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Likelihood to Recommend

Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch's best use case is when you want to store loosely-structured data and be able to search for it near-instantly. And you want to do that in a highly tolerant distributed system. My company doesn't use it this way but I've heard of other companies using ES to store system logs. Another company uses it to store giant store-catalogs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server is extremely well suited for a company with a few dedicated analysts creating dashboards and reports for a few stakeholders. It is also great at handling a large amount of report viewers, but it is more expensive because you have to pay for each user.
Jacob Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
9.0
Customizable dashboards
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.9
Formatting capabilities
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.4
Publish to Web
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.5
Publish to PDF
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.6
Report Versioning
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
5.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.1
Predictive Analytics
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
6.3

Access Control and Security

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.9

Mobile Capabilities

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
6.4
REST API
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.6
Javascript API
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
7.5
iFrames
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
6.8
Java API
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
5.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
6.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
4.7

Pros

Elasticsearch

  • Super-fast search on millions of documents. We've got over 2 billion documents in our index and the retrieve speeds are still in the < 1-second range.
  • Analytics on top of your search. If you organize your data appropriately, Elasticsearch can serve as a distributed OLAP system
  • Elasticsearch is great for geographic data as well, including searching and filtering with geojson, and a variety of geospatial algorithms.
Anatoly Geyfman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

  • Tableau server's portal and general look is really convenient and pretty. Users feel comfortable using it.
  • The learning curve of Tableau Server from an end-user perspective is really short. For the creator of content, it is a little more complex but easy to learn. Tableau has really succeeded in creating a user-friendly software.
  • From an administration point of view, Tableau is great. Installation and housekeeping are really easy and quick.
  • Visuals are really appealing and will help "sell" your presentations.
  • Tableau allows connectivity to a huge selection of data sources and data formats.
  • Online training for software is free and of very good quality.
Mathieu Gaouette | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Elasticsearch

  • Setting Java memory thresholds can be a pain for those not accustomed to things like Eden Space & Old Generation which can lead to over allocation, or more likely, under allocation. Apache Solr had a similar issue. It would be nice if the program would take an extra step and dogfood it's own advice by analyzing the system & processes to return a solid recommendation for that configuration. The proper configuration information is outlined in the documentation, it would be nice if that was automated.
  • The only health check that ElasticSearch reports back is a "red" status without any real solid information about what is going on, though its usually memory thresholds or disk I/O. I am currently on ElasticSearch 1.5 so that may have changed for newer versions. When the status goes "red", I as the administrator of the software, feel like I lose control of whats going on which should rarely happen. Something more verbose would eliminate that.
  • This is more of a critique of the ElasticStack in general. The whole top to bottom stack is starting to get feature creep with things that are better suited in other software and increasing the barrier for entry for people to get started with setting up a robust logging infrastructure. ElasticSearch as a storage search engine, is pretty streamlined, but I can see that the tools that comprise the ELK Stack are going to require a certification with constant study at some point. During major release for Logstash a while back, it literally took a month to learn a new language because Elastic completely changed the syntax. For a medium sized organization of only a couple of admins, that is a pretty high bar where time is money. They really should work on refining/automating the tools & search engine they have, instead of shoehorning/changing things on to an already rock solid foundation.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

