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Adaptive Insights

Adaptive is great if you want to create many what- if scenarios when budgeting and forecasting. Staffing scenarios has been particularly helpful for our HR department when analyze staff needs for future years and analyzing open and unfilled positions over a certain time frame.

Every so often Adaptive's response time when in the system has been slow but Adaptive has rolled out the Elastic Hypercube to take care of that issue.
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Pentaho

The tool is fast, visually attractive and intuitive to use, but we also have an implementation of Qlik Sense and Pentaho pales in comparison to the overall capabilities. I recommend the tool, but everyone’s solution need is unique, so it may not be the right fit. Larger tools like Qlik are more versatile and easier to recommend. More expensive, yes, but you usually get what you pay for.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Adaptive Insights
9.3
Pentaho
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Pentaho
7.0
Customizable dashboards
Adaptive Insights
10.0
Pentaho
7.4
Report Formatting Templates
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Pentaho
7.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
6.4
Drill-down analysis
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Pentaho
7.2
Formatting capabilities
Adaptive Insights
7.0
Pentaho
6.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
6.4
Report sharing and collaboration
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
5.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
6.8
Publish to PDF
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
7.6
Report Versioning
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
6.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
7.0
Publish to Web
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
6.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
6.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Adaptive Insights
7.7
Pentaho
6.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Adaptive Insights
7.0
Pentaho
6.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
6.6
Predictive Analytics
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
5.9

Access Control and Security

Adaptive Insights
9.0
Pentaho
7.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Pentaho
7.6
Role-Based Security Model
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Pentaho
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Pentaho
7.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
7.1

Mobile Capabilities

Adaptive Insights
8.5
Pentaho
6.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
5.8
Dedicated iOS Application
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
6.5
Dedicated Android Application
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
6.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Adaptive Insights
10.0
Pentaho
6.3

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

Adaptive Insights
8.6
Pentaho
Long-term financial planning
Adaptive Insights
8.9
Pentaho
Financial budgeting
Adaptive Insights
8.8
Pentaho
Forecasting
Adaptive Insights
9.1
Pentaho
Scenario modeling
Adaptive Insights
8.2
Pentaho
Management reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.1
Pentaho

Consolidation and Close

Adaptive Insights
7.5
Pentaho
Financial data consolidation
Adaptive Insights
7.9
Pentaho
Journal entries and reports
Adaptive Insights
5.6
Pentaho
Multi-currency management
Adaptive Insights
7.5
Pentaho
Intercompany Eliminations
Adaptive Insights
7.6
Pentaho
Minority Ownership
Adaptive Insights
7.1
Pentaho
Local and consolidated reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.3
Pentaho
Detailed Audit Trails
Adaptive Insights
8.5
Pentaho

FInancial Reporting and Compliance

Adaptive Insights
8.2
Pentaho
Financial Statement Reporting
Adaptive Insights
9.0
Pentaho
Management Reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.5
Pentaho
Excel-based Reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.4
Pentaho
Automated board and financial reporting
Adaptive Insights
8.4
Pentaho
XBRL support for regulatory filing
Adaptive Insights
7.0
Pentaho

Analytics

Adaptive Insights
7.5
Pentaho
Personalized dashboards
Adaptive Insights
7.3
Pentaho
Color-coded scorecards
Adaptive Insights
6.8
Pentaho
KPIs
Adaptive Insights
7.9
Pentaho
Cost and profitability analysis
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
Key Performance Indicator setting
Adaptive Insights
8.0
Pentaho
Benchmarking with external data
Adaptive Insights
7.3
Pentaho

Integration

Adaptive Insights
8.5
Pentaho
Flat file integration
Adaptive Insights
8.3
Pentaho
Excel data integration
Adaptive Insights
8.7
Pentaho
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
Adaptive Insights
8.7
Pentaho

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
6.1
REST API
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
6.9
Javascript API
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
6.5
iFrames
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
5.3
Java API
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
6.1
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
5.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Adaptive Insights
Pentaho
6.4

Pros

  • Allows assumptions to be created for fringes, taxes, capital etc. We are now able to push these type of expenses to individual departments as opposed to a single department. Gives us true costs for each department.
  • The flexibility in revising and creating new sheets allows our organization to modify our budget/forecast approach without much downtime. Also, we can make these modifications internally . No need to hire consultants to complete these tasks.
  • Adaptive Insights is an easy to use/understand tool for end-users. Our users typically struggle with new systems but the Adaptive roll-out was very smooth with very little end-user angst.
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  • Pentaho Data Integration (PDI), which is Pentaho's ETL tool, is a powerful visual scripting tool. It is a very mature ETL tool that can process large quantities of data quickly when provided with appropriate hardware.
  • Pentaho Analyzer which is Pentaho's Enterprise browser-based analysis and pivot table tool is powerful and intuitive. When provided with a well defined data warehouse schema it is easy for even non-technical users to quickly generate reports and graphs.
  • Pentaho allows you to connect to virtually any datasource provided there exists a JDBC connector, REST API, or some other API end point.
  • Pentaho has an open-source Community Edition which provides much of the functionality of the Enterprise Edition without any licensing fees.
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Cons

