Splunk vs Tableau

Splunk is ranked 2nd in Data Visualization with 43 reviews vs Tableau which is ranked 1st in Data Visualization with 118 reviews. The top reviewer of Splunk writes "Monitors all machine logins and actions taken on those machines under each user". The top reviewer of Tableau writes "The visualizations bring out patterns buried under a mountain of data. I’d like to see a speedometer chart template". Splunk is most compared with IBM QRadar, LogRhythm and ArcSight. Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAS Visual Analytics and Oracle OBIEE. See our Splunk vs Tableau report.
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Pros
Splunk has significantly helped with aggregation and correlation of critical logs. Not having to grep on each individual server has made everyone more efficient.Splunk has facilitated the correlation of information security logs to look for incidents which could cause damage to the company's infrastructure, as well as financial losses from leaks.We primarily use it to correlate logs throughout the enterprise for both searching and use in investigations.The ability to ingest any data and display it in a way that anyone can understand.Visualizations helped the organisation with a better understanding of its KPIs.Splunk setup is easy and straightforward. ​Its huge, versatile AppBase helped me to configure and bring data from different sources to a unified platform.It is easy to use in any environment.

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It's the ease of use. It is also a self-service tool so it decreases the burden on having centralized IT-type teams or developers.It provides business users with a tool, so they are not dependent on IT.Analysis is now more visual than in the past.The most important feature is the tool is very easy to use. This makes it simple to introduce it to CxOs. After a rapid demo, they are usual impressed by the results shown, because it has such a rare simplicity.It has made the reporting stage simple and enabled us to focus mainly on the ETL partIt provides supporting data for critical policy and operational changesIt is easy to adapt visualizers to have interactive conversations among decision-makers.​Data is easily understood at all levels of the company.

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Cons
DMC should be a little more intuitive with better dashboarding. Seeing the cause of data flow can be tough to track down.Splunk can improve regex/asset analysis as we do not want to crawl until it is done.It can be tough to get a hold of somebody in technical support depending on the complexity of the issue.The Enterprise Security app could be improved. We have had trouble with it working from the first day.It needs more thoroughly tested releases. Every new big version (6, 7, etc.) has had so many bugs that it makes me wary of customers upgrading right away.Custom visualizations are real hard. While the default visualizations are good, creating enhanced visualizations are complex.Configuring a few apps is complex, not straightforward.​Not even Splunk's support guy, who came to our firm, could help with defining proper role management.​

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It needs a little bit more advanced modeling. I would like to see functionality like Cognos has in the Framework Manager.Bursting email is needed to deliver the reports to many people in their inboxes and this functionality is not provided by Tableau.It needs more ETL capabilities, to be able to address the end-to-end BI need.The ability to use it on MAC machines. As far as I know, this is not possible.​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.If they could add global filters in the stories, more chart types, and default colours, it would help.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It can be expensive, especially the licensing costs. However, there is added value in what it can do, not just log aggregation.Splunk is a bit pricier, but the benefits and ROI are huge.It is a pretty high cost solution, but if your organization has the funds, it can bring many benefits.Personnel costs are saved by not having to involve the domain developers from multiple teams when tracing a problem that spans multiple platforms.Truly evaluate the data you want to ingest and go slow. Pulling in data that can provide no use to your mission only wastes data against your license.Our ROI is high.The licensing model can be expensive, but the value it provides is significant.Be upfront about your needs and expectations. Splunk is great to work with.

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The cost is high.Deployment of dashboards to viewers and unit supervisors can be prohibitively expensive.Tableau's licensing is pretty straightforward and simple.ROI is very high, but it requires a data preparation/blending tool.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.Tableau can be costly (but this can be indefinable, such as user experience vs. cheaper etc.)Buy 50 at a time. Project your use base every three months, and project your requirements forward.Paying for users you never setup or buying expensive desktop licenses for users who can solve their users with web editing on the server are the two biggest expenses.

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Overview

Splunk software has been around since 2006 and the company has since grown to become an industry leader. Splunk's vision is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everybody. The company offers a wide range of products to turn machine data into valuable information by monitoring and analyzing all activities. This is known as Operational Intelligence and is the unique value proposition of Splunk.

Splunk is well-known for its Log Management capabilities and also for its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions.

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 CustomersSplunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.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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Financial Services Firm
24%
Energy/Utilities Company
15%
Retailer
15%
Insurance Company
9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
17%
Comms Service Provider
11%
Energy/Utilities Company
7%
Manufacturing Company
6%
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Financial Services Firm
16%
Healthcare Company
9%
University
9%
Insurance Company
8%
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Financial Services Firm
18%
Healthcare Company
8%
Manufacturing Company
6%
Comms Service Provider
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Small Business
18%
Midsize Enterprise
13%
Large Enterprise
70%
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Small Business
13%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
67%
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Small Business
24%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
17%
Midsize Enterprise
24%
Large Enterprise
59%
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