The short version of this post: as far as Data Visualization is a concern, the new Power View from Microsoft is the marketing disaster, the architectural mistake and the generous gift from Microsoft to Tableau, Qlikview, Spotfire and dozens of other vendors.
For the long version - keep reading.
Assume for a minute (OK, just for a second) that new Power View Data Visualization tool from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is almost as good as Tableau Desktop 7. Now let's compare installation, configuration and hardware involved:
- Hardware: almost any modern Windows PC/notebook (at least dual-core, 4GB RAM).
- Installation: a) one 65MB setup file, b) minimum or no skills
- Configuration: 5 minutes - follow instructions on screen during installation.
- Price - $2K.
- Hardware: you need at least 2 server-level PCs (each at least quad-core, 16GB RAM recommended). I will not recommend to use 1 production server to host both SQL Server and SharePoint; if you desperate, at least use VM(s).
- Installation: a) Each Server needs Windows 2008 R2 SP1 - 3GB DVD; b) 1st Server needs SQL Server 2012 Enterprise or BI Edition - 4GB DVD; c) 2nd Server needs SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Edition - 1GB DVD; d) A lot of skills and experience
- Configurations: Hours or days plus a lot of reading, previous knowledge etc.
- Price: $20K or if only for development it is about $5K (Visual Studio with MSDN subscription) plus cost of skilled labor.