Replacing OBIEE with Tableau: A Quick Cost-Benefit Analysis

BI Connector Team |

Migration from OBIEE to Tableau Cost Benefit Analysis

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) is used by large companies for decades to meet their BI needs.

In recent years, with the introduction of modern BI platforms such as Tableau, the OBIEE users have started sensing the drawbacks of OBIEE in terms of self-service and data visualization.

You may want to take a quick look at the strengths and weaknesses of Tableau and OBIEE.

In this blog post, we’ll do a brief cost-benefit analysis of migrating from OBIEE to Tableau.

OBIEE to Tableau migration process

Let’s start with a bird-eye view of the steps involved in the OBIEE to Tableau migration. The migration is comprised of the following 4 steps:

  1. Reconnecting data sources to Tableau
  2. Redeveloping the joins and aggregations
  3. Replicating the security framework
  4. Rebuilding the reports

There are no known tools for automating the migration from OBIEE to Tableau. Hence, the process is entirely manual.

The best starting point is to list down the data sources of OBIEE and mapping them to the connectivity options available in Tableau.

Time and budget estimations

Based on our interactions with customers, the average cost of manually migrating 1 subject area from OBIEE to Tableau is $250,000, and the average turnaround time for the same is 6 months.

So if you’re having 10 subject areas, the migration project is approximately estimated to cost around $2.5Million, and the project will around 5 years to complete.

The last user to reap the benefits of the migration may have to wait for 5 long years. The below chart compares the cost and benefits of the migration from OBIEE to Tableau.

Cost benefit chart OBIEE to Tableau Migration

From the above figure, it is evident the cost and benefits of the migration from OBIEE to Tableau are directly proportional.

If the organization is backed by strong budgetary muscles and patience to reap the benefits, the migration path (though highly risky) may still be a good choice.

However, it is important to make alternative arrangements for users to experience self-service data visualization until the migration project is complete.

Alternatives to migration

Are you looking for alternatives to OBIEE to Tableau Migration? (or)

Would you like to equip your OBIEE users with Tableau’s self-service capabilities during the OBIEE to Tableau migration process?

Well, here are the 3 Ways to Address OBIEE’s Data Visualization Drawbacks With Tableau. While one of the three ways is migration, you may still want to check the other two!