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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM SPSS

SPSS is most suited for most researchers, although for power size and other uses will require further purchases or use of other programs to account for the limitations that SPSS might have. It can handle heavy data and there should not be any limitations for multiple variables. It may not be suited for those looking for a more robust and programmable option. Also, for those on a budget, other sources like R-Statistics might be better suited.
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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Customizable dashboards
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
9.2
Report Formatting Templates
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Drill-down analysis
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Formatting capabilities
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Publish to Web
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Publish to PDF
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Versioning
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Predictive Analytics
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.8

Access Control and Security

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Mobile Capabilities

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Dedicated Android Application
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.8
REST API
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Javascript API
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.9
iFrames
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Java API
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
7.5

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.
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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
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Cons

IBM SPSS

  • SPSS has for a long time touted it's "new and improved" graphing capabilities, and while they are that, they still have flexibility issues (or I just haven't found how to correctly use the software). For instance, why are data labels in a bar chart restricted to appearing only within the bar itself? Sure, you can have them at the bottom, middle, or near the top of the bar, but why not, say, just above the bar?
  • When dealing with qualitative data, say comments from survey respondents, occasionally we run into characters likely typed by the respondent, which SPSS doesn't know how to handle, so it converts it to a space. It took me a while to figure out that it wasn't a space at all, and was wondering why my Syntax wasn't working (still assuming it was a space). It would help if SPSS could convert unknown characters to something more obvious.
  • Biggest headache using SPSS is dealing with the IBM hierarchy when needing customer support or even upgrading to the new version (which comes out annually). In order to upgrade to v26 in April 2019, I eventually found out I needed not just an Authorization Code, nor a Full License Code, but also a Lock Code and spent way too many hours attempting to straighten this out with IBM customer support. I handle purchasing the upgrades too, and that task is not straightforward either. I miss the SPSS support before they were acquired by IBM.
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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
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Likelihood to Renew

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 9.7
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.
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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.
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Usability

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 6.5
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.
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.8
Based on 23 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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Support

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 5.2
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
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.0
Based on 16 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.
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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.
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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
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Implementation

IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS 5.3
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.
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 34 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pricing Details

IBM SPSS

General

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

Tableau Desktop

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM SPSS
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

IBM SPSS
9.7
Tableau Desktop
8.9

Usability

IBM SPSS
6.5
Tableau Desktop
8.8

Reliability and Availability

IBM SPSS
6.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Performance

IBM SPSS
6.0
Tableau Desktop
6.1

Support

IBM SPSS
5.2
Tableau Desktop
9.0

In-Person Training

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
9.4

Online Training

IBM SPSS
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Implementation

IBM SPSS
5.3
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Scalability

IBM SPSS
5.0
Tableau Desktop
7.0

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