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Executive Summary
Updated on March 15, 2022

We performed a comparison between SAP analytics cloud vs. Tableau based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Both SAP and Tableau users say the deployment and setup are very straightforward. On the downside, Tableau users say that while the server side is easy to use and set up, the upgrades are challenging to install.
  • Features: SAP users say they like the business intelligence and built-in AI and machine learning capabilities. You can create analytic applications. Users value the Android support for mobile and the multiple collaboration features. However, custom visuals need improvement, and connection and integration with other applications are lacking. SAP also needs support for more languages.

     Tableau users say the best feature is the ease of use, which allows anyone to use the platform. The visual capability       helps users explain the data more straightforwardly. On the downside, users say Tableau could improve its data               management and ETL features, especially in the Tableau Prep feature.

  • Pricing: Users of both solutions say the price is on the higher side.
  • Service and Support: According to users, SAP’s support is slow. It takes a lot of time to get help when you open a ticket. Tableau’s support has two tiers, with different results. According to users, the premium support is excellent, but their standard support is very poor.

Comparison Results: SAP Analytics Cloud seems to be a superior solution because of the multiple features. Although the support is slow, it is still better than Tableau’s standard support. Tableau’s upgrades are also challenging to install.

To learn more, read our detailed SAP Analytics Cloud vs. Tableau report (Updated: May 2022).
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Question: Which would you choose - Tableau or SAP Analytics Cloud?
Answer: Tableau + SAP Analytics Cloud = Great Analytical Combination.
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Pros
"We mainly use Analytics Cloud because it integrates with other SAP solutions. Our ERP is an SAP product, and our back-end is SAP Business Warehouse, so integration is an essential factor.""Offers both business intelligence as well as inbuilt AI and machine learning capabilities.""One of the most outstanding features is being able to use the dashboard with a touch screen.""SAP Analytics Cloud is a very good tool. The feature that's most useful for me is the reporting as it can be done via Google Chrome. The solution is also very nice, user-friendly, and easy to build. It's very easy to use the features of SAP Analytics Cloud.""I like the connectivity the solution provides with other products.""Technical support is helpful.""Data integration is very good.""The most valuable features are the analytical application and the user story."

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"It's very easy to visualize data with this product. The visualization maps of and frames that we have been able to cross-reference has been excellent.""I like the solution's web version, more so than Power BI's web version. It just makes it easier to drag and drop things and to blend data on the backend. It simplifies the process.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use.""You are able to see and follow trends.""Tableau's most valuable features are user-friendliness and have a connection between multiple source systems. You can publish a report by using Tableau Public and there you can make your data online, not only batches of data, you can use it as an online analytical tool.""The ability to create complex calculations.""This solution has improved insights into quantitative data.""The best use case for us is the solution's integration with Salesforce because we are also partners of Salesforce."

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Cons
"The business intelligence features should be improved because there is a lack of functionality regarding that part.""Technical support could be more helpful and responsive.""It should have the flexibility for scoping the story and models. When you use it in a three-layer architecture, you struggle with the fact that you usually have just one SAP Analytics Cloud tenant, and you have to switch the connections, which might be an issue for bigger developments. For the development role, there should be an option to switch between development and production scenarios.""They need more support for more languages, Python for example.""The security, authorization, and live connection to the back-office system features can be improved. A business analyst colleague who creates complex financial management reports has mentioned that he wants to see more fact and visualization features. It would be helpful to have more visualization features to be able to prepare more stories or reports for executives. For example, Tableau has some visualization features that are not present in this solution.""It still lacks a lot of functionalities as compared to other tools such as Power BI or Tableau. Sorting is not working as well as it works in Tableau. A lot of other things are also not at the same level. Their technical support is not perfect and could be better. It takes a lot of time to have lacking functionalities implemented. Its integration with the BW backend should be better. Both solutions are from the same vendor. They position SAP Analytics Cloud as a reporting tool on top of the BW environment, but the integration between both is not yet 100%. For example, user management is still not synchronized.""I would also like to have more advanced features for predictive analytics.""What could be improved in SAP Analytics Cloud is integration, particularly in terms of extracting data from the source system. Currently, its data extraction mechanism doesn't have good integration and needs improvement."

