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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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SAS Business Intelligence

SAS BI is a great BI tool as it incorporates the advantage of SAS which is proven to be robust over the years. SAS BI is more suitable for a relatively larger organization which is looking for self-service BI tools where most of the users are not technically proficient. Also, since license fee is an on a higher end, smaller organizations will find it hard to afford SAS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
5.9
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.4

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
REST API
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
iFrames
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Java API
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

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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  • Presentation of complex data in an easy-to-understand layout
  • Self-service querying of data on both mobile and desktop devices
  • Business Objects allows users to save report layouts for use in future queries
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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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  • The cost for SAS Business Intelligence con prove to be a little bit prohibitive.
  • The training for SAS Business Intelligence is often difficult to arrange and has often been canceled due to not enough people enrolled.
  • Support at Universities used to be limited but I hear that this is changing.
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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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SAS Business Intelligence9.3
Based on 3 answers
SAS really is the cutting edge in Business Intelligence. That is all they do! They are constantly coming out with new products, product upgrades, and their tech support is second to none. In addition, their support of Education has made our ability to acquire their product possible.
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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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SAS Business Intelligence10.0
Based on 1 answer
When you call tech support, you are immediately routed to a person who can answer your question. Often they can answer on the spot. However, if they cannot, you are given a track number and then followed up with. There have been times when I have had multiple track numbers open and they will actually TRACK YOU DOWN to ensure that your problem has been resolved. Issues do not fall into black holes with SAS. They are also willing to do a WebEx with you to diagnose the problem by seeing your environment, which is always helpful.
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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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about 100 users, about 10 departments
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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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I have used Crystal Reports, Jaspersoft and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). I would recommended Business Intelligence over SSRS and Crystal Reports. SSRS is very SQL-centric and Crystal Reports is more of an end-user tool. I would recommend Jaspersoft over Business Intelligence for developing a seamless web-based reporting interface but I highly recommend Business Intelligence for end-user ad-hoc reporting.
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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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SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
SAS Business Intelligence is a very strong contender in the field of software for connecting data sources, it has been built from the ground up to for sharing and collaboration.
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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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SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
SAS Business Intelligence is third party software and therefore absolutely has to "play nice" with other software platforms. It is able to connect to all major platforms and all smaller platforms that I have come across. It has also been around for an extremely long time and has a strong history and good market penetration.
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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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  • Positive Impact: better customer service. We have been able to deliver reports that will help multiple employees and implement any feedback they have on those reports quickly.
  • Positive Impact: increased inter-departmental discussions. We have long had a problem working in silos. Now we are pulling data from multiple departments into one report, and it becomes easy to see how what one department is doing in affecting another. We had a meeting to discuss a preliminary report on course scheduling efficiency. It included data from our Facilities folks and our academic Deans. Once we put the numbers up on the screen, there spawned a helpful discussion about how what one department can do to help another.
  • Positive Impact: organizational transparency. For the first time, our users are exposed to a wealth of data about themselves and other areas of the college. It is starting to make some question the way we do business, and if there is a better way.
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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

SAS Business Intelligence

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