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arcplan

6 Ratings

WebFOCUS

26 Ratings

arcplan

6 Ratings
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Score 9.6 out of 101

WebFOCUS

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Score 8.5 out of 101

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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

It is well suited for just about everything that I have seen or run into. There are some cases with data from sources like Essbase (Hyperion) and other sources where you may need an adapter, but IBI has adapters available for just about everything you can think of. I also love the ability to run either straight WebFocus code or SQL code.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
WebFOCUS
8.8
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
WebFOCUS
9.5
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
WebFOCUS
9.6
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
WebFOCUS
7.5

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
WebFOCUS
8.5
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
WebFOCUS
9.2
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
WebFOCUS
8.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
WebFOCUS
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
WebFOCUS
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
WebFOCUS
9.1
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
WebFOCUS
9.4
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
WebFOCUS
9.3
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
WebFOCUS
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
WebFOCUS
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
WebFOCUS
9.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
WebFOCUS
9.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
WebFOCUS
9.9
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
WebFOCUS
9.6

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
WebFOCUS
9.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
WebFOCUS
9.6
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
WebFOCUS
8.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
WebFOCUS
9.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.6

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
WebFOCUS
6.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
WebFOCUS
9.5
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
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.3
REST API
arcplan
WebFOCUS
10.0
Javascript API
arcplan
WebFOCUS
10.0
iFrames
arcplan
WebFOCUS
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
arcplan
WebFOCUS
9.0

Pros

  • Endless functionality. With arcplan, you're not limited to a certain set of functions (like with most competitors), but you can think up and add functionality. This includes things like business process management modules, so that your BI really gets embedded into business processes.
  • One core, one skill-set needed, no coding. As an all-round arcplan developer, you can basically do everything. So, even when things get complex, there is no need for external scripts, macros, VBA code, etc. Even the most advanced corporate BI systems are built in arcplan with one skillset!
  • No end user training needed. With arcplan, it's easy to build applications that work purely intuitively. It's also possible to show/hide advanced options, depending on the type of users you define.
  • No data modelling required. Of course, if the business requires it, you can add semantic layers, but you are not forced to do it in all circumstances. I find this a huge advantage over other products, because most business data sources already are logically structured.
  • Multiple data sources can be connected and you're completely free in combining the data in these sources: create your own, or create modules to associate data 'on the fly', whatever you want. You want ETL? No problem. You want to avoid ETL? No problem either.
  • Write-back capabilities: this is critical if you want to really embed BI into your business processes. In BI, information should be actionable: arcplan allows the end user to really take that action.
  • Great developer interface, which makes it also possible for someone with limited technical skills (but high business acumen) to take part in developments.
  • Pricing and licensing. At first glance, arcplan seems not very cheap compared to competitors. However, the licensing model is logical, and there are no hidden costs. Compare that to 'free' products that become very costly as soon as you want to have an enterprise solution.
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  • WebFOCUS as a BI and analytics platform has all of the necessary components to successfully implement and run a competent and intelligent organization.
  • WebFOCUS has adapters into any data source that has ever been made and is being made. This allows reach into virtually any system to report and analyze the data.
  • With version 8 of WebFOCUS the usability of the BI Portal and the development environments are extremely robust, yet easy to use. Business users are able to quickly and effectively get up to speed and build powerful solutions with minimal assistance.
  • The ability to parameterize virtually anything and also access to the backend coding allows powerful, creative, and innovative solutions.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Some product offerings we have looked at were cost prohibitive based on the licensing. This could be improved on by having different pricing models.
  • Sometimes developing solutions for what we've had to do has been difficult to figure out.
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Likelihood to Renew

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No answers yet
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WebFOCUS8.6
Based on 5 answers
I have seen demos of WebFOCUS version 8 but haven't used it more. It looks more promising than the previous versions like 6 and 7.
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Usability

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WebFOCUS10.0
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

No score
No answers yet
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WebFOCUS9.0
Based on 1 answer
Tracking availability formally for almost two years and we are at 99.8%
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Support

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WebFOCUS10.0
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

No score
No answers yet
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WebFOCUS6.0
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

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WebFOCUS8.0
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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Breadth of Deployment

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Our organization has about 100 developers distributing reports to an audience of several thousand. In addition there are hundreds of report launch pages on the company's intranet that were created by the various departments that use the tool. The tools is leveraged by finance, engineering, marketing, labor relations, operations, and technical services.
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Alternatives Considered

acplan beats Qlik on basically everything, including price. It's technically far superior, provides far better security and unlike Qlik does not require coding when things get complex.arcplan beats Tableau and Yellowfin on capabilities. Tableau and Yellowfin are very good at what they do, but capabilities are limited, unless you call the programmers.arcplan beats SAP BO by being one product, instead of a suite with 10 components using 10 different skill sets. And, as a result, it beats SAP BO hands down on implementation costs and efforts
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I've used a few other development frameworks, but the desition of the company to use WF was not mine. I came and WF is the tool that the company uses.I think that WF is a very important framework to achieve the goals of the company and I would like this technology to become the industry standard.
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Collaboration and Sharing

arcplan9.0
Based on 2 answers
Security: range of possibilities, like a full AD integrated application framework, or using database security, custom solutions. Ease of sharing data: The Enage module (separately sold) is very powerful, but even standard arcplan enterprise has functions for bookmarking, sharing, mailing etc. There is also a range of possibilities to export reports to PDF, PowerPoint, Excel, Word. There are plenty of options to secure unified formatting, without limiting flexibility. It's therefore also very easy to maintain central layouts. Finally, arcplan comes standard with a scheduler, in which you can automate almost anything, including distribution of reports.
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WebFOCUS8.8
Based on 12 answers
WF is very good sharing information across the company and it is very easy to deploy a new report and make it available to everyone in the company. Access control is very easy because of some automated processes that we have and an SSO implementation as part of the HR processes. The only issue as a developer is the styling, sometimes it's very hard to make the style perfect and either the PDF and XLS converters are not seamlessly working. Now that I remember, when you export data to XLS is not a native XLS translation. It's kind of a HTML that is opened with Excel. It could be better to be able to work with a native version of XLS to be able to add sheets and more styling that the currently have. We are using WF 7 and I hope that the new version that we are about to use fixes these kind of issues.
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Data Integration

arcplan8.0
Based on 2 answers
There are native drivers for data sources and per data source, there may be nice, specific functions and features. Especially on ODBC and SAP, there are great possibilities. The only downside, compared to competitors, is that connectors need to be purchased separately.
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WebFOCUS9.5
Based on 12 answers
I know that WF can talk to different DB sources but the creation of these connections is not part of my scope. We have a department that handles this for us and we only use the connections already created. When we need a new one we ask them to make them available for us. I have had no issues with the connections and I can use different sources in a single data mart.
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Return on Investment

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  • 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
Additional Pricing Details

WebFOCUS

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