Tableau Previous Solutions

Justin Larson
Principal Business Intelligence Analyst at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Back in 2012, we evaluated it against QlikView and MicroStrategy. MicroStrategy was more complex than our organization needed, and Tableau won out on ease of use and feature set, but I don't really remember the grittier details. View full review »
it_user251337
DHS HQ at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
I didn’t switch. It was just a matter of seeing where Tableau makes sense as a service to use in our environment, which is for the simpler, not so complex, but quick turnaround. Worked with other technology stacks that are similar, like Information Builders, SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, SAS, MicroStrategy, IBM, Salesforce, Qlik, etc. I find Tableau the easiest on visualization and its license model straightforward. But when it comes to scaling to other interoperation work, not so great on the wizard template, to do data mining/exchange. It doesn’t have that robust analytics and intelligence self-learning feature that comes with other tools. View full review »
Lunik Kanungo
Assistant Vice President - BICC - Development at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The switch was driven by the end-user level. We discovered that people were actually getting the self-service tool without us really being aware of it. Once we found out that they were using it, we did some research and looked at the market, saw how popular this tool is and how easy it is to use compared to our existing tool. We said, "Okay, let's not fight the end-users. Let's help the end-users, let's adopt it and help them grow." That is how we've moved to this level where we've actually built out of a center practice. We're now a group, not so much of developers, but of people that will help the individual businesses build their own projects. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are support, for sure, and their ability to advance in the technology. We have found with Tableau that there is such a community out there. They have a lot of information that is freely available. Those are the main things, support and that they advance their products, that they don't get stale. View full review »
Ron Bayes
Senior HR Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
No - most of our reporting was done between MS Excel and MS Access. View full review »
Dev Bhosale
BI Architect at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Yes. I have prior experience with SAP Business Objects, Lumira, Sisense, as well as javascript charting tools such as Highcharts, D3JS, etc. The biggest reason for switching are: ease of use, agility to deliver insightful answers from your data, and large number of chart types. View full review »
Peter Birksmith
(2IC) Senior System Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are still using another solution. However, this will be shutdown next year due to the decline in development on this platform. The development cycle on this legacy platform has been too slow for any type of turnkey solution and the end result did not provide a proficient self-service capability that satisfied the customer. Performance has been another factor in this platforms decline. View full review »
Karl Riddett
Manager Business Intelligence and Analytics at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have used Oracle OBIEE before and Tableau beats that product on cost, usability and ease/speed of development. I don't have to know how to develop the RPD or meta-data layer. Tableau does that behind the scenes when I import a data source. Tableau was also much cheaper than OBIEE. We also own PowerBI and Tableau is significantly better at ease of use and the number of data sources. View full review »
it_user176814
Director
The client has a large Cognos footprint and they were looking to Tableau as a more agile reporting & analytics tool. For this project, we used Cognos 11 and were experimenting with IBM Watson Analytics. We were able to perform all the analytics they were doing in Watson Analytics, using Tableau. In prior projects, I have experience with SAP BusinessObjects, SAS and QlikView. View full review »
Oscar Barrientos ǀ ITIL V3, SAP BO
Business Intelligence Specialist with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was using SAP BusinessObjects for four years, then I met Tableau and I realized how discontinued the SAP product was. Of course, all the BI platforms think that way, they were discontinued with the monolithic vision of data warehousing. Then, all of the data-discovery tools appeared and all of us were amused. I chose Tableau because it can give you answers very fast without the intervention of IT (most of the cases). As we can see in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, Tableau is the leader among all the data-discovery tools, Tableau defined the BI trend, and now the rest of the BI platforms are incorporating these functionalities and improving them. View full review »
Alberto Guisande
Director at Decision Science
I used Cognos, BusinessObjects, and QlikView. I switched because of the paradigm change to self-service capabilities and ease of use. We also have a lot projects to change previous tools. For example, we replaced six Enterprise QlikViews in six different companies which had been working there for six or seven years. View full review »
Virginio D'Amico
Developer with 501-1,000 employees
Previously, we had been using the SAP BusinessObjects suite for BI reporting. There were too many issues regarding the complexity in development, the deployment of reports and, mostly, the performance and stability of dashboards. After the bad experience with SAP BusinessObjects, we evaluated and adopted Tableau for its amazing straightforwardness in the representation of geo-referenced data on maps, which was a strict requirement from our sales & marketing department. View full review »
it_user257478
