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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft SQL Server

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.
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

Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
9.1
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.6
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
5.6

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
6.8
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.3
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
5.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
5.5
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.6
Publish to Web
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
9.0
Publish to PDF
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
8.5
Report Versioning
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
5.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
6.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.8
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
4.8

Access Control and Security

Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.6
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
6.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
7.3
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
6.8
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
6.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
6.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
5.6
REST API
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
5.8
Javascript API
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
6.1
iFrames
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
5.3
Java API
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
5.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
6.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft SQL Server
Tableau Server
4.6

Pros

Microsoft SQL Server

  • 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
Shivani Pandey | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

  • 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
Paul Nockolds | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
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.
Lisandro Fernigrini | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.5
Based on 10 answers
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.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.0
Based on 12 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Its does not have outages.
Srikanth S | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 2 answers
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
Srikanth S | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.0
Based on 50 answers
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.
luka horvat | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.0
Based on 13 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 10 answers
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.
Bill Starling | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

[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.
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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Server

No score
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Return on Investment

Microsoft SQL Server

  • 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.
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

Microsoft SQL Server Editions & Modules

Edition
Enterprise$13,748.001
Subscription$1,418.001
  1. Per License
Additional Pricing Details

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

Microsoft SQL Server
9.0
Tableau Server
7.3

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft SQL Server
9.0
Tableau Server
10.0

Usability

Microsoft SQL Server
9.5
Tableau Server
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft SQL Server
10.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Performance

Microsoft SQL Server
9.0
Tableau Server
8.1

Support Rating

Microsoft SQL Server
8.0
Tableau Server
8.0

In-Person Training

Microsoft SQL Server
9.0
Tableau Server
8.0

Online Training

Microsoft SQL Server
9.0
Tableau Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Microsoft SQL Server
9.0
Tableau Server
9.1

Scalability

Microsoft SQL Server
9.0
Tableau Server

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