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Executive Summary

We performed a comparison between Microsoft BI and Tableau based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Reporting Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft BI vs. Tableau report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Q&A Highlights
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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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"It is quite easy to use and it helps me to achieve the projects that I've been assigned.""It integrates with all of the Microsoft tools.""The interface is very fluid.""It's a very easy-to-use solution.""The solution is easy to use and flexible.""In contrast to what we were using before I think that Power BI has given us more extensive results.""There is a feature in Microsoft BI that allows JSON data to SQL on the dashboards effectively and quickly.""Microsoft BI's most valuable features are the user interface, which is easy to use and light."

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"The most valuable feature is that we can integrate with our own database, and it will displays the KPIs. This is highly required from the business side.""Partner support is very good.""Our customers love the visual capabilities on top of it and the ability to explain and get the required data. There is no other product like Tableau in the business intelligence and analytics space.""The best part about Tableau is the visualization.""It is very easy to create dashboards, charts, and graphs.""Data handling, visualizations, and aesthetics of it are the most valuable features.""The solution is configurable and flexible. We can customize the dashboards and configure the interface the way that we want. The data can be manipulated and arranged in different ways, such as columns.""From the data science point of view, we use it for model building purposes. For example, if we are using it for a bank and we want to understand how much loan the bank can provide, we can use visualization to show the educational qualification, salary, gender, and city of a customer, and by using this information, we can arrive at the loan amount that this person is eligible for. I can also use it to view all prospective customers, so essentially, this is going to help me in model building as well as in understanding and segmenting customers and doing forecasting and predictive analytics. We use model widgets, and we can create thousands of visualizations, such as motion charts and bubble charts. We can also create animated versions of the graphs and view the data from multiple dimensions. These are the features that we typically use and like."

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Cons
"It has come a long way in terms of how it was working two years ago, but there are some things that you still can't do with it. For example, permission management and user access management are still a bit limited. It is basically based on the idea that everybody from the organization can see everything or limit the type of data they can see. If I want you to see only one report and the other guy to see another report, I can't do it. There should be a better way to manage permissions and users. It should also support external users much better.""Microsoft BI comes under pressure when there is a lot of data to be crunched. It gets slower and slower, and the functionality becomes a bit of a problem. The performance goes down with data being fed into the system. The infrastructure requirement also increases if you have to increase the performance. This is the area that can be improved in my opinion. Initially, the product is good, but over the years, when data gets accumulated, it becomes a problem unless the old data is kind of archived and is no longer shown on the visualization. It has a feature by using which a user can query for a report through simple questions to a bot. So, if I want to look for the customer share of revenue by geography, I just simply state that in the chatbot. If I wanted it in a pie chart, then you say, "Please show it to me in a pie chart." It comes out well for basic charts. This feature should be improvised more so that people can very quickly get customized reports on the go.""The licensing needs improvement. There needs to be a middle option between Pro and Premium versions.""I think that the solution is harder to use for people who are not experts in data.""Power BI's drillthrough feature could be improved. I didn't like drillthrough and those options much, but I did like it in MicroStrategy.""The reporting could be a bit better.""The initial setup is a little bit technical.""The solution could improve by simplifying the user interface and adding integration or compatibility with APA."

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"When I've done presentations in the past, I've had issues with uploading the cartography.""The pricing is a bit expensive.""The charts need to be improved. The drawings and the visualization need to be more accurate.""In the next release, I would like to be able to have the option to see more raw data that I'm converting on the dashboard.""I take a long time to process the hundreds of thousands or millions of records that must be processed every day.""An advanced type of visualization is a bit tricky to create. It has something called a Calculated field, and that sometimes gets a bit difficult to use when you want to create an advanced type of visualization.""There are more than a powerful tool in the market, such as Microsoft BI.""There's no mature ETL tool in Tableau, which is quite a negative for them."

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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
    Anonymous User
    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)
    Real User

    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
    Top Answer:There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows:  1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP… more »
    Top Answer:Power BI is an advanced visualization tool oriented to big data with a very complete set of widgets to visualize information, control users accessing information, the configuration of governance… more »
    Top Answer:Oracle OBIEE is great in allowing design and creativity per the individual needs of the organization. Dashboards are fully customizable and very user-friendly. This solution is very stable. Oracle… more »
    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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    Also Known As
    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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    Sample Customers
    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
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Government10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft BI vs. Tableau
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,184 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 Amazon QuickSight, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAS Visual Analytics, MicroStrategy and Qlik Sense. See our Microsoft BI vs. Tableau report.

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