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Tableau Server

Top Rated
575 Ratings

Tableau Server

Top Rated
575 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

MicroStrategy Analytics

206 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Tableau Server

Tableau Server is able to handle our data very efficiently and quickly. The design to publish cycle, using the Desktop Creator tool, is very fast making needed adjustments to visualizations very easy in a rapidly changing event. The ease with which a non-technical person can make changes to a visualization that is connected to our source data is unmatched. We can put this tool in the hands of "unsophisticated IT users" and have them productive quickly. This efficiency and usability is deeper with the mobile application. We now have field hospital coordinators using the mobile app to assist in patient routing and facility evacuations.
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MicroStrategy Analytics

It is appropriate when wishing to show big data to a group that needs to make informed decisions quickly, and that does not have a technical background and cannot get bogged down in percentages and technicalities. For those that want it, however, Microstrategy provides gridded reports that make detailed examination of data easy. Both are simple to create
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Tableau Server
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Tableau Server
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.1
Customizable dashboards
Tableau Server
8.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.7
Report Formatting Templates
Tableau Server
7.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Tableau Server
7.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
Drill-down analysis
Tableau Server
7.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Tableau Server
8.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Tableau Server
7.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
5.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Tableau Server
7.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Tableau Server
7.9
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.5
Publish to Web
Tableau Server
8.9
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.8
Publish to PDF
Tableau Server
7.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Report Versioning
Tableau Server
7.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Tableau Server
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Tableau Server
7.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Tableau Server
8.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Tableau Server
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Tableau Server
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.2
Predictive Analytics
Tableau Server
7.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.3

Access Control and Security

Tableau Server
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Tableau Server
8.2
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Tableau Server
8.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Tableau Server
8.3
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Tableau Server
8.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Tableau Server
7.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Tableau Server
7.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Tableau Server
7.7
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Tableau Server
7.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Tableau Server
7.6
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Tableau Server
7.5
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
REST API
Tableau Server
8.1
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Javascript API
Tableau Server
8.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.6
iFrames
Tableau Server
7.6
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Java API
Tableau Server
7.4
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Tableau Server
7.0
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Tableau Server
6.8
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.5

Pros

  • Tableau Server is a must-have if you want to easily foster an environment of collaboration of dashboards and analytics built by your end users.
  • Tableau Server has a strong and very flexible security model.
  • Upgrades and maintenance of Tableau Server are fairly painless.
  • Tableau Server provides a one-stop-shop for Tableau Desktop users to find data to work with.
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  • Visual Insight is a very good tool for data discovery and for create quick dashboard presentation. This is is basically a online web based portal where you have capability to quickly slice & dice the data . Also it provides you options to create derived metrics & derived attribute (MSTR 10) with various mathematical or statistical functions. One of the major mention would be the map based data visualization where you can plot data based on Latitude & Longitude.Also with MSTR 10 following limitations were removed i) using hyperlink ii) HTML 5 is implemented instead of Flash ,so easy to be rendered in mobile too iii) Adding images is possible for hardcoding company logo & symbols
  • Drilling Capabilities. This requires some good backend data modeling. Once you bring in all the facts and dimensions you are supposed to establish relationship between them & create hierarchies. Then it would be easy to drill more & more. For example - Device hierarchy - (Device Used by User--> Browser-->Operating System)
  • Data Source Connectivity.
  • Enterprise Manager is basically BI to BI environment which is used by administrators or executives to track reporting usage, report performance,developer efficiency or frequency of usage & thousands of other statistics which proves to be very helpful in monitoring the efficiency of the whole environment. Once you set up Enterprise miner( which is a bit tricky) you will be able to access all the in built documents or you can custom built dashboard based on your usage
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Cons

  • Workday connectivity will help easy integration for HR department & this will encourage more usage in our company
  • Enabling the XML format of the dashboard will help easily share the dashboard, like in COGNOS
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  • The developer desktop product could use some UI enhancements. It's been the same for many years.
  • The world would be a better place if custom groups and consolidation were supported in Visual Insight and I-Cubes.
  • A more simplify licensing model.
  • It's expensive.
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Likelihood to Renew

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 19 answers
Fairly easy to use and very powerful. Everyone who uses it loves it.
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MicroStrategy Analytics9.9
Based on 27 answers
MicroStrategy, for the use by our company, was WAY overkill for their needs, both in functionality and price. It can be a great tool, but their licensing scheme is frustratingly painful and expensive for the quality of software they provide. If your company does not want to pay a DBA or DB Developer to write optimized T-SQL or queries, then by all means MicroStrategy may be your answer. For the price, you could pay an employee who knows your data and writes much more optimized T-SQL, and utilize the great features of MSFT Excel to slice and dice your data - this would work for 90% or more of the companies who want a great data warehouse. As far as the current implementation of the data warehouse, so much investment and time went into rolling out MicroStrategy that, unless there was a major data structure change, it does not make sense to recreate all the reports in Excel.
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Usability

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 10 answers
When it works, it works great. The drag and drop functionality is seamless. Creating calculated fields is also simple
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MicroStrategy Analytics7.0
Based on 3 answers
The standard grid reporting could look more like the styling and object used for the Import and Visual Insight products. In addition, object properties almost seem to be hidden when first using the product. It's as if they are asking the engineers to only use the presets we make available...and, these presets are 10+ years old. On the positive side, Microstrategy seems to be the only product, not named Cognos, which can scale to Big Data. The product is "hackable" via the SDK or tricking the Intelligence Server to do uncommon things. The Microstrategy development team also seems to be very involved with their OEM partners; especially when it comes to features and enhancements. A large majority of the improvements we suggested have made it into the product or on the roadmap for future enhancements. Only suckas fall for the shiny objects from most other vendors; Microstrategy is really the only choice for Enterprise BI.
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Reliability and Availability

Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
Tableau Server is very stable. But Tableau desktop has crashed (or become unresponsive) on a few instances.
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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had an issue with MicroStrategy not being available due to MicroStrategy application malfunction. It is very robust and only failures I've seen were due to user error or the platform the machine running the service failed some how.
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Performance

Tableau Server8.1
Based on 8 answers
Again, assuming that you are working with 100k rows of data or less, it works great. When you increase the number of rows of data by a magnitude of 5 or 10+, there is a significant deterioration in performance
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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
Being able to customize the performance based on the business need is extremely powerful. Proper configuration and understanding of the usage pattern is key, if the technical ability of the architect is not at top level, then the product will not be configured correctly which will lead to poor performance.
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Support

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 12 answers
I think the folks that work in support are generally pretty good at what they do (when you get them on a WebEx). But the process of reporting issues to them and waiting for a response (via email only) is a hassle. I never understood why you can't just call them up and discuss the issues with them. It would take a handful of email exchanges before they would agree to a WebEx session. That was frustrating.
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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 3 answers
If the staff does not know they answer they either find it out at some point, or put in a feature request. I have never been left hanging or been given an answer that is unsatisfactory to the solution. Even if there was no current solution, I was still told the logical reason and why.
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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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Online Training

Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
The sales consultants do an amazing job of introducing the tool and its capabilities. They are also helpful in explaining the layout of the desktop client and its different functionality.Keep in mind that they use a sample data source (MS Excel) with a very small amount of data to show off what it can do. What you have to remember is that you are buying the tool so that you can connect to large amounts of data (and possibly blend data together from different databases).
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MicroStrategy Analytics7.8
Based on 4 answers
The MicroStrategy training is incredible, they have great online teachers. I was fortunate to be learning MicroStrategy while also implementing a project from scratch. This helped to solidify a lot of the concepts and be able to ask questions about real world problems in addition to class room exercises.
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Implementation

Tableau Server9.1
Based on 13 answers
My department was largely Excel and paper-based when I started, so there's been a tremendous amount of work to get the data into shape, so when I look at the overall implementation of our visualization and reporting infrastructure, I'm less satisfied. Tableau has been wonderful, the one place that would get me to a 10 is if it was easier to tune workbook performance on Tableau Server, there are a huge number of variables to deal with across the workbook/application/hardware stack. In a small environment like ours that takes more effort than I'd like.
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MicroStrategy Analytics8.0
Based on 3 answers
Implementation is not easy, but also not difficult. With enough training on how to create a schema, and with the proper data warehouse schema the implementation can be very quick. If there are a lot of unknowns in the beginning phase of modeling, that can greatly extend the overall time taken for a fully implemented project.
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Breadth of Deployment

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Our customers are mainly internal to the business having a user base in the hundreds. The types of users who are active with MicroStrategy range from business analysts to software developers.
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Alternatives Considered

There were a lot of reasons why we chose Tableau and the least is the cost but also the way Tableau stores data in the columnar fashion instead of in Cubes. We went through a painstaking selection process and at the end, came down to a couple of vendors and we ended up with the product that was least to pair up with Amazon Web Services to create a decent and cost-effective proof of concept and we landed with the solution we have today.
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Microstrategy integrated architecture and ease of deployment.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Tableau Server7.8
Based on 67 answers
Very good. Offers us tremendous speed and flexibility in the development of and deployment of analytical assets.
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MicroStrategy Analytics7.5
Based on 14 answers
This capability really easy and handy to support especially if you have to provide limited access to virtual person or an intern. Data sharing and using inbuilt features are really easy and gives a lot of options. Subscriptions to reports and read/write capabilities are also helpful in terms of flexing up for modifications under reports.
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Data Integration

Tableau Server8.9
Based on 70 answers
Overall good. However, we use Exasol, and the native driver (for some time) did not work when published to the server, so we needed to us ODBC to get assets to interact with Exasol properly. Less boutique solutions are solid.
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MicroStrategy Analytics7.1
Based on 14 answers
It can be done and seems to work pretty well. I haven't used this feature extensively. Works great with our data warehouse.
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Scalability

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MicroStrategy Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
This software is extremely scaleable, one can add more core servers which performs as a load balancing. The configurations available to manage usage patterns and daily activity are as high a caliber as any other enterprise level software. This product can be installed on both a windows and unix platform allow for integration on a budget.
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Return on Investment

  • Saving hundreds of person hours in preparing charts & reports.
  • Enabling real-time or near real-time visibility into performance on a wide variety of metrics that have long-term financial impact on hospital & physician practice (for example, the Medicare Value Based Purchasing measures). This enables us to take action now that will affect our Medicare reimbursement a year or more from today.
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  • Good returns considering integrated objects and reports for multiple mediums
  • Not sure but cost of development seemed a little higher which is also an outcome of lack of good development vendors or resources. Not a concern over MSTR as a tool.
  • Deployment to mobile or distribute sharing is an advantage as object oriented architecture reduces rework and maintenance steps.
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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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MicroStrategy Analytics

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
MicroStrategy Analytics Editions & Modules
MicroStrategy Analytics
On-premise Edition
Desktop
$6001
1. per named user
SaaS Edition
Web
$6001
Web
$300,0002
Mobile
$6003
Mobile
$300,0004
1. per named user
2. per CPU core
3. per named user
4. per CPU core
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