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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is best suited as a front end to other databases as well as for small to medium databases where the user determines that they have gone beyond the design and function capabilities of Excel. Microsoft Access is less suited when there is a need for heavy database use and complex data queries. All in all, for the average Office user who needs a database program, Access is a solid choice.
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Tableau Desktop

Great for visualizing basic and complex analytics, can be very useful in a myriad of situations, for example it can be summarized up for grand views for executives and plenty of drill down opportunities for more analyst level staff. This allows the staff to performing the analytics to save time by not having to duplicate reports on different levels for different staff.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Publish to Web
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Report Versioning
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.5

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.6
REST API
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.7
iFrames
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.1
Java API
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Access
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Pros

Microsoft Access

  • One good aspect of Microsoft Access is how the software can be customized for different applications. This is very useful because we are able to use this software for multiple applications, which makes it cost-friendly.
  • Another strong point of Microsoft Access is the skill required to customize, the amount of programming required is less than most other database programs. This is good for a beginner looking to get into database management.
  • Microsoft Access is one of the more cost-friendly database applications, and most of the time it comes with Microsoft Office. Other database programs can be expensive and not as easy to use.
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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

Microsoft Access

  • Well, it requires a lot more training or research than other more "intuitive" Microsoft products.
  • The buildout of custom reports is highly complex, and I think that area, in particular, could be more intuitive.
  • Queries can be difficult to develop if you don't know the right language or terminology, and I think that those terms could be better visible in the ribbon.
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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

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 9.5
Based on 16 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.
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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

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 8.6
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.
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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

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Microsoft Access

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.2
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

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access 7.7
Based on 4 answers
Within my organization, support for MS Access is minimal. Although we have a license for the software, ITO is a very limited resource for supporting issues with using Access. Microsoft provides technical support and helps with using features but it is very limited. I do better using google to figure things out. In addition, I have not found any Advanced class that has truly helped with answering my technical questions. It truly has been trial and error and collaborating with other users who have found ways to get things done. Google is my friend.
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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

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.
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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
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Implementation

Microsoft Access

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Microsoft Access

MS Access is the little brother to all these products. In no way is it as feature-rich as the competition I have selected. It is, however, great when used properly. It does not have the same level of security, availability, access, or recoverability as anything listed above. But, it is cheap and lightweight. If this is your first exposure to a relational database, MS Access is a great way to cut your teeth. I have been a DBA for 10 years now, and I learned all database fundamentals from first experimenting and using MS Access.
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Tableau Desktop

My current work environment uses both Tableau Online, MicroStrategy & SSRS in parallel. Tableau is much closer to the SSRS in terms of visualization tool where as MicroStrategy is an enterprise data modeling and reporting tool.Based on the use case we use different tools. Here are the pros & consProsi) Suits perfectly for SQL Environment( not big data). We have created the maximum of our dashboard against SQL Server Database. They are perfectly designed, fast while retrieving data, and has very efficient online manipulation. ii) I prefer using Tableau Online if I want to drill down. iii) Unlike MicroStrategy we don't have to create attributes and facts inside the tool. Tableau just sits a extra layer on top of my data model and inherits all objects inside the tool. iv) Unlike SSRS Tableau Online helps us to create on the fly calculations in the web browser. So no manipulation is needed every time in the dataset v) Good Customer Support unlike MicroStrategy (In MicroStrategy cases are opened for weeks but no proper resolutions are made by experts).Consi) Report Scheduling Options are not the best in Tableau. If we see new a requirement of a report with email distribution, mobile distribution we don't prefer Tableau ii) Big Data (Hadoop) Live Interactions are slow. You need a special approach and extra implementation using middleware to make data retrieval fasteriii) Architect mode is not available
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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
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

Microsoft Access

  • It has had a tremendous positive impact because the work in our department simply could not be done without this tool. Group policy, security settings, and other permissions simply do not allow us to pursue more involved programming solutions.
  • It saves us literally days of work every month by the automation it provides, turning what used to be a very manual, very labor-intensive process into a streamlined, more accurate, more efficient way of doing the job.
  • It allows us to help other users in our area who do not have a programming background, showing them how their lives can be made easier with a few lines of code in Microsoft Access, VBA, etc.
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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

Microsoft Access

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

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