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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
3.1
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Factiva
4.1
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Factiva
1.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
1.1

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Factiva
3.1
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
6.0
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
2.1
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Factiva
1.1

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
5.0

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
10.0
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

  • Actuate has permitted us to create stronger visualizations of data and customer data for our clients so they can make better decisions about the course of their businesses.
  • Birt Analytics integrates with Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, Xcel in a short period of time and permits stronger massaging of data and integration with better "what if"scenarios.
  • The ROI on this product is remarkable.
  • Employees who visualize the data and other components who have been questioning the direction of management change their focus upon what they can do to improve the company. Managers who are "micro-managers of data" actually begin to visualize where some of the sub-strata they have wasted time is impairing company results.
  • Customer support for their products is excellent. If you need support on site they are there when you need them.
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  • Factiva offers excellent search builders so that I am able to narrow my search to specific companies or topics very easily.
  • Factiva combines a large number of credible sources into one place and allows me to search all of these sources.
  • Factiva's use of timestamps helps me understand when the news was known by the market which allows me to analyze how (if at all) that particular piece of news impacted the company's stock price.
  • Provides an excellent starting place for learning about a company and/or industry.
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Cons

  • We have found a ton of bugs in there, our implementation is very complex and we use a lot of features, but we wish there were less bugs. Particularly with parameter display and validation.
  • Actuate has decided not to continue to support the birtondemand platform and it is running on older versions of their main platform.
  • Building out security extensibility is rather complex.
  • They have not had a rest interface until new versions of iHub.
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  • The UX leaves room to be desired
  • There are often repetitive entries
  • The functionality can be confusing
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
Difficulty with some extensibility that should be fairly easy, lack of shading in the reports (even simple phong shading), lack of out-of-the box capabilities that seem like no brainers and instability with the design tools all drop the product a few marks, but the support community and the overall product experience is well above average. It's at least worth a try and its extensibility makes it a good contender
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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

It is vastly superior to these in many ways, for complex reporting it is a much more sophisticated solution. Visualizations are very good. Javascript extensibility is very powerful, others don't support this or as well. Pentaho and MS are both OLAP oriented. Pentaho is moving more toward big data, which was not our primary focus. Others are stuck in the Crystal Reports Band metaphor.
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I often used Twitter as an alternative to Factiva. Additionally, I used a number of link-gathering resources such as Google alerts.
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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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Factiva2.0
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
As I previously noted, Factiva was quite good at gathering and merging data from a particular set of sources (mostly business related). However, there is an opportunity for the software to become better at gathering and analyzing more social information, as well as news from non-traditional news or media outlets.
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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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