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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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JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS

JMP is great for crunching huge datasets, especially if you are overloading your Excel workbook. You can have JMP communicate directly with Excel or FileMaker because it has its own scripting language, so you can basically have report at the click of a button. If you are into formatting and pretty graphs, JMP does not include a ton of aesthetic functionality. The drag and drop graph building function allows you to filter out variables easily and change the look of your graph, but can be confusing at times even when you are trying to create simple graphs. Overall it is a great tool to crunch a lot of data without lag.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
7.7
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
8.2
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
6.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
8.9
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
6.9

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
10.0
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
6.7

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
8.9
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
10.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
8.7
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
7.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
10.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
8.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
9.4
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS
9.2

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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  • JMP has "drag and drop" graph building functions that can filter variables and make adjustments instantaneously.
  • JMP has its own scripting language that can link to an Excel spreadsheet and instantaneously create report-outs
  • There is a low overall learning curve, especially if you are familiar with other statistical programs or more advanced Excel functions
  • Huge support network and prompt response time from SAS. Also, many third party JMP experts that can help you create report outs or write more complicated scripts.
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Cons

  • The debug tool that came with the Actuate 8 developer was poorly written in my opinion; compiling a report could be very difficult when a number of functions were being called.
  • There wasn't any reporting that could be run to download Actuate utilization statistics. Analytics had to be done by manually reviewing who had been running reports.
  • At times when the Actuate Server would become overloaded the only solution was to restart it. There wasn't a way to clear up the list of pending report requests.
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  • It would be nice if JMP had multiple sheets in order to create graphs from pivot tables.
  • The overall aesthetic is pretty weak, compared to Excel, especially if you are trying to make a more polished presentation
  • Changing variables in the graph builder can cause you to lose your formatting, which can be annoying and time-consuming if you make a mistake
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
We have invested much into the software and hardware that supports our reporting platform - Actuate is a staple in our environment.
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JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS9.9
Based on 15 answers
JMP has been good at releasing updates and adding new features and their support is good. Analytics is quick and you don't need scripting/programming experience. It has been used organization wide, and works well in that respect. Open source means that there are concerns regarding timely support. Cheap licensing and easy to maintain.
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Usability

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JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS2.8
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Once you figure out the bells and whistles/ins and outs of JMP, it becomes an intuitive, powerful tool. However, the learning curve is very steep; I think the product might be borderline unusable for those without at least a basic understanding of inferential statistics. However, even if you have a statistics background, the learning curve is still steep due to a confusing user interface, a weak help/search tool (at least within the program for Mac users; the online help is very useful), and a general lack of intuitiveness.
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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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JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS10.0
Based on 1 answer
The SAS support team came on site to give a presentation to our entire team. They answer questions immediately and provide insight specific to your needs. They also provided a video conference to get me started with the software, which was really useful. There are textbooks written on scripting and JMP usage, which were provided to me as well.
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Online Training

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JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS7.9
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I have not used your online training. I use JMP manuals and SAS direct help.
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Breadth of Deployment

Actuate is used extensively as a developemnt tool and by 10s of thousands of end users. Virtually every line of business in our large financial institution uses Actuate - many who are unaware because the components are built into our home grown applications.
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JMP is used across the department, and I imagine that it is used in many departments across the university for research.
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Alternatives Considered

Actuate has a HUGE number of features that can tie nicely into almost any ERP but it takes some time to learn and the development community was relatively small compared to the Crystal Reports alternative. Crystal was far easier to learn and had a massive support base. Probably because it is now owned by SAP.
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I choose JMP because I can accomplish various analyses in one place (no need to move my data around). JMP also can handle huge data sets.
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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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JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS4.0
Based on 1 answer
We share JMP files through other file sharing methods, like Google Drive and Dropbox, because the sharing capabilities are not the strongest.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
You can include a large variety of data sources, any major rdbms, big data sources, nosql stores. A developer could write a driver for many other systems, though they have wide support. They have support for a number of sources such as salesforce.com, other web based sources can be included using scripting.
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JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS5.0
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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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  • None, we mainly utilize R for our advanced analysis.
  • I guess we do now have some pretty graphics to display to the board. Graphics are always nice when presenting data.
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OpenText Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS

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