What users are saying about
Top Rated
207 Ratings

Tableau Desktop

<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
1264 Ratings
Top Rated
207 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.4 out of 101

Tableau Desktop

<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
1264 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.2 out of 101

Add comparison

Likelihood to Recommend

Anaplan

We are really excited and looking forward to exploring the forecasting, and "What If" scenarios. Our current business structure makes it very difficult to forecast and project at any level, and I think Anaplan will be a great solution for us.I think for any business that has multiple, or dynamic, hierarchies Anaplan is a great solution. We have reduced the time spent on these dynamic views by using subsets and properties with in the models.I am looking forward to the increased the communication/connected planning aspect that Anaplan brings to our company. In the past we had thousands of Excel workbooks, some that were too large to email or open. We have seen improved interaction and clear lines of communication for our end users by using Anaplan for our budget process.
Matthew Cantwell profile photo

Tableau Desktop

We use Tableau when we want to obtain a fast and efficient result, since this option allows to work with data in real time or in memory, being able to extract massive data for a limited exploration quickly, using technology of database and computational graphics to analyze enormous sets of data and which is used in the different areas of the organization when we want to have quick results and easy to analyze according to the graphics presented.
Yusmelys Lopez profile photo

Feature Rating Comparison

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Anaplan
7.5
Tableau Desktop
Long-term financial planning
Anaplan
7.4
Tableau Desktop
Financial budgeting
Anaplan
8.1
Tableau Desktop
Forecasting
Anaplan
7.7
Tableau Desktop
Scenario modeling
Anaplan
6.5
Tableau Desktop
Management reporting
Anaplan
7.7
Tableau Desktop

Consolidation and Close

Anaplan
6.5
Tableau Desktop
Financial data consolidation
Anaplan
7.7
Tableau Desktop
Journal entries and reports
Anaplan
6.5
Tableau Desktop
Multi-currency management
Anaplan
6.2
Tableau Desktop
Intercompany Eliminations
Anaplan
5.9
Tableau Desktop
Minority Ownership
Anaplan
6.0
Tableau Desktop
Local and consolidated reporting
Anaplan
7.2
Tableau Desktop
Detailed Audit Trails
Anaplan
6.0
Tableau Desktop

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Anaplan
7.6
Tableau Desktop
Financial Statement Reporting
Anaplan
7.0
Tableau Desktop
Management Reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Tableau Desktop
Excel-based Reporting
Anaplan
6.9
Tableau Desktop
Automated board and financial reporting
Anaplan
8.3
Tableau Desktop

Analytics

Anaplan
6.7
Tableau Desktop
Personalized dashboards
Anaplan
5.4
Tableau Desktop
Color-coded scorecards
Anaplan
6.0
Tableau Desktop
KPIs
Anaplan
7.0
Tableau Desktop
Cost and profitability analysis
Anaplan
7.0
Tableau Desktop
Key Performance Indicator setting
Anaplan
7.5
Tableau Desktop
Benchmarking with external data
Anaplan
7.1
Tableau Desktop

Integration

Anaplan
8.3
Tableau Desktop
Flat file integration
Anaplan
8.4
Tableau Desktop
Excel data integration
Anaplan
8.3
Tableau Desktop
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Anaplan
8.3
Tableau Desktop

BI Standard Reporting

Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Customizable dashboards
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

Report Output and Scheduling

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
6.8

Access Control and Security

Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Role-Based Security Model
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
7.2

Mobile Capabilities

Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Dedicated Android Application
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Anaplan
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

  • Modeling is next level in Anaplan. With a background deep in Excel modeling and the frustrations that come along with it, Anaplan is a breath of fresh air and is actually fun to build and model in.
  • Dashboarding and synchronization. The synchronization feature in Anaplan is one of the greatest things ever. As its core Anaplan models are built around hierarchical lists and dimensions and using similar dimensions in dashboards allows you to synchronize to different views of the same data with simple clicks around a dashboard. It makes reporting and BI extremely user friendly and flexible.
  • Its fast. If you had the same exact model in Excel and Anaplan. That model in Excel would be like riding and old bike with under-inflated tires, while Anaplan would be like driving a Tesla in Ludicrous mode. The ability to have your entire business modeled on a single platform, potentially across multiple models, where when you make a change the entire model updates within seconds, is invaluable in making decisions.
Chris Friederich profile photo
  • Tableau Desktop has a great variety of visualizations. Once a dashboard is created refreshing the data is quick and easy.
  • The calculations in Tableau Desktop are easy and logical. It suggests as you type, making it quick and easy.
  • Parameters are very powerful ways to slice and filter the dashboards.
Phillip Smith profile photo

