QlikView vs Tableau Comparison

QlikView vs Tableau Review

Check out IT Central Station’s new Review Face Off on for two of our most popular Business Intelligence tools, QlikView vs. Tableau. Each solution has reviews written by real members of the enterprise tech community! To see a detailed comparison between the two products, check out IT Central Station’s Qlikview vs. Tableau Comparison.

Microsoft BI Review vs SAP BI Review
QlikView Review vs Tableau Review

Take a look at these quick summaries from out top reviewers for each product:

BI Expert at a media company with 101-1000 employees:

“I would never propose QlikView, or any other single tool, as THE definitive data visualization and dashboard tool for every organization, but it did best meet our particular needs.”

Developer at tech consulting company with 1-500 employees:

“Tableau is always pushing the limits, and their new version is certainly packed with features to be explored and used.”

Here’s more of the Face Off—click each one to see all the reviews for each product:

QlikView vs Tableau

Now take a look at this line up of the industry’s top Business Intelligence Tools on IT Central Station and add your perspective. You can comment on these reviews, check out what others are saying, or add a review of your own. Also make sure you check out  QlikView alternatives and Tableau alternatives.

 

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Cognos Enterprise    Tableau              QlikView                OBIEE

Join the “face off” by getting involved in the Yelp for the tech-buying community.

Every review on IT Central Station has been verified to be an authentic review by a real user. You can count on the Station Master, Russell Rothstein and his team to continue to provide you with the kind of tech-buying community source that will shape the future. Take a look at how it all started here.

 

Microstrategy vs Cognos—Face Off

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review
Check out the new Face Off on IT Central Station for Business Intelligence (BI) tools. Each solution has more than 28 real user reviews and four and five star ratings!

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review

First look at these quick summaries from expert reviewers for each product:

Senior Manager of IT at government with 5000+ employees:

Cognos Review

“Provides us with “a single version of the truth.”

Manager of Development at tech services company with 5000+ employees:

Microstrategy Review

“Issues with reports, however can be quickly fixed.”

Here’s more of the Face Off—click each one to see all the reviews for each product:

Microstrategy vs Cognos

Now take a look at this line up of the industry’s top BI tools comparison on IT Central Station and add your perspective. You can comment on these reviews, check out what others are saying, or add a review of your own. Also make sure you check out Microstrategy alternatives and Cognos alternatives.

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Cognos Express       SQL Server Reporting . . .         QlikView              Microstrategy

To see a detailed comparison between Cognos and MicroStrategy, check out IT Central Station’s comparison.

Join the “face off” by getting involved in the Yelp for the tech-buying community.

Every review on IT Central Station has been verified to be an authentic review by a real user. You can count on our Station Master, Russell Rothstein and his team to continue to provide you with the kind of tech-buying community source that will shape the future. Take a look at how it all started here.

 

Top BI Tools – 2015 Edition

Business Intelligence (BI) is a way for companies to analyze their raw data into meaningful information. Any effective BI solution should allow for easy interpretation of large amounts of data to help identify, develop, and create new business strategies.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 155,000 views of the top BI tools by real users in 2014 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing BI vendors on IT Central Station.

To see our full infographic and data, go to IT Central Station.

bi-ver4_150The most compared BI solutions of all of 2014 were OBIEE v. Tableau, with over 2,302 comparisons on IT Central Station. The top BI solutions viewed by users from small and medium enterprises was QlikView, but by users from large enterprises was Microstrategy.

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our BI section on IT Central Station at http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/business-intelligence-tools.

Download our infographic in PDF format.

Cognos vs QlikView – Dancing with the Stars

This week at IT Central Station we present a comparison between two very popular BI Solutions. Check out these real user, crowdsourced reviews so you can find out what’s really happening with the tools you’re considering, such as Cognos vs QlikView.

Qlikview vs CognosCognos – “Valuable features include Dashboarding presentations of key metrics. Room for Improvement: Ability to easily manage source code and environment deployment, Pricing model is frequently changing and hard to manage and Maintenance fees were based on a percentage of the base cost, not the discounted price we paid which was a surprise the first year.” Read the full review here.

Another user writes: “IBM Cognos is a sprawling set of products aimed at providing a complete BI solution for organizations of all sizes, but specifically large organizations. Unlike some other offerings that incorporate data mining and predictive analytics capability, Cognos is targeted specifically at the traditional reporting and analysis tasks using a variety of presentation techniques. These include dashboards, graphs, charts, reports, tables and so on. For organizations that have not yet implemented an organization wide solution to this need Cognos is a prime candidate.” Read the full review here.

