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Score 8 out of 100

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Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    Microsoft Access

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Tableau Desktop

    81%
    Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    137 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    163 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    142 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    Microsoft Access

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Tableau Desktop

    81%
    Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    156 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    159 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    120 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    155 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    Microsoft Access

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    Tableau Desktop

    82%
    Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    146 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    146 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    112 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    119 Ratings

    Delivery to Remote Servers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    70 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    Microsoft Access

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Tableau Desktop

    84%
    Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    151 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    146 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    123 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    Microsoft Access

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Tableau Desktop

    84%
    Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    136 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    115 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    126 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    74 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    Microsoft Access

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.9

    Tableau Desktop

    79%
    Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    121 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    179 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    113 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    Microsoft Access

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.7

    Tableau Desktop

    77%
    Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    55 Ratings

    Javascript API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    49 Ratings

    iFrames

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    47 Ratings

    Java API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    44 Ratings

    Themeable User Interface (UI)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    50 Ratings

    Customizable Platform (Open Source)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    44 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Microsoft Access is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Implementation Rating
    • Tableau Desktop is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating, Product Scalability
    • Microsoft Access and Tableau Desktop are tied in 1 area: Availability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.5

    Microsoft Access

    85%
    100 Ratings
    8.6

    Tableau Desktop

    86%
    191 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Microsoft Access

    100%
    15 Ratings
    8.9

    Tableau Desktop

    89%
    39 Ratings

    Usability

    10.0

    Microsoft Access

    100%
    4 Ratings
    8.8

    Tableau Desktop

    88%
    66 Ratings

    Availability

    8.0

    Microsoft Access

    80%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    Tableau Desktop

    80%
    20 Ratings

    Performance

    Microsoft Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.1

    Tableau Desktop

    61%
    18 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.4

    Microsoft Access

    64%
    10 Ratings
    8.0

    Tableau Desktop

    80%
    74 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Microsoft Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4

    Tableau Desktop

    94%
    4 Ratings

    Online Training

    Microsoft Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Tableau Desktop

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    Microsoft Access

    100%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    Tableau Desktop

    80%
    68 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    5.0

    Microsoft Access

    50%
    1 Rating
    7.0

    Tableau Desktop

    70%
    3 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Microsoft Access

    Microsoft Access is a productive platform to build a low cost relational database using its drag and drop features. So it can be used by organizations to build databases for marketing campaign measurements when they have low budgets and can't hire an expensive data architect. It helps build entity relationships which enable designing of advanced search queries, These SQL like queries provide actionable campaign insights to help improve engagement rates and conversions.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    Tableau Desktop is better for data analysis and visualization. Its advanced visualization features helped us better understand our business and customer demographics. We use Tableau Desktop to track our team’s progress. Real-time analyses and interactive dashboards are helpful for monitoring data. We can now create and share insights in ways we couldn’t before. It’s easy to put faith in and use these insights. Tableau Desktop can compare data from previous years with weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual comparisons. It assists businesses in identifying the best and least-sold products. However, this requires expensive licenses and skilled personnel, which small businesses cannot afford.
    Al Mubassir Muin | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Microsoft Access

    • Very easy to create entity-relationship diagrams for various tables and designing mock layouts.
    • Really easy to navigate as it hold[s] the classic Microsoft UI. Another good thing is that it comes with the complete MS Office Suite.
    • It is really fast when joining multiple tables no matter what type of join.
    • Works on pretty much same SQL scripts so no need to learn a new language!
    Rounak Verma | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    • An excellent tool for data visualization, it presents information in an appealing visual format—an exceptional platform for storing and analyzing data in any size organization.
    • Through interactive parameters, it enables real-time interaction with the user and is easy to learn and get support from the community.
    Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Microsoft Access

    • Microsoft Access has not really changed at all for several years. It might be nice to see some upgrades and changes.
    • The help info is often not helpful. Need more tutorials for Microsoft Access to show how to do specific things.
    • Be careful naming objects such as tables, forms, etc. Names that are too long can get cut off in dialog boxes to choose a table, form, report, etc. So, I wish they would have resizable dialog boxes to allow you to see objects with long names.
    • I wish it could show me objects that are not in use in the database for current queries, tables, reports, forms, and macros. That way unused objects can be deleted without worrying about losing a report or query because you deleted the underlying object.
    Peggi Wolfe | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    • Formatting the data to work correctly in graphical presentations can be time consuming
    • Daily data extracts can run slowly depending on how much data is required and the source of the data
    • The desktop version is required for advanced functionality, editing on [the] Tableau server allows only limited features
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Microsoft Access

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $13,999 per PC

    Microsoft Access Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Microsoft Access139.991
    1. per PC
    Additional Pricing Details

    Tableau Desktop

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $70 per month

    Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Tableau Creator$70.001
    1. Per User / Per Month
    Additional Pricing Details
    All pricing plans are billed annually.

