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arcplan

6 Ratings

QlikView

549 Ratings

arcplan

6 Ratings
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Score 9.6 out of 101

QlikView

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Score 7.7 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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QlikView

I can't recommend QlikView enough for a small shop on a shoestring budget--with one technical user administering things, all your users can have a really nice, super useful data exploration tool. The burden is certainly on that one user, but the payback is immense considering the price (free!). Solutions like Tableau and Qlik's new product, Qlik Sense, are certainly prettier and less demanding in terms of UI design, but they can't touch QlikView in terms of value.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
QlikView
6.8
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
QlikView
5.6
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
QlikView
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
QlikView
6.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
QlikView
7.3
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
QlikView
7.8
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
QlikView
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
QlikView
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
QlikView
5.6

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
QlikView
6.1
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
QlikView
6.5
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
QlikView
6.2
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
QlikView
5.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
QlikView
5.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
QlikView
6.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
QlikView
7.8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
QlikView
3.7
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
QlikView
6.8

Access Control and Security

arcplan
8.2
QlikView
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
arcplan
9.0
QlikView
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
arcplan
8.0
QlikView
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
arcplan
7.5
QlikView
8.2

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
QlikView
6.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
QlikView
6.4
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
QlikView
3.6
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
QlikView
6.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
QlikView
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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  • QlikView allows you make data-backed visualization very easily. The format of these visualizations is completely up to you and your team.
  • QlikView can show your data in many type of graphs as well as show the actual numbers associated with graphical points.
  • We use QlikView to access data on Microsoft SQL Server, but other data sources are supported. Check out the QlikView documentation to determine if they can use data in formats that you need to perform analysis on.
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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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  • Qlikview has its own database and management system. Developers are required to build a new data model to get data into Qlikview.
  • Qlikview's web application requires significant memory and processing power from the browser. Complex dashboards can crash your browser if you're running too many things at once.
  • Qlikview dashboards look relatively outdated.
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Likelihood to Renew

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QlikView8.8
Based on 29 answers
Qlikview is a solid tool for any organization looking for a in-memory dashboard tool.
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Usability

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QlikView9.8
Based on 6 answers
QlikView is built in such a way that makes it extremely easy to use - for developers, designers, and users.
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Reliability and Availability

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QlikView9.8
Based on 4 answers
QlikView server is very stable, with minimal errors and rare outages.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
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QlikView8.6
Based on 4 answers
It is not a SAAS product.
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Support

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No answers yet
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QlikView2.1
Based on 7 answers
They are still building it out. Just recently I received a contact for an escalation manager. I used to just call my sales guy.

Response times vary
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In-Person Training

No answers on this topic
My team attended, but I cannot myself rate, but I think it was good as they've successfully launched a training program at our company themselves for users. It was 3-4 day training.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
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QlikView8.0
Based on 3 answers
Training was as expected. The demo environments tend to be more fully featured that our own environment, but the training was clear and well delivered.
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Implementation

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QlikView7.4
Based on 13 answers
QlikView were here for a few days, and it was up and running. It was very fast.

Where it fell short, is they did the implementation in demo mode, and didn't initially work with us to help us scale. For example, should we consider a load balancer and multiple servers?. How much capacity can this environment handle from a data and user perspective. We had to learn on own by trial and error. We are bringing them in to do an architectural assessment, but we have to pay for this.

We are now bringing them back in for architectural assessment. It is a fee based engagement.
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Breadth of Deployment

No answers on this topic
Not applicable to our firm as we are small consulting firm.
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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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Power BI is cheaper, but more basic. Tableau is more expensive, but with greater capabilities. I feel like the other two are a little more intuitive. My company had Qlikview when I arrived.
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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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QlikView6.1
Based on 24 answers
Via accesspoint users can share sessions
Add annotations and share bookmarks via email
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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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QlikView8.8
Based on 24 answers
Very good at connecting a wide array of source data. Anything from existing spreadsheets to a SQL server, Qlikview allows connections to all
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Return on Investment

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  • Faster Lead conversion
  • Business Users being very satisfied
  • High level executives love the way data is being presented through QlikView.
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Pricing Details

arcplan

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

QlikView

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
QlikView Editions & Modules
QlikView
Edition
QlikView Desktop
Free1
QlikView
Custom2
1. Personal Edition
2. Per License
Additional Pricing Details
On an perpetual license basis, based on server plus number of users. Contact vendor for pricing.