Qlikview – “For the user QlikView is a wonderful tool of data discovery, providing powerful tools to navigate easily between a sea of data in an intuitive, easy, and clear way, allowing them to go from facts to KPI and vice versa. Improvements to My Organization: Qlikview can be used both as an advanced reporting tool as well as an BI KPI tool, becoming the base for continuous process improvements. It is well know that the ETL is quite far away from leading products like Data Stagem Informatica and others. Currently Qliktech is working on this problem with Expressor, a powerful graphic dataflow tool. ” Read the full review here.

Interestingly, another user writes about Qlikview that “Qlikview is to reduce uncertainty, make the participants question, discover, interact with each other, and eventually improve the process. Properly used should function as an improvement catalyst for the processes involved. Room for Improvement: It is well know that the ETL is quite far away from leading products like Data Stagem Informatica and others.” Read the full review here.

Visit the Cognos vs QlikView  comparison to see these reviews—side-by-side dancing with each other!

Ok, let’s be realistic, it doesn’t have to be like dancing. Visit the site and hear what a real user who contributed a review on the “Yelp for Enterprise Tech,” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal on IT Central Station, is saying about the solution you are researching. You can also check out these other BI comparisons:

Year in Review: Congratulations to The Top Reviewers of 2014!

Thanks to all contributors for a great year of informative, dynamic and helpful reviews. Our community can only be as strong as the reviews we receive so we thank each one of you for your important part in our community’s growth!

Contributors Thank YouTop contributors have been recognized, vendors are joining—and best of all—the community, a leading source for real reviews from real users, is growing.

A special thanks to the following IT Central Station Top Reviewers of 2014.

Top Reviewers of 2014
# 1 Pablo Parnisari
Review of QlikView
# 2 Cecil Lozano
Review of Wrike
# 3  Jose Lopez Fernandez    
Review of AppDynamics 
# 4 Michael Foster
Review of HP LoadRunner
# 5 Guido Schade
Review of New Relic
# 6 Alex Baptista
Review of Fluke Network
# 7 Joseph DiVenere
Review of Dataflux
# 8 Todd Adams
Review of CA UIM (Nimsoft)
# 9 Isaac Earl
Review of Dell Foglight
# 10 Derek Hennessy
Review of Veeam Backup
# 11 Tom Ruediger
Review of MobiControl
# 12 Eric Johnson
Review of Aerohive WLAN

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MicroStrategy vs Tableau—Enterprise Vendor Boxing Match

Enterprise vendor comparisons such as the one here for MicroStrategy vs Tableau, help you evaluate what real users are saying—their implementation tips, tricks, and gotchas. View them as boxing matches that might last several rounds.MicroStrategy vs Tableau

Just as in a boxing match, you can be a spectator to find out the strengths and weaknesses of the players—or the strategies used by vendors in the ring—before investing in a solution or even talking to the sales teams. You want to get a sense for what’s really going to work in your environment to save you both time and money.

The first place you might want to visit is our comparison page for these two products. In addition, you can read highlights from some of our real user reviews:

One reviewer, Vijay Madhavan, compares both products and says that: “Tableau has found its sweet-spot as an agile discovery tool that analysts use to create and share insights. It is also the tool of choice for rapid prototyping of dashboards. Within a MicroStrategy project, applications can be built relating multiple visual insights analyses. A visual insights analysis may also support ad-hoc drilling workflows that access the data warehouse.” Click MicroStrategy vs Tableau to see his full review.

A Microstrategy user writes: “MicroStrategy can read data from a wide variety of different DBMS and web services, producing optimized SQL code for each of them. It’s a one stop solution for BI: after 10 years using it I still haven’t found a report or graph that can’t be done with the suite. We use it for any kind of reporting and analysis. It helped manage the institution, reduce costs and provide better service to the patients (which are our customers…) The web is full of very interesting data, and the number of web services providing datasets is increasing. I would like to see Support for OAuth 1.0 and 2.0 to be able to attach external data sources. I’d like to have Support for JSON data. I hope HTML5 and JavaScript will be used extensively in next versions, to substitute the Flash based components. Read the full review here.

A Tableau user writes “I will address Tableau’s enterprise web-based and mobile usage at a later date but for departmental desktop usage, there are few hurdles to using Tableau. If you have “spreadsheet jockeys” trying to perform data visualization with just Excel, then Tableau is a perfect holiday gift.” Read the full review here.

Ok, let’s be realistic, it doesn’t have to be exactly like a real boxing match with a knockout blow that indicates one wins over the other. What makes more sense is what’s right for you in your environment. Let go of the analyst spin, the marketing spin—the spin for vendor success in general might not be what you need.

