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OpenText Analytics

18 Ratings
Score 6.7 out of 101

SAS Business Intelligence

45 Ratings
Score 8.4 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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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
8.1
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

  • Easy data import
  • Multiple levels of user security
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  • I use SAS daily to not only analyze data, producing reports and other outputs, but also to replicate our entire financial system to verify/duplicate calculations.
  • Using SAS we are able to duplicate all business logic and system calculations on our local desktop.
  • When there is odd behavior (a bug) in our financial calculations my SAS programs, which are entirely external to our core system, are often used to help identify what/where the problems occurred.
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Cons

  • Limited report writing ability unless you implant the iServer applications
  • End users have little or no control over data displays
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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
Upper management looking for big data solutions
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SAS Business Intelligence9.3
Based on 3 answers
There is no other product that can match SAS. There are some products that can compare to ETL but lack the analytics that SAS has. Others can perform a limited set of analytical procedures but lack the data processing that comes with SAS. Using thin client allows users to access data whenever they have an internet connection.
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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 in 3-4 product lines. We have about 30 developers company wide that develop reports and perhaps 100 testers and business analysts that use it. Then we resell it with our product which is used by thousands of end users.
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about 100 users, about 10 departments
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Alternatives Considered

I've used JReports and Actuate is very similar but seems to have a lot more customization features for the end user of BIRT reports.
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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
As a developer, the report code itself cannot be diffed and the merged from one version of a report to another. If you have 2 developers working on the same report, the last developer's changes have to be manually implemented into the first developer's version of the report. You cannot use a tool such as WinMerge to merge differences from one report design into another. Or rather, you could but there's no guaruntee that it would work. This is a real bottleneck. You have to implement changes in the design tool
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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
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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SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
Increasingly improving data connectivities. SAS applications are amazing in terms of data manipulation and data preparation for analysis and modelling. I haven't used real-time capabilities yet but it's reasonable to say they are way ahead on the curve for providing a universal solution to all data analyst needs.
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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