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Score 9.7 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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Prism

I really like to use Prism, compared to other software, for data analysis. It allows a quick "plug and play" of the data and is very tolerant of many data formats. I typically resort to other software only when I need a more specific statistical analysis, or if I need a graphically cleaner visualization.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Prism
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Prism
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Prism
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Prism

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Prism
5.7
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Prism
7.0
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Prism
6.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
Prism
4.0
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
Prism

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Prism
8.0
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Prism
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Prism
8.0
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Prism
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Prism

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Prism
7.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Prism
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Prism
7.0
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Prism
7.0

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Prism
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Prism
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Prism
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Prism
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Prism

Pros

arcplan

  • Excellent dashboard.
  • Well advanced BI metrics.
  • Better interfacing to other DW.
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Prism

  • Data manipulations
  • Data visualization
  • Ease of use
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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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Prism

  • Need a stronger interface with R
  • Advanced analysis is difficult to use
  • Graphically clumsy
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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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Prism

Excel would be the next best thing to use. It is free for the academic lab to use though the quality of the figure is lacking and not standardized. Excel also lacks easy to use built-in formulas for data manipulation and can be tedious to replicate the same data Prism can do with a single click.
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Return on Investment

arcplan

No answers on this topic

Prism

  • Excellent figures for publications
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Pricing Details

arcplan

General

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

Prism

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

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