MicroStrategy Analytics vs. Tableau Public

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
MicroStrategy Analytics
Score 7.6 out of 10
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MicroStrategy Analytics is an enterprise business analytics and mobility platform. Key features include automatic big data analysis and reporting, data discovery and visualization, digital security credentials, and support for mobile devices.N/A
Tableau Public
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Tableau Public is a free edition of the Desktop product. With this edition, data can only be published to the Tableau public website and does not allow work to be saved or exported locally.N/A
Pricing
MicroStrategy AnalyticsTableau Public
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
MicroStrategy AnalyticsTableau Public
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
MicroStrategy Analytics
Chose MicroStrategy Analytics
Microstrategy has a more centralized vision, the new version is making an approach to Tableau or Power BI in the data preparation and fast creation of data visualization. QlikView is maybe similar in the vision to centralize the administration. Microstrategy analytics is the …
Tableau Public

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
MicroStrategy AnalyticsTableau Public
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
MicroStrategy Analytics
3.5
25 Ratings
Tableau Public
9.4
12 Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports3.122 Ratings9.210 Ratings
Customizable dashboards4.222 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates3.323 Ratings9.212 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
MicroStrategy Analytics
3.7
23 Ratings
Tableau Public
9.3
12 Ratings
Drill-down analysis3.321 Ratings9.712 Ratings
Formatting capabilities4.923 Ratings9.212 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages3.115 Ratings8.79 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration3.322 Ratings9.711 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
MicroStrategy Analytics
4.9
22 Ratings
Tableau Public
9.5
11 Ratings
Publish to Web4.021 Ratings10.011 Ratings
Publish to PDF5.822 Ratings10.09 Ratings
Report Versioning6.619 Ratings9.69 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling4.921 Ratings9.29 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers3.34 Ratings8.57 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
MicroStrategy Analytics
5.8
21 Ratings
Tableau Public
9.4
11 Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)4.119 Ratings9.711 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization3.318 Ratings9.711 Ratings
Predictive Analytics9.917 Ratings8.99 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
MicroStrategy Analytics
4.2
20 Ratings
Tableau Public
9.0
8 Ratings
Multi-User Support (named login)4.818 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model4.319 Ratings8.86 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)4.319 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)3.58 Ratings9.28 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.0
18 Ratings
Tableau Public
8.7
11 Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access2.518 Ratings8.311 Ratings
Mobile Application9.015 Ratings9.29 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile3.318 Ratings8.510 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
7 Ratings
Tableau Public
8.9
10 Ratings
REST API4.15 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Javascript API8.06 Ratings8.06 Ratings
iFrames9.04 Ratings9.68 Ratings
Java API9.03 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)9.04 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)9.05 Ratings9.05 Ratings
User Ratings
MicroStrategy AnalyticsTableau Public
Likelihood to Recommend
5.1
(46 ratings)
9.2
(14 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(27 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
3.5
(5 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
2.5
(8 ratings)
9.3
(8 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(5 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(7 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
MicroStrategy AnalyticsTableau Public
Likelihood to Recommend
MicroStrategy
MSTR is great for any organization that is looking for a way to deliver complicated data in an uncomplicated way. From business teams to marketing and finance, several departments benefit from using MSTR to keep track of KPIs enabling teams to make optimizations along the way. MSTR provides great visual representations of data enabling team members to distill thousands of data points into easily digestible charts and graphs
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Tableau
Tableau public is the best platform to build dashboards for your personal profile and share with recruiters. It's always good to keep ourselves updated on the latest features, create sample dashboards and save them to a personal profile. Tableau public is free and doesn't need any subscription. anyone can create an account and start building reports.
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Pros
MicroStrategy
  • They sell the product well, and make promises you will actually believe
  • "checks the box" for most features a company would need. Doesn't actually deliver them though
  • They answer the phone in a timely manner. Can't answer your questions or provide support, but the queue time isn't bad
  • They have online documentation. It's not up to date, and likely doesn't reflect the version of software you are using, but hey... they can point to it.
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Tableau
  • Data visualization: lots of different options, including bar, scatter, pie, waterfall charts to explore relationships between variables, and to present findings/trends to different teams
  • Integrates readily with limited, though different data sources: TXT, CSV, TDE, Access
  • Exports reports for review of different dashboards: client-ready/team-ready, with a clean and tidy presentation in PDF format (or hardcopy)
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Cons
MicroStrategy
  • The graph options are not as robust as an Excel user might want.
  • The metadata layer can sometimes be slower, and it takes a long time for reports to run.
  • Viewing the data feed entered can be cumbersome at times, in terms of validation with reports.
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Tableau
  • Tableau Public (both Desktop and Server) like their "for a fee" counterparts offer very easy to learn and use tools to transform data into pictures and gain insights into your data. Most organizations report a reduction in development time of 10x vs. other similar tools, due to the intuitive user interface. That said, with Tableau Public, published workbooks are "disconnected" from the underlying data sources and require periodic updates when the data changes. Users are limited to 1 Gb of storage space per user ID and password as well.
