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Score 9.7 out of 101
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Score 7.8 out of 101

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

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (OBICS) works well if you wish to work with just data and your requirements do not center around reporting or business intelligence for business users. It gives you a one stop shop for all data management. However, if you wish to generate reports and provide graphical insights, then this is not the tool you should be looking at.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.9
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.5
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.5
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.5
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.3
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
5.0
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.0

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.1
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.2
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.2
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
5.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
4.4
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
4.8

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
arcplan
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.7

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
5.5
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.3
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
5.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.0
REST API
arcplan
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
7.3
Javascript API
arcplan
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
6.5
Java API
arcplan
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
5.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
arcplan
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service
4.5

Pros

arcplan

  • Excellent dashboard.
  • Well advanced BI metrics.
  • Better interfacing to other DW.
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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

  • 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

arcplan

  • 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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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

  • In an implementation where developers do their work on-premise RPD and deploy it to BICS, Oracle BICS will convert that RPD to data model before deployment. Developers can take a snapshot of that data model and download that data model. But, can't convert / extract that data model to RPD. This is one limitation that I would like to see some improvement.
  • Oracle BICS has no BI Publisher integration. BI Publisher is used by many customers and is one of the reasons that they are delaying BICS migration.
  • Oracle BICS lacks iBots (Scheduler). This is one of the most used feature in traditional OBIEE, where we can schedule reports to run and email to us / set of users. Lack of this feature is a major drawback of BICS.
  • Oracle BICS lacks the forward migration path, as of today. If we want to migrate to OAC (Oracle Analytics Cloud), there is no way to extract RPD out of data model. We may have to develop RPD from scratch, if we used BICS solution to develop data model. Oracle is planning to release a fix for this in the future.
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Alternatives Considered

arcplan

Personally, I prefer QlikView not because it's more stable but simply just for the looks of the dashboard. One of my clients in Sydney recently moved from arcplan to QlikView. The reason was mainly looks and that QlikView has more training materials for the support users to train with. So in all, it does not really stack well against QlikView.
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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (OBICS) does well in terms of handling data, creating joins, managing database relationships, and data integration from multiple sources. However, the visualisation features on Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (OBICS) are limited when compared to other business intelligence tools like Looker or Tableau. Again, the choice of tool depends on your specific requirements. Both provide different features and both are good at what they offer.
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Pricing Details

arcplan

General

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

Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service

General

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

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