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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Kafka

Despite the disadvantages I list, I really believe that Kafka is the right choice whenever you need a queueing or message broker system. Kafka is way too battle-tested and scales too well to ever not consider it. The only exception is if your use case requires many, many small topics. Also, Kafka doesn't support delay queues out of the box and so you will need to "hack" it through special code on the consumer side.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop is well suited for a large organization with a sizeable budget, since it's a fairly expensive tool. It's not suited for a lean start-up which is worried about costs. Also, IT support can be required for some of the larger projects, which means extra stuff. Also, if the company has one type of data source, other cheaper alternatives can be explored.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Pixel Perfect reports
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Customizable dashboards
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Publish to Web
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Publish to PDF
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Versioning
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
7.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
9.0
Predictive Analytics
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
7.4

Access Control and Security

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Dedicated Android Application
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.1
REST API
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Javascript API
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.2
iFrames
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Java API
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Pros

Apache Kafka

  • Apache Kafka is able to handle a large number of I/Os (writes) using 3-4 cheap servers.
  • It scales very well over large workloads and can handle extreme-scale deployments (eg. Linkedin with 300 billion user events each day).
  • The same Kafka setup can be used as a messaging bus, storage system or a log aggregator making it easy to maintain as one system feeding multiple applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

  • Love the interface. It's very smooth and easy to connect multiple numbers of data points
  • Provided a lot of self-learning tutorials which are easy to follow
  • You can display info in different ways (categorical versus numerical)
  • User friendly and has clean display
Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apache Kafka

  • Still a bit inmature, some clients have required recoding in the last few versions
  • New feaures coming very fast, several upgrades a year may be required
  • Not many commercial companies provide support
Juan Francisco Tavira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

  • Very steep learning curve for those who haven't used it previously.
  • Because it's a powerful tool, getting it to do simple things can be extremely difficult.
  • A jack-of-all-trades solution, sometimes it's hard to find or create industry-specific visualizations, such as NPS gauges.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Kafka is quickly becoming core product of the organization, indeed it is replacing older messaging systems. No better alternatives found yet
Juan Francisco Tavira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
Based on 39 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.4
Based on 31 answers
Tableau [Desktop's] interface is clean, minimalistic, and does a good job of hiding more complicated features so that the average user can get to work quickly and easily. As users become more proficient with the software, more features and customization become available, but they don't have to interact with those Advanced features from the get-go. Some scripting is available as well; the one area where this is week is in variable assignment.
Christopher Penn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
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.
Brad Llewellyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.1
Based on 9 answers
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka 8.8
Based on 6 answers
We are using the Apache open source version of Kafka. The community is a good place to ask questions. and we can get most of our problems resolved there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.8
Based on 24 answers
The support team is easily approachable. All the questions and queries are answered on time. There is also a feedback mechanism which helps the team to make modifications and enhancements in the current software version. There is also a feedback process to check the efficiency of the support team of Tableau Desktop.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.4
Based on 4 answers
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.
Jon Boeckenstedt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 36 answers
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.
David Fickes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apache Kafka

I would only use RabbitMQ over Kafka when you need to have delay queues or tons of small topics/queues around.I don't know too much about Pulsar - currently evaluating it - but it's supposed to have the same or better throughput while allowing for tons of queues. Stay tuned - I might update this review after we finish evaluating Pulsar. It's much less battle-tested though.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

When we first looked at getting a visualization software for analytics we looked into two options Microsoft Power BI and Tableau Desktop, and even though Power BI is more cost-effective we decided to go with Tableau Desktop as it had more options that we are looking for such as free reader and Tableau Server and offers a very comprehensive and simple interface that is easier to learn for new staff.
Clinton Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 7.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apache Kafka

  • Positive impact on ROI since now we can use one large deployment of Apache Kafka that can be used for multiple scenarios ( storage systems, log aggregate, messaging queue ).
  • It is open-source so there are no licenses or subscription fees reducing the cost of deployment.
  • Data can now be ingested and analyzed in real-time making it easy to fine-tune the customer experience and decision making for internal IT.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

  • Tableau has provided my clients with the information necessary to allocate multi-million dollar research budgets effectively, ensuring the company is getting the most bang for its buck.
  • Tableau has given my office the ability to present data quickly and easily in a professional format that customers can understand, and has them returning frequently for additional analysis and projects.
Tim McClelland | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Apache Kafka Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Tableau Desktop

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules

Edition
Tableau Viewer$121
Tableau Explorer$351
Tableau Creator$701
  1. Per User / Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Kafka
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.9

Usability

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
9.4

Reliability and Availability

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Performance

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
6.1

Support Rating

Apache Kafka
8.8
Tableau Desktop
8.8

In-Person Training

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
9.4

Online Training

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Implementation Rating

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Scalability

Apache Kafka
Tableau Desktop
7.0

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