Microsoft BI Competitors and Alternatives

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Tableau
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Sr Manager, Reporting & Analytics at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 08 2017

What do you think of Tableau?

***We've upgraded to 10.2.1 So I've updated the Pros and Cons accordingly!" I've been working between Tableau and Qlikview (depending on use case) and have been jotting down Pros and Cons of each as I come across them.  Many of these, but not all, are centered around some fairly specific UI functionality and limitations that I've come across while trying to deliver on various dashboard solutions.  If you're evaluating Tableau as a potential data visualization solution, some of these points might help with your evaluation, or at least I'm hoping so!  One caveat I will apply to the "Cons" section is some of these may in fact be resolved in the latest version, or may be achieved through some means that I'm just not aware of (though I do generally research pretty extensively before...
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BI Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 20 2017

What is most valuable?

The jobstreams and the ways SQL-scripts can be effectively organized behind icons.

How has it helped my organization?

* It gave the organization a better insight in the quality of the data, which in many ways was poor. * It gave the call center the possibility to monitor its effectiveness and efficiency a lot better.

What needs improvement?

* The Cognos Data Manager is very datamart/Kimball oriented, and it should be made more flexible, so that it can be used for architectures like Inmon’s or a data vault. * Some of its components are not very stable (for instance the lookups).... more»
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Sr Manager, Reporting & Analytics at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees

What is most valuable?

1. QlikView Scripting - Takes some time to learn, but it is very powerful. Not as a total ETL replacement tool necessarily, but as a supplement to load and join data sources, perform additional transformations, add supplemental inline tables,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have gradually reduced laborious manual reporting in Business Units and "spreadmarts". We now have some executive using QV dashboards in weekly review meetings, in place of spreadsheets and PowerPoints. While it does take some time and IT... more»

What needs improvement?

No out of the box mapping capabilities. No auto-scale for different display resolutions/dimensions, but the trade-off here is the much greater design flexibility than one gets with a Grid based product. Would like to see a few more... more»
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Business Intelligence Applications Team Leader at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 24 2017

What is most valuable?

It allows the analysis of business data and enables decisions based on the analysis. I found the SAP suite of products powerful. They scale well for enterprise use, i.e., thousands of recipients of the output of the products as dashboards... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gets people off Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and sharing the same reports/dashboards, so departments receive the same figures for KPIs and company performance. This stopped the waste of time in management meetings, whereby people would... more»

What needs improvement?

More thorough testing of Service Packs before release.
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MicroStrategy
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Systems Analyst at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Project Schema/metadata- Very flexible, connects to a variety of different data sources and is very flexible for many specific tasks. Attributes/metrics/filters created once used by everyone. Intelligent Cubes- Can improve almost any report... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Management would spend half a week gathering data and number crunching in Excel. It was a long, slow and tedious process. In the end they could not calculate at the level of detail required. Today, management can focus on analyzing the... more»

What needs improvement?

- Many users have requested some specific graphing capability. More precisely, they would like the ability to configure a graph to be formatted and displayed identically to their excel documents. This is not always possible. - The web... more»
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Director of Statistics and Analysis at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Some of the most outstanding features of OBIEE is both its scalability and dependability. OBIEE is worthy of its ‘Enterprise’ moniker as it can handle any amount of end-to-end data thrown at it. But these strengths can only be realized if the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

With a wide array of internal customers, OBIEE has helped us provide a many-to-one Business Intelligence relationship. By transforming the company’s performance data into various dashboard perspectives, each information consumer can select a... more»

What needs improvement?

In today’s business intelligence environment, nimbleness and flexibility are valued on par with scalability and dependability. Historically, Excel was perfectly aligned with the former two while enterprise solutions held firmly to the latter... more»

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