Performance Management Analyst at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have SAS (Enterprise Guide) as our main data extraction tool. Some areas of the ministry also use MicroStrategy. After reviewing all three BI tools, it became evident that Tableau offered the best solution for the kind of work we do. I work in the Performance Measurement and Evaluation Branch and our main task is to monitor and report on the health system’s performance. We get data in a variety of formats from a variety of sources, and at various times throughout the year. In order to analyse and report these types of data, Tableau proved to be the most nimble and flexible of the three. View full review »
Nick Heigerick
Product Manager - Emory University (Tableau) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have the EBI tool, Oracle OBIEE. Although I never used it personally, our department has experience with several of the top competitors of this product. Despite owning licenses to those tools and using them, the decision was made that Tableau offers self-serve BI better than any of the others. (I was not a part of this decision process, but was moved over from another team to manage the product once the decision was made.) View full review »
reviewer712779
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I really like the user-friendly (usability, user experience) layout of Tableau. The visual layout for me is very appealing. View full review »
it_user161736
Industry Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In late 2013, we tested QlikView Desktop and Yellowfin Analytics. They did not seem quite as powerful at the time. However, I have not evaluated those products since. In early 2016, I explored Microsoft Power BI and found the interface clunky compared to Tableau. It is, however, much cheaper. View full review »
Sampath Pippala
VP Strategy, Global Delivery & Operations at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I previously used MicroStrategy, QlikView, SQL Server Reporting Services, SQL Server Analysis Services, Panorama, SAP BusinessObjects, and in-house Java-based reports. The reasons I chose this product were: ease of doing things, faster performance, and it is an all-in-one tool. View full review »
it_user151629
BI Expert at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Several companies ago, we were using Cognos and switched to Tableau due to ease of deployment, total cost of ownership. At my last three places, Tableau was already in-house. View full review »
Yali Pollak
Data Analysis Team Leader at Viber
In the past, I used QlikView as the BI solution. It's also a great tool with many features and great support. The problem with QlikView is that it's expensive and it takes longer to implement inside organizations. View full review »
it_user244335
Program Manager (Graduate Assistant) at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have previously used Excel and SSRS. Tableau provides more flexibility than these tools and is very intuitive to learn. View full review »
Gareth Crawshaw
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Currently use an alternative provider, looking to switch to a newer more empowering piece of software, an alternative to Tableau was selected at a Global CIO level. View full review »
Jered McClure
Business Intelligence Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees
I have used Report Builder and Crystal Reports. Switching wasn't really my decision, as the other tools used were at different organisations. Since then, I have tried to move back to other reporting tools, but found them lacking in functions I hadn't even realised I had come to rely on! View full review »
reviewer639489
Enterprise Risk Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have used (and continue to use) ACL for data analytics. However for simple analytics, and in particular, data visualization, we prefer to use Tableau. We have also seen that users are able to understand Tableau faster than ACL. View full review »
Sumit Agrawal
Lead Business Analyst at a energy/utilities company
We were using OBIEE for generating dashboards and wanted to upgrade our system with better visualization tools. View full review »
Anthony Korkmaz
Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
I use a lot of other tools, such as QlikView, because we deal with different clients who use different tools, so we need to have expertise in the different tools provided by the market leaders. View full review »
Arthur Kancelarovicz
BI Specialist at a K-12 educational company or school with 501-1,000 employees
We used (and continue to use) SAP Business Objects 4.1 Edge (and all the embedded tools...). We acquired the SAP BO licenses to initialize our business intelligence project. But, our bigger problem is using lot-and-not-linked tools to generate insights. Some of our needs are only answered by Explorer, another only by Dashboard Design (Xcelsius – and it’s so old...), another only by Lumira (and can’t be viewed on LaunchPad – The Web-Portal of BO - forcing users to install the app on their machines without mobile support). View full review »
reviewer601230
Business Intelligence Manager with 501-1,000 employees
This is our first visualization solution being used. Attempts were made on another platform, but setup and use of tool were a huge challenge for the team. View full review »
Ann Chen
ProductEngineer with 51-200 employees
We used IBM Cognos back then, but it’s really not easy to use and since it’s an integration of variety of services, it’s quite confusing sometimes. Plus it required training lessons, which aren’t cheap at all. View full review »
it_user348144
IT Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have used SAP BO BI for many years. We liked the WebI /BO dashboard. We also evaluated Microsoft PowerBI and QlikView. Finally, our IT and project team chose Tableau because its UI/user experience is the best. View full review »
it_user424317
Director, Business and Clinical Analytics at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Qlik and Business Objects were used previously. Tableau was selected based on feedback from staff and other peers that are using the product, as well as all of the success we have experienced within our organization. The benefits and speed to develop were key decision factors. Licensure costs was also a key factor in selecting Tableau. View full review »
