Microsoft BI vs. Tableau

Microsoft BI is ranked 2nd in Business Intelligence Tools with 38 reviews vs Tableau which is ranked 1st in Business Intelligence Tools with 54 reviews. The top reviewer of Microsoft BI writes "The ability to perform complex business modeling through DAX calculations stands out in a crowd". The top reviewer of Tableau writes "The visualizations bring out patterns buried under a mountain of data. The tool offers unparalleled flexibility in terms of the types of visualisation that one can create". Microsoft BI is most compared with Oracle OBIEE, Tableau and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform. Tableau is most compared with Oracle OBIEE, SAS Visual Analytics and Microsoft BI. See our Microsoft BI vs. Tableau report.
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Pros
Because this solution is very easy, and very visual, you can have results in minutes.It is a good platform for data analysis, organization, and all of the other interim performances that are necessary.Tech support is very helpful.My primary use is for view of the dashboard.It ingegrates nicely with Office 365.It is a powerful tool that helps our data analysis processes.It's user-friendly and provides data abstracting capabilities. We are also able to share reports with our colleagues very easily.There is a lot of help and documentation on the Internet, so no special training is needed to use the source code.

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​Data is easily understood at all levels of the company.Business insights are shared across various departments.Its ease of use and ability to convert drag and drop gestures into queries.The ability to create complex calculations.​Its ease of use and ability to convert drag and drop gestures into queries.Tableau's support could improve.Partner support is very good.It allows us to basically understand and evaluate our numbers in an expedient manner.

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Cons
I would like to see a feature that connects with a Machine Learning platform like a RapidMiner or Azure Machine Learning Studio. It would be great to have a Machine Learning application link to connect.It could have more of a hold on big data. Manipulating big data on this solution complicates things. This needs to be improved.We did have some issues building the Microsoft blog.Powerpoints are not available in the report server.The report server feature is quite limited.It would be nice to use other connectors to link with the data.The DAX features need some improvement. It's not as easy as Excel. They need more DAX formulas.The reporting part of Microsoft BI is rather limited compared to other reporting tools.

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​Conditional formatting could be an interesting feature to provide to final users.The data preparation/blending options are very basic. They could be improved.Tableau is a company that does not respect partners.I would like to be able to set the parameters in a more specific manner.Small multiples (a.k.a. Trellis charts) are possible only through very hacky means. Update: Still remains a challenge.Improvements in schema security and row/column security need to be made.We would like a report model, because currently there is no schema that we can create in the tool.I would like them to include the Italian language, as I can see there are other foreign language in the product.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It is reasonably priced.No comment on pricing.It is a cheap solution for our needs.No comment.It is free.It is part of our Office 365 license.The costs are small and the benefits are high.The Report Server is pretty expensive on-premise. But as long companies are happy to use the cloud version, that's very cost effective.

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Tableau's licensing is pretty straightforward and simple.ROI is very high, but it requires a data preparation/blending tool.We always consider pricing when considering a new solution. We are a non-profit and price is a huge concern.Tableau is an expensive solution, though it comes with its advantages.The price could be higher for the quality of software, so they revised the pricing in this version, and I agree with the price for top version. The top version costs about $70 per month, and the price is cheap for the quality.I like the payment model. For the people who need to create, they buy their licenses. Everyone else can use the free Tableau Viewer. This is much better than some of the competitor products, which require full licences for everything.The cost is high.Deployment of dashboards to viewers and unit supervisors can be prohibitively expensive.

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74,423
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38,637
Reviews
35
Followers
1,889
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146,517
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69,094
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53
Followers
2,268
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8.3
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Also Known As
SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS BI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data, Power BI ProTableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Online
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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 is an enterprise analytics platform that enables your organization to explore trusted data in a secure and scalable environment. It gives people access to intuitive visual analytics, interactive dashboards, and limitless ad-hoc analyses that reveal hidden opportunities and eureka moments alike. Get the security, governance, and management you require to confidently integrate Tableau into your business—on-premises or in the cloud—and deliver the power of true self-service analytics at scale.

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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
Energy/Utilities Company19%
Manufacturing Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Logistics Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm19%
Healthcare Company7%
University7%
Manufacturing Company6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm16%
Healthcare Company9%
University9%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm19%
Healthcare Company8%
Manufacturing Company6%
Comms Service Provider6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise44%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise56%
REVIEWERS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise59%
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