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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 predictive features of SAP. It's easy to use tools for an end-user.""It is a comprehensive BI solution that provides reporting, planning, and predictive analytics in one solution. You don't have to buy three different products. It is very flexible. It can be implemented very quickly. It has a lot of out-of-the-box scenarios that you can use for quick deployment.""We mainly use Analytics Cloud because it integrates with other SAP solutions. Our ERP is an SAP product, and our back-end is SAP Business Warehouse, so integration is an essential factor.""It integrates with third-party applications such as Google Drive and Excel,""In the most recent release, the schedule publication was officially updated and it's been added on MS Office 365. I like how we had an EPM for B to C perspective; it's a great enhancement. Also, I believe the B to B connectivity has been improved. Android support for mobile is really good also. Power BI has always had android support in place, so manual support for SAP Analytics Cloud is also a very good feature.""The most valuable features are the analytical application and the user story.""It offers good backup capabilities.""It's so user-friendly."

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"Business insights are shared across various departments.""It has a shallow learning curve and so you can go to market very, very, very quickly.""Tableau is easy to use. That's the first and most important thing. I not only provide consulting but I also train people to use it, so with its ease-of-use it's not as difficult for me to train executives and management staff, because they don't have the IT background, unlike when I'm using Python.""Although Tableau isn't the best for us when it comes to processing and working on live data, it is very good at extracting data for analysis.""Tableau is good for routine dashboards, and it has integration with Slack, through which it can send you daily updates.""I like Tableau's heat maps and the storyboard. You can create data stories and tons of visuals with it, and it goes together really well. Tableau lets you manipulate the data in various ways.""It's very user-friendly. It's not like Power BI, Tableau is very user-friendly. Anybody can use Tableau. It's very easy to adopt things. I can visualize the stats.""Easy to create graphs and visualizations."

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Cons
"Connection and integration with other applications have a lot of restrictions at the moment.""It should have the flexibility for scoping the story and models. When you use it in a three-layer architecture, you struggle with the fact that you usually have just one SAP Analytics Cloud tenant, and you have to switch the connections, which might be an issue for bigger developments. For the development role, there should be an option to switch between development and production scenarios.""Pricing is fine for the BI license, but when it comes to client license, that fee is a bit high.""SAP could add some more visualization features to Analytics Cloud, like charts and analytics. I would also like to see some more data cleaning and ad hoc functions added to this solution.""The customizations need to be better.""Figuring out how to navigate all of the products around Data Warehouse Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud and BW for HANA is quite difficult.""It still lacks a lot of functionalities as compared to other tools such as Power BI or Tableau. Sorting is not working as well as it works in Tableau. A lot of other things are also not at the same level. Their technical support is not perfect and could be better. It takes a lot of time to have lacking functionalities implemented. Its integration with the BW backend should be better. Both solutions are from the same vendor. They position SAP Analytics Cloud as a reporting tool on top of the BW environment, but the integration between both is not yet 100%. For example, user management is still not synchronized.""I would also like to have more advanced features for predictive analytics."

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"The pricing is a bit higher than the competition. They'll need to lower it to stay competitive.""Lacks customization in some areas.""Implementation requires a technical background.""If you wanted to create something without making it an extra column in the data set, you can't just rename it to a more user-friendly short name.""The process of embedding the dashboards on external portals and websites could be improved.""The charting is overly complex in comparison with Power BI's""It should offer better features for customization.""The data preparation could integrate better with Tableau."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "It's quite expensive and costs a lot to maintain, especially with licensing."
  • "It's not that costly as such for the time being."
  • "Its licensing is on a monthly basis."
  • "Compute and storage features should be sold separately."
  • "Its pricing is okay as compared to its competitors."
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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."
  • "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."
  • "The professional version of Tableau is quite expensive."
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    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 →
    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    author avatarMogle
    Consultant

    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
    Real User

    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
    Vendor

    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
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    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 »
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    Its user-friendliness is valuable. It is a product for end-users and not for IT, which is an advantage.
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    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 »
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    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 »
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    Although Tableau isn't the best for us when it comes to processing and working on live data, it is very good at extracting data for analysis.
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    Overview

    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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    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    SAP Analytics Cloud is ranked 4th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 17 reviews while Tableau is ranked 2nd in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 93 reviews. SAP Analytics Cloud is rated 8.2, 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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