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arcplan

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arcplan

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Score 9.6 out of 101

Power BI For Office 365

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Score 7.8 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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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
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Power BI For Office 365
8.5
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Power BI For Office 365
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Power BI For Office 365
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Power BI For Office 365
7.3
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Power BI For Office 365
7.5
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Power BI For Office 365
7.5
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
6.5

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Power BI For Office 365
6.6
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Power BI For Office 365
7.5
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Power BI For Office 365
6.9
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
7.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Power BI For Office 365
7.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Power BI For Office 365
8.0
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Power BI For Office 365
7.7

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Power BI For Office 365
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Power BI For Office 365
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Power BI For Office 365
7.9
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
7.7

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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  • Easy to make visual dashboards from SQL queries. Previously we had to use a third party application that had to run on a web server that was so complex to setup and run. PowerBI removes all that.
  • Ability to control who/which group has access to each dashboard or report. Ties in well with the rest of the Office 365 ecosystem.
  • Has many connectors to allow pulling data from various systems, both onsite (via gateway) or external (via APIs), and join the data to create a report/dashboard.
  • Ability to show data but also export the data, if permitted.
  • Easy to show PowerBI dashboards on SharePoint or on other websites via embedded code.
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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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  • Licensing: Currently, Microsoft has a fixed pricing model for Office 365 users, regardless of role/function of the user. Most organizations have a small number of "power users" that create usable content and many more "consumers" that simply view/run reports created by power users. Microsoft does not differentiate between these users, and thus the pricing limits organizations from large deployments of the software.
  • Version incompatibility: Excel 2010 and 2013 workbooks are compatible with each other. However, workbooks created in 2010 that include PowerPivot databases must be upgraded to 2013 format to run in 2013. Subsequently, you cannot open these upgraded PowerPivot workbooks in 2010. This requires ALL users to be on the same version.
  • Visualization: Excel charting with PowerPivot workbooks is adequate for many users. Power View also contains a number of GREAT visualizations, including animated bubble charts and a very flexible dashboard/report design canvas. However, compared to some of the other self-service BI solutions, it is still limited in its visualization capabilities.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Power BI For Office 3659.2
Based on 4 answers
It is a cheap way of exploring data and comes with the whole Office 2013 experience, including Sharepoint. For a new company, it is hard to find a better deal.
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Breadth of Deployment

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At the maximum, we have had 10 users, of which 3 were data analysts. The others were consumers of the data.
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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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Pricing and functionality. Tableau Desktop is a very capable self-service business intelligence and analytics solution. The very rich visualization capabilities are far superior to that of Excel and Power BI. However, the pricing for the Power BI desktop is extraordinary. If you own Excel 2010 or 2013, you can download the functionality for free. And more often than not, the visualization capabilities of Excel are quite good enough. Another reason we selected Power BI is the shallow learning curve for users, compared to Tableau and other similar solutions. Excel is very familiar to most data analysts and finance/accounting teams. It is a comfortable environment on which to add powerful analytic capabilities.
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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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Power BI For Office 3657.9
Based on 8 answers
If you have the PRO version, sharing through the portal and from one to more users is quite simple. But if you have the standard version it is not possible to share your work, moreover, the security part and policy should be improved to allow different types of authentication and permissions.
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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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Power BI For Office 3657.5
Based on 7 answers
Once the information is in the database updating is pretty smooth. I haven't heard of many complaints. Pulling for external sources appears to be working well with no serious issue. Again information is only as good as the source itself. I may get the occasional squeaky wheel on the data updates and accuracy. However overall the information is solid.
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Return on Investment

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  • As a Microsoft Partner implementing Business Intelligence solutions, Power BI has removed the barrier for our clients to begin the "BI journey". So often, projects get hung up in that early phase of procuring and installing/configuring expensive hardware and software. Just simply getting started and designing a beginning solution has allowed our clients to see results in 1-2 weeks using their data that might have taken months to achieve otherwise.
  • One significant ROI example is process improvement. In many cases, individuals or teams are spending days each month gathering data from multiple sources for reporting to their constituents. We are reducing these times to minutes by automating many of the data collection and integration processes that were previously manual.
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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