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arcplan

6 Ratings

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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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Qlik Sense

There is no such thing as suited scenarios to use Qlik Sense, it can be used where analytics is required on data.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Qlik Sense
8.5
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Qlik Sense
8.6
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Qlik Sense
9.0
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Qlik Sense
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Qlik Sense
8.6
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Qlik Sense
9.0
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Qlik Sense
8.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
Qlik Sense
7.9
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
Qlik Sense
9.1

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Qlik Sense
8.9
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Qlik Sense
9.0
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Qlik Sense
8.9
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Qlik Sense
8.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Qlik Sense
9.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
Qlik Sense
9.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Qlik Sense
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Qlik Sense
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Qlik Sense
8.5
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Qlik Sense
7.5

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
Qlik Sense
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
Qlik Sense
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
Qlik Sense
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
Qlik Sense
7.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
arcplan
Qlik Sense
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Qlik Sense
8.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Qlik Sense
9.3
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Qlik Sense
8.2
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Qlik Sense
7.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Qlik Sense
9.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
Qlik Sense
8.2
REST API
arcplan
Qlik Sense
7.0
Javascript API
arcplan
Qlik Sense
8.0
iFrames
arcplan
Qlik Sense
8.0
Java API
arcplan
Qlik Sense
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
arcplan
Qlik Sense
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
arcplan
Qlik Sense
8.0

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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  • Great out-of-the-box self-service analytical capabilities. Very intuitive to use and short learning curve even for a non-tech person (for basic usage). For more experienced tech/BI user, this tool can give "quick wins" (in hours!) for implementing reports that on other tools can take days.
  • The desktop version is free and includes all the features of the Enterprise version.
  • Qlik Sense includes a robust ETL capability (guided wizard and elaborated script 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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  • The Qlik Associate model is extremely powerful and very intuitive, especially for novice users. However, the restrictions inherent in the model (e.g., no more than one common field between joined tables) create extra steps for skilled data analysts and architect.
  • Qlik Sense Cloud provides a subset of the features of the Enterprise Suite. While the Cloud offering is sufficient for many business needs and use cases, the differences make it difficult to present "Qlik Sense" as a single product with variant offerings. The Cloud platform could be expanded to provide more Qlik Sense 'Desktop' capabilities in the Cloud environment.
  • Loading and display of Qlik solutions with extremely large data sets, often required to support dynamic filtering and comparative analysis, can lead to extremely slow performance from the user's perspective. Thankfully, Qlik has announced recent initiatives to ameliorate this issue.
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Usability

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Qlik Sense9.4
Based on 5 answers
The product is good but may be great in the next few versions.
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Support

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No answers on this topic
Qlik Sense9.0
Based on 3 answers
Not only can you ask the support team for help, but you can also ask the community. Also with the community there is a vast amount of problems that have already been solved. The problem you are encountering has a likely chance of already being discussed and even solved in the community section saving you time from reaching out.
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In-Person Training

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No answers on this topic
Qlik Sense9.1
Based on 1 answer
The instructor was very knowledgeable.
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Online Training

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Qlik Sense9.1
Based on 1 answer
The online instructor was very knowledgeable.
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Implementation

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Qlik Sense9.0
Based on 3 answers
Qlik worked along with us during our implementation, and it made it go quick and easy.
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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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Qlik Sense is very reminiscent of Tableau when using it. I feel that the structure does lack in some aspects. For instance, the coding for the sheets is a bit too loose and the vocabulary for arranging data within a chart is confusing. Tableau is quicker to work with even though loading data is nearly three times slower in this scenario. Ultimately it was the security aspects and ease of sharing which took Tableau to the top spot in our particular product group.
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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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Qlik Sense8.3
Based on 32 answers
Very easy to distribute with remote members, all is self explanatory for the most part. The platform is limited to the number of people who can access it, but the main issue is when multiple users are in the same app the speed is reduced. It's just something to be mindful about. We had a small group looking at each file and 1/4 of the viewers were remote.
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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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Qlik Sense8.9
Based on 33 answers
The ease of integrating and managing data was one of the best I've used on a cloud platform. I enjoyed the manipulation opportunity prior to integrating the data. At the least, it was encouraging to review the import formatting. I didn't try a full range of data sources, but I did use a host of differently formatted Excel files and all worked out as expected.
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Return on Investment

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  • Qlik Sense fills the gap between Excel's ad-hoc reporting and the traditional Qlik View scheduled type reporting. We have considered Qlik Sense Enterprise but feel that the desktop edition is good enough for our needs.
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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

Qlik Sense

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details
Qlik Sense Enterprise: Perpetual license basis, based on number of users Qlik Sense Desktop: FREE Qlik Sense Cloud: FREE