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Score 8 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Actian DataConnect

The choice to use Actian DataConnect really comes down to pricing and the type of integration project you are performing, specifically with the requirements, whether you want the integration to be on-premise or in the cloud, can you install agents on your servers etc. For integration tools it runs head to head with its competitors.
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Phocas Business Intelligence

Phocas Business Intelligence is great for drilling down into data, getting very specific information, and viewing dashboards, but Phocas is not great for creating charts and graphs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Phocas Business Intelligence

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Phocas Business Intelligence
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Phocas Business Intelligence
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Phocas Business Intelligence

BI Standard Reporting

Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3
Customizable dashboards
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3
Report Formatting Templates
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.6
Drill-down analysis
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.1
Formatting capabilities
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
6.4
Report sharing and collaboration
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
5.2
Publish to PDF
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
6.4
Report Versioning
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
5.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
3.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
4.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
5.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
4.6
Predictive Analytics
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
4.6

Access Control and Security

Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.1
Role-Based Security Model
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
9.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Actian DataConnect
Phocas Business Intelligence
7.3

Pros

Actian DataConnect

  • The large connector base for DataConnect is outstanding. However even when they do not have a custom connector, they have a web services Invoker which allows you to connect to any web services.
  • The underlying scripting language is Visual Basic-ish. Very easy to start.
  • The product has been around a long time, through multiple company acquistions, and still is a competitive player via pricing.
  • Support team is awesome.
  • Large user community.
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Phocas Business Intelligence

  • Phocas is great at drilling down data, getting specific information, and presenting it in a report.
  • Phocas can be used to view up to the minute data gathered from the database.
  • It allows the user to create and view different type of dashboards very easily.
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Cons

Actian DataConnect

  • Integration Manager needs better scheduling improvements. Like dependencies, and not running a process again if the prior run is still running.
  • New connector development does not seem a priority.
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Phocas Business Intelligence

  • Phocas needs to make it easier to connect to different types of databases.
  • The data in Phocas needs to be updated faster in some cases.
  • It needs to provide functions to create better charts and graphs.
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Alternatives Considered

Actian DataConnect

As I stated earlier, DataConnect makes a head-to-head run against the others. It has advantages and disadvantages compared to the competitors. The choice really comes down to pricing and specific requirement needs for the project you are planning. Questions such as On-premise or Cloud, Security, and Specific Connectors available will drive your decision.
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Phocas Business Intelligence

Phocas is easy to use for end users and can be used on desktops, laptops, and phones.
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Return on Investment

Actian DataConnect

  • Our customer likes the consistent reliable integrations we have built so we [got] a definite return on investment.
  • Problems are fairly easy to handle and rework.
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Phocas Business Intelligence

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Pricing Details

Actian DataConnect

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Phocas Business Intelligence

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Phocas has built its business model on exceeding customer expectations. We’ve operated on a subscription basis from the start and in the words of Phocas Group chairman and co-founder Paul Magee: ‘That puts the onus on us to perform’. And we like that. In fact, our whole company ecosystem is built around that ‘light bulb moment’ when customers achieve a breakthrough by seeing their business through fresh eyes.

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