20 Ratings
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Score 6.9 out of 100
576 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Magellan

If you do not have a large budget and are a large organization, I would steer clear of Actuate. If you are looking to do very complex washboarding, I would not use them. Your developers have to be very skilled to work with this. Plan to bring in consultants if necessary to help your process. Adhoc reporting is weak. If your pricing is user based and you expand, this could be very expensive.
Christopher Noyes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

Discoverer is well suited as a reporting tool where data integration doesn't play a major role. Discoverer suits very well situations where a user has to run a query every day. Discoverer reports can be scheduled and the user can just view the data instead of running the query manually. Also, Discoverer takes away the pain of managing the database credentials. Discoverer is not well suited to situations where the whole enterprise wants to view the same dashboard. Discoverer is more of a departmental BI tool. Discoverer doesn't offer many options to integrate data unless one has to create and handle integration using PL/SQL.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Magellan
8.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.4
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.1
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Magellan
7.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.4
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Magellan
7.7
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.4
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.3
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.4
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
6.6

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Magellan
8.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.4
Publish to Web
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
8.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.9
Report Versioning
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
6.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
8.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
6.5

Access Control and Security

OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.8
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Magellan
3.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Magellan
3.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Magellan
3.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.5
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.1
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Magellan
6.2
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.7
REST API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.6
Javascript API
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.7
Java API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Magellan
7.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
8.2
iFrames
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
6.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.2
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Magellan
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
7.4

Pros

OpenText Magellan

  • The report outputs can vary across different types such as HTML, PDF, and Excel
  • Their open source offering is very sufficient
  • There are great boards and blogs for developers and engineers to expand and use their features.
  • The people from the company that I've worked with are professional and courteous.
Bri Gipson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

  • SQL friendly which allows for fast adoption for those users who know how to write in SQL. This makes integration with other programs much easier.
  • Accessing data is very fast even with larger data sets.
  • The layout is clean and organized similar to a spreadsheet which allows for easier viewing and analyzing of the data.
Joseph R. Sweeney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

OpenText Magellan

  • The documentation on all the available features, but most importantly on the scripting side, can be improved
  • The standard look & feel of some basic options, like parameter selection or sorting and filtering, looks dated and can't be customized
  • The server portal needs to provide better tools
  • More integration is needed with other OpenText products
Martin Rubens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

  • There is always room for more scalability and optimization of performance.
  • Oracle BI changes a lot from version to version. A smoother transition into a new version would be very helpful.
  • Oracle BI's reporting tool is a little hard to use at first. The UI/UX of the tool can use improvement.
Jatel Desai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Magellan

OpenText Magellan 3.9
Based on 9 answers
I am no longer working for the company that was using Actuate but I believe they would continue to use it because the stitching costs would be to high. It would require a complete rewrite of the reports and the never version of Actuate (BIRT) even required an almost complete report rewrite
Todd Bellamy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

OpenText Magellan

OpenText Magellan 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always there on the front and backend for us and the client.
Jeffrey Fischer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

OpenText Magellan

I've used JReports and Actuate is very similar but seems to have a lot more customization features for the end user of BIRT reports.
Amy Broome | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

Discoverer was already in place when I joined the company so I was not involved in the selection process. However, I have been involved in the review of Discoverer as compared to alternatives including Business Objects, OBIEE, and SSRS. On a cost benefit analysis Discoverer always came out on top. Changing to another tool never provided enough additional functionality to overcome the cost of conversion and ongoing maintenance.
Glen Norman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

OpenText Magellan

  • Actuate can handle 50 to 60 sub reports inside a report very well.
  • Dynamically creating the datasource, chart, graph, reports are the main advantages. We can do any level of drilling, and can create a performance matrix dashboard efficiently.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

  • We have used Discoverer to respond to state sales and use tax audits and saved the company more than the cost of the product. Discoverer has thus assisted in our objective of managing costs.
  • Discoverer is used to provide reports for EEOC reporting assisting our goal of complying with all government requirements.
Glen Norman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

OpenText Magellan

General

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

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Magellan
7.0
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Magellan
3.9
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

Support Rating

OpenText Magellan
9.1
Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer (discontinued)

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