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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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Tableau Server

It is well suited in an industry rich with data flow and more room for public information. The reason behind the public information use case is that can Tableau can be made visualize value, and in return adds value to proof of concepts or detailed plan. Tableau Server is economical, and many organizations look for such products, as it is no harm to test and try such an enterprise tool.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

arcplan
7.6
Tableau Server
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
arcplan
6.4
Tableau Server
8.0
Customizable dashboards
arcplan
8.0
Tableau Server
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
arcplan
8.5
Tableau Server
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

arcplan
7.4
Tableau Server
7.8
Drill-down analysis
arcplan
5.8
Tableau Server
7.7
Formatting capabilities
arcplan
6.3
Tableau Server
7.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
arcplan
9.0
Tableau Server
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
arcplan
8.5
Tableau Server
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

arcplan
8.9
Tableau Server
7.9
Publish to Web
arcplan
7.8
Tableau Server
9.0
Publish to PDF
arcplan
10.0
Tableau Server
7.7
Report Versioning
arcplan
10.0
Tableau Server
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
arcplan
7.8
Tableau Server
8.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
arcplan
Tableau Server
7.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

arcplan
7.1
Tableau Server
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
arcplan
6.7
Tableau Server
8.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
arcplan
6.7
Tableau Server
8.3
Predictive Analytics
arcplan
7.7
Tableau Server
7.2

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

arcplan
6.7
Tableau Server
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access
arcplan
8.5
Tableau Server
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
arcplan
5.0
Tableau Server
7.6
Dedicated Android Application
arcplan
5.0
Tableau Server
7.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
arcplan
8.3
Tableau Server
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

arcplan
Tableau Server
7.5
REST API
arcplan
Tableau Server
8.2
Javascript API
arcplan
Tableau Server
8.1
iFrames
arcplan
Tableau Server
7.6
Java API
arcplan
Tableau Server
7.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
arcplan
Tableau Server
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
arcplan
Tableau Server
6.7

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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  • Access to our data sources such as MS SQL and MySQL
  • Ease of use and administration
  • Relatively small footprint for hardware
  • Reasonable pricing
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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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  • Would love the ability to manage/maintain a uniform business semantic layer for consolidation of business rules/logic
  • The interface with folders/projects/workbooks is difficult to navigate and not intuitive
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Likelihood to Renew

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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 19 answers
We will continue our use of Tableau server due to the following factors:- Cost effectiveness. This persists from year-to-year. Tableau consistently gives us the best value for the cost- Reliability. Tableau server has been rock-solid for our users, particularly during emergencies.- Innovation. You can bet that Tableau will release stable new versions on a regular basis.We have often experienced the need for a function in Tableau that will be included in a future release.
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Usability

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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 10 answers
Great interface, allows for amazing flexibility in building visualizations. There are a few minor quirks that have to be learned though.
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Reliability and Availability

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Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
Tableau Server is very stable. But Tableau desktop has crashed (or become unresponsive) on a few instances.
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Performance

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Tableau Server8.1
Based on 8 answers
Again, assuming that you are working with 100k rows of data or less, it works great. When you increase the number of rows of data by a magnitude of 5 or 10+, there is a significant deterioration in performance
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Support

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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 12 answers
They are pretty responsive and helpful to address the issues.
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In-Person Training

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Tableau Server8.0
Based on 4 answers
In our case, they hired a private third party consultant to train our dept. It was extremely boring and felt like it dragged on. Everything I learned was self taught so I was not really paying attention. But I do think that you can easily spend a week on the tool and go over every nook and cranny. We only had the consultant in for a day or two.
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Online Training

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Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
The sales consultants do an amazing job of introducing the tool and its capabilities. They are also helpful in explaining the layout of the desktop client and its different functionality.Keep in mind that they use a sample data source (MS Excel) with a very small amount of data to show off what it can do. What you have to remember is that you are buying the tool so that you can connect to large amounts of data (and possibly blend data together from different databases).
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Implementation

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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 13 answers
My department was largely Excel and paper-based when I started, so there's been a tremendous amount of work to get the data into shape, so when I look at the overall implementation of our visualization and reporting infrastructure, I'm less satisfied. Tableau has been wonderful, the one place that would get me to a 10 is if it was easier to tune workbook performance on Tableau Server, there are a huge number of variables to deal with across the workbook/application/hardware stack. In a small environment like ours that takes more effort than I'd like.
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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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There were a lot of reasons why we chose Tableau and the least is the cost but also the way Tableau stores data in the columnar fashion instead of in Cubes. We went through a painstaking selection process and at the end, came down to a couple of vendors and we ended up with the product that was least to pair up with Amazon Web Services to create a decent and cost-effective proof of concept and we landed with the solution we have today.
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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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Tableau Server8.0
Based on 68 answers
It's good. It's like publishing research papers. There is only ONE primary (first) author. This is the OWNER in Tableau terms. You can have any number of secondary authors but at the end of the day it's the OWNER that rules absolutely. I also like the option to manage permissions by workbook or by project (i.e. all objects in a project folder have permissions assigned to the folder regardless of how published).
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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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Tableau Server8.7
Based on 71 answers
Great range of data sources that can be directly tapped. Adding the ability to join disparate data sources is a big improvement over data "blending".
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Return on Investment

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  • This is quite simple. From my perspective, time to insight is measured in the man hours it takes to connect to data, begin exploring the data and finally sharing insights with peers and decision makers. The rate of return is immediately quantifiable and undeniable unlike any other Data Visualization offering I've tested.
  • Hierarchies in data are another immediate exercise that has consumed major resources, from a Data Warehouse perspective, that can easily be implemented by non-technical analysts on the fly.
  • Blazingly fast proto-typing. For customers who really don't know what they don't know, my experience has proven that the sooner you put visual results using real data in front of the customer, the more likely you are to avoid low production adoption.
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Pricing Details

arcplan

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

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