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"The SQL Server Reporting Services makes it very easy to get the data whenever we need it.""The solution's features are all just wrapped up in one nice easy package. I don't need a lot of toolsets to get everything I need done."

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"The solution has a lot of customization when comparing to Microsoft BI.""Tableau's visualization features let you present information insights quickly and practically. So it's something which I prefer with Tableau. In terms of reporting, I have to point out the sheer quality and function of the Tableau server, but the first impression is that it's a great visualization tool.""Tableau is easy to use and it has great predictive features.""The ability to create complex calculations.""It's very easy to set everything up.""The most important feature in Tableau is visual analytics.""It is easy to use, and it can handle a large amount of data.""I love the customization skills that Tableau has, it is not restricted to what is built-in already."

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"It doesn't have quite the flexibility of a Tableau or something like that. Many users are more comfortable with Tableau and I'm not quite sure why that is right now, but it seems to be the case.""Technical support is in minor need of improvement so that they can solve problems in a more timely manner."

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"The customization requires a lot of effort and should be simplified. The performance could be better.""The solution could use more features in data analytics.""Implementation requires a technical background.""The setup was easy but we are having some problems with the configuration that is taking a long time. We have done some initial tests and some of the delays could be from bandwidth issues. However, the whole installation process should be simplified.""The price of Tableau is too high.""It's not an aesthetic platform at the moment.""The data preparation could integrate better with Tableau.""They need to improve the icons and the filters, because they look too old, resembling Excel from 1997."

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"Tableau's prices are relatively high for our market. I am from Serbia, so many companies in this market don't have the ability to pay for expensive software. My clients are quite satisfied with a lot of Tableau's qualities except for the prices.""It is expensive when you compare it with Power BI. It should be cheaper.""The price is definitely a point because smaller firms don't use Tableau as it's an expensive tool.""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.""Its price is higher than Power BI and QlikView. Tableau costs around $70 per user per month, whereas Power BI is around $8 to $9. QlikView is around $30. Tableau has various prices for various models such as Creator, Designer.""The solution is expensive but it depends on the customer's needs which will determine the cost of the licensing.""The cost of the solution should be improved.""In general, if someone is new and wants to learn Tableau, it's around $70 per month."

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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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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
SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft SSRS, SSRS, MS SQL Server Reporting Services
Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Online
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At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world.

We do business in 170 countries and are made up of 114,000 passionate employees dedicated to fulfilling our mission of helping you and your organization achieve more.

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
CMS Wire, The New York Times
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
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm10%
Financial Services Firm13%
Computer Software Company8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Healthcare Company8%
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm10%
Company Size
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise52%
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise57%
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,136 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is ranked 12th in Reporting Tools with 2 reviews while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Reporting Tools with 67 reviews. Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is rated 7.6, while Tableau is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services writes "Well packaged and easy to figure out but needs better visualization". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is most compared with IBM Cognos, TIBCO Jaspersoft, Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer, SAP Crystal Reports and Pentaho Business Analytics, whereas Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP Analytics Cloud, MicroStrategy, ELK Kibana and Qlik Sense. See our Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services vs. Tableau report.

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