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Score 9.2 out of 100
210 Ratings
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Score 7.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Actian DataConnect

If your company houses a lot of data locally and needs to free up space, the Actian DataConnect Hybrid Cloud Data Warehouse is an excellent solution for the price. It also allows for complex queries and even some basic data analytics, like Market Basket Analysis. Their free trial period is extremely convenient and you may discover more uses for it than you originally think.
Kyle Moninger | TrustRadius Reviewer

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If you're already using Office 365, Power BI for O365 is an easy choice. Start playing around with the free version and then easily add individual Pro licenses with little risk. However, if you anticipate using this with many users, it can get expensive quickly.
Jeremiah Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.0
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Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
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Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
8.0
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Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
9.5
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Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
feature 1
Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.0
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Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)

BI Standard Reporting

Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.8
Customizable dashboards
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.7
Report Formatting Templates
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.3
Drill-down analysis
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.7
Formatting capabilities
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.1
Publish to Web
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0
Publish to PDF
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0
Report Versioning
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0
Predictive Analytics
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.8

Access Control and Security

Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.9
Role-Based Security Model
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.9

Mobile Capabilities

Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.6
Dedicated iOS Application
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.3
REST API
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
6.0
Javascript API
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.0

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.
David Byrd | TrustRadius Reviewer

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  • Easy to make visual dashboards from SQL queries. Previously we had to use a third party application that had to run on a web server that was so complex to setup and run. PowerBI removes all that.
  • Ability to control who/which group has access to each dashboard or report. Ties in well with the rest of the Office 365 ecosystem.
  • Has many connectors to allow pulling data from various systems, both onsite (via gateway) or external (via APIs), and join the data to create a report/dashboard.
  • Ability to show data but also export the data, if permitted.
  • Easy to show PowerBI dashboards on SharePoint or on other websites via embedded code.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Actian DataConnect

  • Sometimes the screen does not load- since it is a web based software, this can be seen as a reliability issue.
  • "Maps" can become somewhat complex, and between multiple developers this can be painful when sharing or explaining others' work.
  • The concept of macros adds flexibility in how to solve problems, but is a separate language and can take time to learn and master.
Justin Duperre | TrustRadius Reviewer

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  • Licensing: Currently, Microsoft has a fixed pricing model for Office 365 users, regardless of role/function of the user. Most organizations have a small number of "power users" that create usable content and many more "consumers" that simply view/run reports created by power users. Microsoft does not differentiate between these users, and thus the pricing limits organizations from large deployments of the software.
  • Version incompatibility: Excel 2010 and 2013 workbooks are compatible with each other. However, workbooks created in 2010 that include PowerPivot databases must be upgraded to 2013 format to run in 2013. Subsequently, you cannot open these upgraded PowerPivot workbooks in 2010. This requires ALL users to be on the same version.
  • Visualization: Excel charting with PowerPivot workbooks is adequate for many users. Power View also contains a number of GREAT visualizations, including animated bubble charts and a very flexible dashboard/report design canvas. However, compared to some of the other self-service BI solutions, it is still limited in its visualization capabilities.
Ken Raetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Actian DataConnect

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Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued) 9.2
Based on 4 answers
I will continue to recommend this suite to folks looking for a reporting and analytics solution, as I find in MOST cases, it's great at meeting almost every requirement I've been given by a multitude of clients across a range of industries. I've built Capacity Planning solutions that allowed end user input which was then submitted to SharePoint, Executive Dashboards, custom applications, simple analytical tools for teams to easily slice and dice data, and super simple reports as well as some very complicated ones. If you haven't seen the demos online, do a search, and see for yourself - this is a great BI suite! (I do not work for Microsoft, although I do consult out there from time to time. I do occasionally make a recommendation for a different BI reporting tool, but in general, find Excel can accomplish quite a bit for less money and in less time.)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Actian DataConnect

Actian DataConnect 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Actian DataConnect is a great product for data storage, processing, and complex querying. It also has the added benefits of basic data analytics and data mining. We were surprised at how easy it was to perform Market Basket Analysis. I would highly recommend this system to a large business and encourage you to start a free trial period.
Kyle Moninger | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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.
David Byrd | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Oracle was nice, super expensive to implement if it's not in use already. JobDiva is choppy and heavy on the system while does not give great reports. Salesforce is good; remote access is good however their support is terrible
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Actian DataConnect

  • This tool was chosen prior to my arrival and was used to build three integrations. We have decided to switch to SSIS since we have licenses for it and it is a more common tool for ETL integrations.
  • It has been difficult to network with individuals that have experience with this tool.
  • Having been a part of a software package purchased, we have chosen to use a different tool for future integrations and plan to rewrite existing integrations.
Justin Duperre | TrustRadius Reviewer

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  • As a Microsoft Partner implementing Business Intelligence solutions, Power BI has removed the barrier for our clients to begin the "BI journey". So often, projects get hung up in that early phase of procuring and installing/configuring expensive hardware and software. Just simply getting started and designing a beginning solution has allowed our clients to see results in 1-2 weeks using their data that might have taken months to achieve otherwise.
  • One significant ROI example is process improvement. In many cases, individuals or teams are spending days each month gathering data from multiple sources for reporting to their constituents. We are reducing these times to minutes by automating many of the data collection and integration processes that were previously manual.
Ken Raetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Actian DataConnect

General

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

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General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Actian DataConnect
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)
9.2

Support Rating

Actian DataConnect
8.0
Power BI For Office 365 (discontinued)

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