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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI

Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.0
Tableau Server
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
7.8
Tableau Server
8.2
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
7.9
Tableau Server
8.9
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.2
Tableau Server
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.4
Tableau Server
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI
8.2
Tableau Server
8.3
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI
8.4
Tableau Server
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI
8.2
Tableau Server
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI
8.9
Tableau Server
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
8.2
Tableau Server
8.1
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
8.3
Tableau Server
9.2
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.8
Tableau Server
8.1
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
8.1
Tableau Server
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
7.5
Tableau Server
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
8.2
Tableau Server
6.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
8.1
Tableau Server
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
8.4
Tableau Server
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
7.9
Tableau Server
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
Tableau Server
7.0

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI
8.2
Tableau Server
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI
8.2
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI
8.4
Tableau Server
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI
8.1
Tableau Server
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI
8.2
Tableau Server
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
7.8
Tableau Server
7.2
REST API
Microsoft BI
7.9
Tableau Server
8.4
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
8.3
Tableau Server
8.1
iFrames
Microsoft BI
7.7
Tableau Server
7.6
Java API
Microsoft BI
7.6
Tableau Server
6.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
7.8
Tableau Server
6.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
7.5
Tableau Server
5.9

Pros

Microsoft BI

  • Point 1. User defined automation of report execution and distribution. Microsoft SSRS so far is one of the most user friendly report scheduling and distribution platforms available. Our client users, often non-technical business people, can subscribe to any reports they have access to on the report server and make a customised execution by setting up parameter values, export formats, receipients, etc. etc. Many users use this feature to monitor their action lists and risk profiles on a regular basis. They absolutely love it!
  • Point 2. Extensive programmability. Programmability has always been a great strength of many Microsoft products. Adding to my point 1, take Microsoft SSRS for example, it comes with a great deal of programmability. This means what client users need do in point 1 to set up the report execution and distribution by themselves, can now be programmed and completed automatically. One trick we often do is to program on SSRS for automatically executing and distributing a report using different parameter values to generate different results and then send to the email boxes of tens, if not hundreds of line managers within client organisations. Every line manager will only receive the results relevant to his/her own business unit(s). Once set up, a client organisation can save hundreds hours of work on Excel spreadsheets each month. Clients are willing to pay you a fortune for such a level of automation in reporting process!
  • Point 3. Flexible integration with SSAS. Instead of praising the more techinical features such as partitions and actions shipped with SSAS, I'd make my point 3 to be more business user friendly by emphasising the integration options of SSAS. Excel, Power BI, SharePoint, and third party tools such as Tableau, can all be easily and nicely integrated with SSAS objects. Not to mention since MSSQL 2012 you also have got the choice between Tabular models and Multidimensional models. Your business analysts will love the flexibility SSAS can provide!
  • Point 4. Stability of the IDE. Of course this one is to me when I'm in a BI developer mode. Using Visual Studio to develop SSAS, SSIS, and SSRS objects is a relaxing experience and will be good to the longevity of your developers. Why? Because VS is stable enough to not crash your developers' computers. As a matter of fact, VS has never crashed my OS since 2008...I mean it.. though a few times before 2008...Unlike some other seemingly simpler IDEs which may freeze or overpower your OS while processing your design changes... VS is a powerful yet stable tool and your developers will love it.
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Tableau Server

  • Access to our data sources such as MS SQL and MySQL
  • Ease of use and administration
  • Relatively small footprint for hardware
  • Reasonable pricing
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Cons

Microsoft BI

  • More than two dimensions. Yes, I know that 2D is the core of Excel's DNA. However, we're starting to deal with higher-dimensional arrays here in analytics land so better visualization support would be cool.
  • UI weirdness. By default, you are flipping back between regular Excel tabs and super-top-secret BI tabs. You create charts in one place, but look at them in the other. That kind of stuff. I know there are a couple of other ways to interact with Microsoft BI, but please figure out the main way.
  • Better hookups to other analytics tools including Microsoft's. Microsoft BI has a good variety of data connections, and I don't expect it to bloom into a full-fledged analytics tool, but it may be a good idea to keep hammering at connectivity with "hardcore" analytics. In my case, Python stuff.
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Tableau Server

  • Enterprise level implementation is very pricey
  • Dashboard layout changes if the screen resolution of the Tableau developer is different from the end user's screen resolution
  • Embedding is limited and difficult
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
Flexibility and ease of use! I have not found something that I can't do with the Microsoft BI tools. Some things may be a struggle, but that comes with any tool. The online community support for developers and users of Microsoft is tops as well. If you have a problem you can post in the forums provided by Microsoft or just post on Twitter and you will get an answer from the experts in the field in no time. There is no better community out there for technology that is very supportive and will not bash you even for asking the most basic question. There are plenty of options for support that don't require you to contact Microsoft and that helps save a lot of dollars and time. The tools are keep up-to-date and are constantly evolving.
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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.
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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
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Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 11 answers
While Tableau has the highest ease of use for analysis, the data set has to be ready for that and Tableau hasn't (yet) brought that ease of use to the ETL process.
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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
Desktop has always worked perfectly. Server sees occasional issues, most of which will be solved by the IT department learning more about the best way to administrate and maintain it.
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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.
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Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.1
Based on 8 answers
Server can lag a little - problem can be addressed by moving to core-based licensing but it's a significant cost jump over user-based.
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Support

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
Microsoft support in general is good, did not have any issues.
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Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 12 answers
We've only reached out to Tableau once for support. It wasn't related to the operation of the software but some complex Data Visualization we wanted to develop. The same day Tableau engaged us and provided outstanding support and follow-up resources.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
Tableau has excellent on-demand training material - web based and free....
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Implementation

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Return on Investment

Microsoft BI

  • At the moment, the lack of use of Power BI has indered our market progression IMO
  • A large majority of customers keeps the solution once implemented, very few have switched platform
  • Once organizations implement Office 365, the potential for added business with Microsoft BI will really manifest. At this time, the slow adoption of Office 2013 or more recent is limiting the analysis and visualizations capabilities of our average client.
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Tableau Server

  • We believe that our deployment of Tableau Server has had a large positive ROI for emergency preparedness. While not formally calculated, we have done comparisons with other leading analytics vendors, and there is no competition - Tableau Server is clearly the value leader.
  • The major contributor to our positive ROI has primarily been the time to deployment and the time to adoption for critical visualizations and dashboards.
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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

Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. 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

Tableau Server
Additional Pricing Details

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