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Score 6.9 out of 100
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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

SAP BW

SAP BW is best for:1. Large enterprises2. Enterprises with 3+ legacy systems with entrenched users (politically difficult to merge)3. Enterprises with employees who can understand both the technical capabilities of SAP BW and the needs of the business users - ability to speak both languages, otherwise the program could be unwieldy and potentially underutilized (it's not particularly inexpensive)SAP BW is less appropriate for:1. Small enterprises2. Enterprises who have well established, same location, CRM and UFS - the integration of data analysis will be easier and less expensive with other solutions3. HANA
Jeff Looby, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Magellan
8.0
SAP BW
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAP BW
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Magellan
7.0
SAP BW

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Magellan
7.7
SAP BW
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAP BW
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAP BW

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Magellan
8.0
SAP BW
Publish to Web
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAP BW
Publish to PDF
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAP BW
Report Versioning
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAP BW
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW

Access Control and Security

OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Magellan
3.0
SAP BW
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Magellan
3.0
SAP BW
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Magellan
3.0
SAP BW

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Magellan
6.2
SAP BW
REST API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW
Javascript API
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAP BW
Java API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Magellan
7.0
SAP BW
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAP BW

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

SAP BW

  • it has the best availability tool for generating different reports like Bex analyzer
  • different data models like sementic data model for different data management systems
  • can easily integrate and generate the reports from different sources like XML file uploading, 3rd party data sources etc...
Pradeep Bele | 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

SAP BW

  • I wish it could hold a part where even though it is not in use yet, but you know you will need it, it won't allow it to be checked it rather than put on backorder.
  • Some of the menu paths can be a little difficult to remember or follow.
  • It is not easy for a novice user to go in and create a report quickly.
Brandi Brown-Lang | 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

SAP BW

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BW

SAP BW 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It basically stores all data I need in designed reports, which helps a lot with the analysis and calculation.It's quite interactive when you understand reports and know how to drill-down/swap. Fresh users might need some training. There are quite a lot of options to display data differently, or to add more filters in data as well as to extract the data in xlsx/csv/html format.
Anonymous | 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

SAP BW

SAP BW 8.0
Based on 4 answers
SAP BW is a consolidated tool. There are thousands of SAP notes in order to solve your problems and in case do not exist, SAP support will help you on the issue you face.
Anonymous | 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

SAP BW

SAP Business Warehouse scores higher in data warehouse functionalities for integration to SAP ERP and other SAP solutions such as SAP CRM, SAP APO, and SAP SRM. Standard SAP data source extractors which are available in SAP ERP can be used immediately for full or delta replication into SAP Business Warehouse. System governance in SAP Business Warehouse is top-notch with change management support for migration between system landscape from the development system to production system.
Julius Shen | 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

SAP BW

  • The positive Return on Investment we receive with the software was the ability to import decades of data. We were then able to review the materials see trends we were previously unable to see without intense work.
  • The only negative impact was applying the training and changing procedures to deal with the software. This worked out, obviously, because this is not a software to be using without proper training.
Alfred Brock | 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

SAP BW

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
SAP BW
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Magellan
3.9
SAP BW

Usability

OpenText Magellan
SAP BW
9.0

Support Rating

OpenText Magellan
9.1
SAP BW
8.0

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