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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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Venngage

Venngage works really well for basically creating any type of standard infographic that you can see when you browse the templates. We have used it successfully to communicate retention data, strategic plan information, workflows and more. It doesn't work as well though when you try to get too fancy with it. Meaning, you want a Word Cloud taking on a specific shape or reusing certain words a specific number of times. For those things, we found that it was best to use another application and then import the work as a graphic.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Venngage
5.5
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Venngage
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Venngage
9.0
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
2.0

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Venngage
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
8.0
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
7.5

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Venngage
6.7
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
8.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
10.0
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
2.0

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
Venngage
7.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
7.0

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Analytics
Venngage
7.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
7.0
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
7.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Analytics
Venngage
3.0
iFrames
OpenText Analytics
Venngage
3.0

Pros

  • Actuate has permitted us to create stronger visualizations of data and customer data for our clients so they can make better decisions about the course of their businesses.
  • Birt Analytics integrates with Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, Xcel in a short period of time and permits stronger massaging of data and integration with better "what if"scenarios.
  • The ROI on this product is remarkable.
  • Employees who visualize the data and other components who have been questioning the direction of management change their focus upon what they can do to improve the company. Managers who are "micro-managers of data" actually begin to visualize where some of the sub-strata they have wasted time is impairing company results.
  • Customer support for their products is excellent. If you need support on site they are there when you need them.
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  • Venngage comes with a good suite of templates for starting projects from. For anyone working with infographics, getting started is usually 3/4 of the battle and having a good set of templates to choose from is a nice feature to save you time searching the internet.
  • Venngage makes it easy to change colors on most of their shapes, lines, backgrounds, etc.. ie., it is simple to customize in Venngage, which is incredibly important if you have a large team of users and not a great deal of time to train them in working with these types of tools.
  • Venngage's auto-save feature is not only one of it's best assets, but it has saved our team many times! Not all competitors have this feature and when you're working with precision as intricate as you typically are with an Infographic, auto-save is imperative!
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Cons

  • Anything that I would consider an area for improvement and have asked about from the company is a area where they are already doing development and refinement and when it is available it comes as a simple upgrade.
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  • It's hard to lock graphics into place in Venngage once you create something.
  • Layering is next to impossible. The feature is there but is very difficult to use and most times the user is better off copying the object over instead
  • Unless you have a business account (we have a professional account- middle grade) you cannot sort and organize your infographics. This is messy and cumbersome to go through and the price difference between professional and business grade accounts was quite large.
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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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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 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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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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Overall, they are pretty similar platforms. Canva is a nicer platform and more professional. Venngage is easier for people with zero experience to use, which some of the people on our team have, so we like that. Canva also offers more options we have noticed and more shapes/pre-loaded images for quick infographic creation.
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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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Venngage7.7
Based on 3 answers
  1. Sharing is a 10 since you can easily create links and publish them anywhere, or download the work as almost any format you'd want to, but for
  2. Collaboration, I'd only give it a 3 since it is impossible with a professional plan to work on a project with someone else who does not have the same level of access you have. This is difficult to sometimes determine.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
We connect to various data sources and enjoy quick connectivity
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Venngage3.6
Based on 3 answers
This isn't a strong rating because we have to build a manual connection to our data source. Unlike with a connection to Tableau or a another visualization tool, the data source cannot just connect right into Venngage. There are specific areas of the infographic where you can insert a graphical (or varied other forms) representation of some data, and this is where we connect our data
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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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Pricing Details

OpenText Analytics

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

Venngage

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