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Tableau Server

Top Rated
575 Ratings

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings

Tableau Server

Top Rated
575 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Server

It is well suited in an industry rich with data flow and more room for public information. The reason behind the public information use case is that can Tableau can be made visualize value, and in return adds value to proof of concepts or detailed plan. Tableau Server is economical, and many organizations look for such products, as it is no harm to test and try such an enterprise tool.
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Microsoft BI

I found that Tableau is more efficient in providing options to calculate measures, percentages as compared to MS BI Power Pivot. Also, Tableau is more web-friendly. However, analytic capability is well suited in Microsoft BI. Microsoft BI is well suited in larger organization setup which requires various integration with external line of business applications. Sometimes, the cost impact can be bigger for smaller organizations as they look for savings while shopping for minimum viable product.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Server
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Server
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Server
8.4
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Server
7.8
Microsoft BI
8.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Server
7.8
Microsoft BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Server
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Server
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Server
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Server
7.8
Microsoft BI
8.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Server
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to Web
Tableau Server
8.9
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to PDF
Tableau Server
7.8
Microsoft BI
8.5
Report Versioning
Tableau Server
7.5
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Server
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Server
7.2
Microsoft BI
8.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Server
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Server
8.2
Microsoft BI
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Server
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Server
7.5
Microsoft BI
8.5

Access Control and Security

Tableau Server
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Server
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Server
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Server
8.3
Microsoft BI
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Server
8.5
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Server
7.5
Microsoft BI
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Server
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Server
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.7
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Server
7.1
Microsoft BI
8.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Server
7.6
Microsoft BI
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Server
7.5
Microsoft BI
8.4
REST API
Tableau Server
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.6
Javascript API
Tableau Server
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
iFrames
Tableau Server
7.6
Microsoft BI
8.4
Java API
Tableau Server
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Server
7.0
Microsoft BI
8.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Server
6.8
Microsoft BI
8.0

Pros

  • Allows for easy sharing of data and actionable insights with an extremely user-friendly visual interface
  • Acts as an environment to implement and enforce data governance with centralized and certified data sources
  • Easy to deploy, scale to our specific needs, and monitor
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  • Wide variety of tools : Microsoft BI possesses a wide variety of tools to cater needs of presentation, performance caching, integration and ease of use.
  • Popular online and location communities : Online and local communities around Microsoft BI is very popular. You can find a lot of resources and helpful information online and within your communities more efficiently and effectively.
  • Tighter and broad integration options : Microsoft BI tools are very well integrated with other Microsoft products (Office 365, SharePoint, .NET Apps, Project Server etc...) and Line of Business (LOB) applications. Being a large player in BI domain, there are various third party components available which compliment MS BI.
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Cons

  • While I have some thoughts for improvements in the Tableau Desktop application, the server environment is a powerful, growing, and improving software. No significant cons.
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  • Parallel Sequential job Processing within the SSIS GUI, not using DTS
  • More Options for non-SharePoint portal Integration
  • Reporting Services performance browser rendering time for reports
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Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 19 answers
Tableau Server is an integral part of the reporting suite for a client. It meets their reporting needs and has proven to be one of the most reliable painless pieces of software used to date. I believe that they are extremely happy with the product and will continue using it into the future.
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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
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Usability

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 10 answers
While Tableau has the highest ease of use for analysis, the data set has to be ready for that and Tableau hasn't (yet) brought that ease of use to the ETL process.
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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
Easy to use. Good User Interface and visualizations
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Reliability and Availability

Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
I use Tableau for one to several hours per day, every day, and it almost never crashes. It's the most reliable piece of production software I've used.
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Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

Tableau Server8.1
Based on 8 answers
Server can lag a little - problem can be addressed by moving to core-based licensing but it's a significant cost jump over user-based.
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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
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Support

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 12 answers
We've only reached out to Tableau once for support. It wasn't related to the operation of the software but some complex Data Visualization we wanted to develop. The same day Tableau engaged us and provided outstanding support and follow-up resources.
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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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In-Person Training

Tableau Server8.0
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.
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Microsoft BI6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Online Training

Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
Tableau has excellent on-demand training material - web based and free....
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Microsoft BI8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
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Implementation

