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OpenText Analytics

18 Ratings
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Score 6.6 out of 101

Dimensional Insight

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Score 10 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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Dimensional Insight

In my experience, Dimensional Insight products are excellent. They are well suited to integrate data from multiple sources and allow for dissecting information based on dimensions defined. Once you understand the logic and the powerful functions available it is easy to use, specially if you get used to using integrated visual tools. The tunnels allow for selection of a subset of data from Diver portal and the dials are great to build markers and send files in different formats to users via email.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Dimensional Insight
8.8
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Dimensional Insight
10.0
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Dimensional Insight
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
9.0

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
8.0
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
9.7
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
10.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
10.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
9.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
9.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
9.0
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
9.0

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
10.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
10.0

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
Dimensional Insight
8.0

Pros

  • In terms of extensibility this is the best reporting platform we have seen. You can build very sophisticated reports with different data sources, and extend the basic functionality with javscript code
  • Securing the BI system is also a strength and the system can be configured relatively easily.
  • Reports can be available on mobile devices
  • Good Javascript embedding framework does not require the site to be built in java
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  • The product is excellent!
  • Experienced DI Consultants with a broad knowledge in both, product and client data.
  • Customer service and technical support is always available; very professional and investigate reported issues until resolved.
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Cons

  • The report designer can be unstable at times.
  • The reporting engine tends to have memory leaks with certain types of massive-data reporting.
  • The report graphics don't have the sexiest appeal (e.g. Glossy feel, animated output)
  • Some extensibility is extremely difficult to get to without purchasing a license (e.g. Setting a simple flag so that HTML outputs in compressed mode requires either creating your own emitter or going the paid route)
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  • Technical documentation: make it easier to find examples or functions definitions.
  • Allow more flexibility in report design, maybe allow to combine columns.
  • I know with Diver 7.0 some of the missing functionality is resolved so I won't be suggesting any other improvement until we upgrade.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
This rating would be a 10 if the licensing structure were more accommodating.
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Usability

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Dimensional Insight9.0
Based on 1 answer
Navigation thru the Diver portal is simple; some users have trouble but it also depends on how the analysts build models and present the reports with quickviews selections and report layouts. I am aware of DI capability to access reports thru mobile devices but I have not experience it first hand.
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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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Dimensional Insight9.0
Based on 1 answer
Overall support is very good. In cases where is a delay I have been notified of the status of it and what DI expert team is investigating. I might not get a fix right away depending on pending releases and when my company decides to plan for the upgrade but response time is good.
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Implementation

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Dimensional Insight9.0
Based on 1 answer
I don't have direct experience with the first time DI was implemented but on subsequent upgrades there have been positive experiences with support and seamless transitions to avoid users discomfort.
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Breadth of Deployment

Actuate is used in 3-4 product lines. We have about 30 developers company wide that develop reports and perhaps 100 testers and business analysts that use it. Then we resell it with our product which is used by thousands of end users.
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Alternatives Considered

I've used JReports and Actuate is very similar but seems to have a lot more customization features for the end user of BIRT reports.
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Collaboration and Sharing

OpenText Analytics6.1
Based on 7 answers
We support an enterprise library of core components and deploy thousands of reports for varying business cases. We have integrated our network security into the product ensuring data does not get in the hands of those without access.
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Dimensional Insight10.0
Based on 1 answer
Report distribution is usually done thru reports made available in Diver portal; it is also used dials to create files and be distributed to users via email. At the security level access is granted to users based on groups and can be as specific as to the marker level.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
They support plenty of major databases and we can connect to several different data sources.
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Dimensional Insight10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have merged data using DI from sources like Excel, flat files, MS Access and the only trouble so far is read lists from SharePoint automatically, but that seems to be a limitation from the SharePoint part. Merging data using DI integrator is easy in general. Depending on the system the process can be performed on demand or scheduled to execute at any given time or frequency.
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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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Dimensional Insight

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