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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

Pentaho

The tool is fast, visually attractive and intuitive to use, but we also have an implementation of Qlik Sense and Pentaho pales in comparison to the overall capabilities. I recommend the tool, but everyone’s solution need is unique, so it may not be the right fit. Larger tools like Qlik are more versatile and easier to recommend. More expensive, yes, but you usually get what you pay for.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Magellan
8.0
Pentaho
7.0
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Pentaho
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Magellan
7.0
Pentaho
6.1
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
6.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Magellan
7.7
Pentaho
7.2
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
7.7
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Pentaho
6.7
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Pentaho
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
7.0

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Magellan
8.0
Pentaho
6.9
Publish to Web
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Pentaho
7.3
Publish to PDF
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Pentaho
8.6
Report Versioning
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Pentaho
7.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
5.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
5.7

Access Control and Security

OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
7.4
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
7.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
6.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Magellan
3.0
Pentaho
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Magellan
3.0
Pentaho
8.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Magellan
3.0
Pentaho
7.9
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
7.0
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Magellan
6.2
Pentaho
7.1
REST API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
6.7
Javascript API
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Pentaho
6.5
Java API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
7.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Magellan
7.0
Pentaho
5.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Pentaho
9.2
iFrames
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
6.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
8.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
7.5
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
7.9

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

Pentaho

  • Being able to use the OLAP Analyzer tool saved our organization a lot of time in not needing to develop an OLAP tool on our own.
  • The ability to customize the tool and integrate all the internationalization we required was pretty straightforward.
Anonymous | 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

Pentaho

  • At first, one needs to learn the basic concept of this software before going for the implementation. Once you are an expert on this then you will rock it.
  • Some of the basic features need to be enhanced such as sharing and collaboration capabilities
  • Needs to support automatically generated analytic visualizations or models
Ilham AB | 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

Pentaho

Pentaho 8.8
Based on 11 answers
I will use Pentaho until I find a better tool with a better, easier to use report designer client. For now, Pentaho has been the most powerful reporting tool for our clients because of its ability to connect to Odoo, integrate in Odoo (reports are accessible in Odoo) and the flexibility in report design and parameter integration
Adam O'Connor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pentaho

Pentaho 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I would have liked some hands on help in trying to match what Customers were already used to. Plus having a team of Java/BI folks was difficult to assemble since what required to be done in an object oriented fashion could have easily been done via a SQL construct. This hash of technologies was difficult to manage.
Deepak Paramanand | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Pentaho

Pentaho 9.9
Based on 4 answers
We are an Enterprise customer. They handle problems INSTANTLY when they are critical, including initiation an immediate WebEx screen share call when needed. Smaller/less-critical problems are handled within 1-2 days -- and NEVER fall off their radar, no matter how small.As needed, we can also leverage "professional services" from them -- much of which is included in our Enterprise contract. Finally, when a problem I have discovered turns out to be a bug..they create a JIRA for the fix, and make me a watcher. I love seeing notes come in showing me status updates of bugs filed because of something I found. They really are TOP-NOTCH.
Sandro Frattura | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pentaho

Pentaho 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Course Taken: DI1000 Pentaho Data Integration FundamentalsSetup A week before your class started, the instructor will start sending out class material and lab setup instructions. This is helpful so that you understand how the environment is laid out and can start reviewing the content. Ultimately it saved about a 1/2 day trying to setup with 10 other people online which was great! The CourseThe 3-day course was laid out like many other technical classes with 15-30 minutes instruction and 15-60 minutes of lab exercises. The instructor was very knowledgeable with the functionality from version to version and answered questions as we went along. I was amazed at some of the functionality that was available that I was not using at the time and quickly implemented changes to many existing transformations and jobs. The novice users seemed to catch on quickly and more experienced users explained how some of the functionality was used in their home environments. Towards the end there was enough time so that we were able to ask very directed questions about our own environments. Overall, I really found the class to be informative and deliver enough information to be dangerous. My skills improved and I was able to design better and efficient transformations for the HIE. Course Description: https://training.pentaho.com/instructor-led-training/pentaho-data-integration-fundamentals-di1000
Stephanie Dozier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pentaho

Pentaho 5.0
Based on 2 answers
Get the right people in before starting implementation. Start small and build as you go approach is time consuming and involves lot of rework.Evangalize within the organization the capabilities and limitations equally so that correct delivery expectations are set.Set expectations with the Customer that the tool cannot replace proprietary software in terms of stability/usability and that timelines could change given the new ness of the product.
Deepak Paramanand | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Pentaho

I was not with the company when they selected Pentaho over any other tool. As per my experience, I would recommend Pentaho. One of the reasons are that it is open source. If you know JAVA, you can create your own plugins. I have found its customer support pretty good and quick. And the most important thing is the cost. If you are not using the DI server, you can just use the community edition and it should fulfil your purpose too.
Nikhil Karkare | 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

Pentaho

  • It's cheap. The version we have is free, so it has an immediate positive impact on ROI in that regard. However, a lot of our developers don't like it, which eats away our ability to be effective and productive.
  • It gets the job done. It may not be the most elegant tool, but for our purposes it works. There are probably better tools out there, and Pentaho has limited capabilities, but at the end of the day it works well enough.
Anonymous | 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

Pentaho

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
Pentaho
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Magellan
3.9
Pentaho
8.8

Usability

OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
5.0

Support Rating

OpenText Magellan
9.1
Pentaho
9.9

Online Training

OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
9.5

Implementation Rating

OpenText Magellan
Pentaho
5.0

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