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"I have used Power BI as well as Tableau. There are a couple of interesting features that I like in Power BI, but they are not present in Tableau. For example, in Power BI, if I am looking at country-wise population, I can type and ask for the country that has the maximum population, and it will automatically give an answer and address that query. This kind of feature is not there in Tableau. Similarly, in Power BI, for integrating with the latest ML algorithms, we have decision trees and primarily multiple machine learning algorithms. The decision tree essentially visualizes the patterns in the data. We don't have such a feature in Tableau. If Tableau can integrate with the machine learning algorithms and help us to do visualizations, it would be a wonderful combination. Most of the people are going for Tableau primarily for visualization purposes. However, in the data science industry, users want to do model building as well as tell a story. As of now, Tableau is fulfilling the requirements for visualization purposes. If they can bring it up to a level where I can use it for machine learning purposes as well as for visualization, it would be very helpful. Many people who want to do data science don't want to write a code. Tableau is anyway a drag and drop tool, and if they can provide those options as well, it will be a powerful combination.""The architecture should be improved to better handle the data.""I think Tableau could be improved with cheaper or more flexible licensing, though this is a generic improvement and applies for any product. It would be better if they had more flexible payment and licensing plans so that they could suit small- and mid-sized organizations.""When I've done presentations in the past, I've had issues with uploading the cartography.""When it comes to large datasets, the data should be extracted faster.""Whenever it comes to specialized visualization, Tableau is an absolute failure.""The pricing is a bit expensive.""It's not an aesthetic platform at the moment."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is not the most expensive one. You have to do the cost-of-ownership analysis and take a lot of things into consideration to come up with the conclusion that it is cheaper or not, but its price is reasonable. It provides value for money."
  • "It's quite expensive and costs a lot to maintain, especially with licensing."
  • "It's not that costly as such for the time being."
  • "Its licensing is on a monthly basis."
  • "Compute and storage features should be sold separately."
  • "Its pricing is okay as compared to its competitors."
  • "Its price is slightly on the higher side."
  • "The pricing of this product is reasonable."
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  • "The company chose to purchase a creator license for me, which was $70. With that license, you can also be an administrator. We also have 20-25 extra licenses and they cost around $20-$35 each. Those are for normal users who will be viewing the dashboards. Those are monthly charges."
  • "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."
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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
    Netanya Carmi
    Mogle - PeerSpot reviewerMogle
    Consultant

    I got limited experience with both. My answer is simple, I would typically try to keep the number of touchpoints to a minimum. 


    I assume you are already using SAP? If yes, select SAP Analytics Cloud. If you are not using SAP, Tableau would probably be a better option since it is implemented with a wide range of platforms.


    If you already got SAP in-house, I would generate a comparison report, compare functionality, cost, investigate where your company got skills in use, support and administration.

    Paul Grill - PeerSpot reviewerPaul Grill
    Real User

    It's not a fair comparison without context.


    Tableau is by far the more popular and accomplished tool with very few organizations using SAC except for point solutions or embedded in one of the SAP applications.


    SAC is cloud-only whereas Tableau is both on-premise (the majority of its base) and cloud.

    Kim  Nachazel - PeerSpot reviewerKim Nachazel
    Real User

    In terms of integration and deployment, Tableau has a better rating. 


    Tableau could also handle larger data sets than SAP. I personally think that it is a much better tool in analyzing large data sets with complex cardinality. 


    In terms of cost per user, SAP would be a better option for its capability.  

    Djalma Gomes, Pmp, Mba - PeerSpot reviewerDjalma Gomes, Pmp, Mba
    Vendor

    Tableau will allow you to analyse data from all different data sources combined amongst them and allows you to use cloud or on-premises. 


    SAP Analytics is more tailored to SAP and it's only for the cloud.

    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:One of the most outstanding features is being able to use the dashboard with a touch screen.
    Top Answer:The price is competitive. There is a power user license and normal user license, but the normal user license is reasonable. The power user license is a bit expensive, but our client doesn't need to… 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:I consider Tableau to be the best analytical tool available. It's really handy to use and can be used by non-technical people.
    Top Answer:For me, for right now, the price is reasonable. Tableau is free.
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    Also Known As
    SAP BusinessObjects Cloud
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    Overview

    SAP Analytics Cloud is an all-in-one Software-as-a-Service business intelligence tool that provides the key functionalities of an analytics tool to SAP business users. This tool is built on HANA Business Intelligence (BI) platform, providing analytics from data collected from multiple sources, such as ERP, Microsoft SQL, and Salesforce, among other solutions.

