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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Microsoft BI

Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Microsoft BI
8.6
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Microsoft BI
8.4
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Microsoft BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.9

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.7
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.7
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.3
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.5
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.9
REST API
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
Javascript API
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
Java API
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.7

Pros

  • In terms of extensibility this is the best reporting platform we have seen. You can build very sophisticated reports with different data sources, and extend the basic functionality with javscript code
  • Securing the BI system is also a strength and the system can be configured relatively easily.
  • Reports can be available on mobile devices
  • Good Javascript embedding framework does not require the site to be built in java
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  • The layout of Power BI is very intuitive. Someone that is familiar with Excel and working with Charts and Graphs in that environment will find the learning curve a rather short one to start using Power BI.
  • I like the way Power BI fits an assortment of users and how the functionality that you engage is replicated in Excel, that being Power Query and Power Pivot. So what you learn in one tool can be readily applied towards the other which allows you to more effectively apply your training.
  • I appreciate how Microsoft is working to develop tools that go a long ways to empowering the end user. Prior to Power BI I would have had to consult with a "BI" professional to develop a dashboard. With Power BI I don't have to consult with anyone, I can work to put together the dash board I want and using a tool set that is really robust and allows me to engage an enormous amount of data. It's provides a great deal of flexibility and the types of data I can connect to.
  • Updates...Microsoft is working diligently to keep Power BI current with monthly updates. They do a really good job of listening to the end user, if there is functionality not currently present just give them a month or so.
  • Just to be clear, even though it's easy to get going right out of the gate with Power BI it provides plenty of opportunities to create some really sophisticated reporting solutions. With DAX in Power Pivot and M language in Power Query, you are provided with plenty of head room to do some really amazing things in Power BI.
  • Training...there are resources across the web for learning and growing your skills and Power BI. And what's even better is the majority of those resources are free.
  • Data engagement, when presenting the data to the end user Power BI goes a long way to allowing that end user to engage the data and begin to identify root cause by simply interacting with the graph/chart/data set. It allows for really fluid engagement. Prior to Power BI so many times during the presentation of data we often times ended the engagement with that data with more questions than what were answered. With Power BI, more often than not, the end user is able to get answers to the questions by simply clicking on the data in the graph/chart/dataset to see the details. This tool really does have the capacity to make you look like a rock star.
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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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  • The desktop version is free, monthly updates, free training resources...what's not to love. I'm sure that someone with a higher degree of technical learning will be able to better articulate some negatives for Power BI, I'm just not that guy. I have nothing but appreciation for Power BI.
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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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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Assuming that I will continue to have a need to monitor and report on the operational aspects of the organization using transactional data, Microsoft BI is a solid choice. Its kind of like how you still have legacy applications that serve a strong need that is critical to the day to day operations. The fact that the tools are similar to stuff the users have already been using makes the adoption and buy in that much easier.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
The product is very usable compared to competitive solutions. I didn't give it a full 10 because Microsoft needs to improve their Report Builder module.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
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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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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Be prepared to help business users define their data. We found that different campuses had different definitions for the same thing. This took some change management and negotiating to get each team to come to a common understanding.
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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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I have implemented Microsoft BI in small departments with less than 10 people all the way up to full enterprise deployments with multiple IT groups and 1000's of users. The only difference will be what of the provided Microsoft BI tools will you use and how many servers will it all be installed on. Once it is setup it is very easy to keep up-to-date and even expand in the future. Some of the tools do need more IT involvement to get up and running, but once it is setup and working it can easily go into a hands-off setup and just works. I have been oncall support for an enterprise SSRS deployment that was on multiple servers across multiple data centers and only received calls of issues once or month or less and most of time those were cause by human error and not following the procedures that were established.
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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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Looking at the visualization portion of BI, there are three types of tools.
  1. Programming packages. Free and powerful, they let you make any diagram, at the cost of difficulty of use.
  2. Specialist software like Tableau and Microsoft BI. This is the best choice in most cases due to ease of use and quality of output.
  3. More generic software offered by the big IT companies, often part of a BI suite. There's really a lot of variety here. Use this when it fits the workflow and you are already using the relevant software. But, personally, I'd still use the specialist software.
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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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Microsoft BI8.4
Based on 34 answers
Microsoft PowerBI is part of the Office 365 suite, so it is remarkably simple to edit your report on the fly and share it out to your team via Sharepoint or Microsoft Teams. The only issue that I have seen is that sometimes with links to older reports it seems like it takes forever for the report to load.
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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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Microsoft BI8.5
Based on 33 answers
I use PowerBI to edit reports that I have already ran and make them look awesome. Microsoft PowerBI is perfect for this, as all I have to do is import my Excel spreadsheet, apply a template, and edit the document until I make it look how I want. PowerBI makes it super easy to do this.
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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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  • Business users easily learned self service BI with training and what to do and what not to do with self service BI
  • Learning curve for Powerpivot and other office 365 tools for IT team who already knew about data warehousing concepts is steep
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Pricing Details

OpenText Analytics

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Microsoft BI Editions & Modules
Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. per user per month
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