Pentaho vs. Tableau

Pentaho is ranked 18th in Business Intelligence Tools with 4 reviews vs Tableau which is ranked 1st in Business Intelligence Tools with 58 reviews. The top reviewer of Pentaho writes "Helps us build decision supported systems". 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". Pentaho is most compared with Knowage, Tableau and Microsoft BI. Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAS Visual Analytics and Oracle OBIEE. See our Pentaho vs. Tableau report.
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Pros
Easy to use components to create the job.I use the BI Server, CDE Dashboards, Saiku, and Kettle, because these tools are very good and highly experienced.

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Visualization attributes: Marks – Color, Size, Label, etc.. Easily Accessible and Intuitive.It most valuable feature is its ease of developing visualizations, not just charts and graphs.It is a very stable product. It doesn't break.​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.

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Cons
Logging capability is needed.Version control would be a good addition.Pentaho, at the general level, should greatly improve the easy construction of its dashboards and easy integration of information from different sources without technical user intervention.

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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.​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 them to include the Italian language, as I can see there are other foreign language in the product.They need to improve the bar chart position and width.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Free and commercial versions are available.

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Tableau is an expensive solution, though it comes with its advantages.Tableau's licensing is pretty straightforward and simple.ROI is very high, but it requires a data preparation/blending tool.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.I wish there was more of a subscription model with the pricing when it comes to Tableau, so you can get all the latest version upgrades/features if you pay monthly/annually.

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Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Also Known AsPentaho Business Analytics, KettleTableau Desktop, Tableau Server, Tableau Online
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Overview
Overview

Pentaho is an open source business intelligence company that provides a wide range of tools to help their customers better manage their businesses. These tools include data integration software, mining tools, dashboard applications, online analytical processing options, and more.

Pentaho has two product categories: There is the standard enterprise version. This is the product that comes directly from Pentaho itself with all of the benefits, features, and programs that come along with a paid application such us analysis services, dashboard design, and interactive reporting.

The alternative is an open source version, which the public is permitted to add to and tweak the product. This solution has its advantages, aside from the fact that it is free, in that there are many more people working on the project to improve its quality and breadth of functionality.

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
Sample Customers Cargo 2000 Lufthansa, Marketo, ModCloth, Cardiac Science, Telefonica, ExactTarget, Active Broadband Networks, and Brussels Airport.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
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm
15%
Software R&D Company
15%
K 12 Educational Company Or School
8%
Government
8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
12%
Manufacturing Company
7%
University
7%
Transportation Company
6%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm
16%
University
9%
Healthcare Company
9%
Manufacturing Company
8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
19%
Healthcare Company
8%
Manufacturing Company
6%
Comms Service Provider
6%
Company Size
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business
47%
Midsize Enterprise
20%
Large Enterprise
33%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
18%
Midsize Enterprise
31%
Large Enterprise
51%
REVIEWERS
Small Business
25%
Midsize Enterprise
20%
Large Enterprise
55%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
17%
Midsize Enterprise
24%
Large Enterprise
59%
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