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arcplan

6 Ratings

OpenText Analytics

18 Ratings
Score 6.7 out of 101

arcplan

6 Ratings
Score 9.6 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Analytics

If you do not have a large budget and are a large organization, I would steer clear of Actuate. If you are looking to do very complex washboarding, I would not use them. Your developers have to be very skilled to work with this. Plan to bring in consultants if necessary to help your process. Adhoc reporting is weak. If your pricing is user based and you expand, this could be very expensive.
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arcplan

It is very suitable for complete corporate BI solutions. If you see BI as embedding information into your organization and business processes, and thus as more than just a few scattered dashboards and reports, arcplan is your platform. It's less suitable for ad-hoc reporting and data discovery. It can do it (everything is possible), but there is strong competition in this area.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
arcplan
7.4
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
arcplan
5.8
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
arcplan
6.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
8.5

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
arcplan
7.6
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
6.4
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
arcplan
8.9
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
7.8
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
10.0
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
10.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
7.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
arcplan
7.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
6.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
6.7
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
7.7

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
arcplan
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
7.5

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
arcplan
6.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
5.0
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
5.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Analytics
arcplan
8.3

Pros

  • End user ability to customize Business Intelligence Reporting Tools (BIRT)
  • Actuate Support is usually prompt and helpful.
  • Ability to embed in other applications, has extendable code for authenticating/authorizing users.
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  • Endless functionality. With arcplan, you're not limited to a certain set of functions (like with most competitors), but you can think up and add functionality. This includes things like business process management modules, so that your BI really gets embedded into business processes.
  • One core, one skill-set needed, no coding. As an all-round arcplan developer, you can basically do everything. So, even when things get complex, there is no need for external scripts, macros, VBA code, etc. Even the most advanced corporate BI systems are built in arcplan with one skillset!
  • No end user training needed. With arcplan, it's easy to build applications that work purely intuitively. It's also possible to show/hide advanced options, depending on the type of users you define.
  • No data modelling required. Of course, if the business requires it, you can add semantic layers, but you are not forced to do it in all circumstances. I find this a huge advantage over other products, because most business data sources already are logically structured.
  • Multiple data sources can be connected and you're completely free in combining the data in these sources: create your own, or create modules to associate data 'on the fly', whatever you want. You want ETL? No problem. You want to avoid ETL? No problem either.
  • Write-back capabilities: this is critical if you want to really embed BI into your business processes. In BI, information should be actionable: arcplan allows the end user to really take that action.
  • Great developer interface, which makes it also possible for someone with limited technical skills (but high business acumen) to take part in developments.
  • Pricing and licensing. At first glance, arcplan seems not very cheap compared to competitors. However, the licensing model is logical, and there are no hidden costs. Compare that to 'free' products that become very costly as soon as you want to have an enterprise solution.
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Cons

  • Licensing is a bear.
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  • Positioning and marketing. Most BI vendors use a non-technical sales strategy and focus on shiny, sexy dashboards to sell the story. In order to position arcplan fairly and correctly, the technical and business advantages need to be part of a sales story. So, it is not really an easy product to sell to customers, if it has to compete with now-to-wow-five-minute products.
  • Learning/training for developers. It's easy to learn the basics of arcplan, because the interface is logical. But nothing prevents a beginning developer from creating a monstrous application, because there is no prescribed architecture. It really takes some experience to become a good arcplan architect. It's a disadvantage resulting from one of arcplan's biggest advantages.
  • Data connectors: arcplan standard comes with a connector of your choice. Additional connectors need to be purchased separately. Many other products come with a full range of connectors.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
There are some very complex performance reports, which can not be handled in other tools. If we want to create our own framework in any reporting tool then Actuate is the best choice
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Support

OpenText Analytics9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always there on the front and backend for us and the client.
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Breadth of Deployment

The design tool is useful for basic reporting, but many reports require some experience in SQL and JavaScript. Java programming, though not a required skill for basic reports, is needed for better reporting and to access the more advanced features (such as debugging).
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Alternatives Considered

We looked at a few other competitor's products but based on value for features chose Actuate for its total cost of ownership.
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acplan beats Qlik on basically everything, including price. It's technically far superior, provides far better security and unlike Qlik does not require coding when things get complex.arcplan beats Tableau and Yellowfin on capabilities. Tableau and Yellowfin are very good at what they do, but capabilities are limited, unless you call the programmers.arcplan beats SAP BO by being one product, instead of a suite with 10 components using 10 different skill sets. And, as a result, it beats SAP BO hands down on implementation costs and efforts
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Collaboration and Sharing

OpenText Analytics6.1
Based on 7 answers
Engineers can share and collaborate building tasks - e.g. One develope builds the report design while another builds the query. But I can't pass in a requirements template from a spreadsheet to construct the report. Collaboration is still strongly based on comminication between stakeholders and engineers rather than through automation
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arcplan9.0
Based on 2 answers
Security: range of possibilities, like a full AD integrated application framework, or using database security, custom solutions. Ease of sharing data: The Enage module (separately sold) is very powerful, but even standard arcplan enterprise has functions for bookmarking, sharing, mailing etc. There is also a range of possibilities to export reports to PDF, PowerPoint, Excel, Word. There are plenty of options to secure unified formatting, without limiting flexibility. It's therefore also very easy to maintain central layouts. Finally, arcplan comes standard with a scheduler, in which you can automate almost anything, including distribution of reports.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
It can connect to almost anything - solely based on what JDBC connectors are out there
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arcplan8.0
Based on 2 answers
There are native drivers for data sources and per data source, there may be nice, specific functions and features. Especially on ODBC and SAP, there are great possibilities. The only downside, compared to competitors, is that connectors need to be purchased separately.
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Return on Investment

  • Actuate can handle 50 to 60 sub reports inside a report very well.
  • Dynamically creating the datasource, chart, graph, reports are the main advantages. We can do any level of drilling, and can create a performance matrix dashboard efficiently.
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Pricing Details

OpenText Analytics

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

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