Which would you choose - Tableau or SAP Analytics Cloud?

And why?

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Top 5
Nov 3, 2021

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 that take substantial revenue hits when time is wasted implementing solutions.

No great background knowledge of coding is required for deployment. Additionally, most of the configuration that is required is handled by the platform itself. Automation of this kind puts Tableau ahead of the competition and is not something which SAP Analytics Cloud can claim to offer.

Maintenance is another area in which Tableau excels. Tableau requires updates every quarter to keep up with system improvements. They listen intently to the feedback that their users provide. It is not unusual for maintenance or other issues to be addressed in a future platform update. Our maintenance team is spared from worrying that pressing issues will be left unresolved.

SAP Analytics Cloud is not the easiest platform to set up. It has a level of complexity that requires a certain degree of knowledge in order to properly implement it.

SAP handles all of the maintenance for SAP Analytics Cloud. Organizations that choose this solution do not have to dedicate a team to handle issues that arise. They can rely on SAP to take care of any problems that may arise. This can be both a blessing and a curse - the worry of having to maintain it is handled by others, but the system is out of your hands and therefore you must rely on them completely.

Tableau is a product that can easily be taught to others. Anyone in the organization can be trained to use this platform. This is not limited to those that have an extensive background in coding or IT. An executive with little knowledge of coding can be given easy lessons and should be able to rapidly make use of it. Time and resources are saved due to the fact that just about anyone can be taught to use it.

SAP Analytics Cloud is also a user-friendly product. It does not require you to have an extensive knowledge of Information Technology in order to use it. A user can manipulate and use it on their own. This focus on the end user makes it a valuable product.


The prices of these platforms are unlikely to be the deciding factor as to which of them I would choose to use. They are both fairly expensive. Tableau’s ease of setup coupled with both its simplicity of use as well as its ease of maintenance make it the platform that I would choose.

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Senior BMC Remedy Consultant at Mogle & Partners Limited
Nov 1, 2021

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.

Manager - Revenue & Growth|Strategy & Planning | Market Intelligencee at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Nov 2, 2021

Tableau + SAP Analytics Cloud = Great Analytical Combination.

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President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Nov 2, 2021

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.

Research Data Specialist II at California Department of Public Health
Real User
Nov 1, 2021

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.  

Managing Partner at Data Pine
Top 10
Nov 1, 2021

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.

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