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WebFOCUS

26 Ratings

OpenText Analytics

18 Ratings
Score 6.7 out of 101

WebFOCUS

26 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Analytics

What is the licensing structure? How long does it take to get licenses? Can an OEM reseller of Actuate get one license for the entire development organization?
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WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS is a good comprehensive tool for BI for companies. I feel that scenarios where you want the user to interact and be able to ingest data in different formats would be a good use of the tool. Performing data discovery is easier with InfoAssist, especially the most recent versions, and allows users to customize their views and provide comments.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
WebFOCUS
8.5
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
WebFOCUS
9.2
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
WebFOCUS
8.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
8.2

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
8.8
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.4
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.5
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
7.5

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.1
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.4
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.3
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
8.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.8
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.6

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.5
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
8.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.6

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
6.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.5
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
3.3
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
3.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.3
REST API
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
10.0
Javascript API
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
10.0
iFrames
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Analytics
WebFOCUS
9.0

Pros

  • The software can be tied to Actuate Basic which is much like MS Visual Basic and can provide an almost custom application feel to some reports.
  • Actuate had field movement tools that allowed a user to line rows up and disperse them across a report based off the width. Comparative tools like Crystal did not provide these.
  • The Actuate Server also gave easy access to review who had been running a report or reports via its web interface.
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  • Customizable reporting - strength for any data needs to customize to business practices
  • Integration with existing data systems - important to not re-invent the wheel
  • Expertise and support - ability to find and implement solution details for various users
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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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  • Bullet graphs and a few of the newer multi-variable graph types are not available that are very handy in specific situations. They are in the works, but not in the current version.
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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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WebFOCUS8.6
Based on 5 answers
This software is deeply engrained with my organization and has become a tool that would not easily be replaced without spending more money and resources to get the same results. License cost is comparable to other report writing tools and the capabilities are greater than the competition without having to buy multiple apps to do the same thing.
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Usability

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WebFOCUS10.0
Based on 2 answers
Best BI tool/product I have used. The others don't compare overall. Some can look fancier, but when you actually use them with large data and data from numerous systems/sources that is where most of the competition falls away. I also don't like downtime. I have basically none for a large user base with WebFocus. Even SAP Crystal Reports went down for 4 days once - 4 days because the admin password got locked out due to a glitch and we had zero reports for 4 days. WebFocus has never had more than a few minutes of downtime. It's like a tank that just keeps rolling. There is no other choice for reliable BI.
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Reliability and Availability

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WebFOCUS9.0
Based on 1 answer
Tracking availability formally for almost two years and we are at 99.8%
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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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WebFOCUS10.0
Based on 2 answers
They have extremely knowledgeable techs that I have worked with over the years. Some have actually become really good friends of mine. I see them often at local user groups and when we show them how we are using their tools to save millions of dollars throughout the company
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Online Training

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No answers yet
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WebFOCUS6.0
Based on 1 answer
It's hit and miss, the last class was overcrowded and people were having trouble connecting which took up much of the time. Instructors vary
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Implementation

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WebFOCUS8.0
Based on 1 answer
Plan ahead on what data will be accessible and the type of security required on the database and if you will want to use security that is built into the software. It is worth consulting with the vendor on what your plan is and how they recommend you proceed in order to get results you are happy with.
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Breadth of Deployment

Actuate was used by the indirect procurement team and the maintenance departments company wide across many facilities. Well over 100 concurrent users at anytime. Actuate was used across vast majority of locations with the ERP solution we had at the time.
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Our organization has about 100 developers distributing reports to an audience of several thousand. In addition there are hundreds of report launch pages on the company's intranet that were created by the various departments that use the tool. The tools is leveraged by finance, engineering, marketing, labor relations, operations, and technical services.
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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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Haven't used any and not even think of using any. We are very much satisfied with WebFocus.
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Collaboration and Sharing

OpenText Analytics6.1
Based on 7 answers
Having more that one developer working on Actuate reports became quite a problem because once a report was compiled it was published to the server. The published file then could not be decompiled and the design files had to be stored in a particular shared location on the server. Also, I experienced issues leaving code notes in the SQL statements of the reports when I tried to compile them
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WebFOCUS8.8
Based on 12 answers
WF is very good sharing information across the company and it is very easy to deploy a new report and make it available to everyone in the company. Access control is very easy because of some automated processes that we have and an SSO implementation as part of the HR processes. The only issue as a developer is the styling, sometimes it's very hard to make the style perfect and either the PDF and XLS converters are not seamlessly working. Now that I remember, when you export data to XLS is not a native XLS translation. It's kind of a HTML that is opened with Excel. It could be better to be able to work with a native version of XLS to be able to add sheets and more styling that the currently have. We are using WF 7 and I hope that the new version that we are about to use fixes these kind of issues.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
This was a feature of Actuate I almost forgot. You could connect to number of different data sources across the organization from Oracle to MySQL and just about everything in between. Also if you have multiple environments of the same system (DEV,QA,PROD) you can change the connection string each time you compile the same report to promote changes. This was easier then changing the connections in alternative software like Crystal Reports
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WebFOCUS9.5
Based on 12 answers
I know that WF can talk to different DB sources but the creation of these connections is not part of my scope. We have a department that handles this for us and we only use the connections already created. When we need a new one we ask them to make them available for us. I have had no issues with the connections and I can use different sources in a single data mart.
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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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  • Identify the problem easily through our dashboards. Faster action can taken through that.
  • User satisfaction.
  • Providing good service to the customer.
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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

WebFOCUS

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