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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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Tableau Public

Tableau Public is great, especially if you're new to the platform or considering implementing it within an organization. The Public version has most of the capabilities of the full version, with extensive community documentation to troubleshoot issues you may run into. Additionally, there are many resources to check out Public workbooks from other users and communities: a GREAT learning resource to figure out new, innovative ways to visualize and present data. It is perfect for evaluating public datasets, for doing exploratory data analysis, or contributing to cross-organizational or extracurricular projects that may benefit from more sophisticated data analysis and exploration. Tableau Public, because it stores to the cloud and has limitations on connectivity (ie, cannot connect to SQL servers) is not suited for confidential, financial, PII, etc., data, and care should be taken to avoid including sensitive data in any of the Tableau Public workbooks used by an individual or organization.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Tableau Public
9.4
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Tableau Public
8.8
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Tableau Public
9.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.1
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
10.0

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.3
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.1
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.7
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.1

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.4
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.3
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.6
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.1
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
7.7

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.7
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
7.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
7.0

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.2
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.1
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.4
REST API
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.0
Javascript API
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.2
iFrames
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.9
Java API
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
9.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
8.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Analytics
Tableau Public
7.9

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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  • Data visualization: lots of different options, including bar, scatter, pie, waterfall charts to explore relationships between variables, and to present findings/trends to different teams
  • Integrates readily with limited, though different data sources: TXT, CSV, TDE, Access
  • Exports reports for review of different dashboards: client-ready/team-ready, with a clean and tidy presentation in PDF format (or hardcopy)
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Cons

  • Licensing is a bear.
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  • Not useful for anything you need secure.
  • No ability to access databases. Static information only.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
This rating would be a 10 if the licensing structure were more accommodating.
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Tableau Public9.1
Based on 2 answers
In the end, Tableau continues to innovate and deliver new functionality every year. Technical support is good, they also provide user forum(s) where experienced users share their knowledge and insights, as well as assist newer users with specific questions. This space (Business Intelligence) continues to grow and is very competitive with new vendors and products coming out all the time. That said, we've yet to see a product that can match Tableau.
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Usability

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Tableau Public9.1
Based on 1 answer
By far the most easy to use and intuitive user interface I've seen with any tool.
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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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Tableau Public9.0
Based on 2 answers
The Tableau support team is responsive and easy to work with. Tableau also provides user forums, where experienced users can help new users with their questions and best practice ideas. Documentation is solid as well.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Tableau Public9.0
Based on 1 answer
I found it sufficient, and fast. I could easily "kick the tires" with Tableau on my data so I got up and running fast.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Tableau Public9.1
Based on 2 answers
Start at the end and work backward. Identify the business case / issue and questions the end users have, then identify the data needed, and where to get it.
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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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We use Tableau internally across the organization, as well as provide a suite of developed visualizations to K-12 Education and Government customers across the United States.
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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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We evaluated about 15 products when we selected Tableau 7 years ago, and periodically review products from other vendors (e.g. Microsoft, QlikView, Tibco Spotfire, Birst, Pentaho, etc.). To date, Tableau offers the widest variety of options and functionality at a reasonable price and delivers great value for the money.
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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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Tableau Public7.2
Based on 7 answers
Visualizations are "published" from Tableau Desktop to Tableau Server, both with the public edition and the "for a fee" version. Once published, these are native web applications and may be accessed via a standard browser. Tablet applications are provided as well for iPad and Google Droid tablets. End user interactive functionality across web and tablet platforms is provided, enabling end users to interact "live" with their data, asking questions and gaining insights.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
They support plenty of major databases and we can connect to several different data sources.
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Tableau Public7.9
Based on 7 answers
Tableau can connect to 41 different data sources at present, and also includes a generic ODBC driver for connecting to other data sources. Version 8.2 includes an intuitive tool to make these data connections to one or more data sources using drag and drop and visual pictures, along with instant review of the connected data (the first few records). Data Blending is also provided, where data can be linked from multiple data sources (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, Excel) and used in your visualization as if they were all in one source.
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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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  • Quick visualizations.
  • Clean design. If you are a fan of Edward Tufte or Stephen Few, then you favor a lean, clean look. That seems to be Tableau's default. I appreciate that.
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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

Tableau Public

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