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Question: Which would you choose - Tableau or SAP Analytics Cloud?
Answer: Tableau + SAP Analytics Cloud = Great Analytical Combination.
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"I like the connectivity the solution provides with other products.""One feature I've found most valuable is discovery.""I like the predictive features of SAP. It's easy to use tools for an end-user.""It integrates with third-party applications such as Google Drive and Excel,""Offers both business intelligence as well as inbuilt AI and machine learning capabilities.""Provides rich features for developing automated reports and dashboards.""The most valuable features are the visualization and user-friendliness.""Its user-friendliness is valuable. It is a product for end-users and not for IT, which is an advantage."

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"I like the calculation feature. I would not say it's such a good feature in Tableau, but if you have the knowledge, you can make that feature visible to everyone. It's not a feature that we can drag and drop and get the information. But whatever the data, whatever the calculation, I'm able to do. It's basically the knowledge base. Whatever knowledge I have, I can make that information public and publish it for management.""Tableau is easy to use and it has great predictive features.""The most important feature in Tableau is visual analytics.""The action feature which Tableau has is very useful for us. If we click on one visualization, it will pass the value to another visualization. That interactivity within different visualizations is the most valuable feature of Tableau.""The ease of presenting findings is very helpful.""This solution has improved insights into quantitative data.""​Its ease of use and ability to convert drag and drop gestures into queries.""Tableau is highly scalable. Now that they've introduced Hyper, you can create an extract of more than 5 million rows in minutes and then do your analysis."

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"AI doesn't work as well with SAP live connections.""The solution should include other scripting languages as well, such as Python.""We are currently working on connectivity with S/4HANA, but we would like to have better connectivity with our legacy systems.""When it comes to planning there is a concern about the ability to match the exact requirements of the customer with what the product offers.""Custom visuals is another area of improvement. There are also some mobile features that are missing. There are features that aren't available on the mobile.""Currently only one data modeler can work at a time.""SAP Analytics Cloud requires a lot of coding and I would like the coding to be somewhat minimal.""Pricing is fine for the BI license, but when it comes to client license, that fee is a bit high."

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"The data preparation/blending options are very basic. They could be improved.""The pricing is high. I'm using a student license, however, I know that even this license is very expensive. I've tried to have this product in our organization, however, it's quite expensive. We don't have the internal budget.""From a downside perspective, some of the more advanced modeling techniques are actually fairly difficult to do. In addition, I just fundamentally disagree with the way you have to implement them because you can get incorrect answers in some cases.""We have products like Tableau, Power BI, Cognos, and QlikView in the data visualization segment. Compared to those, Tableau is quite costly.""There's no mature ETL tool in Tableau, which is quite a negative for them.""The price of Tableau is too high.""It's not an aesthetic platform at the moment.""The charts in Tableau are quite limited."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's not that costly as such for the time being.""Its pricing is okay as compared to its competitors.""It's quite expensive and costs a lot to maintain, especially with licensing.""Its licensing is on a monthly basis.""It is not the most expensive one. You have to do the cost-of-ownership analysis and take a lot of things into consideration to come up with the conclusion that it is cheaper or not, but its price is reasonable. It provides value for money.""Compute and storage features should be sold separately."

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"The company chose to purchase a creator license for me, which was $70. With that license, you can also be an administrator. We also have 20-25 extra licenses and they cost around $20-$35 each. Those are for normal users who will be viewing the dashboards. Those are monthly charges.""The solution is expensive but it depends on the customer's needs which will determine the cost of the licensing.""Tableau has core-based and user-based licensing, and it is tied to scalability. The core-based licensing is about you buying a certain number of cores, and there is no restriction on the number of users who can use Tableau. The restriction is only on the number of cores. In user-based subscription licensing, there is a restriction on the number of users. Big companies and government organizations with a lot of users typically go for core-based licensing. User-based subscription licensing is a more common model. It has user roles such as creator, explorer, and viewer. A creator is someone who does the groundwork or development work. An explorer is someone who is into middle management but is not technically savvy, such as a category head. A viewer is like a typical decision-maker in senior management. For each role, Tableau is priced differently. The viewer role has the minimum price, and the creator role has the highest price. This pricing is available on their website. Everybody can see it.""The price is definitely a point because smaller firms don't use Tableau as it's an expensive tool.""It is fairly expensive. I have no idea what they paid. We were on an enterprise license, so whatever it is they licensed at the enterprise level is what we paid.""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.""There is a license required, we pay an annual license which is priced fair.""Tableau is not as cost-effective as Microsoft BI."

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Comparison Review
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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Netanya Carmi
author avatarMogle

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.

author avatarPaul Grill
Real User

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.

author avatarKim Nachazel

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.  

author avatarDjalma Gomes, Pmp, Mba

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.

Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: Its user-friendliness is valuable. It is a product for end-users and not for IT, which is an advantage.
Top Answer: Its pricing is fair when compared to its competitors.
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: Since Tableau is on the cloud, we haven't faced any challenges around scalability.
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The SAP® Analytics Cloud solution offers all analytics capabilities for all users in one product. In the boardroom, at the office, or in front of a customer, you can discover, analyze, plan, predict, and collab­orate in one integrated experience designed expressly for the cloud. Access all data and embed analytics directly into business processes to turn instant insight into quick action. Because we built it on the high­performance SAP Cloud Platform, you can trust the solution to work quickly and reliably.

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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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 Company42%
Financial Services Firm8%
Logistics Company8%
Educational Organization8%
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider15%
Manufacturing Company6%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Financial Services Firm13%
Computer Software Company8%
Healthcare Company8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm10%
Company Size
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise54%
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise78%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise52%
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise57%
Find out what your peers are saying about SAP Analytics Cloud vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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SAP Analytics Cloud is ranked 4th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 22 reviews while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 67 reviews. SAP Analytics Cloud is rated 8.0, while Tableau is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SAP Analytics Cloud writes "Enables us to allocate, spread, and distribute actual figures". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". SAP Analytics Cloud is most compared with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, Microsoft BI, Oracle Analytics Cloud, Qlik Sense and IBM Planning Analytics, whereas Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, MicroStrategy, ELK Kibana, Qlik Sense and Oracle OBIEE. See our SAP Analytics Cloud vs. Tableau report.

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