    Likelihood to Renew

    Microsoft Access

    Microsoft Access 10.0
    Based on 15 answers
    I and the rest of my team will renew our Microsoft Access in the future because we use and maintain many different applications and databases created using Microsoft Access so we will need to maintain them in the future. Additionally, it is a standard at our place of work so it is at $0 cost to us to use. Another reason for renewing Microsoft Access is that we just don' t have the resources needed to extend into a network of users so we need to remain a single-desktop application at this time.
    Alyssa Moy, MBA, PMP | 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

    Microsoft Access

    Microsoft Access 10.0
    Based on 4 answers
    Microsoft Access is easy to use. It is compatible with spreadsheets. It is a very good data management tool. There is scope to save a large amount of data in one place. For using this database, one does not need much training, can be shared among multiple users. This database has to sort and filtering features which seem to be very useful.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    Tableau Desktop 8.8
    Based on 66 answers
    It is a good tool for creating beautiful visualizations and sharing dashboards. It does offer a variety of features and also making interactive dashboards. It is easy to learn and create custom visualizations really fast. It does offer good API connectivity to gather data. But it lacks the structure for data cleaning and processing.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Microsoft Access

    Microsoft Access 8.0
    Based on 2 answers
    I don't think the program has ever failed me. It is one of those programs where there is always a solution if you know where to look.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    Tableau Desktop 8.0
    Based on 20 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

    Microsoft Access

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Tableau Desktop

    Tableau Desktop 6.1
    Based on 18 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

    Microsoft Access

    Microsoft Access 6.4
    Based on 10 answers
    While I have never contacted Microsoft directly for product support, for some reason there's a real prejudice against MS Access among most IT support professionals. They are usually discouraging when it comes to using MS Access. Most of this is due to their lack of understanding of MS Access and how it can improve one's productivity. If Microsoft invested more resources towards enhancing and promoting the use of MS Access then maybe things would be different.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    Tableau Desktop 8.0
    Based on 74 answers
    The Tableau Desktop's support team has been very helpful and tend to response very quickly. After all you have paid very premium price for the product and it goes to the services. This makes using the tool much easier for these who doesn't have such experience to get help quickly.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    In-Person Training

    Microsoft Access

    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

    Microsoft Access

    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

    Microsoft Access

    Microsoft Access 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    there is no key idea, since it is easy to implement Microsoft Access
    Thairy Ollarves | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    Tableau Desktop 8.0
    Based on 68 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

    Microsoft Access

    Excel is a fantastic - robust application that can do so much so easily. Its easy to train and understand. However - excel does not provide a reporting function and that is typically where we will suggest a move to [Microsoft] Access. [Microsoft] Access requires a little more knowledge of data manipulation.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    Tableau hands-down wins based upon functionality, interoperability with a wide variety of enterprise-class data connections, end-user support, and quality of visualizations. Tableau Desktop offers a substantially more robust, refined, and mature product. It became quickly apparent that there was no real comparison. For applications that need fast, accurate analytics using a wide portfolio of underlying data sources, Tableau Desktop is the clear winner.
    Jason Guinn | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Microsoft Access

    Microsoft Access 5.0
    Based on 1 answer
    No answer on this topic is available.

    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

    Microsoft Access

    • Our ROI has not increased as much since using Microsoft Access to mobilize and manage the company's databases, but if you take into account the entire Microsoft office 365 suite, the overall gains have been great.
    • The ROI increase for our small development company, taking into account the use of the entire suite including Microsoft Access, is up to 700% of the annual upfront payment.
    Murray Clear | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Tableau Desktop

    • Tableau was acquired years ago, and has provided good value with the content created.
    • Ongoing maintenance costs for the platform, both to maintain desktop and server licensing has made the continuing value questionable when compared to other offerings in the marketplace.
    • Users have largely been satisfied with the content, but not with the overall performance. This is due to a combination of factors including the performance of the Tableau engines as well as development deficiencies.
    John Stuchly | TrustRadius Reviewer

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