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arcplan

6 Ratings

Izenda

2 Ratings

arcplan

6 Ratings
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Score 9.6 out of 101

Izenda

2 Ratings
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Score 7.3 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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Izenda

White labeling/OEM scenarios are where Izenda shines. It's a nice solution and they have a good handle on the pricing. The system is customizable enough to do everything that's needed. We view it like unfinished furniture where we have to put the finishing touches on the system in order to make it work for our use case. Where it falls a bit is in usability. There are some rough edges which have to be coded around.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Izenda
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Izenda
8.0
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Izenda
7.0
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Izenda
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Izenda
7.7
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Izenda
7.0
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Izenda
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
Izenda
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
Izenda
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Izenda
8.0
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Izenda
8.0
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Izenda
8.0
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Izenda
9.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Izenda
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Izenda
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Izenda
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Izenda
8.0
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Izenda
6.0

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
Izenda
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
Izenda
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
Izenda
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
Izenda
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Izenda
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Izenda
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Izenda
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Izenda
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Izenda
8.0

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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  • User and tenant management is excellent. It is very simple to implement and easy to manage.
  • The configurability and customizability are excellent. We have access to all aspects of the system and have rebranded and configured single sign on. The users really like it.
  • Reports and visualizations work. There's lots of flexibility and users enjoy creating reports themselves.
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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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  • They are in rapid development mode and some of the releases have had QA problems. The offering is quite young so this is expected.
  • There are several usability issues like sorting and other basic items which others have solved. This is an area of improvement when compared to other, more refined BI tools. We communicate in grids and the grid controls need some work.
  • Support responsiveness is as advertised but a bit slow when compared to other vendors we work with. In other words, they say they'll get back to us in 48 hours and they do what they say but we'd appreciate faster responses.
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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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We compared to other end user tools like Qlik, Tableau and Power BI. These tools are very refined but not positioned for OEM/Embedded use cases. The closest we came was logi and Birst and the price and business model of Izenda was much more appealing
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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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Izenda8.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to share and collaborate with emails. Dashboard presentation is also quite nice. Limited capabilities beyond that
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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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Izenda7.0
Based on 1 answer
Overwhelmingly SQL with recent addition of Redshift. Multiple sources can be merged but it's better done elsewhere for speed
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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

Izenda

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
No per user or core fees, unlimited use licensing for production and non-production instances.