  • Tableau Server is sometimes referred to as simply Microsoft Excel with a power boost. I understand the reason analysts say this. It is because the software is almost exclusively a visualization software. If you're looking for truly advanced analytics combined with cutting-edge visualization, Tableau Server isn't it.
  • Tableau Server limits the type of graphs a user can create. There are numerous workarounds for different graph types, but they are not easy to implement.
  • Tableau Server can sometimes be slow to render graphics with lots of data and calculated fields.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We're pretty heavily invested in ElasticSearch at this point, and there aren't any obvious negatives that would make us reconsider this decision.
Aaron Gussman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 10.0
Based on 20 answers
We will continue our use of Tableau server due to the following factors:- Cost effectiveness. This persists from year-to-year. Tableau consistently gives us the best value for the cost- Reliability. Tableau server has been rock-solid for our users, particularly during emergencies.- Innovation. You can bet that Tableau will release stable new versions on a regular basis.We have often experienced the need for a function in Tableau that will be included in a future release.
Henry Yennie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch 10.0
Based on 1 answer
To get started with Elasticsearch, you don't have to get very involved in configuring what really is an incredibly complex system under the hood. You simply install the package, run the service, and you're immediately able to begin using it. You don't need to learn any sort of query language to add data to Elasticsearch or perform some basic searching.If you're used to any sort of RESTful API, getting started with Elasticsearch is a breeze. If you've never interacted with a RESTful API directly, the journey may be a little more bumpy. Overall, though, it's incredibly simple to use for what it's doing under the covers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 11 answers
User experience is the most important factor to consider whenever considering capabilities for non-technical business users. If the learning curve is so steep business users must be advanced users to be productive, you hit the wall of diminishing returns, this is exceptionally true when it comes to analyzing data. Transforming data analysts into BI development experts shifts the focus of the analyst from analyzing data to mastering software. Tableau does a masterful job at minimizing the technology and maximizing the users understanding of their data.
Dwight Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Elasticsearch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
Over the past few years our company has expanded the use of Tableau. We've moved from 250 interactors to well over 1500 server interactions during that timeframe. During the expansion interactors we've yet to expereince any significant degradation of service
George McCarrolle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Elasticsearch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.1
Based on 8 answers
While there are definitely cases where a user can do things that will make a particular worksheet or dashboard run slowly, overall the performance is extremely fast. The user experience of exploratory analysis particularly shines, there's nothing out there with the polish of Tableau.
Jonathan Drummey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch 7.3
Based on 10 answers
We've only used it as an opensource tooling. We did not purchase any additional support to roll out the elasticsearch software. When rolling out the application on our platform we've used the documentation which was available online. During our test phases we did not experience any bugs or issues so we did not rely on support at all.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 12 answers
I think the folks that work in support are generally pretty good at what they do (when you get them on a WebEx). But the process of reporting issues to them and waiting for a response (via email only) is a hassle. I never understood why you can't just call them up and discuss the issues with them. It would take a handful of email exchanges before they would agree to a WebEx session. That was frustrating.
Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Elasticsearch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.0
Based on 4 answers
In our case, they hired a private third party consultant to train our dept. It was extremely boring and felt like it dragged on. Everything I learned was self taught so I was not really paying attention. But I do think that you can easily spend a week on the tool and go over every nook and cranny. We only had the consultant in for a day or two.
Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Elasticsearch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
The Tableau website is full of videos that you can follow at your own pace. As a very small company with a Tableau install, access to these free resources was incredibly useful to allowing me to implement Tableau to its potential in a reasonable and proportionate manner.
Mel Stephenson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Do not mix data and master roles. Dedicate at least 3 nodes just for Master
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 13 answers
My department was largely Excel and paper-based when I started, so there's been a tremendous amount of work to get the data into shape, so when I look at the overall implementation of our visualization and reporting infrastructure, I'm less satisfied. Tableau has been wonderful, the one place that would get me to a 10 is if it was easier to tune workbook performance on Tableau Server, there are a huge number of variables to deal with across the workbook/application/hardware stack. In a small environment like ours that takes more effort than I'd like.
Jonathan Drummey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Elasticsearch

As far as we are concerned, Elasticsearch is the gold standard and we have barely evaluated any alternatives. You could consider it an alternative to a relational or NoSQL database, so in cases where those suffice, you don't need Elasticsearch. But if you want powerful text-based search capabilities across large data sets, Elasticsearch is the way to go.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

There were a lot of reasons why we chose Tableau and the least is the cost but also the way Tableau stores data in the columnar fashion instead of in Cubes. We went through a painstaking selection process and at the end, came down to a couple of vendors and we ended up with the product that was least to pair up with Amazon Web Services to create a decent and cost-effective proof of concept and we landed with the solution we have today.
Siggy Tetteh, CSSGB, MBA, MCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Elasticsearch

  • ElasticSearch was able to meet the high demands of our product when it mattered most.
  • Implementation of ElasticSearch was easy and quick, saving on the cost of implementation.
  • Managing ElasticSearch is very easy. With the right monitoring tools in place, it really is "set it and forget it".
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

  • It has helped improve reporting capabilities from traditional to modern ways to view data.
  • It has helped in terms of using new maps and charts for devices availability and which is unique and insightful.
  • Interactive features attracted our client to look up business intelligence and other areas.
Sachin Basappa | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Elasticsearch

General

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

Tableau Server

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Elasticsearch
8.8
Tableau Server
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Elasticsearch
10.0
Tableau Server
10.0

Usability

Elasticsearch
10.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
9.0

Performance

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.1

Support Rating

Elasticsearch
7.3
Tableau Server
9.1

In-Person Training

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
8.0

Online Training

Elasticsearch
Tableau Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Elasticsearch
9.0
Tableau Server
9.1

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