You might want to read the review of a real user who contributed a review on the “Yelp for Enterprise Tech” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal on IT Central Station. You can also check out these other vendor comparisons: QlikView vs Microsoft BI and Microsoft BI vs. SAP Business Objects. Enjoy!

 

 

Harvard Business Review—Big Data Driving Evidence-Based Narratives

MoBig Datast of us would agree that the hype around this term has subsided but it’s still cool to say, “Big Data!”

Having the right Business Intelligence Tools to harvest the velocity, volume, and variety of data makes a huge impact on how you make evidence-based decisions. In a post in the Harvard Business Review, The Value of Big Data Isn’t the Data, Kristian J. Hammond describes coupling the power of data with a contextual narrative to provide more concrete actionable results.

Here’s an example from the post from:

“For the most part, we know what we want out of the data.  We know what analysis needs to be run, what correlations need to be found and what comparisons need to be made.  By taking what we know and putting it into the hands of an automated system that can do all of this and then explain it to us in human terms, or natural language, we can achieve the effectiveness and scale of insight from our data that was always its promise but, until now, has not been delivered.  By embracing the power of the machine, we can automatically generate stories from the data that bridge the gap between numbers and knowing.”

Let’s be fair though, not everyone needs the same “narrative” from their big data harvest. Actionable results can come from all kinds of triggers such as underutilized resources that need to be consolidated. Right-sizing the provisioning of network bandwidth at the enterprise level has a huge impact on customers and end-user experience. Business processes that support internal productivity can be adequately tweaked with or without a narrative.

Find out what others are doing—your peers using the solutions offered now—check out IT Central Station’s lineup of the most reviewed business intelligence solutions here.

Microsoft BI vs IBM Cognos and More—a Big Data Shouting Match

Are you listening? You don’t want to necessarily hear people shouting about Big Data—you do, however want to hear from the crowds. Business Intelligence

Check out these real reviews from all your peers on IT Central Station. What we’re saying is stop your Big Data from becoming Bad Data by checking out who’s implementing what and where.

With a nice round of reviews like these, you won’t have to call the IT vendor sales folks until you’re absolutely ready with your questions and concerns.

With well over 20 reviews from Business Intelligence tools such as Microsoft BI, IBM Cognos, Prism, Logi Info, Microstrategy, and Qlikview, you can check over which ones are relevant to your needs.

For example, as you get involved in finding a vendor solution, a lot of time gets sucked into setting up the engagement with a vender rep. You can do a lot beforehand by finding out what others are saying whom you trust—like when you’re about to hire a plumber, you look through Yelp or some other crowdsourced media. Now it’s even easier for enterprise vendor evaluations and reviews. Look at them all now in the list below.

Business Intelligence Tools for Big Data Analysis

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Getting Started

If you’re a vendor and want to get involved check out How do we engage with this community?  Regarding reviews, if you’re a real user of any vendor solution, follow this formula to hear from peers and demonstrate your expertise:

  1. Read one
  2. Write one
  3. Comment on two

Getting involved with what the Wall Street Journal calls the “Yelp for Enterprise IT” will have a huge impact on your buying decisions. To get more acquainted with social media for B2B, check out this post: IT Central Station Named One of the “Top 3 Highlights for B2B Tech Social Marketing

 

QlikView vs SAS Business Intelligence—Down River Regatta

A down river regatta typically entails a competition where sailing teams battle a common river using various techniques to get to the finish line. Everything QlikView vs SAScounts—the weight of the people on the boat, the style of boat, the size of sail, the wind of course, and so on. The best combination of these aspects determines the ultimate winner.

Similarly, differentiating a vendor based on individual factors alone can be just as complex . You often find yourselves comparing two solutions that cannot be pitted against each other side-by-side with every metric for functionality or cost benefit and end up with what “wins” for you.

Instead, you have to find the uniqueness of how a particular solution fits your need. Everyone knows that marketing spin inspires you to believe that a “one size fits all” approach. We all know that it’s better to find out what other real users of a solution are experiencing and how relevant that is to your current circumstances.

Enter IT Central Station, the “Yelp for Enterprise IT” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal,” and see this comparison of QlikView vs SAS Business Intelligence. When real user peers commenting on the facets of each of these vendors, the pros, and the cons, you get a sense for how these solutions might fit in with your environment.

Here’s a glimpse at two reviews:

qlikview
QlikView Review
QlikView is a highly effective management tool, allowing a broad area of analysis.

Sas
SAS Business Intelligence Review
Great for data analysis and reports once we got it up and running. Recommended!

Both of these sailors—I mean real users—come from different environments. Do you think that has anything to do with their review? Of course it does and that’s why each reviewer—whether anonymous or not—includes the type of business where they base their review. Each review is also evaluated for authenticity and approved by IT Central Station staff.

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