Cons

  • Errors handling. If you make a mistake in formula, the model might freeze for all users for several minutes.
  • Multistage calculations may cause the app to work slowly.
  • Too few functions are yet available. Tons of simple actions are really hard to implement in some cases including PRODUCT, VLOOKUP and CASE SELECT.
  • Bugs that were reported months ago are not fixed.
  • Really poor technical support. There are only 5 or so tech support guys globally and you have to wait for their answer sometimes for too long. Mostly they only give you temporary workarounds because of the bugs that won't be fixed in the nearest future.
  • No Android app.
  • End users have no interface settings at all. Only administrators may save export views and all the useful tune-ups.
  • No friendly interface to edit user rights. When their quantity exceeds 30 or more changing the rights becomes a disaster.
Максим Шилиманов profile photo
  • Since I am a senior software engineer, I wish Tableau had a more robust underlying programming language with clearly defined semantics. To be fair, the ability to connect Tableau with R helps in this direction.
  • I believe the quality and quantity of the official documentation maintained by the company could improve. Fortunately, there is a thriving community on which I have relied heavily. However, given the current level of maturity of Tableau, this should naturally prompt the company to document well-known solution patterns for recurrent visualization questions/problems.
  • I would appreciate the ability to easily access data inherent to some "out-of-the-box" analyses available in Tableau. For instance, it would be nice to programmatically have access to parameters that are calculated in connection with linear trends such as the slope, the independent term, etc.
AJ Sanchez profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

Anaplan8.2
Based on 3 answers
I don't think we could function without the collaboration capabilities built into Anaplan that replaced disparate Excel files in the workforce planning model
Joe Bradbury profile photo
Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 39 answers
Because right now its the best option out there (disclosure: I haven't used Qlikview or some of the other direct competitors of Tableau). The big investment is in Tableau Server not desktop. For the cost of the license of Tableau desktop, its a pretty good deal. You can hook it up to pretty much any data source easily. You can easily share the visualizations with your team/colleagues easily. Tableau Desktop is generally easy to use for business users. But the more advanced stuff is better suited for a analyst or someone with a IT/CS background.
Mashhood Syed profile photo

Usability

Anaplan8.2
Based on 2 answers
There is a dependency in this rating - in that I find Anaplan extremely easy to use, but I've spent the necessary time developing a strong understanding of the platform. Once you understand how to use it, the platform is flexible, easy to use, and fun to use.
Chris Friederich 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.
Tim McClelland profile photo

Reliability and Availability

Anaplan10.0
Based on 1 answer
In nearly 3 years, I have only had 1 issue of being unable to access my model for an unplanned maintenance. Even planned maintenance windows are handled during low traffic hours on the weekend.
Joe Bradbury profile photo
Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 10 answers
Have seen issues with the vertica DB driver which manifest as errors for the end user.
Paul Morgan profile photo

Performance

Anaplan9.0
Based on 1 answer
Everything is calculated in memory in the cloud. It's nearly instantaneous updates when you make changes. The only time things get a little slow is when you have a massive model with very intricate calculations...but "slow" for Anaplan is not what I would call "slow" for something like Hyperion. We used to have Hyperion calcs that ran for 60 mins before you could use data. The equivalent would be 60 seconds in Anaplan.
Joe Bradbury profile photo
Tableau Desktop6.6
Based on 9 answers
The performance of tableau heavily depends on size of data and sheet objects and visualizations used. So yes the performance of tableau degrades based on its complexity.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh profile photo

Support

Anaplan8.1
Based on 2 answers
I feel like the support team is a little lacking in product knowledge. Several times I have contacted them to get help, and ended up finding a solution to my own problem before the team could get back to me with anything useful. I have also submitted a few bugs, and never got updates to when they were fixed in later releases.
Joe Bradbury profile photo
Tableau Desktop9.0
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

