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Question: Business users moving from Tableau to MS Report builder
Answer: Rich- What is it that current leadership perceives as lacking in the current reporting tool set? Why change if the only benefit is features or a products capabilities? Can the products features and capabilities be exploited? By who and when? How does that make money for the company? Increased profit? Cost reduction? Increased resource utilization? Fewer days for order to cash? Reduced collections? Better on time shipping? Faster production? Increased gross margin? Reduced inventory? You get the picture. It's the people that make the difference. Not the tool! What is it that we need to know to grow our business constantly and continuously? Every tool mentioned can do really great "stuff". But what "stuff" does your company need? I wish you the best.
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Microsoft BI vs. Tableau
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"The product can go easily go and extract data and it can put it into any format.""The solution is very intuitive, you do not need to have too much programming knowledge to use it. Advanced Excel users can use it very easily.""Provides good data flow related to the container and control flow.""The dashboards of Microsoft BI are easy to use.""The best feature for me is Power Query. I know that probably sounds strange, but you can't do too much with visuals and reports if the backend stuff is horribly dirty and just bad. But for me, that is absolutely fantastic. I can load the data and do the transformation and be able to load it in a useful way. There are tons of connections, which is absolutely fantastic as well. It's been fairly easy, and it's intuitive.""The solution's initial setup isn't too complicated.""The solution is quite scalable.""The drill-down capabilities and automatic charts are the best ones. The visualization is also very good. In terms of visualization, no competing product, such as IBM Cognos or any other product, has the same capabilities."

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"Any feature I am looking for usually is part of the next upgrade within a few months. They have a very good dynamic evolution.""It has a shallow learning curve and so you can go to market very, very, very quickly.""The best thing I like about Tableau is that you don't have to go for creating; it is calculated free.""It's very easy to use and users don't need any IT support to access it as the information is right there.""It is easy to use, and it can handle a large amount of data.""I like the calculation feature. I would not say it's such a good feature in Tableau, but if you have the knowledge, you can make that feature visible to everyone. It's not a feature that we can drag and drop and get the information. But whatever the data, whatever the calculation, I'm able to do. It's basically the knowledge base. Whatever knowledge I have, I can make that information public and publish it for management.""I consider Tableau to be the best analytical tool available. It's really handy to use and can be used by non-technical people.""The most valuable part of the solution is the general dashboard features."

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Cons
"If you are having millions of rows of data or you have a large database, Microsoft BI's performance depends upon how powerful your hardware is. When I am handling large amounts of data I do not use Microsoft BI or Tableau because of this, I use D3.""We have used other solutions and the reporting functionality should be user-friendly and have a drag and drop feature should be available, but Microsoft BI doesn't have these features. When you are creating reports and you can't change as a user. Every time you need one developer or one technical person to make the changes.""Microsoft has got a very large repository of all change suggestions which have been raised by the BI community. They keep on adding features that are very widely sought after by the community. We don't focus on product features. We focus on business requirements. To use the solution, we find that existing features are good enough and offer us a very effective solution.""If I compare it to Tableau, I'd say the visualizations can be better. We should have multiple options. By that I mean, while there are multiple options for the visualization, the look and feel of the dashboard when you compare to Tableau is on the lower side. Tableau has a much better visualization.""The formatting template could be improved.""There is no specific area that I have a problem with. It's just that, with whatever feature you come across, every visual has its own formatting and behavior. What you get in one visual for a feature, you don't seem to get in another.""They can provide a user-friendly and easy way to use this tool for people who don't know about programming or technical things. It will be quite good if they can improve the look and feel and make it simpler to operate. They can make it easier to create some of the reports. They can also include predefined templates that you can directly use.""The product doesn't support unstructured data. It doesn't support video, streaming, and strings of files."

