ENTERPRISE DATA MASHUP – InetSoft is built upon a patented enterprise data mash-up platform (since inception in 1996). Enterprise data mashup refers to the ability to pull practically any type of data from any location and mash it up on the fly to create a virtual source of data that consists of reusable data blocks that can be queried in real-time from dashboards, reports and 3rd-party applications. In contrast, Tableau uses a data blending service feature (introduced in 2011, Tableau’s data blending service is a crude and over-simplistic attempt at data mashup with simple joins no customization, control or reusability.)
SELF-SERVICE – InetSoft's self service capabilities are completely zero client and web based, no installation or download of any software from InetSoft on the client side is required. Tableau only provides a thick desktop developer tool with transfer of data from the web server onto the desktop.
DATA CACHING – InetSoft's data caching architecture delivers massive query performance boosts by caching data viewed by end users. Tableau also provides such a caching feature. InetSoft utilizes columnar database, Hadoop and Map Reduce technologies to store and query the cache in parallel across one or more servers. InetSoft also provides advanced cache management and configurations options like rolling time window, incremental updates. Tableau utilizes only columnar database technology to store and query the cache on a single Tableau server, and provides a simple increment all update functionality.
OPEN STANDARDS – InetSoft utilizes open industry standards across its entire architecture and it is 64 Bit and 100% J2EE compliant. In contrast, Tableau is only 32 Bit compliant and it is dependent on many native Microsoft Windows and Visual C++ libraries.
FULL SPECTRUM ANALYTICS & REPORTING – Like Tableau, InetSoft features visualization technologies as the foundation for interactive exploration and discovery. But unlike Tableau, InetSoft doesn’t stop at interactive visualization but includes very sophisticated reporting capabilities. Information publishing and dissemination often require reports with codified, sophisticated business logic and/or pixel perfect formatting. Advanced features include scheduling, archiving, versioning and auditing. InetSoft integrates visualization into all modes of information delivery which unifies analysis, reporting and dashboards into one seamless environment.
SCHEDULING AND ALERTING – InetSoft features a state-of-the-art scheduling and alerting framework that goes beyond traditional business intelligence in order to provide common scheduled actions and light-out alerting to end users via dashboards, SMS, e-mail or any other alerting mechanism when configured thresholds are breached. Tableau has no in-built scheduling or alerting features.