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Likelihood to Recommend

Sigma

Sigma [Computing] is by far the easiest to use and most powerful business intelligence tool that I've ever used. It really puts the power of huge databases in the hands of business users in an interface that is familiar, easy to learn and easy to understand.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau may be well suited to non-Microsoft shops. Its methodologies, internal management, and overall approach seem geared more toward Oracle/Java shops. It also does require a decent amount of care and feeding. Backups, upgrades, etc., tend to be cumbersome and require some level of IT knowledge, despite how the product is often sold. Smaller shops that wish to pursue Tableau may be better off leveraging their SaaS offerings.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Sigma
6.7
Tableau Server
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Sigma
5.9
Tableau Server
9.1
Customizable dashboards
Sigma
7.3
Tableau Server
7.1
Report Formatting Templates
Sigma
6.8
Tableau Server
5.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Sigma
7.3
Tableau Server
6.1
Drill-down analysis
Sigma
7.3
Tableau Server
6.3
Formatting capabilities
Sigma
6.7
Tableau Server
6.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Sigma
7.6
Tableau Server
5.6
Report sharing and collaboration
Sigma
7.5
Tableau Server
6.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Sigma
6.9
Tableau Server
6.3
Publish to Web
Sigma
7.2
Tableau Server
7.3
Publish to PDF
Sigma
7.4
Tableau Server
6.4
Report Versioning
Sigma
6.3
Tableau Server
6.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Sigma
7.6
Tableau Server
6.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
Sigma
6.2
Tableau Server
5.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Sigma
6.1
Tableau Server
6.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Sigma
6.5
Tableau Server
7.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Sigma
6.2
Tableau Server
7.3
Predictive Analytics
Sigma
5.6
Tableau Server
4.9

Access Control and Security

Sigma
Tableau Server
7.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Sigma
Tableau Server
6.9
Role-Based Security Model
Sigma
Tableau Server
7.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Sigma
Tableau Server
7.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Sigma
Tableau Server
7.4

Mobile Capabilities

Sigma
Tableau Server
6.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Sigma
Tableau Server
6.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Sigma
Tableau Server
6.8
Dedicated Android Application
Sigma
Tableau Server
6.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Sigma
Tableau Server
6.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Sigma
Tableau Server
5.6
REST API
Sigma
Tableau Server
5.8
Javascript API
Sigma
Tableau Server
6.1
iFrames
Sigma
Tableau Server
5.4
Java API
Sigma
Tableau Server
5.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Sigma
Tableau Server
6.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Sigma
Tableau Server
4.6

Pros

Sigma

  • Easy to learn but with enough depth to appeal to more advanced BI users.
  • Constantly updating and improving the tool.
  • The parameter and filter functionality is on point. It makes creating enterprise quality reporting a breeze for our team.
  • The SQL writer is very straight forward and the fact you can write directly in SQL gives Sigma a huge leg up on other BI tools that use their own languages.
Jordan Seib | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

  • It's good at doing what it is designed for: accessing visualizations without having to download and open a workbook in Tableau Desktop. The latter would be a very inefficient method for sharing our metrics, so I am glad that we have Tableau Server to serve this function.
  • Publishing to Tableau Server is quick and easy. Just a few clicks from Tableau Desktop and a few seconds of publishing through an average speed network, and the new visualizations are live!
  • Seeing details on who has viewed the visualization and when. This is something particularly useful to me for trying to drive adoption of some new pages, so I really appreciate the granularity provided in Tableau Server
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Sigma

  • The user interface had at least one big change in the past two years, which was confusing.
  • I would like to be able to create and run report on the fly, instead of having to schedule them.
  • Better navigation using tabs and menus.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

  • Tableau Server has had some issue handling some of our larger data sets. Our extract refreshes fail intermittently with no obvious error that we can fix
  • Tableau Server has been hard to work with before they launched their new Rest API, which is also a little tricky to work with
Jacob Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Because we are very satisfied with the product and would most likely renew because of the services it provides. It is a tool that you bring into your organization and let it change the way you analyze your data, present your data and share you date within the Respective teams
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 10.0
Based on 20 answers
It simply is used all the time by more and more people.Migrating to something else would involve lots of work and lots of training.The renewal fee being fair, it simply isn't worth migrating to a different tool for now.
Mathieu Gaouette | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Sigma