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"When there are millions of records, scaling up is quite difficult.""The customization in the front end is a bit difficult.""There could be improvements on the mobile application, it is lacking features.""Tableau's automatic insight could be improved. It has some predefined capabilities to understand the data, but I think they need more. Customers need more insight automatically from data—they don't want to discover them, they want to get the forecast automatically. The data preparation should also be improved because it's not easy. Tableau tries to focus on the business side, but the backend side has not improved much. They also have an ETS solution, but it's limited.""It would be nice to include more features on each dashboard.""Many things have to be improved in Tableau. Right now, we make the calculation, and then we get that information. It would be better if business users could do that. I would ask the people at Tableau to provide that option to business users to get that information in one click. It would be better if they automated some calculations. There should be more automation in Tableau. However, there are many things in automation mode, but it is very limited at the moment. We need automation for people who do not know much about Tableau. It would also be better if there were good community support like in Alteryx.""It should offer better features for customization.""I have noticed that Tableau is not very compatible with ClickHouse. There's no direct connection to ClickHouse; you have to set up an ODBC connection."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is somewhere in the middle in terms of price. Licensing is quite clear."
  • "Its cost seems to be unreasonable if you have many users, but for a lesser number of users, it is reasonable. It is $10 per month. Clients easily accept this option, so they must think it is reasonable. It is quite cheap as compared to other tools, such as Tableau. One of the best things about this solution is that it has a trial version."
  • "Once the trial period for the BI service is over, the cost is approximately $10 USD per user, per month, so it's quite reasonable."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable compared to any other tool."
  • "Microsoft BI is not very cheap. A premium license costs roughly 5,000 euros a month."
  • "This product offers good value for the money."
  • "Microsoft BI is free for the personal edition, but there is also a paid-for professional version."
  • "Setup is easy, and the cost is economical. You do sometimes need to pay additional costs for third party products which "plug-in" to Microsoft BI."
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  • "The cost of the solution should be improved."
  • "It is reasonable and cheap as compared to other major tools. It has a good price, and people go for it because of its pricing."
  • "Pricing is not bad. It's competitive."
  • "At $70 per month, I think the price is a bit scary. I have a small consulting firm in Ghana, working in about 15 different African countries, and when it comes to our part of the world, $70 a month is a lot of money for software."
  • "The professional version of Tableau is quite expensive."
  • "It is a bit difficult for some people when they hear $70.00 per month, as some solutions are available for less than $10.00 or for free."
  • "The solution is very expensive. If you have many users then it is going to cost your company a lot of money."
  • "The price of Tableau is high, although there are different types of licenses available."
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    Comparison Review
    Guillermo (Bill) Cabiro
    I do use both Tableau and QlikView. Although very different, I really like both solutions. They belong to the new BI generation known as Interactive Visual Analytics. In my opinion, QlikView has a more intuitive interface for regular users or executives that are not technical experts but the development side is a little more complex. Up to version 12 QlikView did not provide drag & drop features. If a user wanted to see something not included in the application the new object had to be created by a power user or developer because Qlikview's scripting has somewhat of a learning curve. On the positive side, QlikView's scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL allowing the integration of hundreds of different data sources into the same visual app. Another feature that’s extremely useful is Qlik’s proprietary Associative Model that allows the users to visualize data relationships that exist as well as those that do not. Tableau on the other hand is a lot easier to use for developers, analysts or power users who need to connect, manipulate and visualize data rather quickly. While this makes Tableau a better fit for the more analytical crowd, it may not be as appealing or intuitive to the regular or casual business users as QlikView is. Tableau has full pivot, drag & drop and drill down capabilities that are great for developers or power users. They can rotate measures and dimensions and graph them instantly using visualization best practices as suggested by… Read more →
    Answers from the Community
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    it_user89082 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user89082 (Manager of Data Analytics with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Vendor

    Sorry to hear you have to move to Report Builder. Tableau is superior by a long shot! Find another gig. Don't go backwards. Move forward with Tableau !

    it_user5394 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user5394 (Consultant with 51-200 employees)
    Vendor

    Tableau is more suitable for somebody that is not developer and it's very easy to use and to create great visual presentation. For developers Report Builder would be more domestic.

    it_user82776 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user82776 (Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Consultant

    It is really the outcome and target goals that are achieved with the right set of BI solutions,people using it to add more efficiency and productivity at all fronts is the kind of result you want to see. Tools include human and technology bonded together to produce results, After all it is the function of both parties to work together, collaborate and share resources together. In the human perspective we look at the training and how best we can create solutions . With the BI solution it is the way we distinguish between the existing solutions that will to the best of its capability serve our business interests and requirements.

    it_user79746 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user79746 (Consultant at a energy/utilities company)
    Vendor

    Current business leadership include the VP of Finance, so determining a business case was and is a problem for him and those directly under him.  So is a no my problem.
     
    Thanks,
    Rich

    it_user77358 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user77358 (Director of IT at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees)
    Vendor

    Rich- What is it that current leadership perceives as lacking in the current reporting tool set?
    Why change if the only benefit is features or a products capabilities?
    Can the products features and capabilities be exploited?
    By who and when?
    How does that make money for the company?
    Increased profit?
    Cost reduction?
    Increased resource utilization?
    Fewer days for order to cash?
    Reduced collections?
    Better on time shipping?
    Faster production?
    Increased gross margin?
    Reduced inventory?

    You get the picture. It's the people that make the difference. Not the tool!
    What is it that we need to know to grow our business constantly and continuously?

    Every tool mentioned can do really great "stuff".
    But what "stuff" does your company need?

    To answer the initial question: Every change is difficult without buy-in from the stakeholders.
    People love change. What they don't like is change without benefit. Perceived or real.
    I hope this helps you a little to better meet the challenges you're facing.

