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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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Business Intelligence Discoverer

For some businesses with a small database and a small group of users with basic BI demand, this is recommended. Otherwise, it's better to choose other more advanced tools. For example, SAAS or TIBCO Spotfire
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.4
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
8.0
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
8.2

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.9
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.2
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.2
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.3

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.5
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.2
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.5
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.5
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.3

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
6.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
7.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.5

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
3.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
5.9
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
2.6
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
2.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
3.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
2.7
REST API
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
3.1
Javascript API
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
2.5
iFrames
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
2.5
Java API
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
3.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
2.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Analytics
Business Intelligence Discoverer
3.0

Pros

  • Easy data import
  • Multiple levels of user security
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  • It is good for quickly building some ad-hoc report on top of the data
  • It works well with the Oracle's own database of course
  • The drop feature is very useful for the business user who hasn't mastered the SQL knowledge
  • Allow customization of PL/SQL functions/procedures, to add more complex data processing logic
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Cons

  • Limited report writing ability unless you implant the iServer applications
  • End users have little or no control over data displays
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  • In order to be able to add the data "processing" logic, for the basic business user without too much SQL or procedure knowledge, it is almost mission impossible. Simply hiding the complexity of basic technical things like "join" is not enough.
  • Lack of the "hints" or "relationship explanation" when a report with complex joins is created
  • Data visualization options are really too limited
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
I am no longer working for the company that was using Actuate but I believe they would continue to use it because the stitching costs would be to high. It would require a complete rewrite of the reports and the never version of Actuate (BIRT) even required an almost complete report rewrite
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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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No score
No answers yet
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Breadth of Deployment

Actuate was used by the indirect procurement team and the maintenance departments company wide across many facilities. Well over 100 concurrent users at anytime. Actuate was used across vast majority of locations with the ERP solution we had at the time.
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Alternatives Considered

Actuate has been in the industry a while and the open source community make going with Actuate's BIRT a stable decision. Changing report engines can be expensive, so going with a company with a good reputation helps long-term
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TIBCO Spotfire or SaaS BI are much more flexible and comprehensive, being compared with Business Intelligence Discoverer, they support many ways of scripting and has rich data visualization options, and furthermore, they can be linked with recent popular ML/DL frameworks.
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Collaboration and Sharing

OpenText Analytics6.1
Based on 7 answers
Having more that one developer working on Actuate reports became quite a problem because once a report was compiled it was published to the server. The published file then could not be decompiled and the design files had to be stored in a particular shared location on the server. Also, I experienced issues leaving code notes in the SQL statements of the reports when I tried to compile them
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Business Intelligence Discoverer7.1
Based on 6 answers
For simple reports, sharing across teams and members is quite straightforward. The access control is ok, but the support to the mobile device is not as nice as we expected.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
Easy to set up data imports from a variety of sources and use scripts to automatically import data. Manual imports and translators also very easy to use
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Business Intelligence Discoverer6.9
Based on 6 answers
By merging the data from different SQL based data sources, it looks ok, but if you merge from different data sources with different types (JSON, Excel, CSV, XML), it doesn't behave very well, and also when a large data size is there, real-time aggregation and performance management is not so well done.
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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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  • We have used Discoverer to respond to state sales and use tax audits and saved the company more than the cost of the product. Discoverer has thus assisted in our objective of managing costs.
  • Discoverer is used to provide reports for EEOC reporting assisting our goal of complying with all government requirements.
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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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Business Intelligence Discoverer

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details