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arcplan

6 Ratings

JReport

6 Ratings

arcplan

6 Ratings
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JReport

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Score 9 out of 101

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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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JReport

JReport is well suited for enterprise use. It makes creating and managing schedules easy. Each machine in the cluster is capable of functioning in isolation. Load sharing and load balancing options available OOTB are diverse for various types of business needs. The best feature is its ability to detect that a schedule did not complete due to a crash or any other reason and ensure completion through parallel nodes.JReport is not well suited for a small business.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
JReport
7.5
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
JReport
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
JReport
7.0
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
JReport
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
JReport
8.7
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
JReport
9.0
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
JReport
9.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
JReport
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
JReport
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
JReport
9.3
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
JReport
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
JReport
10.0
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
JReport
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
JReport
10.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
JReport
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
JReport
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
JReport
7.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
JReport
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
JReport
8.0

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
JReport
9.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
JReport
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
JReport
10.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
JReport
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
arcplan
JReport
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
JReport
7.0
Javascript API
arcplan
JReport
6.0
iFrames
arcplan
JReport
7.0
Java API
arcplan
JReport
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
arcplan
JReport
7.0

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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  • Creates powerful reports and charts
  • Highly customizable and can fit multiple needs
  • Distributed Architecture offers higher reliability and avoids single point of failure
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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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  • Designing UI for a new report can be time consuming
  • Building an entirely new report requires a fully trained resource with knowledge of using the Designer tool
  • Upgrades can be complex
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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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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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JReport8.0
Based on 1 answer
JReport comes built in with collaboration capabilities. With role management and user management options, schedules can be managed across diverse group of users and schedules can be delivered to many stakeholders
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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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JReport9.0
Based on 1 answer
JReport can connect to various data sources for pulling information
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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

JReport

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details