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arcplan

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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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Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great at dynamically reflecting real time data. It has wonderful views of data and can narrate a story that is powerful and impressive. Decisions can be made on the overall visuals shown. BI can show you where your sales are picking up while showing you areas to focus on. The quality of your BI dashboard tremendously improves with the overall quality of your incoming data. BI has great capability to share results across the organization in a secure and safe way in almost any computer platform. Mobile phones welcome too!
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.2
REST API
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Javascript API
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
iFrames
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Java API
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
6.9

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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  • Data blending from several different files is a big hit with our Power BI users. We have so many excel and CSV files and many of them are not clean, so making use of the data cleaning and blending saves us from countless pivots and lookups to just get data worthy of analyzing.
  • The visualizations are top notch, and available without additional cost. Everything is in vibrant colors and crisp, clear lines that whatever your produce is clearly pleasing to the eye. From mapping down to pie charts, the visuals are well done.
  • The Beta preview is very helpful, not all software allows you to preview or use things in beta, but Power BI has a wonderful set of tools and visualizations you can add into your work with very little effort or complexity.
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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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  • Microsoft Power BI could become a little more user friendly and added videos for training. This is one place where Tableau does a little better.
  • Power BI also needs to become available in the cloud for better usage.
  • Power BI deployment flexibility needs to be improved. This is better in other software.
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Likelihood to Renew

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No answers on this topic
Microsoft Power BI10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft Power BI8.8
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
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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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Power BI takes it to another level with the report and dashboard designing for a wide variety of purposes, and always gives you the option to be collaborative within their native sync features, that is also an advantage to set things up, for example, to promote reports into intranets or weekly reports.
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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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Microsoft Power BI8.2
Based on 49 answers
I really like the data sharing features of Power BI. You can save it in different formats, share reports as a webpage, and the best part is that if you update your dataset, the report will automate automatically! In terms of security, well, I trust Microsoft.
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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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Microsoft Power BI8.3
Based on 48 answers
Power BI uses PowerQuery and PowerPivot capabilities so users can easily import and join disparate tables to create complex data models. I've primarily just used Excel tables for my models, but I know they offer a range of other sources which integrates with Power BI. You can also easily refresh your models with the click of a button
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Return on Investment

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  • It's a good start for setting up customized dashboards.
  • Available for all users based on Office 365 platform we have in place.
  • Doesn't really allow depth of report - specifically customization of visual displays.
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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

Microsoft Power BI

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