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Score 8.8 out of 100

Tableau Desktop

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security
  • Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 4 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BI Standard Reporting

6.7

SAS Business Intelligence

67%
8.1

Tableau Desktop

81%
Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

7.1
71%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
137 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

7.1
71%
5 Ratings
8.5
85%
163 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

6.1
61%
5 Ratings
7.9
79%
142 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

7.0

SAS Business Intelligence

70%
8.1

Tableau Desktop

81%
Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

5.2
52%
5 Ratings
8.1
81%
156 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

7.1
71%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
159 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

6.0
60%
5 Ratings
7.6
76%
120 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

9.8
98%
5 Ratings
8.5
85%
155 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

9.5

SAS Business Intelligence

95%
8.2

Tableau Desktop

82%
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

8.0
80%
5 Ratings
8.6
86%
146 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
8.4
84%
146 Ratings

Report Versioning

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
7.9
79%
112 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
8.2
82%
119 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
7.8
78%
70 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.6

SAS Business Intelligence

86%
8.4

Tableau Desktop

84%
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 2/3 features

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

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
8.7
87%
151 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.9
89%
4 Ratings
8.7
87%
146 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
7.9
79%
123 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.9

SAS Business Intelligence

99%
8.4

Tableau Desktop

84%
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
8.4
84%
136 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
8.3
83%
115 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
8.6
86%
126 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
8.5
85%
74 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

5.8

SAS Business Intelligence

58%
7.9

Tableau Desktop

79%
Tableau Desktop ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.1
71%
4 Ratings
7.9
79%
121 Ratings

Mobile Application

5.1
51%
4 Ratings
7.8
78%
179 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

6.1
61%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
113 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.3

SAS Business Intelligence

73%
7.7

Tableau Desktop

77%
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 3/6 features

REST API

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
7.8
78%
55 Ratings

Javascript API

6.1
61%
3 Ratings
7.8
78%
49 Ratings

iFrames

6.0
60%
3 Ratings
7.6
76%
47 Ratings

Java API

7.9
79%
3 Ratings
7.3
73%
44 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
7.7
77%
50 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

6.0
60%
1 Rating
8.1
81%
44 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • SAS Business Intelligence is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
  • Tableau Desktop is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
  • SAS Business Intelligence and Tableau Desktop are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

SAS Business Intelligence

81%
9 Ratings
8.6

Tableau Desktop

86%
191 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.3

SAS Business Intelligence

93%
3 Ratings
8.9

Tableau Desktop

89%
39 Ratings

Usability

6.0

SAS Business Intelligence

60%
1 Rating
8.8

Tableau Desktop

88%
66 Ratings

Availability

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
20 Ratings

Performance

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
6.1

Tableau Desktop

61%
18 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

SAS Business Intelligence

80%
3 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
74 Ratings

In-Person Training

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4

Tableau Desktop

94%
4 Ratings

Online Training

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Tableau Desktop

80%
68 Ratings

Product Scalability

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

Tableau Desktop

70%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence is more suited to organizations which are already using SAS as the primary software for their analytics needs. Learning curve is relatively shorter for teams already skilled in BASE SAS. For organizations already working with open source software like Julia and Python, it doesn't make much sense to use SAS BI.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop is better for data analysis and visualization. Its advanced visualization features helped us better understand our business and customer demographics. We use Tableau Desktop to track our team’s progress. Real-time analyses and interactive dashboards are helpful for monitoring data. We can now create and share insights in ways we couldn’t before. It’s easy to put faith in and use these insights. Tableau Desktop can compare data from previous years with weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual comparisons. It assists businesses in identifying the best and least-sold products. However, this requires expensive licenses and skilled personnel, which small businesses cannot afford.
Al Mubassir Muin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

SAS Business Intelligence

  • SAS BI makes it very easy to create interactive dashboards even for someone who is not from an IT background. For some specific requirements, basic knowledge of SQL is good enough.
  • A lot of functions have been predefined which makes it very convenient to create dashboards and reports. One doesn't need to be from an IT or a programming background to understand and create dashboards.
  • It supports other programming languages like R and also has a seamless API integration with various data management platforms.
Tapan Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

  • 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.
Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SAS Business Intelligence

  • There will be a steep learning curve for individuals transitioning from BASE SAS to SAS BI. Our department was filled with experienced SAS programmers, but that did little to prepare us for the challenges of SAS BI. Training will be a must.
  • It is possible, but extremely difficult to customize the web-based portions of SAS BI, like the Information Delivery Portal or Web Report Studio. Having an out-of-the box solution is great to get up and coming quickly, but customizing the look and feel for the web-based users will require some previous web design skills.
  • In order to fully appreciate the features of SAS BI, you absolutely need someone on your team with a background in platform administration, security, web design or some other basic IT skills. Alternatively, you may just need strong support from your IT department. Simply having a group of individuals experienced in BASE SAS will not cut it.
Nicole Jagusztyn | 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

Pricing Details

SAS Business Intelligence

General

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

Starting Price

SAS Business Intelligence 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

Starting Price

$70 per month

Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules

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

Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.3
Based on 3 answers
There is no other product that can match SAS. There are some products that can compare to ETL but lack the analytics that SAS has. Others can perform a limited set of analytical procedures but lack the data processing that comes with SAS. Using thin client allows users to access data whenever they have an internet connection.
Erik Larsen | 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

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 6.0
Based on 1 answer
SAS BI is good for creating reports and dashboards and then sharing it with the users. It also has ability to manage access to the reports and dashboards but somehow with most of the world moving to open source languages R, Python and Julia, SAS BI feels to be archaic in terms of feature set and integrations it allow[s]. Also, comparing it with other Business Intelligence tools like Tableau and Microsoft BI, the functionality of SAS BI is very limited and doesn't justify the pricing.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.8
Based on 66 answers
It is a good tool for creating beautiful visualizations and sharing dashboards. It does offer a variety of features and also making interactive dashboards. It is easy to learn and create custom visualizations really fast. It does offer good API connectivity to gather data. But it lacks the structure for data cleaning and processing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 8.0
Based on 3 answers
When you call tech support, you are immediately routed to a person who can answer your question. Often they can answer on the spot. However, if they cannot, you are given a track number and then followed up with. There have been times when I have had multiple track numbers open and they will actually TRACK YOU DOWN to ensure that your problem has been resolved. Issues do not fall into black holes with SAS. They are also willing to do a WebEx with you to diagnose the problem by seeing your environment, which is always helpful.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 74 answers
The Tableau Desktop's support team has been very helpful and tend to response very quickly. After all you have paid very premium price for the product and it goes to the services. This makes using the tool much easier for these who doesn't have such experience to get help quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence is not the cream of the crop for business intelligence applications, but it is not far behind. The software is generally easier to apply than most other business intelligence software. Additionally, SAS Business Intelligence runs smoothly in the background when making real-time updates. With that said, the software is not as efficient of many of the other business intelligence software applications that have been on the market for longer than this one.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Desktop

Tableau hands-down wins based upon functionality, interoperability with a wide variety of enterprise-class data connections, end-user support, and quality of visualizations. Tableau Desktop offers a substantially more robust, refined, and mature product. It became quickly apparent that there was no real comparison. For applications that need fast, accurate analytics using a wide portfolio of underlying data sources, Tableau Desktop is the clear winner.
Jason Guinn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Having a stable reporting environment. That is, everyone is using the same starting data, thus alleviating differences for timing, etc.
  • Allows for a simple reporting environment for executives which do not have the technical knowledge to gather the data
Erik Larsen | 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

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