    You can use SAP Analytics Cloud to compile data and perform ad-hoc reporting and analysis for predictive planning. SAP Analytics Cloud collects and analyzes the raw data from transactional systems into intelligent insights that allow you to make better decisions.

    SAP Analytics Cloud uses machine learning to clean up data, identify errors, and issues, and suggest optimization or filtering options. You can use the modeling feature in Analytics Cloud to create hierarchies and get deeper data insights.

    The three core functions of SAP Analytics Cloud consist of Planning, Predictive Analysis, and Business Intelligence as a holistic SaaS solution that offers real-time analysis to business leaders.

    SAP Analytics Cloud Capabilities

    • Data discovery
    • Machine learning
    • Integrated financial and business planning
    • Predictive analysis
    • Automated data cleansing
    • Custom widgets
    • Mobile extension
    • Role-based customization
    • Data exploration and visualization

    SAP Analytics Cloud Key Features

    • Augmented analytics: SAP Analytics Cloud allows organizations to make the most of AI (Artificial Intelligence)-powered analytics through augmented analytics. It includes a Search to Insight feature that enables users not skilled or experienced in data science to access and use the platform.

      These smart insight tools allow organizations to visualize business data without manual intervention. By combining multiple machine learning algorithms, SAP Analytics Cloud automates predictive analysis so that organizations can have significant insight into secured data.
    • Enterprise planning: As SAP Analytics Cloud is an all-in-one financial planning and analysis solution, organizations can use it to align strategies across all departments. It allows end-to-end, data-driven planning decisions via financial modeling, allocations, smart insights, and automated reporting.

      The Zero-based budgeting feature allows for an effective resources allocation with built-in collaboration tools. The finance team can collaborate easily, create budget templates and make accurate decisions.

    SAP Analytics Cloud Benefits

    • Real-time cloud insights: SAP Analytics Cloud makes it easy for users at every level to generate instant insights and improve data-driven decision-making. With SAP Analytics Cloud, you can have immediate and central access to all figures, diagrams, insights, and evaluations for every employee on every device and updated in real time.

    • Customizable dashboard: You can customize your dashboard according to your requirements. This customization means you can easily access all the relevant data on a single pane of vision tailored to your business.

    • Collaborative planning: As an all-in-one platform, SAP Analytics Cloud integrates the multiple aspects of a business into a single solution, including finance, HR, sales, and supply chain management.

    • Data on any device: You can integrate SAP Analytics Cloud with SAP S/4 HANA and deploy insights to Android and iOS devices. The SAP S/4 HANA integration also enables the rolling out of changes to multiple files and devices from a central location, so you can carry your business operations on the go over a secured cloud network.

    • In-memory technology: Since it is based on SAP HANA in-memory technology, SAP Analytics Cloud can process massive amounts of data in a short time.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Segun O., SAP HANA Developer at SOA PEOPLE, says that "The most valuable features are on the application side, where you can design applications into your analytics on the platform."

    The Head of Finance Enterprise Application at a computer software company adds that "The visualization feature is the most valuable. SAP Analytics Cloud is also very easy to use."

    "Its many features make it the best in the market," sums up a Consultor SAP Business Object, Sap Analytics Cloud at a tech services company.

    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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    Retailer7%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
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    SAP Analytics Cloud vs. Tableau
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP Analytics Cloud vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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    SAP Analytics Cloud is ranked 6th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 24 reviews while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 105 reviews. SAP Analytics Cloud is rated 8.0, while Tableau is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SAP Analytics Cloud writes "Enables us to allocate, spread, and distribute actual figures". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". SAP Analytics Cloud is most compared with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, Microsoft BI, Oracle Analytics Cloud, IBM Planning Analytics and SAP Analytics Hub, whereas Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, Amazon QuickSight, MicroStrategy, SAS Visual Analytics and Qlik Sense. See our SAP Analytics Cloud vs. Tableau report.

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