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Question: I'm looking for real info about licensing, ease of setup and other costs involved. Can you help?
Answer: Thanks everyone for the great input... I have zeroed down to Tableau; and will shortly post my reasons for doing so. I DO hope they will help future products selectors. Regards pete
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"This solution is easy to learn how to use."

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"Its dashboarding is the most valuable. It is easy to create visualizations and dashboards and import Excel sheets and ESP files in Tableau as compared to other tools.""Tableau is easy to use. That's the first and most important thing. I not only provide consulting but I also train people to use it, so with its ease-of-use it's not as difficult for me to train executives and management staff, because they don't have the IT background, unlike when I'm using Python.""Tableau will automatically show charts for the related data that I choose making it very easy to use.""Show Me is a feature to help with knowing which chart is an appropriate one for the selected variables, and it makes helps in creating appropriate visuals.""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.""It is definitely easy to use. It is intuitive, and more or less, everything can be done from the front end. As such, there is no concept of metadata. You can just take data from a database and start building your own stuff, such as OLAP data warehouse. You don't need extensive metadata modeling like Oracle BI.""Compared to other products, visualization features are really good.""From my perspective, it enables clients to better understand our data and make better decisions based on that information."

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"This solution does not have tabs. In order to have tabs, you have to download an add-on to mimic the tabs. They should be integrated to improve the solution."

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"The solution does have scalability issues.""The development part should be better. We are putting a lot of effort in during development, so if we face any struggles, we have to find workaround solutions on the internet.""I would like Tableau Prep to be integrated with Tableau Desktop. I would also like more customizations for tables.""I am not a frequent user of this solution, so I am not sure what they've been doing recently. The last time when I used it, I had to use other tools with it for data extraction and cleansing. Its price should also be improved. It is more expensive than Power BI. In terms of training, there is generally better online training for Power BI, but I am not sure of that. It would be helpful to know from where to access its training.""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.""With Tableau, when you're dealing with very large datasets, it can be slow so the performance is an area that can be improved.""Areas for improvement would be visualization and augmented analytics. In the next release, I would like to see automated insights from the data added to the dashboard.""Whenever it comes to specialized visualization, Tableau is an absolute failure."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This solution is more expensive than Tableau, Qlik and Dundas. It is an expensive tool. They charge $75,000 while Tableau is $45,000."
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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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    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 →
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    it_user73638 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user73638 (Architect)

    I was in the same boat. Sisense said if you have any single table of more than half a billion rows, its big data and costs are 25k plus for server version. Though Sisense said they would offer discount later, I was put of by their price for 10 licenses. Tableau scored better when we try to weight average the features for our requirements.

    it_user137202 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user137202 (Business Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

    Dear Peter,

    Your analysis is so ever helpful. The imaginary TCO as broken down is quite helpful too. Will definitely incorporate your insights into my final analysis.

    Thank you.

    it_user109818 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user109818 (Owner at a tech consulting company)

    I work with a competing product, QlikView, but the rules are similar. Tableau and QlikView are 1 and 2 respectively in the Gartner Leadership quadrant and are similar in design, hence my answering specific issues as follows:

    Licensing costs are normally your outright purchase plus 20% for annual maintenance, and then 20% of the purchase price going forward. There should be nothing "hidden" in the licensing costs.

    Where you do have the potential to have cost creep is with the models required. It is obviously not feasible to put all information for all areas of a company in a single model, so what you might find is that as the product gains traction in the organisation, more models are required. to use an example:

    You buy a Small Business edition with 10 license at $20,000 incl 1st year maintenance. Year two will cost you $4,000 assuming no price increase.

    You have one model created at $8,000. Then you need a 2nd, third, and 4th to cater for different needs. All of a sudden you have spent R20,000 on the licenses and $32,000 on models. There is some backwards compatibility with new versions, but assume maintenance on those models of $2,000 per model in say year three. Year three then costs you $4,000 annual maintenance plus $8,000 model maintenance.

    Next scenario, the data source - lets say an ERP or Accounting system, releases a major upgrade. fields are changed, and you need to do changes on all your models another = $8,000. the key then is to try to ensure you align both source and BI software upgrades to minimise costs.

