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OpenText Analytics

Be sure to ask about pricing. If I remember correctly the pricing is by processor core, which can get VERY expensive in a large organization with multiple locations. I would say Actuate would be best suited for a medium/large sized organization with 1000-2500 employees with a dedicated team of software developers. If the organization needs someone who can get up and running quickly developing reports and where it is not the primary responsibility then I would recommend an alternative product like Crystal Reports.
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Highcharts

Highcharts is well suited for standard graphs and charts in which you want to quickly visualize your data. It is also well suited for simple or light streaming of live data. It is a little less suited when you need to do advanced visualizations (transition graphics or animations) or have large amounts of data that need be visualized.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Highcharts
6.7
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Highcharts
7.0
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Highcharts
6.5

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
7.5
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
8.0
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
5.9
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
7.0
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
9.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
5.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
9.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
7.0

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
9.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
9.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
6.8
Javascript API
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
8.5
iFrames
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
5.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Analytics
Highcharts
7.0

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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  • Easy to get started.
  • Easy to do basic customizations.
  • Attractive-looking graphs.
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Cons

  • Anything that I would consider an area for improvement and have asked about from the company is a area where they are already doing development and refinement and when it is available it comes as a simple upgrade.
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  • While customization of colors and basic width/height of elements in simple, going beyond that becomes difficult.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
We will continue to resell and support Actuate and its products.
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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

We have about 2300 licensed users, but probably less than 1/3 actually log in during a quarter time. Less than 10% would be considered proficient users.
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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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D3 is a far more customizable framework which we've used on more data intensive type projects. In particular, we created advanced visual transitions of our data using D3. In cases where we don't need this level of detail, we use Highcharts instead. D3 does not provide a wide range of "out of the box" configurations like Highcharts does.
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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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Highcharts3.9
Based on 2 answers
Sharing of a chart requires passing on the Javascript code used to build the chart, so there are no real collaboration capabilities involved. Likewise with data sharing, you need to provide the underlying data source being used. For this you need an alternative shared resource to better share the data associated with the chart.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
We connect to various data sources and enjoy quick connectivity
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Highcharts7.5
Based on 2 answers
Highcharts works best with standard CSV type data formats, or standards like GeoJSON. For these formats Highcharts can parse and validate the data for you before presenting. Additional formats you need to do some additional custom code to make happen. When using custom code, you then need to take a little extra time to make sure visual updates are occurring accurately.
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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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Highcharts

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