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 13 answers
The Tableau server installation has been flawless. Our user base is increasing rapidly each quarter. On the It front, we tend to upgrade the server on a bi-annual basis. Which allows use to minimize the disruption to our users. Overall, we are completely satisfied with Tableau server.
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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
You need to have (1) a very solid SQL Server DBA and (2) a Windows Server administrator with domain administrator rights to get the BI stack set up correctly. As most Windows systems people will tell you, a lot of good comes out of doing some security planning on the domain side (users, groups, roles, etc.) before you start the implementation. This is a big integrated system, and getting it set up right is half the battle.On the development side, you will want to have a full time data architect making sure that the model you are developing holds together and supports the reporting requirements of the business. You will also want a technical lead who has rich experience with the stack - that person will be able to shepherd the rest of the development team and help them come up to speed with the tools.
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Breadth of Deployment

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It's deployed in departmental and company-wide implementations through our customer base. In the global 2000, we typically find either Microsoft or SAP as the corporate standard. There is probably a bit more SAP than Microsoft out there, particularly for ROLAP implementations. When MOLAP is leveraged, there are more Microsoft customers.
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Alternatives Considered

I did not choose Tableau for my organization, but did choose my organization in part because they use Tableau! Fantastic flexibility combined with relative ease of visualization.
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We chose Microsoft BI due to performance, functionality, TCO and openness (yes, I know, this sounds strange for Microsoft).
  • SAP Business Objects has a less attractive GUI for end users, inferior Excel integration, inferior SharePoint integration, requires more labor to enhance performance and has higher licensing costs than Microsoft BI.
  • Tableau Server has no real ETL capabilities... and thus requires an underlying BI stack. So, while Tableau rules the visualization world with Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server doesn't give us all of the capability we need for a full BI solution for our clients. Tableau Desktop makes an excellent complementary product to Microsoft BI. We typically recommend using both to customers in certain situations.
  • Microstrategy - Comprehensive Multidimensional/HOLAP platform, expensive, visualizations are better than SAP BO, but not as strong as Microsoft, especially Microsoft SSAS + Tableau (which can be acquired at a lower price point). Excel integration isn't as seamless as SSAS to Excel either.
  • Oracle - Expensive, patchwork of acquired BI tools rather than a platform, inferior visualizations. This platform is meant for customers who are already trapped in Oracle licensing.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Tableau Server7.8
Based on 67 answers
It does not allow multiple developers to build on different elements of the same dashboard.
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Microsoft BI8.2
Based on 27 answers
It is easy to export anything you build in Microsoft BI to Excel or other tools and then share it from there. With SSRS being a web based reporting tool, that makes it very easy to share reports with anyone that has access to the internet or the network. At this point the weak point in report accessibility is on tablets and smartphones, Microsoft is working to make all of their tools HTML5 compliant, but it is not there yet. Security for all of the tools is baked in and is easy to setup if you already have a Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure. If you are not using Microsoft Active Directory you can still enhance the tools to use your own security tools without a lot effort. I believe that in the very near future this rating will be a 10 as well, once all of the tools are supported on all platforms using established standards.
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Data Integration

Tableau Server8.9
Based on 70 answers
It is easy to connect to any existing data source.
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Microsoft BI8.7
Based on 26 answers
There is no data that I have not been able to get with the Microsoft BI tools. The tools will accept flat files and access any database that has a way to query it, even if that is through a web API. If you need to get some data into a Microsoft BI solution, there is a way to do it. You can go down the custom development route if you have to, but in most cases there is someone else that has tried to do the same thing and shared their solution online for you to use. The Microsoft BI tools are used in so many different companies and scenarios that it is very rare these days that you are first one doing something. There is also the speed factor, depending on the source of the data I have run into more issues with the source systems not being able to keep up with the processing on the Microsoft BI side.
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Return on Investment

  • We've created an entire revenue stream with Tableau Server as an essential element; a few years ago analytics wasn't even something that clients paid for and now it's several hundred thousand dollars per year in revenue.
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  • Business users easily learned self service BI with training and what to do and what not to do with self service BI
  • Learning curve for Powerpivot and other office 365 tools for IT team who already knew about data warehousing concepts is steep
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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
Tableau Server
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Microsoft BI

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Microsoft BI Editions & Modules
Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. per user per month
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