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IBM SPSS

Top Rated
123 Ratings

OpenText Analytics

18 Ratings
Score 6.6 out of 101

IBM SPSS

Top Rated
123 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

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OpenText Analytics

It depends on extensibility, set-up, access & style. Actuate performs fairly well, but has performance issues because it sits on top of eclipse, which sits on top of Java. Extensibility usually comes at that price. Set-up is fairly straightforward and it can be secured.
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IBM SPSS

IBM SPSS is well suited for analyzing several different types of data. It is very well suited for psychology-related data or data associated with mental health. It's well suited for academics who have a basic foundation in statistics. It's also well suited for individuals who do not have coding experience. It's not very well suited when you need to analyze data collected from surveys - like SurveyMonkey, for example. It's not well suited for individuals who do not know basic statistics.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
IBM SPSS
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
IBM SPSS
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
IBM SPSS

Pros

  • The performance of Actuate IServer is tremendous. It can handle a large volume of reports with many concurrent users.
  • We can do anything in Actuate. We can write our own function, procedures, methods in Actuate. Basically we can create our own framework in Actuate. No other reporting tool is proving this functionality.
  • It supports the OLTP system very well. The data can be flowed easily from one report to another report, by using array.
  • Control level formatting is available.
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  • Dialogue boxes. I love that IBM SPSS has drop down menus, which are much better than some of the other statistical packages that require you to write purely in code.
  • Customizable. You can add in dialogue boxes of your own or from other users in your field. Specifically for the field of marketing, a macro known as PROCESS is used to conduct mediation analysis. This is not standard with SPSS, but the program is customizable so I can add this custom dialogue box to my set of menus.
  • Dual Licenses. I appreciate that when I purchase SPSS, I get a license for my laptop and another for my desktop. This helps keep costs down, but enable accessibility from wherever I need access to the program.
  • Fast. The speed of SPSS has definitely improved over the last several versions. Running stats tests are very quick, usually just a matter of seconds.
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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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  • Limitations with incorporating weights (when using data from nationally representative samples).
  • From what I understand, SPSS doesn't handle large amounts of data particularly well.
  • I find it more useful as an analysis tool than a data management and cleaning tool.
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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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IBM SPSS9.2
Based on 14 answers
It is essential for performing research. Other programs (e.g., STATA, SAS) work too but are less intuitive for the user. The drop-down menus and easy to understand formatting make this program favored by many researchers. There are also custom dialogues that can be added for those desiring more advanced features and functionality.
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Usability

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IBM SPSS7.9
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SPSS is beginner friendly and user-friendly for beginner analysts and simple statistical tests. It's "click and go" interface does take some learning, but overall this is much easier than other programs I have used and seen. Compared to SAS software, SPSS takes a great deal less familiarizing and it not a matter of learning a coding language like SAS and RStudio.
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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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IBM SPSS6.5
Based on 4 answers
Some of the knowledge base answers are either circular or just not very useful. Others refer to OLD versions making it difficult to see whether the problem I have is still relevant to the current version
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Implementation

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IBM SPSS7.0
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Have a plan for managing the yearly upgrade cycle. Most users work in the desktop version, so there needs to be a mechanism for either pushing out new versions of the software or a key manager to deal with updated licensing keys. If you have a lot of users this needs to be planned for in advance.
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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

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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I used SPSS throughout my degree and it was the software package I was most comfortable with. Beyond this, it doesn't require any C-style coding ability like R needs and therefore is very user-friendly to the layman statistician. Beyond this, it contains every major statistical manipulation you are likely to require within a Marketing/BI environment and with the simple data input style and detailed output, you know you have a very high likelihood of getting results correct 100% of the time
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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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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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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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  • This is difficult to quantify, but the results helped shift the approach from descriptive-based statistics reporting to inferential. This was particularly useful in judging the impact of CRO/UX changes made on the website and their likely benefits.
  • It's been used as a portfolio of arguments for where to place channel investment based on predictive regression models and this was seen as one of the most persuasive parts of an argument which then went on to prove effective.
  • Analysis carried out using SPSS in conjunction with a CRO package has led to an estimated 12% increase in online conversion.
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IBM SPSS

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