Anaplan3.0
Based on 1 answer
The in-person training is simply not worth the cost. After a few weeks of playing in Anaplan, I went to the basic training and knew more than the person teaching it. a year down the road, I was the first person to complete the advance training, and again could have been teaching the class better than the person running the session. Spend some time on your own trying out different things and you will get all the understanding you need to be successful.
Joe Bradbury profile photo
Tableau Desktop9.4
Based on 4 answers
Extensive and beneficial - users have shown great benefit of training and put it to practical use.
Paul Morgan profile photo

Online Training

Anaplan5.0
Based on 1 answer
I'm giving this a 5 simply for the anapedia outline of calculations. The online videos and trainings leave a lot to be desired, but having anapedia around to help you understand calculations has been helpful. The drawback to anapedia is the depth they go into for calculations, it is lackluster at times. Because of that, I have been working through a much more in-depth look at each calculation on my website for users to reference: http://www.anaplanguru.com/formulas/
Joe Bradbury profile photo
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

Anaplan6.7
Based on 12 answers
Implementation using Anaplan's internal customer success team left much to be desired. We've found much better success with outside consultants
Christopher Pope 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

Alternatives Considered

Anaplan provided a whiteboard that allowed us to set up our unique business as we saw fit. Other programs had built-in forecasting modules that we needed to adapt to. Our company is retail but also collections so flexibility was the key when making the final decision. Plus, Anaplan seemed more cutting edge, new school, in comparison to the other competitors.
David Cintron profile photo
I have used SSRS, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Excel, and Business Objects. Tableau offers more functionality than the rest and is pretty intuitive. I think SSRS is the easiest to use. Query speed is excellent with SSRS (at least when you are connected to SQL Server). Microsoft Excel is also intuitive but harder to maintain when the file is being touched by multiple people. I think Business Objects is the worst product out of all of them. Crystal Reports:Comes in 3rd place You are limited in what you can do. Nothing is intuitive. Isn't fun to use at all. The last version I used was 11 and I had to modify someone else's reports. What they left behind was a mess (isn't it always?). So having to go into CR and update the report was doable but just a painful process because of the way the UI is layed out. If the only tool you have is BO Xcelsius, and you are are trying to visualize anything beyond a few thousand rows do yourself a favor and get Tableau. Xcelsius was the USE CASE that allowed us to get Tableau. Its very limited in what it can do. Its unfortunate that companies have to keep on spending money on new tools but these older tools really are limited in what they can do and the UI's usually suck. I think SSRS has a pretty nice UI. Its simple and it allows you to do drag and drop which saves time. If you are a Microsoft shop, then you know that the best way to build reports is to let the SQL do all the heavy lifting and then just have your SSRS report do the final tweaks. I liked how easy it was to build sub-reports in SSRS. It just matches up a key found in the report and then displays all the details of that key in the sub-report. Creating parameters is also very easy to do in SSRS. Tableau is fun to use and there is a lot you can do with it. Because of how hot it is right now, you might even get new business if you tell them you are using Tableau :) (and then you can go back and measure the ROI in Tableau desktop).
Mashhood Syed profile photo

Scalability

Anaplan7.0
Based on 1 answer
It's going to handle most of what you can throw at it. The problem lies in the sparsity of some datasets. When you have over 5ish dimensions of sparse data, the size of the model gets bloated for not much value. In several cases, I have had to adapt my model to account for sparsity in a way that minimized use of space, but also made interacting with the data more cumbersome.
Joe Bradbury 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

  • Workforce Planning efficiency - so much easier than excel to maintain sensitive information planning
  • Long range plan lead time - the old excel model took weeks to update. The Anaplan model takes hours
Joe Bradbury profile photo
  • 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.
Peter Rigano profile photo

Pricing Details

Anaplan

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Anaplan Editions & Modules
Anaplan
Additional Pricing Details
Request a personal demo: https://www.anaplan.com/request-demo/ Free trial for existing customers for any app in the App Hub: https://apphub.anaplan.com/

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.