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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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Power BI For Office 365

If you want to create a visual dashboard or report that utilises various data sources then PowerBI can do this. It is great in that it takes your on-premises data and stores it on Microsoft servers where it can interact with it faster, reducing load on your own servers, while being efficient in what it transfers out.We have found it not well suited if you wanted to publish a simple report to many staff as they may all need a Pro license which can get expensive. Even if embedding the report onto a shared platform like SharePoint, it will not display if the users doesn't have a PowerBI Pro license.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Power BI For Office 365
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Power BI For Office 365
7.6
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
Power BI For Office 365
7.7

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Power BI For Office 365
7.0
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Power BI For Office 365
6.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Power BI For Office 365
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
Power BI For Office 365
7.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
arcplan
Power BI For Office 365
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Power BI For Office 365
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
Power BI For Office 365
6.0
REST API
arcplan
Power BI For Office 365
6.0

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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  • Beautiful visuals
  • Ease of use
  • Powerful data manipulation language
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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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  • Power View is still in the early stages, so customization of the look and feel is a bit limited.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Power BI For Office 3659.2
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I will continue to recommend this suite to folks looking for a reporting and analytics solution, as I find in MOST cases, it's great at meeting almost every requirement I've been given by a multitude of clients across a range of industries. I've built Capacity Planning solutions that allowed end user input which was then submitted to SharePoint, Executive Dashboards, custom applications, simple analytical tools for teams to easily slice and dice data, and super simple reports as well as some very complicated ones. If you haven't seen the demos online, do a search, and see for yourself - this is a great BI suite! (I do not work for Microsoft, although I do consult out there from time to time. I do occasionally make a recommendation for a different BI reporting tool, but in general, find Excel can accomplish quite a bit for less money and in less time.)
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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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Tableau Desktop is a more mature product with more features but the price is what has stopped me going down this path.
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Return on Investment

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  • It's allowed us to better visualize large amounts of data.
  • It's an easy way to tie into an existing SQL database for users that don't know SQL.
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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

Power BI For Office 365

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