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Factiva

11 Ratings

OpenText Analytics

18 Ratings
Score 6.7 out of 101

Factiva

11 Ratings
Score 7.6 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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Factiva

A large part of our work depends on the ability to source quality media content from a breadth of dependable sources globally. This is Factiva's bread and butter: it has a very comprehensive list of 'quality' media sources such as nationals, dailies, business journals and magazines from around the world that are easily mined for the content they hold. If you're thinking about anything other than these 'traditional' media sources then Factiva probably isn't your thing. It doesn't do social media.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Factiva
3.2
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Factiva
4.1
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Factiva
1.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
1.3

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Factiva
3.2
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
6.0
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
2.2
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
1.3

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Factiva
6.8
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
5.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
9.9
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
7.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
5.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
Factiva
5.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
1.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
8.0
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
7.0

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
Factiva
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
9.9
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
6.0

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
Factiva
5.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
5.0
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
5.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
6.0

Pros

  • The report outputs can vary across different types such as HTML, PDF, and Excel
  • Their open source offering is very sufficient
  • There are great boards and blogs for developers and engineers to expand and use their features.
  • The people from the company that I've worked with are professional and courteous.
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  • Factiva has some quality news sources within its database. You know it's a robust, reliable and trustworthy source of content.
  • The Boolean logic search engine can seem a little daunting at first, but it is a very powerful tool to help you get the most out of running searches. The syntax and query structure generally follows the same as most 'keyword search' engines, but it has some quirks that you need to be aware of - operators in lower case, or running multi word / phrase searches outside of quote marks.
  • The filtering capability is simplistic but highly sophisticated. Filter content by source, region, language, company, industry and subject matter to really help hone results. The amount of back data readily available in the tool is impressive too meaning that running historical searches over large a timeframe is quick and easy.
  • Results shown include a highlighted section to indicate where keywords have matched - a nice addition to help you quickly identify the relevant bits of content you need.
  • You have the option to further tailor searches, and the ability to save individual searches for quick recall is a nice feature.
  • The tool is fast. It can handle complex searches and mine data going back years very very quickly. Most impressive
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Cons

  • Report rendering can take a long time for large reports (250,000+ pages) - we run these in batch over night
  • The deployment of production code from development to test to production enviroments can be complex due to the number of components that must compile
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  • While the source list available is strong, there is limited if next to no social media in the tool. OK, it's Factiva, we know it doesn't do social media, but if it ran social media searches in the same way it handled news searches this would be a formidable tool for anyone to use.
  • Export functionality is good but a little restrictive. While the tool exports a multitude of formats (headlines only, headlines and full text etc) the number of records you can export in one hit is relatively small if your initial search returns 1,000s of items. This is a shame given how powerful the tool is in running queries and building a deck of results.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
We have invested much into the software and hardware that supports our reporting platform - Actuate is a staple in our environment.
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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

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

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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I have used Lexis Nexus and Thomson One. I find Factiva to be the most user friendly of these services. I much prefer Factiva's layout on their website when I search for articles and I also prefer its search builder over Lexis Nexus and Thomson One
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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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Factiva2.1
Based on 3 answers
I often found it difficult to share out my reports with colleagues. However, I think that is more a function of the software's UX than a lack of inherent capability. It was there, just hard to use
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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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Factiva8.9
Based on 3 answers
The range of data sources, in other words media sources, is impressive in Factiva. It was one of the primary draws for us as a company to utilise the tool. As I mentioned previously, Factiva - a Dow Jones company - pulls in some of the most trusted, reliable and dependable media sources globally which in my opinion is a key strength. It's sheer breadth of content at a global level is impressive.
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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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Factiva

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