it_user403101
BI Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I did a POC with Tableau for my current organization and compared this tool with other BI tools. I recommended Tableau for the following reasons: truly mature product, price-performance balance, ease of use, lot of flexibilities in regrouping the data on the fly, most of the frequently used calculations are built-in and very easy to use - unlike some other BI tools, which are quite clumsy - and for best interactive data visualization capabilities. Most importantly, a non-IT person can develop a simple dashboard without any IT help. View full review »
Valentin Nedkov
Partner at a tech services company
I did not previously use a different solution. This is my first time with this. I did a lot of research into the final result of my BI work. View full review »
Aditi Roy
Software Development Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We used SSRS as our reporting solution. We switched because the deployment was archaic. View full review »
ITAdmin097
IT Admin at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
We did evaluate a number of other BI solutions before selecting Tableau Desktop. In the end, we chose Tableau Desktop because of its flexibility and superior graphics. We are a fairly small organization. While we do not currently have a data warehouse, we are planning to build a BIDW within the next three years. Once the data warehouse has been rolled out, we will transition from Tableau Desktop to Tableau Server. In the era of big data, Tableau Server offers a number of attractive features including the built-in interface with both the R Project and various open source big data applications. View full review »
GURU RAJAN ANANDHAPADMANAPHAN
Advisor at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Yes, we used MicroStrategy in the past. One of the reasons for the switch was to have more ad hoc data visualization and a more user-friendly tool for business; one which involved less coding and more GUI work. View full review »
it_user237714
Business Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I previously used R for data exploratory analysis. I'm choosing Tableau because it is quicker, and exploratory data analysis by its nature requires a large variety and volume of output. View full review »
Vishal Shah
Manager - CRO at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
We did not evaluate any other solutions. We only worked with Tableau, as it was industry ready. View full review »
Ayodele Makun
Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Renato Rocha
Director of Analytics at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I previously used QlikView and MicroStrategy, and they are not as friendly as Tableau for the end user. If you do not have IT skills, you probably will be stuck with a basic level of visualization. View full review »
BIDirector874
Business Intelligence Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We evaluated other solutions, and selected Tableau mainly because of the licensing costs. View full review »
Charlie LeCrone
VP Associate Director at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We primarily used Excel prior to Tableau. We are aware of some of the others, but for us, it is not worth investing the time re-inventing our process. View full review »
it_user332121
Senior Marketing Manager, CRM at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We used QlikView. I’m not 100% sure what drove this selection over QlikView. View full review »
principa168822
Director with 501-1,000 employees
I have historically developed using SAP BusinessObjects and IBM Cognos for visualization and various tools for ETL. I have trialed Qlik and Power BI, but this has a much higher level of maturity at this stage. View full review »
Richard L Williams
Senior Engineer, Big-Data/Data-Warehousing at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Domo: inflexible due to lack of expertise and confusing with blurred demarcation between DWH, ETL and BI layers. View full review »
it_user261888
Analyst at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
I have used QlikView, but I have always found Tableau simpler to use. View full review »
Steve Cornett
Solution Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For our PaaS data discovery needs at the time, we reviewed MicroStrategy 9.4 Visual Insight, which was not up to the capabilities/ease of use that Tableau had at the time. View full review »
Galina Kozachenko
Director, Strategic Data Analytics at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We didn’t have a data vis solution beyond Excel and MSRS before. I used Spotfire in my business school work. View full review »
AssistantVP739
Assistant Vice President, Institutional Analysis at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
While we use several BI tools, this was the first visualizations platform we purchased. View full review »
it_user291708
Data Warehouse Consultant Sr at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
We evaluated a few other solutions, but we chose Tableau because of the speed with which we can build reports, the simple deployment (cloud), easy scalability and the cost factor. View full review »
Nadia Alatas
Director at a tech services company
We evaluated others, but Tableau is the business intelligence platform which allows everyone to use the product in a way that supports how they work with data. View full review »
Jonathan Friesen
User at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Initially used Tableau at a large electric utility where we were largely using Excel. Utility had bought into SAP BusinessObjects but IT had locked down these tools so much that all we had was Excel. Used to work at BOBJ myself but I haven't used their tools in while. We're going with Tableau right now because it works for our dept and we could get it working quickly and without an enormously long and expensive project to get IT involvement. Now I work for a small start-up but one of the first things I did was to get a copy of Tableau. View full review »
