arcplan

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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

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Score 8.2 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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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Well suited:Perfect for organizations where they have multiple databases and they have to damp everything in a single tool. This is helpful not only to joint databases together (shipments with POS data for example) but also for employees to learn only ONE tool to get all the data they from different sources.Less appropriate:If you need to go deep into analyzing the data beyond a table. The data visualization properties are pretty limited compared to Tableau/Power BI/Spotfire.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

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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  • 1: Data Integration: I love that at Whirlpool we have several different databases in the same place and we can extract and combine data easily.
  • 2: Connection with multiple systems: A lot of companies use Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service, so it means that they are seeing a lot of different use cases and improving the tool constantly.
  • 3: Data extraction: Extracting data is much easier than writing a SQL code. So many different types of users can take advantage of that.
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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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  • 1: User-friendliness: As I said, you don't need to write a SQL code to extract data, but I've seen some other tools (the previous Oracle Cloud system for example) that were easier than this new one.
  • 2: Speed: The tool is not slow, but when multiple users are trying to query information in the same database, it might get pretty slow. It's very common for people to run queries during the night since it's faster at that period once no one is using the tool
  • 3: Data visualization: The main output is basically a table, if you want to get fancy graphs or other types of output, you might want to export it to Tableau/Power BI/Spotfire.
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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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Better:Easy integration with different systems (internal, such as SAP; or external, such as data coming from tables from your vendors). Many companies use it and it's a good tool to learn. In my case, I learned at P&G and when I moved to Whirlpool I already learned how to use it! And I use it very often in my role.Worse:Well, if I need to do anything beyond a table, line or bar chart, I export the data and use a different tool.
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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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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service7.1
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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service uses IAM (Identity and Access Management) to control security and what each user can do. This is a most comprehensive security model compared to traditional on-premise Business Intelligence because IAM can control both server level and application level access. As Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service is a complete web interface, it comes with all the natural advantages of on-premise Business Intelligence solutions like Sharing Reports easily with their own group. It lacks report distribution via email. But has all on-premise traditional Business Intelligence formatting capabilities.
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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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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service7.9
Based on 3 answers
Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition is known for this connectivity to multiple data sources. Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition can connect to any database that supports ODBC and JDBC. Almost all the major databases today support ODBC and JDBC. Visual Analyzer, which is a part of Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service is a game changer as it allows users to generate reports directly from Microsoft Excel / CSV - which is the most used format after relational databases to store data. Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service can connect to all data sources that an on-premise Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition can connect to.
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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

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

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