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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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Power BI For Office 365

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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.6
Drill-down analysis
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Formatting capabilities
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.0
Publish to Web
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Publish to PDF
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Report Versioning
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
6.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Predictive Analytics
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Access Control and Security

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
REST API
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

Pros

  • 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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  • 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.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Once a report uses a Pro feature, it needs a Pro license, but a lot of these are just basic features and the users are just viewing and not using any of the advanced features. It would be nice to have a Pro / Viewing license and Pro / Interacting license.
  • Limited amount of refreshes per 24 hours period. 5 refreshes as of Dec 2018.
  • The emailing of reports is there but kind of basic. It will do a screen grab of a report, which doesn't turn out very well.
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Likelihood to Renew

Actian Matrix6.0
Based on 1 answer
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Power BI For Office 3659.2
Based on 4 answers
If I were a small business owner, I would likely use Power BI for Office 365 for the sheer fact that I would get the Office licensing I need, along with powerful capabilities. As a Microsoft Partner, we continue to see Microsoft invest heavily in the Power BI capabilities, and will continue to implement and support BI solutions around this product, as we believe this is in the best interest of our clients.
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Usability

Actian Matrix6.0
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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Support

Actian Matrix8.0
Based on 1 answer
  • Faster initial response
  • Trained professionals
  • Very helpful in resolving issues
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No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

Actian Matrix6.0
Based on 1 answer
Leader failover setup is the toughest and lack of proper documentation is making things tough.
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No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

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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Much less expensive, particularly if your already an Office 365 customer.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • It's allowed us to better visualize large amounts of data.
  • It's an easy way to tie into an existing SQL database for users that don't know SQL.
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Pricing Details

Actian Matrix

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

Power BI For Office 365

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