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Find out what your peers are saying about SAP Crystal Reports vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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"I find Crystal Reports very easy to use, even for a non-technical person.""The most valuable feature is that from a user's point of view, it is easy to use and requires just a simple click to generate a report."

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"The most valuable features are data discovery and fine visualizations.""This solution has transformed us from an Excel reporting environment to one of visual exploration.""Good data flow and management.""The most valuable feature is the interface, which is user-friendly and intuitive.""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.""​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."

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Cons
"There could be improvements made to the analytics capabilities.""A real improvement would be a simpler system that allows users to play with the visualization without needing specialized skills and code."

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"The SQL programming functionality needs to be improved.""I would like Tableau to handle geospatial data better in terms of multiple layers and shapefiles.""Requires a lot of user training.""The charts in Tableau are quite limited.""The pricing is a bit higher than the competition. They'll need to lower it to stay competitive.""​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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This product costs a lot of money."

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"Be careful with the Tableau Viewer's licenses, and stay with the right number of users.""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.""Tableau's licensing is pretty straightforward and simple.""ROI is very high, but it requires a data preparation/blending tool.""The cost of the solution should be improved.""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.""Pricing is not bad. It's competitive.""At $70 per month, I think the price is a bit scary. I have a small consulting firm in Ghana, working in about 15 different African countries, and when it comes to our part of the world, $70 a month is a lot of money for software."

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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 »
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: This was a good platform when it first came out but right now, it has become a complicated behemoth. These days, things are a little more dynamic and you really need a platform where you can change… more »
Top Answer: We are a software development company and we have a lot of experience with different tools, including SAP Crystal Reports. This product is one that we have implemented in different hospitals. We have… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is that from a user's point of view, it is easy to use and requires just a simple click to generate a report.
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 Enterprise… more »
Top Answer: If doing a technical comparison, Lumira (SAP's visual tool) isn't bad but the market share in this space is going to Tableau and Qlik both of which are strong in the visual side of BI. Most Business… more »
Top Answer: There are platforms available that enable bridge between technologies. Tableau/Qlik is great visualization from performance and user interface as compared to SAS - #askginie.ai
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Overview

Turn information from almost any data source into a sophisticated, interactive report with SAP Crystal Reports. This powerful, user-friendly application for small businesses and departments can help you deliver key insights to the right decision maker, at the right time, in the right format. 

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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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City of Buenos Aires, ASR Group, Citrix, EarlySense, Usha International Limited, Automotive Resources International (ARI), LivePerson, Coelba (Grupo Neoenergia), RZD Russian Railways, National Basketball Association - NBA, TALLY WEiJL, El Machetazo, Young Heroes, Mozzart, Mitsui Knowledge Industry (MKI) , Surgutneftegas Open Joint Stock Company, The VELUX Group, AOK Bundesverband, AL-KO KOBER GROUP
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.
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Healthcare Company19%
Financial Services Firm16%
Government9%
Computer Software Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government11%
Media Company7%
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Financial Services Firm14%
University9%
Healthcare Company8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm9%
Media Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise42%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise52%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise62%
Find out what your peers are saying about SAP Crystal Reports vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
513,091 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SAP Crystal Reports is ranked 10th in Reporting Tools with 2 reviews while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Reporting Tools with 50 reviews. SAP Crystal Reports is rated 8.0, while Tableau is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SAP Crystal Reports writes "Offers a good user experience that can export reports to different platforms, but it requires a specialized skillset to develop them". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". SAP Crystal Reports is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, TIBCO Jaspersoft, Oracle OBIEE and ComponentOne ActiveReports, whereas Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, ELK Kibana, SAP Analytics Cloud, Oracle OBIEE and IBM Cognos. See our SAP Crystal Reports vs. Tableau report.

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