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Likelihood to Recommend

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 Watson Analytics

It's well suited to corporate clients who aren't as concerned by the potential fees (as they'd be much higher developing the functionality in house). It's also very handy to have the services delivered by a company that's got the reputation of IBM as it's easier to show that this is trustworthy and will have good uptime...etc.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

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

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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  • It can definitely parse textual data really well.
  • It has some great features associated with it for analyzing the textual data.
  • You don't have to know real world coding to use it.
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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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  • The accuracy of the reporting from the program relies solely on the data the user sources. There can be errors in reporting due to...well, human error, which can kind of mess up your entire data sheet
  • When you're working with a program that is a cloud-based service, decentralized reporting can mislead organizations when you're not properly balanced with the traditional checks of a governed system – again, this is a human-error issue
  • IBM advertises this as a program that can work for any user, but unless you have experience working with data analytics, it can be difficult to determine where to start. I had to look up a few tutorials online before I was able to properly get my data rolling through
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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

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

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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Bluemix had a much easier route to get into the artificial intelligence side of things with Watson skills. It also seemed a lot more straightforward to use things like the Weather Channel data, sentiment analysis... etc., than the others. I'd also had a bad experience with AWS charging me money for a web app that was under prototype and not being accessed by anyone (so wasn't sure where the usage was coming from). Didn't like AWS not notifying me or anything about taking me off the free plan. IBM seems at least a little more open about their charges.
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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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IBM Watson Analytics8.0
Based on 1 answer
The program gives its users the ability to organize their data by saving it into pre-designed, default layouts. This way, users can create dashboards and infographics about their data. You can drag and drop visualizations you've saved before, which helps to present the data. Basically, our clients are very 'right-brained' people, and like most creatives, it's very easy to bore them with numbers. Being able to share the information in this manner is super helpful. And of course, IBM's security keeps everything from prying eyes
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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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IBM Watson Analytics8.0
Based on 2 answers
For the software to start making predictions, all the user must do is give Watson the data. This is done by dragging/dropping a data set spreadsheet into the program or by making a selction from a third-party source, like Salesforce, Twitter, Facebook, etc. The filter in there helps sort out the data – which makes it very easy to use, I enjoy the automation of all those numbers/statistics
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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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  • The time taken to work out things initially was a bit of a hit as some parts were a bit confusing, however I documented these for future reference and now it's not too time consuming at all to get going.
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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

IBM Watson Analytics

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