Benefits and Insights

Why use Tableau Big Data Analytics?

Key differentiators & advantages of Tableau Big Data Analytics

  • Options for fast in-memory data engine or live database connection Tableau has optimized direct connections for many high-performance databases, cubes, Hadoop, and cloud data sources such as and Google Analytics. You can work directly with your data to create reports and dashboards. Tableau lets you connect live or bring your data into its fast, in-memory analytical engine. 
  • Get value from data with Tableau's big data BI Tableau's powerful big data software enables the people who know the data the best to do their own analysis. With drag & drop, point & click ease to build charts, reports and dashboards, Tableau gets people throughout an organization connected directly to their data. There’s no more waiting in an IT queue to answer questions, so now you can begin getting answers from your data.
Cost of Ownership

Typical cost structure for SAS Business Analytics:

License/Subscription Cost
  • Based on number of users
  • Based on annual subscription model – per user per month (billed annually)
  • Subscription costs allow users to access Tableau over a set time-frame on both On-Premise and Cloud-based/SaaS model
  • Subscription licensing model required one-time license fee
  • Provides Enterprise subscriptions/Enterprise licensing based on type of SMB and Enterprising plan selected for both On-Premise and Cloud-based/SaaS model (Please see pricing details section for details)
Maintenance Cost Cost is included in the price of subscription license with on-going updates, access to Tableau’s on-going product upgrades and support services at no additional cost
Installation/Implementation Cost
  • Included in the upfront subscription cost
  • No hidden costs
Customization Cost

- Custom version cannot be requested rather users can do limited customizations on their own, such as:

  • User can change the server name that appears in in the browser tab, tooltips, and messages
  • User can change the logos that appear in different server page contexts
  • User can control the language used for the server user interface and the locale used for views
  • Custom fonts can be installed for different clients

- Administrators and project leaders can also add images for projects in thumbnail view

Data Migration Cost/Change Management/Upfront Switching Cost
  • Data Migration is possible in Tableau Servers and can be done with following tools - Tabcmd Script, REST API, TabMigrate, Enterprise Deployment Tool by InterWorks
  • There is an upper limit to how much data can be stored within Tableau Online and cost will exceed once the limit is crossed
Training Cost

- Cost will vary depending on type of training opted such as live online training, classroom training, eLearning, certification programs

- Provides free training videos, whitepapers and product demos for streamlining the implementation process

- Two types of training can be obtained:

  • In-persontakes 2 days and such classrooms sessions are organized throughout the globe in different cities
  • Virtual classes held four time a month with a duration of 4/5 days
  • Training cost $1,400 per person for each type of training

    - Web Authoring training cost $700 per person

    - eLearning is a year-long subscription and users can access to two courses – Desktop I: Fundamentals and Desktop II: Intermediate

    - Tableau Certification cost vary depending on type of course opted

    • Tableau Desktop 10: Qualified Associate ($250/exam fee), Certified Professional ($600/exam fee) and Delta Exam ($125/exam fee)
    • Tableau Server 10: Qualified Associate ($250/exam fee), Certified Professional ($800/exam fee) and Delta Exam ($125/exam fee)
Recurring/Renewal Costs
  • Renewal cost is equivalent to the fees paid annually, based on number of users
  • Regular support services are built into the subscription price. However, professional services such as on-site consulting is an add-on expense
Pricing Details
Product Name Description Price/Details
Tableau Desktop: Personal Edition
  • Personal Edition is for an individual developer
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Connect to files like Excel and Google sheets
  • Create visualizations, dashboards and stories
$35/user/month (billed annually)
Tableau Desktop: Professional Edition
    • Professional Edition is for Enterprise business user
    • Advanced Analytics
    • Connect to hundreds of data sources – from files to databases, web applications and more
    • Create visualizations, dashboards and stories
    • Publish workbooks and data sources to Tableau server and Tableau Online
$70/user/month (billed annually)
Tableau Server: On-Premise or Public Cloud
  • On-premises or on public cloud with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform
  • Centrally manage data sources (see all) and workbooks
  • Explore analytics from any browser or mobile device
  • Author in your browser and subscribe to workbook updates
  • On-Premise. Cloud-based: $35/user/month (billed annually)
Tableau Online
  • Tableau Online is the SaaS form of Tableau Server with maintenance, upgrades and security fully managed by Tableau
  • User do not require on-premise IT staff to maintain server
  • Support and updates are included in the price
  • Centrally manage data with sources and workbooks
  • Explore analytics from any browser or mobile device
  • Author on the web and subscribe to workbook updates
  • Tableau Online also provides a free version of its software as “Tableau Public” – a community server where all published information is made public
$42/user/month (billed annually)
Deployment Options What options are available for product deployment? Cloud - based/SaaS & On-Premise
Pricing Model What is the pricing model? Subscription Licensing-based
Minimum Commitment Is there a minimum monthly or yearly commitment required for purchase? 1 Year
Custom Quote Is there an option of requesting custom quote? Not Available
Free Trial Does the vendor provide a free trial option? Yes
Product Limitations

Some of the product limitations include:

  • Vast and complex system with huge amount of functionalities results in a steep learning curve for beginners/users
  • Does not support functionalities such as embedded BI, data preparation and metadata management
  • The organization has to be dependent on Tableau to maintain servers and provide continuous support for any issues
  • Does not support predictive analytics functionality to uncover hidden data relationships
  • Visualization functionality is not intuitive when compared with similar competitor products
  • Tableau software showcases challenges when interpreting complex business rules

Birst: Starting at $30,000/20 users/year

BOARD: Starting at $1,000/user/year

SAS Business Analytics: Starting at $1,365/month for mentioned user capacity

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