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Score 8.7 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Actian Matrix

Actian matrix is not good for small data sets. If you have a limited data pool, or do not plan on having multiple users/clients accessing a data source, stick with a more traditional relational database model - Access for the truly small user base, or a DB2 or Oracle back end if your going to have multiple users, and moderate sized data. Actian is for LARGE data sets (Big Data, in the industry parlance). Millions of rows of data from multiple sources with various down stream systems accessing the database. It is for data analytics of large data groups and intense data mining.
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Merrill DatasiteOne

Merrill DatasiteOne is well suited to large corporate/asset transactions where there are a large volume of documents that need to be provided to the other side, and where additional documents need to be uploaded during the course of the transaction (either because the documents are still being gathered or because there are supplemental due diligence requests).Merrill Datasite is less well suited to smaller transactions -- for smaller transactions, it might make more sense to just deliver the due diligence documents by USB or e-mail.Similarly, Merrill Datasite does not appear to be as well suited for collaboration (sharing files between two or three organizations that are working collaboratively). Dropbox seems to be a more common way to solve this type of issue.
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Pros

Actian Matrix

  • Handles Various data types from multiple sources.
  • Indexing speed - using the Actian platform as a back end database greatly improved processing time.
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Merrill DatasiteOne

  • Automatic text recognition on uploaded files (including PDFs).
  • Search: when combined with the text recognition on files, this creates a powerful search feature that allows you to search for content within all of the uploaded files.
  • E-mail updates, when new files have been uploaded.
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Cons

Actian Matrix

  • Its a new product, there are plenty of bugs to work out with regards to converting special reserve characters that might crop up in data.
  • The Matrix 2 Matrix database port tool needs some ironing out.
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Merrill DatasiteOne

  • Frankly, I can't think of any missing features or things that need to be improved. From the perspective of the user who is reviewing documents, it works quite well.
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Usability

Actian Matrix

Actian Matrix 6.0
Based on 1 answer
I wish to give higher rating for the speed and efficiency in handling the queries, but only 6 because of consistent bugs we encounter
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Merrill DatasiteOne

Merrill DatasiteOne 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I give Merrill DatasiteOne a high rating because it just works. From the lawyer's perspective, we want the software to "just work" because it helps us be efficient and keep fees lowers for clients. Merrill DatasiteOne has a clean interface and is easy to use, so it allows the lawyer to focus on the legal work, rather than on bells and whistles or on resolving software issues.
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Support

Actian Matrix

Actian Matrix 8.0
Based on 1 answer
  • Faster initial response
  • Trained professionals
  • Very helpful in resolving issues
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Merrill DatasiteOne

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Implementation

Actian Matrix

Actian Matrix 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Leader failover setup is the toughest and lack of proper documentation is making things tough.
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Merrill DatasiteOne

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Actian Matrix

Actian Matrix is our first big data analytics storage platform, and as I was not involved in the POC process to compare it to other products out on the market, unfortunately I cannot say if it is better than other Big Data storage options. I can say that it out performs products such as Oracle or UDB in regards to the volume of data it can easily index and handle.
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Merrill DatasiteOne

Most of the time we do not have an option to select one data site over the other -- that's chosen by the target internally, and the lawyers just have to use it. Most of the major data room sites tend to have pretty similar features, so while I think Merrill DatasiteOne is great, it is also hard to point out any particular feature that it has and its competitors do not.
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Return on Investment

Actian Matrix

  • I cannot comment on the specific numbers, all I can say is that switching to the backend greatly improved our processing speed. The more we process through our systems, the more clients we can serve. Which should bump ROI.
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Merrill DatasiteOne

  • Merrill DatasiteOne has had a positive impact by allowing us to review large amounts of documents under tight timelines.
  • Really it is just a tool to serve the larger business objective of completing due diligence for our clients.
  • I don't think I've ever had a negative experience when the target has elected to use Merrill DatasiteOne for their datasite.
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Pricing Details

Actian Matrix

General

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

General

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

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