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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Tableau Server

    85%
    Tableau Server ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    29 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    93 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    80 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    Tableau Server

    82%
    Tableau Server ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    94 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    92 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    58 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    88 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.7

    Tableau Server

    77%
    Tableau Server ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    84 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    83 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    69 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    76 Ratings

    Delivery to Remote Servers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.1
    51%
    9 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.8

    Tableau Server

    78%
    Tableau Server ranks higher in 3/3 features

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

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    85 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    84 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.3
    63%
    63 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.0

    Tableau Server

    70%
    Tableau Server ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    92 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    89 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    91 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    61 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.7

    Tableau Server

    67%
    Tableau Server ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.7
    57%
    76 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.4
    64%
    62 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.6
    66%
    67 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.5

    Tableau Server

    75%
    Tableau Server ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    39 Ratings

    Javascript API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.7
    97%
    36 Ratings

    iFrames

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    39 Ratings

    Java API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.5
    55%
    7 Ratings

    Themeable User Interface (UI)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.1
    61%
    9 Ratings

    Customizable Platform (Open Source)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.6
    46%
    7 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Microsoft SQL Server is rated higher in 7 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, In-Person Training, Configurability
    • Tableau Server is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Implementation Rating
    • Microsoft SQL Server and Tableau Server are tied in 1 area: Online Training

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Microsoft SQL Server

    91%
    95 Ratings
    6.8

    Tableau Server

    68%
    110 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    6 Ratings
    10.0

    Tableau Server

    100%
    20 Ratings

    Usability

    9.9

    Microsoft SQL Server

    99%
    10 Ratings
    6.9

    Tableau Server

    69%
    17 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    100%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    Tableau Server

    90%
    18 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    2 Ratings
    8.1

    Tableau Server

    81%
    16 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.9

    Microsoft SQL Server

    79%
    49 Ratings
    6.0

    Tableau Server

    60%
    30 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    Tableau Server

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Online Training

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Tableau Server

    90%
    9 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    10 Ratings
    9.1

    Tableau Server

    91%
    26 Ratings

    Configurability

    10.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    Tableau Server

    80%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Tableau Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Tableau Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Tableau Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Tableau Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Microsoft

    Microsoft SQL Server is a great RDBMS and meets all of our requirements. If you need a stable DB platform to support your line of a business application you'll be well served. Licensing costs are far cheaper, more portable and a lot more user friendly than Oracle. Product support and security patches from Microsoft are strong.
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    Tableau

    Tableau Server is well suited for a data warehouse build and handling big data. Tableau data aggregation, transformation, clustering capability is powerful and easy to implement. The choice of charts and visualisation tools is outstanding. Customisation and dynamic data visualisation capability is superb. The user interface takes some time getting used to.
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    Pros

    Microsoft

    • Easy to configure and use with Visual Studio and Dot Net
    • Easy integration with MSBI to perform data analysis
    • Data Security
    • Easy to understand and use
    • Very easy to export database and tables in the form of SQL query or a script
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    Tableau

    • 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
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    Cons

    Microsoft

    • The import/export process can be tricky to follow with lots of steps and could be better for importing flat files
    • Obtaining help from Microsoft is cumbersome and often other internet sources are better and quicker
    • The documentation is not great and again it's generally better to obtain help elsewhere if needed
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    Tableau

    • 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
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    Pricing Details

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Starting Price

    $0 Per License

    Editions & Modules

    Microsoft SQL Server editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Enterprise$13,748.001
    Subscription$1,418.002

    Footnotes

    1. Per License
    2. Per License

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Tableau Server

    Starting Price

    $12 Per User Per Month

    Editions & Modules

    Tableau Server editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Creator$70.001
    Explorer$35.002
    Viewer$12.003

    Footnotes

    1. Per User Per Month
    2. Per User Per Month
    3. Per User Per Month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Microsoft

    We understand that the Microsoft SQL Server will continue to advance, offering the same robust and reliable platform while adding new features that enable us, as a software center, to create a superior product. That provides excellent performance while reducing the hardware requirements and the total cost of ownership of our solution.
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Usability

    Microsoft

    SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Microsoft

    Its does not have outages.
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    Tableau

    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
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    Performance

    Microsoft

    SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Support Rating

    Microsoft

    We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
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    Tableau

    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
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    In-Person Training

    Microsoft

    It was good
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Online Training

    Microsoft

    very hands on and detailed training
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    Tableau

    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.
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    Implementation Rating

    Microsoft

    Other than SQL taking quite a bit of time to actually install there are no problems with installation. Even on hardware that has good performance SQL can still take close to an hour to install a typical server with management and reporting services.
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    Tableau

    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
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    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft

    [Microsoft] SQL Server has a much better community and professional support and is overall just a more reliable system with Microsoft behind it. I've used MySQL in the past and SQL Server has just become more comfortable for me and is my go to RDBMS.
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    Tableau

    Today, if my shop is largely Microsoft-centric, I would be hard pressed to choose a product other than Power BI. Tableau was the visualization leader for years, but Microsoft has caught up with them in many areas, and surpassed them in some. Its ability to source, transform, and model data is superior to Tableau. Tableau still has the lead in some visualizations, but Power BI's rise is evidenced by its ever-increasing position in the leadership section of the Gartner Magic Quadrant.
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    Scalability

    Microsoft

    SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
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    Tableau

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Microsoft

    • Increased accuracy - We went from multiple users having different versions of an Excel spreadsheet to a single source of truth for our reporting.
    • Increased Efficiency - We can now generate reports at any time from a single source rather than multiple users spending their time collating data and generating reports.
    • Improved Security - Enterprise level security on a dedicated server rather than financial files on multiple laptop hard drives.
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    Tableau

    • 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.
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