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803 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Tableau Desktop

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 7 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BI Standard Reporting

8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
8.1

Tableau Desktop

81%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.4
84%
43 Ratings
8.0
80%
139 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.5
85%
44 Ratings
8.4
84%
165 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.2
82%
44 Ratings
7.9
79%
144 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.9

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

89%
8.2

Tableau Desktop

82%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

9.0
90%
43 Ratings
8.2
82%
158 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

9.0
90%
43 Ratings
8.1
81%
161 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

9.4
94%
29 Ratings
7.7
77%
122 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.2
82%
43 Ratings
8.6
86%
157 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
8.3

Tableau Desktop

83%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 5/5 features

Publish to Web

9.0
90%
38 Ratings
8.7
87%
148 Ratings

Publish to PDF

8.7
87%
43 Ratings
8.5
85%
148 Ratings

Report Versioning

9.7
97%
38 Ratings
8.1
81%
114 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.3
93%
43 Ratings
8.4
84%
121 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

9.4
94%
23 Ratings
8.0
80%
72 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
8.5

Tableau Desktop

85%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

9.7
97%
38 Ratings
8.7
87%
153 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
36 Ratings
8.7
87%
148 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

9.3
93%
34 Ratings
8.2
82%
125 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
8.5

Tableau Desktop

85%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

8.6
86%
44 Ratings
8.4
84%
138 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.4
94%
42 Ratings
8.3
83%
117 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.4
94%
42 Ratings
8.6
86%
128 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.4
94%
27 Ratings
8.6
86%
76 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

9.3

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

93%
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

9.0
90%
30 Ratings
8.0
80%
122 Ratings

Mobile Application

9.3
93%
25 Ratings
7.9
79%
181 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

9.3
93%
28 Ratings
8.1
81%
115 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

8.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

82%
7.6

Tableau Desktop

76%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 6/6 features

REST API

8.0
80%
18 Ratings
7.6
76%
56 Ratings

Javascript API

8.0
80%
17 Ratings
7.7
77%
50 Ratings

iFrames

8.5
85%
15 Ratings
7.5
75%
48 Ratings

Java API

8.4
84%
19 Ratings
7.2
72%
45 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

7.9
79%
18 Ratings
7.7
77%
51 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

8.4
84%
18 Ratings
8.1
81%
45 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is rated higher in 9 areas: Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, In-Person Training, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Product Scalability
  • Tableau Desktop is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Ease of integration, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

85%
65 Ratings
8.6

Tableau Desktop

86%
193 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
22 Ratings
8.9

Tableau Desktop

89%
39 Ratings

Usability

8.9

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

89%
10 Ratings
8.8

Tableau Desktop

88%
66 Ratings

Availability

10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

100%
7 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
20 Ratings

Performance

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
17 Ratings
6.1

Tableau Desktop

61%
18 Ratings

Support Rating

8.7

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

87%
18 Ratings
7.7

Tableau Desktop

77%
75 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

100%
3 Ratings
9.4

Tableau Desktop

94%
4 Ratings

Online Training

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
15 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
68 Ratings

Configurability

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
8.1

Tableau Desktop

81%
2 Ratings

Ease of integration

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
10.0

Tableau Desktop

100%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
7.0

Tableau Desktop

70%
3 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
10.0

Tableau Desktop

100%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
10.0

Tableau Desktop

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

SAP

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.
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Tableau

Tableau Desktop is one the finest tool available in the market with such a wide range of capabilities in its suite that makes it easy to generate insights. Further, if optimally designed, then its reports are fairly simple to understand, yet capable enough to make changes at the required levels. One can create a variety of visualizations as required by the business or the clients. The data pipelines in the backend are very robust. The tableau desktop also provides options to develop the reports in developer mode, which is one of the finest features to embed and execute even the most complex possible logic. It's easier to operate, simple to navigate, and fluent to understand by the users.
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Pros

SAP

  • 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.
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Tableau

  • An excellent tool for data visualization, it presents information in an appealing visual format—an exceptional platform for storing and analyzing data in any size organization.
  • Through interactive parameters, it enables real-time interaction with the user and is easy to learn and get support from the community.
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Cons

SAP

  • 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.
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Tableau

  • 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
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Pricing Details

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Tableau Desktop

    Starting Price

    $70 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Tableau Desktop editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Tableau Creator$70.001

    Footnotes

    1. Per User / Per Month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    All pricing plans are billed annually.

    Likelihood to Renew

    SAP

    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.
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Usability

    SAP

    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.
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    Tableau

    Tableau Desktop has proven to be a lifesaver in many situations. Once we've completed the initial setup, it's simple to use. It has all of the features we need to quickly and efficiently synthesize our data. Tableau Desktop has advanced capabilities to improve our company's data structure and enable self-service for our employees.
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    Reliability and Availability

    SAP

    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
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    Tableau

    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

    SAP

    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).
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    Tableau

    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
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    Support Rating

    SAP

    SAP has released various versions of SAP BO BI. starting from 3.1 and going to 4.0,4.1,4.2 and latest being 4.3. SAP provides support to these new versions. As new versions keep on coming, support for the very old software goes out of scope from SAP. it is when the different organization plans to get their BO content migrated from a lower version to a newer version. The newer version had definitely added functionality and features which ease the work of users.
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    Tableau

    I have never really used support much, to be honest. I think the support is not as user-friendly to search and use it. I did have an encounter with them once and it required a bit of going back and forth for licensing before reaching a resolution. They did solve my issue though
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    In-Person Training

    SAP

    SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
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    Tableau

    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

    SAP

    I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

    Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
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    Tableau

    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 Rating

    SAP

    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.
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Alternatives Considered

    SAP

    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.
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Scalability

    SAP

    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
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Return on Investment

    SAP

    • 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.
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    Tableau

    • 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.
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