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Likelihood to Recommend

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We need to create/open reports every month. The manual way would be to download data manually from SAP BW and then paste in Excel to start formatting/cleaning. With SAP Analysis Office, we create a report once. Next month when we open it, we just need to change the time frame and refresh the data. It takes 5 mins to open and update data
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

It helps us to visualize and understand data. Helps in business analysis, predict market trends. Caters to the needs of an organization. Can be integrated with different kinds of data sources like Excel, CSV, different kinds of databases like Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle. On the other hand, need some understanding of statistics to use this software, cannot retrieve previous versions of the same file created. So, version management is a problem. Left joins cannot be created during data loading. These need to be created separately using blends.
Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Pixel Perfect reports
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Tableau Desktop
9.2
Report Formatting Templates
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8
Tableau Desktop
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Drill-down analysis
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Formatting capabilities
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Publish to Web
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Publish to PDF
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.9
Report Versioning
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Predictive Analytics
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Access Control and Security

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.6
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.1
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Tableau Desktop
7.9
REST API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Javascript API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Tableau Desktop
8.1
iFrames
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.4
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Java API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6
Tableau Desktop
7.6

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

  • With Tableau you do not need to have technical knowledge to do the data integration and you get a quick response of what you are looking for, being your visualization of high quality.
  • We can say that it is free software and it is not a limited version
Yusmelys Lopez | 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

  • Tableau is ill-suited to work with SSAS cubes, at least when you are used to analysis within Microsoft tools
  • Data preparation is not up-to-par with other leading vendor tools (although can be improved through Alteryx if you have access to it)
  • The ease-of-use is true for basic analysis, but rapidly gives way to a steep learning curve with more complex queries or when the business context is more mathematics oriented
Charles Saulnier | 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
Because right now its the best option out there (disclosure: I haven't used Qlikview or some of the other direct competitors of Tableau). The big investment is in Tableau Server not desktop. For the cost of the license of Tableau desktop, its a pretty good deal. You can hook it up to pretty much any data source easily. You can easily share the visualizations with your team/colleagues easily. Tableau Desktop is generally easy to use for business users. But the more advanced stuff is better suited for a analyst or someone with a IT/CS background.
Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.5
Based on 4 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 23 answers
I am really a fan of tableau for its quick setup, data connection, dashboard creation time and very easy to use UI.As i have used multiple Bi tools like QlikView and SAP BO, i can say all other tools take really long time in performing above functionalities except QlikView which is really fast in term of performing analysis.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 1.0
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 10 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 7.2
Based on 8 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 9 answers
Tableau's connections to third-party sources can be somewhat slow due to the time required to speak to a source over a network. However, if you properly utilize Tableau's Data Source Extracts, then the speed is incredible. On the other hand, Tableau makes it very easy for the user to put too much data into one dashboard, which can impact performance. All in all, if you use the tool properly, speed should not be a concern.
Brad Llewellyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 7.5
Based on 6 answers
The overall support package is very good. The online knowledge base provides wealth of information including step by step details on how to resolve known issues on a per release basis. When required software and/or code is included as a download or cut and paste option. It is also highly recommended to have well trained personnel as your system administrators. Do not relay on support alone to resolve all of your issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.0
Based on 16 answers
I still haven't found something that stumped me for long. The company materials are first-rate and their seems to be a natural affinity among the professionals using the product. It seems there are many who want to help those that are following them onto the platform. I've never noticed any condescension to new users or obvious questions in the forums or my personal exchanges.
David Fickes | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Great training with hand-on labs.
Nathan Patrick Taylor | 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 8.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP's training is excellent, though it is expensive.
Nathan Patrick Taylor | 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 8.4
Based on 7 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 34 answers
Time needs to be spent ahead of implementation to make sure data sources are set up and ready. Consultants need to understand the data sources and the goals before setting foot on-site. Installation is easy, learning to use it takes time. The training resources available are great.
Phillip Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We selected SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) based on price. It can stack up against others in terms of price and honestly, that's about it. Salesforce Commerce does a hell of a better job at handling it. However, in the space of Business Intelligence, SAP can do more, and that's why at the end we went with it
Michael Diaz-Suarez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

When we first looked at getting a visualization software for analytics we looked into two options Microsoft Power BI and Tableau Desktop, and even though Power BI is more cost-effective we decided to go with Tableau Desktop as it had more options that we are looking for such as free reader and Tableau Server and offers a very comprehensive and simple interface that is easier to learn for new staff.
Clinton Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Although tableau is highly interactive and fast but with very large dataset its performance degrades heavily. So up to certain extent its really good but after that we have to take care of its performance issues.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • Business Objects allows me to pull data quickly when I am in a time crunch, for example, I was able to pull together a presentation for a last-minute board meeting to discuss financial objectives for the upcoming fiscal year
  • Business Objects data is used in identifying items that should be discontinued due to low sales volume or low margins
  • Business Objects data is used to analyze customer and brand performance and identify areas of success that can be translated to other customers, or areas that could be improved.
Carrie Brate | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

  • Tableau has provided my clients with the information necessary to allocate multi-million dollar research budgets effectively, ensuring the company is getting the most bang for its buck.
  • Tableau has given my office the ability to present data quickly and easily in a professional format that customers can understand, and has them returning frequently for additional analysis and projects.
Tim McClelland | 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

Tableau Desktop

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

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

Usability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.5
Tableau Desktop
8.9

Reliability and Availability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
1.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Performance

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
Tableau Desktop
6.1

Support Rating

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
Tableau Desktop
9.0

In-Person Training

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.5
Tableau Desktop
9.4

Online Training

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

Implementation Rating

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Scalability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0
Tableau Desktop
7.0

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