  • I would like to see better options for public sharing of visualizations and data from within the "for a fee" products as more and more organizations are moving in the direction of data sharing with partners and their communities.
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Likelihood to Renew
MicroStrategy
I would always choose to renew MicroStrategy as long as they lead the market in features, functionality and price. The support of MicroStrategy is timely and professional, I frequently get answers to my questions within 24 hours and normally have solutions within 48 hours. Training available for MicroStrategy completely covers everything required to be able to expertly use MicroStrategy and understand data warehousing.
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Tableau
It's free, right? I'll keep using the free version. So the real question to ask is this? Will I pay $999 for the Personal version or $1,999 for the Professional? Yikes! That is a big stretch. I'm not sure about that. The product comparison chart is at: http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/comparison
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Usability
MicroStrategy
The standard grid reporting could look more like the styling and object used for the Import and Visual Insight products. In addition, object properties almost seem to be hidden when first using the product. It's as if they are asking the engineers to only use the presets we make available...and, these presets are 10+ years old. On the positive side, Microstrategy seems to be the only product, not named Cognos, which can scale to Big Data. The product is "hackable" via the SDK or tricking the Intelligence Server to do uncommon things. The Microstrategy development team also seems to be very involved with their OEM partners; especially when it comes to features and enhancements. A large majority of the improvements we suggested have made it into the product or on the roadmap for future enhancements. Only suckas fall for the shiny objects from most other vendors; Microstrategy is really the only choice for Enterprise BI.
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Tableau
Tableau public is a great training tool to understand the basics of Tableau before buying it. A great tool to extend Excel's visualization and to publish data for others. Not useful for anything you need secure. No ability to access databases. Static information only.
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Reliability and Availability
MicroStrategy
I've never had an issue with MicroStrategy not being available due to MicroStrategy application malfunction. It is very robust and only failures I've seen were due to user error or the platform the machine running the service failed some how.
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Tableau
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Performance
MicroStrategy
Being able to customize the performance based on the business need is extremely powerful. Proper configuration and understanding of the usage pattern is key, if the technical ability of the architect is not at top level, then the product will not be configured correctly which will lead to poor performance.
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Tableau
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Support Rating
MicroStrategy
Good user community. Support team is available if you are under AMC. You get decent support after raising the support ticket. If it is product bug they will inform you and let you know which patch will resolve the same.
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Tableau
I have not yet required to contact support as the documentation and help i found online has always worked so far
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Online Training
MicroStrategy
I have attended many trainings offered by MicroStrategy; both distance and in-person training. I earned my CRD (Certified Report Developer) certification via the online training. I found the training to be well organized and concise. Overall I will definitely continue to increase my knowledge with MicroStrategy via the online training offering.
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Tableau
I found it sufficient, and fast. I could easily "kick the tires" with Tableau on my data so I got up and running fast.
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Implementation Rating
MicroStrategy
We measured following KPI for the success
  • Increase in Business Feeds Loads
  • Reduction in Controllers Manual Work.
  • Conversion of Manual Work into Systematic Workflows.
  • Increase in Customer Spend
  • Reduction in Service costs
  • Reduction in time-to-market for new campaigns
  • Increase in cross sell and Up sell
  • Error reduction in customer Identification
  • Existing client retained
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Tableau
Start at the end and work backward. Identify the business case / issue and questions the end users have, then identify the data needed, and where to get it.
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Alternatives Considered
MicroStrategy
Tableau is probably MicroStrategy Analytic's biggest competitor I've noticed over time, and I'm not sure why. Tableau only covers visualizations independently for each business user, which then creates the issues of every employee creating their own version of the data, and then you have 20 versions of the truth. A enterprise data warehouse and MicroStrategy's Visual Insight is a better method.
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Tableau
Google Charts/Drive is sufficient for simpler data sets, but it does not integrate with other web platforms and the visualization does not look as professional. I'm not aware of any other competitors that offer the same package as Microsoft.
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Scalability
MicroStrategy
This software is extremely scaleable, one can add more core servers which performs as a load balancing. The configurations available to manage usage patterns and daily activity are as high a caliber as any other enterprise level software. This product can be installed on both a windows and unix platform allow for integration on a budget.
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Tableau
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Return on Investment
MicroStrategy
  • MicroStrategy was helpful for reducing the amount of time we needed to spend number crunching large data sets, and in doing so, allowed me as the primary users to spend more time gleaning insights from the data that in turn informed our leadership team to make strategic decisions.
  • By creating numerous canned reports available to all members of the team through email distribution or basic access to the platform, we were able to reduce the time I spent showing people how to pull the data in Microsoft Excel by nearly 40% .
  • We ended up needing to make many changes to the way our DMP was feeding data into MicroStrategy due to incorrect reporting that caused complications in accounting and finance.
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Tableau
  • Tableau Public visualizations have helped drive traffic to our content and sites
  • The lack of cost means it's easy to demonstrate our experience to attract paying clients
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