CarolynFrench
IT Instructor at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I did not switch. I use QlikView, SAS Analytics, TIBCO Spotfire, and IBM Watson for college instructor roles. View full review »
consulti720510
Consulting Head
I have experience with other BI solutions, but all of them had many limitations with respect to all my customers' requests. But Tableau is able to handle them. View full review »
it_user278760
Portfolio Analyst at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
We were using Excel-based solutions. Tableau was much more advanced and user-friendly at that time. View full review »
Miroslav Kosecek
Business Intelligence Expert at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
I used IBM Cognos for many years, I am now working with BO, and I have evaluated many others. I choose this product for a particular customer because he needed analytical access to data for managers without having an IT department in the company. View full review »
Paul Arokiam Raja
EMEA Business Operations Analyst at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Qliktech. We switched because the licensing strategy they used was not useful. It was a per dashboard license which means that if we develop several different dasbhoards the solution was becoming too expensive. View full review »
Xavier Lim
Senior Analyst at a government with 501-1,000 employees
We chose Tableau for its simplicity and ease of use. View full review »
Akarsh Agnivesh (Tableau/Spotfire/R Enthusiast)
Manager, Business Intelligence at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I used QlikView but switched; the UI was not that great. View full review »
it_user231165
Deputy Director, Global Sales Planning & Policy at a renewables & environment company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I previously used MicroStrategy. I chose Tableau for three reasons: * Powerful functionality * User-friendly interface * Great community View full review »
it_user204687
Senior Consultant at a financial services firm
We previously used SSRS and other analytics tools. We moved to Tableau because of its visual effects and because it was easy to develop with it. View full review »
Bala Subramanian Krishnan
IT Admin at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
We used Microsoft Excel. View full review »
Sunyong Kim
Business Intelligence Specialist
Yes, I did. It had the same functions with a value of four questions. View full review »
Ratan Putla
Tableau Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
We previously used another solution. We switched to Tableau because, in my opinion, it has some of the best features available. It will take five years for other tools to catch up to where Tableau is right now. View full review »
Praveen Yalagandula
Sr Programmer Analyst at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Alexandra Cesar
Business Intelligence Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Yes, QlikView. View full review »
it_user284769
Data Visualization and BI Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have used other visualization tools in past. However, Tableau is much better than they are; much better compared to QlikView and Spotfire. View full review »
Selva Prakash
Assistant Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I've previously used Oracle Business Intelligence and SAP BusinessObjects. Both of them lack the rich viz that Tableau offers. View full review »
it_user261768
Senior Manager - Analytics at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have tried multiple solutions so far, and this is by far the best and fastest. View full review »
Cindy Pham
President at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
We were previously using SSR for reports and SSIS for retrieving the data. View full review »
DataVisSpec991
Tableau/Data Visualization Specialist, Reporting & Analytics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I used IBM Cognos 8 with a previous employer, and I found that tool to be slow and clunky. View full review »
RajivKumar
Tableau Specialist, BI and ETL Developer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We previously used Enterprise standard. View full review »
Wan-Jin Leu
Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We evaluated Microsoft Excel and IBM Cognos: they are more time consuming, less efficient for generating reports, and more expensive. View full review »
it_user187248
Assistant Manager at a pharma/biotech company
I had been using SSRS, but the company where I worked had started using Tableau before I joined it. View full review »
SeniorDBA879
Sr. Database Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I also evaluated MS Power BI, but Tableau is more user-friendly, not as complicated and not buggy like MS Power BI. View full review »
Javier Florian
BI & New Project Profesional at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Miguel Molano
‎R&D Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Yes. SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards/Xcelsius. Switched because of easy adoption of Tableau, and minimum knowledge required. View full review »
Shahed Mirza Baig
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
SAP BusinessObjects does not offer similar visualization. Tableau’s visualizations are definitely a plus. View full review »
AmitJain
GSDC Consultant at a consultancy
I have used Spotfire. The two main reasons to use Tableau over Spotfire are the ease of working with it and the availability of an in-depth knowledge database. View full review »
Dante Garcia
BI Operations Support Leader at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Analysis is now more visual than in the past, which was only long operational support reports with bunches of info. View full review »
BIConsultant052
BI & Digital Transformation Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I previously used MicroStrategy, which is a real BI tool. View full review »

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