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OpenText Analytics

18 Ratings
Score 6.7 out of 101

Kepion Planning

2 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

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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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Kepion Planning

The solution works extremely well for companies in complicated operations or with the ambition to forecast their operations on a driver based way or wanting to have the ability to create different scenarios based on external or internal drivers. It is a perfect piece of an existing analytical infrastructure (DWH/BI) lacking a planning solution on top.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Kepion Planning
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Kepion Planning
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Kepion Planning

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
7.7
Long-term financial planning
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.7
Financial budgeting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.2
Forecasting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.2
Scenario modeling
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
7.8
Management reporting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
5.5

Consolidation and Close

OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
7.4
Financial data consolidation
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
6.8
Journal entries and reports
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
6.8
Multi-currency management
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.2
Intercompany Eliminations
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
7.3
Minority Ownership
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
6.0
Local and consolidated reporting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
7.8
Detailed Audit Trails
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.6

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
6.8
Financial Statement Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
7.6
Management Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
5.5
Excel-based Reporting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.7
Automated board and financial reporting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
6.8
XBRL support for regulatory filing
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
5.5

Analytics

OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
6.4
Personalized dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
5.5
Color-coded scorecards
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
5.9
KPIs
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
5.9
Cost and profitability analysis
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.2
Key Performance Indicator setting
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
5.9
Benchmarking with external data
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
6.8

Integration

OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.4
Flat file integration
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
9.1
Excel data integration
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
8.7
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
OpenText Analytics
Kepion Planning
7.4

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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  • Customizable platform: Enables its users to handle just about any kind of budgeting scenarios tailored to each customer needs, whether based on drivers, allocations integrations with other systems (such as S&OP processes).
  • Easy integration with other systems: As data is stored within an MS SQL database it is very easy to integrate other applications with it for reporting, such as Tableau or PowerBI or from other downline systems such as S&OP.
  • Real-time: Enables the possibility to calculate bottom line results for all applications immediately allowing the possibility to calculate easily what-if scenarios.
  • Not stuck: within a single way of budgeting. as part of the beyond budgeting movement, companies have been creating a more driver-based high-level forecasting which is often a problem with specific budgeting systems that are locked within the P&L statement. Here you can make it as simple or as complicated as needed.
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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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  • Silverlight functionality is outdated which makes the front end solution a little bit old compared to latest UI. They will be tackling it in Q2 2018, but it leaves users wanting for more.
  • Reporting functionalities: Are not state of the art, we recommend users creating official reports within Kepion, but focusing on Tableau or PowerBI for reporting purposes as this is not and will never be Kepion strengths compared to the likes of Tableau.
  • Being customizable is great, however, the solution is not an out-of-the-box solution and does require a little integration to work. For smaller companies (under 5M USD) I would still recommend Excel.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
I am no longer working for the company that was using Actuate but I believe they would continue to use it because the stitching costs would be to high. It would require a complete rewrite of the reports and the never version of Actuate (BIRT) even required an almost complete report rewrite
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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

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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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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We are a Microsoft gold analytics partner. As such, we were looking for a Microsoft friendly solution which would fit into our analytics stack with Tableau on top. Kepion is a lightweight easy to use solution which integrates perfectly with the Microsoft framework. It is much easier to use and intuitive than the heavy Cognos and SAP/BO systems. However, if my existing infrastructure is Cognos, SAP or Oracle I would consider using that technology. For Microsoft SQL companies this is a great choice.
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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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Kepion Planning8.2
Based on 2 answers
Uses the MS SSAS security functionalities to control access to who does what and then has a second layer with dashboards. It works very well in doing this with both AD and Azure capabilities for connections
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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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Kepion Planning8.7
Based on 2 answers
As Kepion uses a Microsoft SQL Server it's very easy to integrate other tools into it. You can paste from Excel or import CSV manually. It is perfect to read data in or export data from the tool.
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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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OpenText Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
OpenText Analytics Editions & Modules
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Kepion Planning

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Kepion Planning Editions & Modules
Kepion Planning
On-premise Edition
On premise Install
$01
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SaaS Edition
Cloud Planning
$01
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Please contact us at sales@kepion.com for more details.