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Tableau Desktop

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Likelihood to Recommend

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

BI was used to manage our parts and machines. It can be used to manage your factory or systems to properly allocate items to select places. However the system does not respond well, and it can scale well provided you have an actual team knowledgeable in this field. Once you get it set up it works well, but of course, if you try and add new implementations, it can become hazardous to your business.
Michael Diaz-Suarez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau's flexibility in data sources and data visualization has proven invaluable in our organization. We use data from multiple sources to create a new dataset. Flat files containing my information are accessible to a wide range of people. The scripting language and R open-source statistical analysis provide many capabilities. My files are mostly in flat format and are being shared among some different individuals. Easy-to-understand for executives, data is separated into sections.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.9
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Customizable dashboards
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Drill-down analysis
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Formatting capabilities
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Report sharing and collaboration
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.6

Report Output and Scheduling

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Publish to Web
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Publish to PDF
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Report Versioning
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.6
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.9
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.9
Tableau Desktop
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
9.0
Predictive Analytics
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Tableau Desktop
7.9

Access Control and Security

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.6
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.8
Tableau Desktop
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.9
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.2
REST API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Javascript API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.6
Tableau Desktop
8.2
iFrames
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Java API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Pros

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • This software is easy to initially learn, and very powerful in producing reusable reports.
  • It is much faster than my company's internal manual queries. The ability to build off of a saved query and share queries to other users is a great positive.
  • My favorite part is that you can run queries in the background and it does not interfere with your current work or slow your computer down.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

  • The Visualizations graphics are really good and the color options help in designing attractive charts. They help to convey more information and can be made interactive.
  • You can add filters with offer you to plug and play with values and understand different outcomes.
  • You can drag and drop options while creating charts and dashboards. also it is a very fluid layout.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • The installation can be very complex and time-consuming, it requires a lot of planning and foresight as to what role the software will play in the organization.
  • The software has a relatively large learning curve that takes dedicated users months to get comfortable with, the UI is a bit intimidating for new users.
  • SAP could organize their help better, it can be difficult to find dependable solutions to issues via their website and support channels.
Anonymous | 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

Likelihood to Renew

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.4
Based on 22 answers
The institution has decided to move in a different direction, and will be using MSBI for reporting. I have been very happy with the Business Objects suite of tools, and will continue to use them heavily until we make the transition.
Robert Scrimshaw | 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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.8
Based on 9 answers
From a server and client side perspective. the Business Intelligence Platform provides a foundation for all aspects of content development, distribution, analysis, collaboration and self service. Ease of use from targeted content delivery through controlled accessibility. Content exporting in the format of the users choice. Scheduling for internal or external delivery. Public and private folders for secure content access when requied. Web based for viewing on the users device of choice without the need to download additional applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
Based on 64 answers
I personally that Tableau Desktop is very easy to learn. Especially the basics are quite easy and one can master the skills in no time. Once you go beyond the basics, there is a learning curve and can be climbed with practice. For doing complex and incorporated tasks, i recommend getting help -- books, tutorials, blogs, youtube videos etc. I do that it will perform great and with ease for simpler and complex projects
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 4 answers
When we implemented 3.1, we had a tough time managing the system: It took almost a year to stabilize.

With 4.0, we want to roll out to more users, and are holding back because of fears about the performance issue
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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 11 answers
Overall, the tool (Web Intelligence 4.2) is fast and solid. One issue is a dependability on JAVA for a full feature report creation/edit capabilities (as opposed to limited HTML option). Second, planned end of JAVA support by major browsers (Chrome is already not supporting JAVA applet).
Dariusz Zyskowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 12 answers
There is a strong community, user forum, and knowledge base available to users. They are always quick to respond and helpful when we need them. SAP support is providing BI assistance. They can answer questions about essential staff, but not complex structures. In some cases, we received feedback that our request was impossible to implement; however, later, we discovered other ways to accomplish it.
Md Tuhin Sarker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.5
Based on 73 answers
Tableau support team took their own time to reach out with their solution. However, Tableau online community forums where many visitors and user are ready to lend a hand to others and share their experiences provide support and help in any issues encounter during the development phase.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 3 answers
SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 8 answers
Hire specialists and experienced staff. Mix some beginners so that everyone is not a leader but a learner too. Plan well; architect well; break down implementation in small steps and move towards larger steps. Create a centralized and authorized SAP Business Objects implementation team.
Priyanka Musale | 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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Some organizations use Spotfire which is far more advanced in terms of its analytical capabilities vs. Lumira/PA etc. but the sharing/storage side of the BI Platform is far superior and much better managed. The ability to create user groups, access levels etc. on BI Platform helps to keep the platform secure.
Josh Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

If we do not have legacy tools which have already been set up, I would switch the visualization method to open source software via PyCharm, Atom, and Visual Studio IDE. These IDEs cannot directly help you to visualize the data but you can use many python packages to do so through these IDEs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform supports SOA Service Oriented Architecture. You can start/restart/enable/disable all the servers. You can seamless do load balancing and clustering. It supports all leading application and web server. Supports LDAP SSO integration.People who can work on excel with training they can work on SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence, dashboard, Lumira, Information design tool product suite. Tool is very user friendly and easy to learn and implement
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
  • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
  • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
Anonymous | 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

Pricing Details

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

General

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Tableau Desktop

General

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

Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.9

Usability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.8
Tableau Desktop
8.9

Reliability and Availability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Performance

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0
Tableau Desktop
6.1

Support Rating

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5

In-Person Training

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0
Tableau Desktop
9.4

Online Training

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Implementation Rating

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Scalability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0
Tableau Desktop
7.0

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