Sigma 7.7
Based on 45 answers
Sigma is a modern business intelligence (BI) and analytics application built for the cloud. Sigma provides live access to cloud data warehouses using an intuitive spreadsheet interface empowering business experts to ask more of their data. Sigma is self-service analytics as it was meant to be.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 11 answers
Tableau Server is unbeatable at creating easy to use, interactive dashboards for busy executives. The software also saves time for the busy analyst that is tired of always using Excel. Tableau Server is a head and shoulders improvement over Excel.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Yes, as long as you don’t conduct user error sigma is always up and running and waiting for you to complete your dashboards
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
Our instance of Tableau Server was hosted on premises (I believe all instances are) so if there were any outages it was normally due to scheduled maintenance on our end. If the Tableau server ever went down, a quick restart solved most issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Sigma

Sigma 8.2
Based on 2 answers
It depends, it loads quickly for smaller dashboards but when loading larger amounts of data it takes more time to do so
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.1
Based on 8 answers
While there are definitely cases where a user can do things that will make a particular worksheet or dashboard run slowly, overall the performance is extremely fast. The user experience of exploratory analysis particularly shines, there's nothing out there with the polish of Tableau.
Jonathan Drummey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Sigma

Sigma 8.0
Based on 58 answers
Support team is helpful in answering questions and providing help with using the UI. There are knowledgeable people within the support team.There are also good online support tools. There are significant community support resources available.There is however lack of a live support. It would be useful to have live phone number or chat to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 12 answers
We have consistently had highly satisfactory results every time we've reached out for help. Our contractor, used for Tableau server maintenance and dashboard development is very technically skilled. When he hits a roadblock on how to do something with Tableau, the support staff have provided timely and useful guidance. He frequently compares it to Cognos and says that while Cognos has capabilities Tableau doesn't, the bottom line value for us is a no-brainer
Henry Yennie | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Sigma

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.0
Based on 4 answers
In our case, they hired a private third party consultant to train our dept. It was extremely boring and felt like it dragged on. Everything I learned was self taught so I was not really paying attention. But I do think that you can easily spend a week on the tool and go over every nook and cranny. We only had the consultant in for a day or two.
Mashhood Syed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Sigma

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
The Tableau website is full of videos that you can follow at your own pace. As a very small company with a Tableau install, access to these free resources was incredibly useful to allowing me to implement Tableau to its potential in a reasonable and proportionate manner.
Mel Stephenson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Sigma

Sigma 8.2
Based on 2 answers
I don’t have enough insight as I was not a big piece of this implementation
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 13 answers
Implementation was over the phone with the vendor, and did not go particularly well. Again, think this was our fault as our integration and IT oversight was poor, and we made errors. Would they have happened had a vendor been onsite? Not sure, probably not, but we probably wouldn't have paid for that either
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Sigma

Sigma [Computing] is the easiest to use. Visualizations and calculations can be created easily without writing code. It's super intuitive and also has nice charts and visuals. Sigma [Computing] also allows users to write their own SQL queries without having to learn another language to create reports. Other BI tools have their language or functions which users must learn before they are able to fully use the tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

We used and still are using IBM Cognos for business intelligence purposes. It is good for use as a data infrastructure and analytic framework, rather than a BI toolkit, but Tableau is replacing Cognos fast. We used D3.js for a few proofs of concept visualization and dashboarding, but those efforts stopped because of productivity and maintenance problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It is a cloud service offering that is able to expand based on your usage
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Sigma

  • Sigma has allowed business users to vastly increase their access to data, driving much more data-driven decision-making.
  • Sigma has freed up the data team from routine data-gathering, allowing the team to focus on building higher-level tools and products that unlock value for the company.
Peter Jaffe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

  • Tableau does take dedicated FTE to create and analyze the data. It's too complex (and powerful) a product not to have someone dedicated to developing with it.
  • There are some significant setup for the server product.
  • Once sever setup is complete, it's largely "fire and forget" until an update is necessary. The server update process is cumbersome.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Sigma

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Sigma Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
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Tableau Server

General

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

Tableau Server Editions & Modules

Edition
Creator$70.001
Explorer$35.001
Viewer$12.001
  1. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Sigma
8.1
Tableau Server
6.4

Likelihood to Renew

Sigma
7.3
Tableau Server
10.0

Usability

Sigma
7.7
Tableau Server
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Sigma
7.3
Tableau Server
9.0

Performance

Sigma
8.2
Tableau Server
8.1

Support Rating

Sigma
8.0
Tableau Server
9.1

In-Person Training

Sigma
Tableau Server
8.0

Online Training

Sigma
Tableau Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Sigma
8.2
Tableau Server
9.1

Scalability

Sigma
7.3
Tableau Server

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