  • On the Infographics page, I would love to see a thumbnail of the infographic before clicking on it. In general, I love that when you hover over a box, you get a more detailed description, but I would also love the ability to hover and then click to see a thumbnail before opening the full page.
  • Similarly, I think the Videos page should have the length of each video somewhere on the squares. This would help people judge how much time they would need to watch each one all the way through, and be able to make an informed decision about how many they could watch in between meetings.
  • There is no free text search bar.
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  • Report designer seems to be buggy on Windows 7
  • The interface for the report designer is out dated and difficult to navigate or use.
  • I would like to see a tool tip when hovering over options
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Likelihood to Renew

Adaptive Insights8.6
Based on 32 answers
We have renewed this a number of times. It fits our business model and it is now an integral part of our organization.
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Pentaho8.8
Based on 11 answers
We have moved to homegrown ETL and have matured as a company as to what we need from a BI tool. Our focus is now rich and intuitive data visualization with blazing speed. Our customers had already used MicroStrategy/Tableau in the past so that bar was already set very high. Unfortunately Pentaho could not give us a better if not similar experience as the tools our Customers had already used.
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Usability

Adaptive Insights7.6
Based on 75 answers
The Adaptive Suite is well-rounded. We love the add-on OfficeConnect because it allows us to quickly pull data from Adaptive in a report format. Once you set up the OfficeConnect, it's as easy as pushing a button to re-run. This has been especially helpful for month-end reporting and reconciling data in the Budget.
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Pentaho5.0
Based on 1 answer
I would have liked some hands on help in trying to match what Customers were already used to. Plus having a team of Java/BI folks was difficult to assemble since what required to be done in an object oriented fashion could have easily been done via a SQL construct. This hash of technologies was difficult to manage.
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Reliability and Availability

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 9 answers
We can access Adaptive anytime 24/7 from any computer or laptop pc or Mac. They are committed to keep this product up to date and relevant
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Performance

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 4 answers
Product performs well when making and saving changes and navigating between pages within the application
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Support

Adaptive Insights6.8
Based on 11 answers
Support requests are always handled promptly and resolved favourably.Many user support requests arise during initial deployment and use and often represent questions relating to best methods or how to approach their particular situation, which we gladly assist with as we provide the appropriate skills transfer training and assistance.As clients become more knowledgeable in working with the product suite then they tend not to ask many questions.
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Pentaho9.9
Based on 2 answers
They were responsive to our questions when we raised issues.They gave us workarounds when required.They were quite knowledgeable when it came to issue analysis and providing fixes.They were forthright in informing us if a bug was not due for release soon.
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Online Training

Adaptive Insights8.2
Based on 6 answers
Training receives the highest rating due to the availability of Webex training from an expert at Adaptive, with several sessions tailored to specific features including personnel, capital, formulas, reporting, etc
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Pentaho9.5
Based on 2 answers
Course Taken: DI1000 Pentaho Data Integration FundamentalsSetup A week before your class started, the instructor will start sending out class material and lab setup instructions. This is helpful so that you understand how the environment is laid out and can start reviewing the content. Ultimately it saved about a 1/2 day trying to setup with 10 other people online which was great! The CourseThe 3-day course was laid out like many other technical classes with 15-30 minutes instruction and 15-60 minutes of lab exercises. The instructor was very knowledgeable with the functionality from version to version and answered questions as we went along. I was amazed at some of the functionality that was available that I was not using at the time and quickly implemented changes to many existing transformations and jobs. The novice users seemed to catch on quickly and more experienced users explained how some of the functionality was used in their home environments. Towards the end there was enough time so that we were able to ask very directed questions about our own environments. Overall, I really found the class to be informative and deliver enough information to be dangerous. My skills improved and I was able to design better and efficient transformations for the HIE. Course Description: https://training.pentaho.com/instructor-led-training/pentaho-data-integration-fundamentals-di1000
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Implementation

Adaptive Insights8.2
Based on 13 answers
Our implementation was non eventful and we were very satisfied with the overall experience.
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Pentaho5.0
Based on 1 answer
Get the right people in before starting implementation. Start small and build as you go approach is time consuming and involves lot of rework.Evangalize within the organization the capabilities and limitations equally so that correct delivery expectations are set.Set expectations with the Customer that the tool cannot replace proprietary software in terms of stability/usability and that timelines could change given the new ness of the product.
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Alternatives Considered

I was not involved in the selection process, but have interfaced with TM1 to our parent company. My personal experience has found Adaptive to have greater responsiveness.
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In a past life I have used Business Objects which is a great product but requires an army of people to support. Pentaho can be managed by a smaller team of developers because you don't have to have expertise in Universe design, Report design and ETL. Pentaho's interfaces allow for a quick ramp up of the software and support all three areas pretty easily
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Scalability

Adaptive Insights9.1
Based on 7 answers
Adaptive is the leader and is very progressive with the product improvements that they provide.
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Return on Investment

  • Staffing. Almost certain we would have had to hire a full-time budget analyst to process budgets pre-Adaptive. Savings in labor for salary and benefits is about $150 k annually.
  • Quicker ability to report and complete the budget process. Before Adaptive, the budget process took about 4 months. We have shrunk the time required to about 3 months with additional time now for analysis.
  • What if reporting. Nice to see the impact of changes in the budget with a quick turn around time to report.
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  • Good client feedback - caters to specific requirements
  • Low learning curve for new staff
  • Good community backup
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Pricing Details

Adaptive Insights

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
1.  per seat, per installation
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Pentaho

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