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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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Entrinsik Informer

On SQL, there are so many tools available. My clients are higher education specific and they have access to low-cost or no-cost alternatives. On Unidata, this is a great tool and will continue to be so. That being said, Informer is not just for Higher Education users.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Entrinsik Informer
7.6
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Entrinsik Informer
6.9
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.1

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
9.0

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.1

Pros

  • The software can be tied to Actuate Basic which is much like MS Visual Basic and can provide an almost custom application feel to some reports.
  • Actuate had field movement tools that allowed a user to line rows up and disperse them across a report based off the width. Comparative tools like Crystal did not provide these.
  • The Actuate Server also gave easy access to review who had been running a report or reports via its web interface.
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  • Quick report creation through the use of the report wizards and the point and click web version
  • Ability to access various databases: Unidata, SQL
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Cons

  • Support for more databases, such as other BI tools.
  • There can be more graph types.
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  • Informers dashboard module is really nice but I would like to see additional functionality and visualizations added. For instance, our admissions office uses funnel reports and it would be nice to be able to use a funnel visualization to represent their funnel data.
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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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Entrinsik Informer8.7
Based on 67 answers
Hands down, Informer is the best ROI our university has ever had. Our day to day operations thrive on the data, and the product contributes regularly to our strategic decisions and plans as a university
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Usability

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Entrinsik Informer8.0
Based on 12 answers
I use it on a regular basis and it is very simple. The only time I struggle is if I am trying to write a complex report. Our admins write most of the reports, so this does not happen often.
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Reliability and Availability

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Entrinsik Informer9.1
Based on 3 answers
We have 10 concurrent licenses and we average between 6-8 at any given time during the day; and we host the application.
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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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Entrinsik Informer8.5
Based on 10 answers
Always able to get acceptable solutions in reasonable time from friendly support staff.Initial contact is always with knowledgeable person - not someone reading from a script trying to screen calls.Thanks Entrinsik for being in tune with my needs.
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Implementation

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No answers yet
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Entrinsik Informer9.0
Based on 5 answers
To hire someone with JavaScript skills.
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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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We are close to 95% of the administrative staff using Informer, either as a writer or recipient of scheduled reports. In most cases, Informer training has become a 'day one' activity for new administrative staff.
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Alternatives Considered

Actuate has a HUGE number of features that can tie nicely into almost any ERP but it takes some time to learn and the development community was relatively small compared to the Crystal Reports alternative. Crystal was far easier to learn and had a massive support base. Probably because it is now owned by SAP.
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Before using Informer, we used "Query Builder" and staff found that very difficult to manage and write reports. We do use Crystal Reports and while it contains some of the output functions we need, it is not end-user friendly and generally requires extensive training to be able to run the most basic reports. After further review, Crystal Reports has been removed from the "standard tools" list, in favor of Informer.
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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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Entrinsik Informer8.1
Based on 12 answers
This is one of the strength's of the product. End Users can determine where they share data; and where they do not. The new "Burst Email" functionality has made a lot of users quite Happy!
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
This was a feature of Actuate I almost forgot. You could connect to number of different data sources across the organization from Oracle to MySQL and just about everything in between. Also if you have multiple environments of the same system (DEV,QA,PROD) you can change the connection string each time you compile the same report to promote changes. This was easier then changing the connections in alternative software like Crystal Reports
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Entrinsik Informer8.1
Based on 12 answers
The enhanced usability of the dashboards with multiple datasources, like Google Docs has helped; the ability to use the underlying reporting tool on Google Docs would be used if it were available. Otherwise, we have connected SQL and UniData databases with ease.
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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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  • Increased employee self sufficiency
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Pricing Details

OpenText Analytics

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

Entrinsik Informer

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