from changes while quickly creating a new version to see the impact of a +or- scenario to the company’s profitability.
  • With the OfficeConnect tool we can leverage Excel to provide repeatable reports for the board and other business leaders that are repeatable from month to month. While the platform provides more flexibility than an accounting package it still has limitations. Using OfficeConnect I can leverage the power of the Microsoft suite of Excel/Word/PowerPoint directly.
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  • Geographic visualizations with demographic substrates.
  • Combining multiple visualizations into a single dashboard presentation.
  • Creating exploratory dashboards.
  • Storytelling.
  • Their ability to send presentations using a snapshot of the data is outstanding.
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Cons

  • Model - It takes a little bit of time to get familiar with how the model works.
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  • There is no concept of Change Management or versioning. The way it works is -i) Connect to your source ii) Build the reports in Desktop iii) Publish them online. Now for example if you did some modification & republished it, Tableau Online would always show the latest version. There is no way to retrieve the previous version of report.
  • 3D Charts are not available
  • Connecting live to Hadoop via ODBC driver is still painful because of its performance.
  • Cost is high,this means you need to buy a Desktop license and server separately. The cost is a major factor desktop - $2000 with yearly maintenance paid upfront. This combined with maintenance of - $200, which you need to pay every year. This is per user.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adaptive Insights8.6
Based on 32 answers
We just recently renewed our contract and I wouldn't hesitate to renew again. First, Adaptive as a company has a great customer-first attitude and they're great to work with. Their customer service team is fantastic. Second, they are constantly trying to improve the product and make it better, but not losing sight of what we really need. Also, the longer you use the product the more it is filled with priceless data all in one spot with instant access to report on and dig into.
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Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 39 answers
The releases of Tableau since 8.0 I would describe as incremental unless you are a MAC user. As of June of 2014 Tableau claims to have 17,000 unique customers, a statistic I accept to be true as they are a publicly held company. The unique company name count now exceeds 20,000. Tableau delivers an excellent product. Beta tests are thorough, due dates are met and client acceptance is high
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Usability

Adaptive Insights7.7
Based on 75 answers
Building complex reports is still difficult to do when using dimension or level attributes. Formulas are still a challenge.
Daniel Killpack profile photo
Tableau Desktop8.6
Based on 23 answers
Tableau is quick and easy to learn, just drag and drop. Its very forgiving and easy to simply play around with and customize for novice users, but offers powerful underlying advanced options for power users.
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Reliability and Availability

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 9 answers
We have not experienced issues when we are accessing the system.
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Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 10 answers
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

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 4 answers
Product performs well when making and saving changes and navigating between pages within the application
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Tableau Desktop6.6
Based on 9 answers
Tableau's connections to third-party sources can be somewhat slow due to the time required to speak to a source over a network. However, if you properly utilize Tableau's Data Source Extracts, then the speed is incredible. On the other hand, Tableau makes it very easy for the user to put too much data into one dashboard, which can impact performance. All in all, if you use the tool properly, speed should not be a concern.
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Support

Adaptive Insights6.8
Based on 11 answers
Support requests are always handled promptly and resolved favourably.Many user support requests arise during initial deployment and use and often represent questions relating to best methods or how to approach their particular situation, which we gladly assist with as we provide the appropriate skills transfer training and assistance.As clients become more knowledgeable in working with the product suite then they tend not to ask many questions.
Greg Clarke profile photo
Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 16 answers
I personally have no had any experience with the HelpDesk. However, our clients speak highly of it.
Brad Llewellyn profile photo

In-Person Training

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Tableau Desktop9.4
Based on 4 answers
Extensive and beneficial - users have shown great benefit of training and put it to practical use.
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Online Training

Adaptive Insights8.2
Based on 6 answers
Training receives the highest rating due to the availability of Webex training from an expert at Adaptive, with several sessions tailored to specific features including personnel, capital, formulas, reporting, etc
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Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 4 answers
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
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh profile photo

Implementation

Adaptive Insights8.2
Based on 13 answers
Our implementation was non eventful and we were very satisfied with the overall experience.
Gary Sabulski profile photo
Tableau Desktop8.1
Based on 34 answers
There is a Server installation training video on Tableau's website. I highly recommend that everyone watch it. It only takes a few minutes and could save you quite a bit of time.
Brad Llewellyn profile photo

Breadth of Deployment

It is used throughout the company in different divisions and at our corporate level. When used in a division recently the personnel from different departments directly inputted data and monitored their budget against actual. It is very user friendly and flexible.
Harry Vasels profile photo
The department I worked in had around 30 people. I believe we had at least 15 licenses possibly more.
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Alternatives Considered

We did not go through a full-blown software selection process, nor have I used other products in the past. Previous to Adaptive, we used Management Reporter (formerly FRx, now part of Microsoft Dynamics GP) for our financial statements, and Excel for our budgeting. Adaptive is far superior to either of those.We pursued Adaptive mainly through word of mouth. When discussing the availability of products with other accounting professionals, it was clear Adaptive was becoming the industry leader for our company size. We had a demo of the product presented by them. Since we liked it so much, we decided to go with them even though we had not reviewed other products.
Jack Kersjes profile photo
the option is that Tableau Public has the features of Tableau Desktop available for free, at least for a trial period.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Adaptive Insights7.5
Based on 17 answers
With workflow I am able to track progress on budget and forecast projects in a timely manner. There is also an organiser to track and assign tasks to users. Security is very flexible.
Robin Webber profile photo
Tableau Desktop8.1
Based on 83 answers
The fact of being able to operate with data from different sources and cross it and present it in powerful visualizations are my reasons for positively evaluating the collaborative work capabilities in Tableau Desktop
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Data Integration

Adaptive Insights7.6
Based on 17 answers
It is very simple to update data, both monthly actuals and budgeting data, using an Excel template or the connector.
Robin Webber profile photo
Tableau Desktop8.2
Based on 83 answers
Intuitive operation
interoperability with multiple formats of data sources.
the diversity and beauty of its graphic formats.
graphic analysis tools.
Arlex Guzman profile photo

Scalability

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 7 answers
Adaptive is the leader and is very progressive with the product improvements that they provide.
Gary Sabulski profile photo
Tableau Desktop7.0
Based on 3 answers
Although tableau is highly interactive and fast but with very large dataset its performance degrades heavily. So up to certain extent its really good but after that we have to take care of its performance issues.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh profile photo

Return on Investment

  • The most positive impact has been on time. While it took some time to get things set up correctly, once we did, we were able to report results very quickly.
  • The budgeting process has gone much more quickly.
  • What-if scenarios are a little trickier. There are multiple ways you can do it. We have chosen to use assumptions for percentages and then copy the original version to a "what-if" version and change the assumption it is pointing to. However, this is a bit clunky.
  • Month-end reporting is getting faster and faster the more we automate through Adaptive.
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  • Easily able to create scalable self-service tools for users. In combination with Tableau Server, creating a tool that provides visualization of an entire data set is only slightly more difficult than providing visualization of a single group of records. This enables me to save many hours each month that were previously spent re-generating different cuts of the same report.
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Pricing Details

Adaptive Insights

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
1.  per seat, per installation
Adaptive Insights Editions & Modules
Adaptive Insights
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Tableau Desktop

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules
Tableau Desktop
Edition
Personal
$9991
Professional
$1,9991
1. per user
Additional Pricing Details
Free trials are available for both editions.

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