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Tableau Vs Microstrategy

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  • Last Updated September 01, 2017

Introduction:

Tableau Desktop is a leading new generation Business Intelligence (BI) application which is also dubbed as “self-service” data discovery tool as it can be used to achieve with almost no support from IT staff. This product shines as a graphical tool or a visualization tool, where you would have relied on various other tools and takes longer durations to represent the bar charts or the pie charts.

Microstrategy is another leading Business Intelligence (BI) application vendor whose product claims to provide support to world class interactive dashboards, scorecards and highly formatted reports which can be generated using adhoc queries, thresholds and alerts.

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Differentiating Tableau Desktop Vs Microstrategy:

With an initial understanding of what Tableau Desktop and Microstrategy are, let us get down to business in understanding the comparison between these two tools. The Comparison can be different based on the kind of Organization you represent when you go forward in making the purchase of any of these business intelligence software offerings from Tableau or Microstrategy.

Tableau Desktop

Microstrategy

Tableau Desktop provides a considerable big set of visualizations

Microstrategy provides equal number of visualizations as like Tableau Desktop and also provides the same features as like it.

Tableau Desktop has a provision to connect to any kind of data source and provides numeral native data source connectors to retrieve data from

There is not much difference on this features with Tableau Desktop, as Microstrategy is equally competent in providing as many number of data source connectors as like Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop has the capability of doing a quick, ad-hoc analysis on data using its two ways of data collection – Live Connection or by In-memory. Both of these rely on the local database and does the retrieval of the required data the quickest.

Microstrategy lacks in this context when compared with Tableau Desktop software offerings

Tableau Desktop (Personal Edition) is priced $35 per user per month which enables to connect to Excel and Google sheets.
Tableau Desktop (Professional Edition) is priced $70 per user per month which enables to connect to various data sources like files, databases and applications

Microstrategy Web package is priced at $600 per named user and $300K per CPU core
Microstrategy Mobile package is priced at $600 per named user and $300K per CPU core
Microstrategy Architect package is priced at $5000 per named user
Microstrategy Server package is priced at $1200 per named user and $600K per CPU core

Tableau Desktop provides options for its payments in the form of One time payments, Annual Subscriptions and also on Quote based payments

Microstrategy provides payments options in the form of Monthly payments or Quote based payments.

Tableau Desktop is on an average of 9.2 out of 10 based on all the Customer reviews that are collected by various comparison sites

Microstrategy stands tall at 8 out of 10, standing next to Tableau Desktop on all the customer reviews that are captured by various comparison sites

Though Tableau Desktop provides supports to extract data from various kinds of data sources, combinations of data-sources for data analysis is still considered not so strong.

Not a competent offering from Microstrategy on this front

Tableau Desktop is a perfect example to be able to provide a provision to analyze data going offline, where there is no requirement for internet connectivity.

There is no such option here in Microstrategy, as this is a complete Cloud based offering in the Business Intelligence and Data Visualization lines of businesses.

Tableau Desktop is the on-premise variant and Tableau Cloud is the cloud based variant, thus providing an offering in both ways of communication

Microstrategy does provide a on-premise variant of its offerings and is pretty much on the similar power range on its features.

Tableau provides integration with R and Google Analytics. R models can be run as is, just after the Tableau integration with R.

Microstrategy provides integration with Microsoft Office suite of applications

Tableau Desktop works on both Windows and Macintosh OS environments and also has a web based version

Microstrategy works only on Windows, Linux and Macintosh OS environments

Tableau Desktop is targeted to be used in Small, Medium to Larger enterprises

Microstrategy is targeted to be used in Small and Medium enterprises.

Tableau Desktop provides features like Customizable Dashboard, Financial Forecast / Budget, Graphic Benchmark Tools

Microstrategy provides features like Customizable Features, Performance Measurements

Tableau Desktop provides a free trial version for a month’s usage to understand the power of the tool

Microstrategy on the other hand also provides a similar offering to make the customers feel the power of their product.

 

Conclusion:

In this article, we have tried to understand what areas of the business each of the products Tableau Desktop or Microstrategy cater. We have tried to look at an eagle view of the features that each of these products offer to their customers and tried to understand a clear cut winner out of the compared products.

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Tableau Desktop is a clear winner in this comparison of features, pricing and availability of the product offerings as such. Though Microstrategy supports Linux environments over and above what Tableau Desktop does, it does not stand tall to compete with Tableau Desktop software product offerings and at the same time can’t offer their offerings at a price that has been benchmarked by Tableau.

Related Pages:

Tableau Server Tutorial

Tableau Interview Questions

Tableau Sample Resumes

List Of Tableau Courses:

 Tableau Advanced
 Tableau Server
 Data Visualization and Dashboarding Fundamentals

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