    Obviously each implementation is different, and these numbers tend towards a worst case scenario, but have occurred with many companies.

    My final thought though is you mustn't be focused solely on the costs. You are using BI because it adds value to the business either through increased profit margins or reduced costs - either of which should cover the BI costs many times over.

    it_user133629 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user133629 (User)

    We are using Tableau and satisfying our more than 250 clients. Its easy to handle & strong product in the manner of BI.

    it_user120558 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user120558 (Head of Data Analytics at a hospitality company)

    Regarding Tableau 

    There are 2 versions of the software Desktop and Server 

    The Desktop version may be licensed in Europe at 1600 euro per seat and the server has an initial cost of 6250 euro for 10 seats , after the initial 10 seats the server licences are 625 euro per seat 

    Desktop provides a full blown analysis and design and visualisation capability for analysts 
    Server provides report and dashboard scheduling and distribution capabilities and allows visualisations created in desktop to be shared in a web portal.

    Most organisations require both types of licence and to understand  the best fit for your organisation means that you should understand the needs of your business and analytical users.

    You can obtain a trial licence for 14 days form the tableau website that will enable you to evaluate the capabilities of the product. 

    Regarding training, lots of online training resources are available on the tableau website and it is a very intuitive tool and so IU would highly recommend hat you give it a try before you buy. 

    I hope that this helps

    Kind Regards
    Andrew McSwiggan

    it_user91872 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user91872 (Senior HR Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees)
    Real User

    I'm in the middle of a Tableau implementation going from desktop to server. It's a great product and our team went through a review of several products for about 8 months before deciding on this one. Very easy to install and use. We conducted an end-user test with one of our managers who is not very tech savvy. With outlined tasks he was able to complete all tasks in independent visuals with limited support in about 20 minutes. In 10 additional minutes was able to gather those visuals into a dynamic dashboard. The R site integration was perfect for our I/O analysts to conduct predictive analysis. If the start up company ends up moving this from desktop to server the costs are low in comparison to the other options out there. No signs of upcharging and costs are spelled out clearly in their quotes. Good luck with your selection process!

    it_user136791 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user136791 (CRM Manager at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees)

    I forgot to mention-
    Tableau Desktop Installs by clicking setup.exe - very easy and fast. To show your already made visualization you can use Tableau Reader - it is free of charge -
    To publish your visualization you can use Tableau Server ($999 per user, but at first you should buy license for 10 user min) or Tableau Online - it is cloud service by Tableau - $500 per year per user.

    it_user136791 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user136791 (CRM Manager at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees)

    Hi, Tableau Desktop - $1999. You can use one license key for two PCs. Your PCs, I think, should have 4 CPU and 8 Gb ROM for feeling you comfortable during working with Tableau Desktop. About trainings - a lot of free online training sessions. Also they have online trainings from $200 to $600 depends on level (you will get a certificate:)). Classroom - $1390 -

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:This solution is easy to learn how to use.
    Top Answer:This solution is more expensive than Tableau, Qlik and Dundas. It is an expensive tool. They charge $75,000 while Tableau is $45,000.
    Top Answer:This solution does not have tabs. In order to have tabs, you have to download an add-on to mimic the tabs. They should be integrated to improve the solution. We have also experienced bugs in the… 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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    Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Online
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    Sisense is an end-to-end business analytics software that enables users to easily prepare and analyze large, complex datasets. Sisense’s Single-Stack BI software includes data preparation, data management, analysis, visualization and reporting capabilities.

    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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    Ebay, WIX, Wave Accounting,, Magellan Luxury Hotel, Paylogic, Sony, Merck, EDA, One Hour Translation, NASA, Plastic Jungle, Philips, Yahoo
    Accenture, Adobe,, 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
    Recruiting/Hr Firm10%
    Marketing Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Company Size
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise24%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Sisense is ranked 14th in Reporting Tools with 1 review while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Reporting Tools with 102 reviews. Sisense is rated 8.0, while Tableau is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Sisense writes "Business intelligence solution that has improved automation and provided meaningful insights". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". Sisense is most compared with Microsoft BI, Amazon QuickSight, Domo, Qlik Sense and QlikView, whereas Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP Analytics Cloud, Amazon QuickSight, SAS Visual Analytics and MicroStrategy.

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