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Likelihood to Recommend

arcplan

It is very suitable for complete corporate BI solutions. If you see BI as embedding information into your organization and business processes, and thus as more than just a few scattered dashboards and reports, arcplan is your platform. It's less suitable for ad-hoc reporting and data discovery. It can do it (everything is possible), but there is strong competition in this area.
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WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS is a good comprehensive tool for BI for companies. I feel that scenarios where you want the user to interact and be able to ingest data in different formats would be a good use of the tool. Performing data discovery is easier with InfoAssist, especially the most recent versions, and allows users to customize their views and provide comments.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
WebFOCUS
8.8
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
WebFOCUS
9.9
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
WebFOCUS
9.5
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
WebFOCUS
7.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
WebFOCUS
8.0
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
WebFOCUS
8.9
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
WebFOCUS
8.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
WebFOCUS
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
WebFOCUS
7.5

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
WebFOCUS
8.9
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
WebFOCUS
9.1
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
WebFOCUS
9.0
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
WebFOCUS
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
WebFOCUS
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
WebFOCUS
9.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
WebFOCUS
10.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
WebFOCUS
10.0
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
WebFOCUS
9.5

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
WebFOCUS
9.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
WebFOCUS
9.5
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
WebFOCUS
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
WebFOCUS
9.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.5

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
WebFOCUS
6.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
WebFOCUS
9.6
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
WebFOCUS
3.3
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
WebFOCUS
3.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
WebFOCUS
8.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.4
REST API
arcplan
WebFOCUS
10.0
Javascript API
arcplan
WebFOCUS
10.0
iFrames
arcplan
WebFOCUS
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.0

Pros

arcplan

  • Excellent dashboard.
  • Well advanced BI metrics.
  • Better interfacing to other DW.
Chin Uba (MBA, MSc, MCITP, MCSE) profile photo

WebFOCUS

  • Webfocus reports all have the option to export to Excel. The excel spreadsheet is always very organized and clean, and the information is very easy to read.
  • Webfocus is able to maintain data from years prior. We can look up what we featured in catalogs and all the sales history attached with it.
  • Webfocus is able to provide support to a variety of departments. For example, our buying team uses it for planning in advance and our marketing team uses the tool to see how categories and products as the selling
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Cons

arcplan

  • Positioning and marketing. Most BI vendors use a non-technical sales strategy and focus on shiny, sexy dashboards to sell the story. In order to position arcplan fairly and correctly, the technical and business advantages need to be part of a sales story. So, it is not really an easy product to sell to customers, if it has to compete with now-to-wow-five-minute products.
  • Learning/training for developers. It's easy to learn the basics of arcplan, because the interface is logical. But nothing prevents a beginning developer from creating a monstrous application, because there is no prescribed architecture. It really takes some experience to become a good arcplan architect. It's a disadvantage resulting from one of arcplan's biggest advantages.
  • Data connectors: arcplan standard comes with a connector of your choice. Additional connectors need to be purchased separately. Many other products come with a full range of connectors.
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WebFOCUS

  • The newest versions of WebFOCUS have an unnecessarily complicated security layout that makes configuration difficult to accomplish without bringing in the vendor for installs.
  • This software tries to cover too many bases allowing you to switch from writing code manually to creating reports using only GUI tools. This sometimes complicates screens and functionality where the two methods don't always work well together. -though its nice to have the choice.
  • The sales force is not as top notch as many software companies
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Likelihood to Renew

arcplan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 8.6
Based on 5 answers
This software is deeply engrained with my organization and has become a tool that would not easily be replaced without spending more money and resources to get the same results. License cost is comparable to other report writing tools and the capabilities are greater than the competition without having to buy multiple apps to do the same thing.
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Usability

arcplan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Best BI tool/product I have used. The others don't compare overall. Some can look fancier, but when you actually use them with large data and data from numerous systems/sources that is where most of the competition falls away. I also don't like downtime. I have basically none for a large user base with WebFocus. Even SAP Crystal Reports went down for 4 days once - 4 days because the admin password got locked out due to a glitch and we had zero reports for 4 days. WebFocus has never had more than a few minutes of downtime. It's like a tank that just keeps rolling. There is no other choice for reliable BI.
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Reliability and Availability

arcplan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Tracking availability formally for almost two years and we are at 99.8%
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Support

arcplan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 10.0
Based on 2 answers
They have extremely knowledgeable techs that I have worked with over the years. Some have actually become really good friends of mine. I see them often at local user groups and when we show them how we are using their tools to save millions of dollars throughout the company
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Online Training

arcplan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 6.0
Based on 1 answer
It's hit and miss, the last class was overcrowded and people were having trouble connecting which took up much of the time. Instructors vary
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Implementation

arcplan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Plan ahead on what data will be accessible and the type of security required on the database and if you will want to use security that is built into the software. It is worth consulting with the vendor on what your plan is and how they recommend you proceed in order to get results you are happy with.
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Alternatives Considered

arcplan

Personally, I prefer QlikView not because it's more stable but simply just for the looks of the dashboard. One of my clients in Sydney recently moved from arcplan to QlikView. The reason was mainly looks and that QlikView has more training materials for the support users to train with. So in all, it does not really stack well against QlikView.
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WebFOCUS

WebFOCUS has a mature and tested product that speaks well to internal personnel who rely on legacy data systems for day-to-day operations and business processes. It is apparent some newer products provide flexibility in user access with limited previous knowledge or experience and a more modern user interface, but these products do not have the reliability and maturity of WebFOCUS.
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Return on Investment

arcplan

No answers on this topic

WebFOCUS

  • We are not yet a success story. Though we've been implementing WebFOCUS for over a year, we have very few products in our Production portal. Of course, this is not all the responsibility of Information Builders, but we were ill-advised by our 'training coordinator' in our training of staff and coming up to speed with the tools has been very slow.
  • Once skilled analysts and professional IT staff achieve a grasp of the products, they are able to very quickly create polished and well-received products.
  • The DW/BI project has helped us to establish standards and protocols of communication that will allow us to more quickly meet knowledge transfer requirements
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Pricing Details

arcplan

General

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

WebFOCUS

General

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

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