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Likelihood to Recommend

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS is a good comprehensive tool for BI for companies. I feel that scenarios where you want the user to interact and be able to ingest data in different formats would be a good use of the tool. Performing data discovery is easier with InfoAssist, especially the most recent versions, and allows users to customize their views and provide comments.
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

WebFOCUS
8.8
Tableau Server
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
WebFOCUS
10.0
Tableau Server
9.0
Customizable dashboards
WebFOCUS
9.4
Tableau Server
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
WebFOCUS
7.0
Tableau Server
7.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

WebFOCUS
7.9
Tableau Server
7.7
Drill-down analysis
WebFOCUS
8.8
Tableau Server
7.8
Formatting capabilities
WebFOCUS
8.4
Tableau Server
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
WebFOCUS
7.0
Tableau Server
7.2
Report sharing and collaboration
WebFOCUS
7.4
Tableau Server
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

WebFOCUS
8.9
Tableau Server
7.4
Publish to Web
WebFOCUS
9.0
Tableau Server
8.4
Publish to PDF
WebFOCUS
9.0
Tableau Server
7.6
Report Versioning
WebFOCUS
8.6
Tableau Server
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
WebFOCUS
8.6
Tableau Server
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
WebFOCUS
9.0
Tableau Server
5.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

WebFOCUS
9.8
Tableau Server
7.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
WebFOCUS
10.0
Tableau Server
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
WebFOCUS
10.0
Tableau Server
8.0
Predictive Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.4
Tableau Server
6.2

Access Control and Security

WebFOCUS
9.2
Tableau Server
7.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
WebFOCUS
9.4
Tableau Server
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
WebFOCUS
8.6
Tableau Server
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
WebFOCUS
9.4
Tableau Server
8.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
WebFOCUS
9.4
Tableau Server
7.9

Mobile Capabilities

WebFOCUS
6.3
Tableau Server
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
WebFOCUS
9.6
Tableau Server
7.3
Dedicated iOS Application
WebFOCUS
3.3
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
WebFOCUS
3.3
Tableau Server
7.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
WebFOCUS
9.0
Tableau Server
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

WebFOCUS
9.4
Tableau Server
6.3
REST API
WebFOCUS
10.0
Tableau Server
7.5
Javascript API
WebFOCUS
10.0
Tableau Server
7.4
iFrames
WebFOCUS
8.0
Tableau Server
6.7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
WebFOCUS
10.0
Tableau Server
6.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
WebFOCUS
9.0
Tableau Server
4.7
Java API
WebFOCUS
Tableau Server
5.6

Pros

WebFOCUS

  • Webfocus reports all have the option to export to Excel. The excel spreadsheet is always very organized and clean, and the information is very easy to read.
  • Webfocus is able to maintain data from years prior. We can look up what we featured in catalogs and all the sales history attached with it.
  • Webfocus is able to provide support to a variety of departments. For example, our buying team uses it for planning in advance and our marketing team uses the tool to see how categories and products as the selling
Anonymous | 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

WebFOCUS

  • The newest versions of WebFOCUS have an unnecessarily complicated security layout that makes configuration difficult to accomplish without bringing in the vendor for installs.
  • This software tries to cover too many bases allowing you to switch from writing code manually to creating reports using only GUI tools. This sometimes complicates screens and functionality where the two methods don't always work well together. -though its nice to have the choice.
  • The sales force is not as top notch as many software companies
Anonymous | 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

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 8.6
Based on 5 answers
This software is deeply engrained with my organization and has become a tool that would not easily be replaced without spending more money and resources to get the same results. License cost is comparable to other report writing tools and the capabilities are greater than the competition without having to buy multiple apps to do the same thing.
Anonymous | 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

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Best BI tool/product I have used. The others don't compare overall. Some can look fancier, but when you actually use them with large data and data from numerous systems/sources that is where most of the competition falls away. I also don't like downtime. I have basically none for a large user base with WebFocus. Even SAP Crystal Reports went down for 4 days once - 4 days because the admin password got locked out due to a glitch and we had zero reports for 4 days. WebFocus has never had more than a few minutes of downtime. It's like a tank that just keeps rolling. There is no other choice for reliable BI.
David Maillie | 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

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Tracking availability formally for almost two years and we are at 99.8%
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WebFOCUS

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

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 10.0
Based on 2 answers
They have extremely knowledgeable techs that I have worked with over the years. Some have actually become really good friends of mine. I see them often at local user groups and when we show them how we are using their tools to save millions of dollars throughout the company
David Maillie | 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

WebFOCUS

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

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 6.0
Based on 1 answer
It's hit and miss, the last class was overcrowded and people were having trouble connecting which took up much of the time. Instructors vary
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Plan ahead on what data will be accessible and the type of security required on the database and if you will want to use security that is built into the software. It is worth consulting with the vendor on what your plan is and how they recommend you proceed in order to get results you are happy with.
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

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS has a mature and tested product that speaks well to internal personnel who rely on legacy data systems for day-to-day operations and business processes. It is apparent some newer products provide flexibility in user access with limited previous knowledge or experience and a more modern user interface, but these products do not have the reliability and maturity of WebFOCUS.
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

WebFOCUS

  • We are not yet a success story. Though we've been implementing WebFOCUS for over a year, we have very few products in our Production portal. Of course, this is not all the responsibility of Information Builders, but we were ill-advised by our 'training coordinator' in our training of staff and coming up to speed with the tools has been very slow.
  • Once skilled analysts and professional IT staff achieve a grasp of the products, they are able to very quickly create polished and well-received products.
  • The DW/BI project has helped us to establish standards and protocols of communication that will allow us to more quickly meet knowledge transfer requirements
Pamela Sprague | 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

WebFOCUS

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

WebFOCUS
8.8
Tableau Server
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

WebFOCUS
8.6
Tableau Server
10.0

Usability

WebFOCUS
10.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Reliability and Availability

WebFOCUS
9.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Performance

WebFOCUS
Tableau Server
8.1

Support Rating

WebFOCUS
10.0
Tableau Server
9.1

In-Person Training

WebFOCUS
Tableau Server
8.0

Online Training

WebFOCUS
6.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

WebFOCUS
8.0
Tableau Server
9.1

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