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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM SPSS

SPSS is well suited when you are dealing with respondent level data and need to clean, recode, or make changes. It's one of the only softwares that I always go back to using as it is the foundation of statistical software programs. It might not be very useful when looking at BIG data, but it works for reviewing survey data
John Froehlich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

It helps us to visualize and understand data. Helps in business analysis, predict market trends. Caters to the needs of an organization. Can be integrated with different kinds of data sources like Excel, CSV, different kinds of databases like Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle. On the other hand, need some understanding of statistics to use this software, cannot retrieve previous versions of the same file created. So, version management is a problem. Left joins cannot be created during data loading. These need to be created separately using blends.
Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
9.2
Report Formatting Templates
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Drill-down analysis
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Formatting capabilities
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Publish to Web
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Publish to PDF
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.9
Report Versioning
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Access Control and Security

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Dedicated Android Application
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.2
REST API
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Javascript API
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
iFrames
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Java API
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.1

Pros

IBM SPSS

  • SPSS has been around for quite a while and has amassed a large suite of functionality. One of its longest-running features is the ability to automate SPSS via scripting, AKA "syntax." There is a very large community of practice on the internet who can help newbies to quickly scale up their automation abilities with SPSS. And SPSS allows users to save syntax scripting directly from GUI wizards and configuration windows, which can be a real life-saver if one is not an experienced coder.
  • Many statistics package users are doing scientific research with an eye to publish reproducible results. SPSS allows you to save datasets and syntax scripting in a common format, facilitating attempts by peer reviewers and other researchers to quickly and easily attempt to reproduce your results. It's very portable!
  • SPSS has both legacy and modern visualization suites baked into the base software, giving users an easily mountable learning curve when it comes to outputting charts and graphs. It's very easy to start with a canned look and feel of an exported chart, and then you can tweak a saved copy to change just about everything, from colors, legends, and axis scaling, to orientation, labels, and grid lines. And when you've got a chart or graph set up the way you like, you can export it as an image file, or create a template syntax to apply to new visualizations going forward.
  • SPSS makes it easy for even beginner-level users to create statistical coding fields to support multidimensional analysis, ensuring that you never need to destructively modify your dataset.
  • In closing, SPSS's long and successful tenure ensures that just about any question a new user may have about it can be answered with a modicum of Google-fu. There are even several fully-fledged tutorial websites out there for newbie perusal.
Benjamin Plotkin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

  • With Tableau you do not need to have technical knowledge to do the data integration and you get a quick response of what you are looking for, being your visualization of high quality.
  • We can say that it is free software and it is not a limited version
Yusmelys Lopez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM SPSS

  • SPSS is not free and is fairly pricey.
  • For those requiring advanced procedures not on SPSS, programmable coding, like in R Statistics, may be more limited and not as robust and use of R or other programs might be needed.
  • Statistical Package for Social Sciences and can only be used to perform only statistical operations. Further purchases of other packages will be required.
  • Default graphics are far from publication quality. Generally, it’s better to use other programs for graphics.
  • Information about effect size and confidence intervals is missing for many techniques.
Craig West | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

  • Tableau is ill-suited to work with SSAS cubes, at least when you are used to analysis within Microsoft tools
  • Data preparation is not up-to-par with other leading vendor tools (although can be improved through Alteryx if you have access to it)
  • The ease-of-use is true for basic analysis, but rapidly gives way to a steep learning curve with more complex queries or when the business context is more mathematics oriented
Charles Saulnier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 10.0
Based on 16 answers
It's super easy to use for newbies and super powerful for power users! It does EVERYTHING you are usually asked to do analytically. Their Help Desk is PHENOMENAL. And I find the upgrade and renewal price to be a good deal.
Lance Huntley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 6.0
Based on 9 answers
SPSS is beginner friendly and user-friendly for beginner analysts and simple statistical tests. It's "click and go" interface does take some learning, but overall this is much easier than other programs I have used and seen. Compared to SAS software, SPSS takes a great deal less familiarizing and it not a matter of learning a coding language like SAS and RStudio.
Julie Ressalam, MPH | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.3
Based on 26 answers
I am really a fan of tableau for its quick setup, data connection, dashboard creation time and very easy to use UI.As i have used multiple Bi tools like QlikView and SAP BO, i can say all other tools take really long time in performing above functionalities except QlikView which is really fast in term of performing analysis.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 6.0
Based on 1 answer
SPSS can tend to crash when I am trying to do a lot of data. This can slow me down when I need to do a lot of data
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 6.0
Based on 1 answer
SPSS does the job, but it can be slow. I do have to plan a lot of time to get through a huge amount of data.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.1
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.
Brad Llewellyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 5.0
Based on 5 answers
I have not contacted IBM SPSS for support myself. However, our IT staff has for trying to get SPSS Text Analytics Module to work. The issue was never resolved, but I'm not sure if it was on the IT's end or on SPSS's end
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.7
Based on 19 answers
I still haven't found something that stumped me for long. The company materials are first-rate and their seems to be a natural affinity among the professionals using the product. It seems there are many who want to help those that are following them onto the platform. I've never noticed any condescension to new users or obvious questions in the forums or my personal exchanges.
David Fickes | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

IBM SPSS

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

IBM SPSS

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

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 5.0
Based on 4 answers
Have a plan for managing the yearly upgrade cycle. Most users work in the desktop version, so there needs to be a mechanism for either pushing out new versions of the software or a key manager to deal with updated licensing keys. If you have a lot of users this needs to be planned for in advance.
Rebecca T Barber, MBA, PHD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 35 answers
Time needs to be spent ahead of implementation to make sure data sources are set up and ready. Consultants need to understand the data sources and the goals before setting foot on-site. Installation is easy, learning to use it takes time. The training resources available are great.
Phillip Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM SPSS

Other software that I can compare to SPSS include R, Excel and SAS. Overall, SPSS is easier to get familiar with and more user friendly which is why I can see it as more appropriate for taught courses. The computational capabilities are not similar to R, but on the other hand it is simpler to use. Excel is much more time consuming in any scenario deriving from the very basics of statistical analysis.
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

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I am neutral because I have not had to look into scalability since I am using as a student.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 7.0
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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM SPSS

  • IBM SPSS has allowed me to quickly analyze data for research.
  • IBM SPSS has allowed me to complete analyses in order to submit research findings to conferences and complete manuscripts.
  • IBM SPSS has enabled me to meet research objectives set out in grant proposals.
Ariana Tart-Zelvin | 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

IBM SPSS

General

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

IBM SPSS 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

IBM SPSS
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

IBM SPSS
10.0
Tableau Desktop
8.9

Usability

IBM SPSS
6.0
Tableau Desktop
9.3

Reliability and Availability

IBM SPSS
6.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Performance

IBM SPSS
6.0
Tableau Desktop
6.1

Support Rating

IBM SPSS
5.0
Tableau Desktop
8.7

In-Person Training

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
9.4

Online Training

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Implementation Rating

IBM SPSS
5.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Scalability

IBM SPSS
5.0
Tableau Desktop
7.0

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