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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI

It works great for our purposes. I highly recommend hiring a consultant to set it up for you though. I don't think we would have gotten very far had we tried to setup the reports and views ourselves. We're very happy with the results we've seen so far. We've been using it for about 3-4 months.
Bradley Geppert | 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

Microsoft BI
8.0
Tableau Server
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
7.7
Tableau Server
9.0
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
8.1
Tableau Server
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.3
Tableau Server
7.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI
7.9
Tableau Server
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI
7.9
Tableau Server
7.8
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI
8.0
Tableau Server
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI
7.6
Tableau Server
7.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI
8.3
Tableau Server
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
7.6
Tableau Server
7.4
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
7.6
Tableau Server
8.5
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.1
Tableau Server
7.6
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
7.5
Tableau Server
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
7.4
Tableau Server
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
7.2
Tableau Server
5.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
7.8
Tableau Server
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
7.9
Tableau Server
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
7.8
Tableau Server
8.1
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.6
Tableau Server
6.2

Access Control and Security

Microsoft BI
8.3
Tableau Server
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft BI
8.3
Tableau Server
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft BI
7.9
Tableau Server
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft BI
8.4
Tableau Server
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft BI
8.5
Tableau Server
7.9

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI
7.8
Tableau Server
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI
7.7
Tableau Server
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI
7.9
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI
7.8
Tableau Server
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI
7.7
Tableau Server
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
7.3
Tableau Server
6.4
REST API
Microsoft BI
7.1
Tableau Server
7.6
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
7.7
Tableau Server
7.5
iFrames
Microsoft BI
7.4
Tableau Server
6.8
Java API
Microsoft BI
7.7
Tableau Server
5.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
7.1
Tableau Server
6.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
7.0
Tableau Server
4.7

Pros

Microsoft BI

  • The layout of Power BI is very intuitive. Someone that is familiar with Excel and working with Charts and Graphs in that environment will find the learning curve a rather short one to start using Power BI.
  • I like the way Power BI fits an assortment of users and how the functionality that you engage is replicated in Excel, that being Power Query and Power Pivot. So what you learn in one tool can be readily applied towards the other which allows you to more effectively apply your training.
  • I appreciate how Microsoft is working to develop tools that go a long ways to empowering the end user. Prior to Power BI I would have had to consult with a "BI" professional to develop a dashboard. With Power BI I don't have to consult with anyone, I can work to put together the dash board I want and using a tool set that is really robust and allows me to engage an enormous amount of data. It's provides a great deal of flexibility and the types of data I can connect to.
  • Updates...Microsoft is working diligently to keep Power BI current with monthly updates. They do a really good job of listening to the end user, if there is functionality not currently present just give them a month or so.
  • Just to be clear, even though it's easy to get going right out of the gate with Power BI it provides plenty of opportunities to create some really sophisticated reporting solutions. With DAX in Power Pivot and M language in Power Query, you are provided with plenty of head room to do some really amazing things in Power BI.
  • Training...there are resources across the web for learning and growing your skills and Power BI. And what's even better is the majority of those resources are free.
  • Data engagement, when presenting the data to the end user Power BI goes a long way to allowing that end user to engage the data and begin to identify root cause by simply interacting with the graph/chart/data set. It allows for really fluid engagement. Prior to Power BI so many times during the presentation of data we often times ended the engagement with that data with more questions than what were answered. With Power BI, more often than not, the end user is able to get answers to the questions by simply clicking on the data in the graph/chart/dataset to see the details. This tool really does have the capacity to make you look like a rock star.
Jason Leidig | 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

Microsoft BI

  • Report Builder 3.0 shipped with MSSQL 2012 is a nice free tool but our client users sometimes encounter problems such as the tool automatically shut down without saving the changes being made. We haven't implemented the new RB with MSSQL 2016 yet thus cannot comment on the latest version.
Haibo Yang | 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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
Lee Cullom | 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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 5 answers
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries. 2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI. It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend
Sean Warren | 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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | 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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
Jacob Saunders | 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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
Stephanie Grice | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
Sean Brady | 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

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
Based on 7 answers
We are a consulting firm and as such our best resources are always billing on client projects. Our internal implementation has weaknesses, but that's true for any company like ours. My rating is based on the product's ease of implementation.
Jacob Saunders | 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

Microsoft BI

Looking at the visualization portion of BI, there are three types of tools.
  1. Programming packages. Free and powerful, they let you make any diagram, at the cost of difficulty of use.
  2. Specialist software like Tableau and Microsoft BI. This is the best choice in most cases due to ease of use and quality of output.
  3. More generic software offered by the big IT companies, often part of a BI suite. There's really a lot of variety here. Use this when it fits the workflow and you are already using the relevant software. But, personally, I'd still use the specialist software.
Alexander Lubyansky | 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

Microsoft BI

  • Ability to maintain and develop dashboards with KPI's for fast delivery to decision makers across the organization.
  • Insight into overall departmental performance. Allowance for departments to set their own metrics for success.
  • Data insights for marketing and sales campaigns allow decision makers to fine tune future campaigns.
Bryan Simmons | 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

Microsoft BI

General

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

Microsoft BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI$0
Power BI Pro$102
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Tableau Server

General

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

Tableau Server Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI
8.4
Tableau Server
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI
8.0
Tableau Server
10.0

Usability

Microsoft BI
7.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI
9.5
Tableau Server
9.0

Performance

Microsoft BI
7.0
Tableau Server
8.1

Support Rating

Microsoft BI
7.1
Tableau Server
9.1

In-Person Training

Microsoft BI
6.9
Tableau Server
8.0

Online Training

Microsoft BI
8.5
Tableau Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Microsoft BI
9.6
Tableau Server
9.1

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