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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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Microsoft Power BI

Do:
  • One time data analysis/reporting where you want to have some visual representations to help you understand your data.
  • Create dashboards that can help you take business decisions and just generally help you know if your business is on track.
  • With a pro license: deploy dashboards that can be consumed by other users.
Don't
  • Use a Pro install for regulatory reports (Static reports should be created with a reporting tool if available to avoid duplicating tools and costs).
  • Deploy at large (anyone can have it installed) if data governance is important in your organization. It should really be a tool used by people that really understand the data and how to merge it (integrating different sources).
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
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
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
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
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
7.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.2
REST API
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Javascript API
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
iFrames
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Java API
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
6.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
arcplan
Microsoft Power BI
7.1

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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  • Power BI has a step by step approach to integrating data that makes it really easy to get exactly what you want out of your raw data. If you do one manipulation wrong, you can see it right away with the preview.
  • Power BI already contains a wide variety of visual objects you can use but you can also create your own if you have a specific need. Mind you, this will require some node.js knowledge but there are a lot of available tutorials online.
  • The access to the software is extremely easy for people in any organisation as the base software is free (The Author version). It is limited slightly in terms of collaboration and refresh capacity but is perfect for evaluation or one time data analysis.
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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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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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Microsoft Power BI8.9
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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As mentioned earlier, Power BI is not as mature as QlikView or Tableau and, as a result, is more limited in the kinds of things it's capable of. That said, it's still highly capable of fulfilling most typical BI dashboard requirements. We chose Power BI partly because of a very specific and unusual set of circumstances that wouldn't apply to anyone else, and partly because we could begin developing dashboards without having to go through the usual (lengthy) process of waiting for budget approval. Since developers can develop at no cost, we were able to begin creating dashboards while the process of getting funding for the end-users was working its way through the system.
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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