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Score 8.8 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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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
8.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.9
Report Formatting Templates
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Drill-down analysis
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Formatting capabilities
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
10.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Publish to Web
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.9
Publish to PDF
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.8
Report Versioning
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
7.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.9
Predictive Analytics
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.4

Access Control and Security

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
9.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
9.5
Role-Based Security Model
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
9.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.2
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
9.5

Mobile Capabilities

Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Actian Matrix
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
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
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Pros

Actian Matrix

  • Super fast. Aggregate query such as SUM(), Count() returns result within seconds from a table with more than billion records.
  • Excellent data compression.
  • Easy maintenance. We managed this database without having a full time DBA.
  • Support ANSI SQL and ODBC/JDBC. It's easy to connect to this database from other systems.
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Power BI For Office 365

  • 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

Actian Matrix

  • Some of the bugs were annoying and QA definitely needs improvement
  • Connectivity to Informatica and ETL providers
  • Workload management could be better like when you compare with Teradata
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Power BI For Office 365

  • 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.
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Likelihood to Renew

Actian Matrix

Actian Matrix 6.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Power BI For Office 365

Power BI For Office 365 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.)
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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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Power BI For Office 365

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Power BI For Office 365

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Power BI For Office 365

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Power BI For Office 365

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
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Return on Investment

Actian Matrix

  • ROI is great, less spending on full time DBA and that money could be use to add additional node.
  • Negative - Not many developers are well aware of this tool, it takes some time to learn.
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Power BI For Office 365

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

Actian Matrix

General

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

Power BI For Office 365

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Actian Matrix
8.8
Power BI For Office 365
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Actian Matrix
6.0
Power BI For Office 365
9.2

Usability

Actian Matrix
6.0
Power BI For Office 365

Support

Actian Matrix
8.0
Power BI For Office 365

Implementation

Actian Matrix
6.0
Power BI For Office 365

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