Tableau Total Cost of Ownership
Two industry analysts show Tableau has a lower cost of ownership than alternatives
Why you should look at your solution's total cost of ownership
Software license cost represents a relatively small component of the overall cost of owning and maintaining a business intelligence (BI) platform. The complexity of licensing options and disjointed product suites make it difficult to fully understand the true total cost of ownership of BI.
When selecting a modern BI platform, buyers should consider the overall multi-year cost of deployment across the enterprise, relative to the value it delivers, including:
- Additional Costs to Deploy Full Functionality
When considering a BI platform, buyers must consider the multi-year cost of infrastructure, deployment, maintenance, and the IT full-time employees (FTE) required to deploy and scale the system. IT FTE cost is the most significant driver of TCO for most organizations. Because Tableau is a flexible, enterprise platform, it doesn’t require you to adopt multiple products in order to be successful. The result is lower licensing costs, with less long-term demand on IT.
- Future Scalability
As more people start relying on your BI deployment over time, use cases get more complex, and the underlying technologies required to support them can change. For example, if you need to add additional infrastructure, external service providers, or additional headcount in order to scale and evolve, your costs can increase exponentially. Tableau is one integrated and extensible platform with the flexibility to work with any data strategy—so you can ensure that it is the right solution now and in the future.
- Time to Market and Adoption
An often overlooked factor in TCO is the time it takes to build and deploy a solution to users across an organization. A BI platform is only impactful if employees use it. When everyone in an organization can find new insights in their data, the TCO is often offset, and far outweighed, by the benefits. Tableau is dedicated to customer success, offering training, forums, and a robust community, so employees can find more insights in less time. The TCO of a BI platform should always be evaluated relative to the value it delivers to the organization.
I can tell you that easily it runs into 10,000-20,000 man hours in terms of productivity generated because of the automation and standardization you get out of Tableau. But more than that, to me it’s the business value—and you cannot really put a price on it.