    I wish you the best.

    it_user83559 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user83559 (Database Expert at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees)
    Vendor

    Reading through the responses from all you knowledgeable persons out there is so very enlightening. It's like sitting in a room and getting your experiences on these tools first hand. Thanks a lot for your inputs, which will help in putting pros and cons for the company to make a trade off and choose over the two.

    it_user77358 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user77358 (Director of IT at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees)
    Vendor

    Rich- What is it that current leadership perceives as lacking in the current reporting tool set?
    Why change if the only benefit is features or a products capabilities?
    Can the products features and capabilities be exploited?
    By who and when?
    How does that make money for the company?
    Increased profit?
    Cost reduction?
    Increased resource utilization?
    Fewer days for order to cash?
    Reduced collections?
    Better on time shipping?
    Faster production?
    Increased gross margin?
    Reduced inventory?

    You get the picture. It's the people that make the difference. Not the tool!
    What is it that we need to know to grow our business constantly and continuously?

    Every tool mentioned can do really great "stuff".
    But what "stuff" does your company need?

    To answer the initial question: Every change is difficult without buy-in from the stakeholders.
    People love change. What they don't like is change without benefit. Perceived or real.
    I hope this helps you a little to better meet the challenges you're facing.

    I wish you the best.

    it_user79746 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user79746 (Consultant at a energy/utilities company)
    Vendor

    I wouldn't feel too sorry, it is a very good group to work with.  After a lot of years working in IT both in the US and Europe one of the things I find interesting is that Americans in business, especially with regard to software,  feel they must have the latest, greatest and most feature rich everything when very often being a little behind the bleeding edge gets the job done and costs less.  The real issue is to look at the problem being solved and find good enough while keeping an eye on where you are going. 

    Having said that took a brief look at the link you indicated and I like the fact that it runs on Linux.  Thumbs up on that aspect.

     
    Thanks,
    Rich

    Questions from the Community
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    Top Answer:It depends on the Data architecture and the complexity of your requirement. Some great tools in the market are Qlik Sense, Power BI, OBIEE, Tableau, etc. I have recently started using Cognos… more »
    Top Answer:Both tools have their positives and negatives. First, I should mention that I am relatively new to Tableau. I have been working on and off Tableau for about a year, but getting to work on it… more »
    Top Answer:Tableau is easy to set up and maintain. In about a day it is possible for the entire platform to be deployed for use. This relatively short amount of time can make all the difference for companies… more »
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    SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data, Power BI Pro, MS BI
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    Overview

    Microsoft BI is a business intelligence solution that turns data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business.

    Microsoft BI combines familiar Microsoft tools - Office, SharePoint, and SQL server, with extra features for end-users, such as Power View and Power Pivot. This powerful product gives businesses a competitive advantage by allowing end-users to better analyze their data, collaborate and better present their data.

    Tableau helps people and organizations become more data-driven as the trusted leader in analytics.

    The Tableau platform provides the breadth and depth of capabilities to serve the needs of even the largest global enterprises in a seamless, integrated experience. Tableau is designed to fit, not dictate your data strategy, and adapts to your environment with unmatched flexibility and choice, while meeting the toughest governance and security requirements.

    People love using Tableau because it is both powerful and intuitive—and offers a fundamentally different user experience by empowering people of all skill levels to explore and analyze data using visuals and natural language. Tableau has become the standard language of analytics for modern business users and continues to lead the industry with the most passionate and engaged user community in analytics, a customer base with millions of users at more than 80,000 organizations, and a deep commitment to customer-focused innovation

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    Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
    Accenture, Adobe, Amazon.com, Bank of America, Charles Schwab Corp, Citigroup, Coca-Cola Company, Cornell University, Dell, Deloitte, Duke University, eBay, Exxon Mobil, Fannie Mae, Ferrari, French Red Cross, Goldman Sachs, Google, Government of Canada, HP, Intel, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Macy's, Merck, The New York Times, PayPal, Pfizer, US Army, US Air Force, Skype, and Walmart.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Government10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government7%
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    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Large Enterprise51%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft BI vs. Tableau
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,063 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Reporting Tools with 187 reviews while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Reporting Tools with 102 reviews. Microsoft BI is rated 8.0, while Tableau is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Microsoft BI writes "A complete ecosystem with an builtin ETL tool, good integrations with python and R, and support of DAX and Power Query (M languages)". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". Microsoft BI is most compared with Amazon QuickSight, MicroStrategy, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, Oracle OBIEE and IBM Cognos, whereas Tableau is most compared with SAP Analytics Cloud, Amazon QuickSight, SAS Visual Analytics, MicroStrategy and Qlik Sense. See our Microsoft BI vs. Tableau report.

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