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Score 6.9 out of 100
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Score 6.7 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

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS BI is a great BI tool as it incorporates the advantage of SAS which is proven to be robust over the years. SAS BI is more suitable for a relatively larger organization which is looking for self-service BI tools where most of the users are not technically proficient. Also, since license fee is an on a higher end, smaller organizations will find it hard to afford SAS.
Tapan Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Magellan
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Magellan
7.0
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Magellan
7.7
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
5.3
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Magellan
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.5
Publish to Web
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Report Versioning
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8

Access Control and Security

OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Magellan
3.0
SAS Business Intelligence
5.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Magellan
3.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Magellan
3.0
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
5.1
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
5.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Magellan
6.2
SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
REST API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
OpenText Magellan
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Java API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Magellan
7.0
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
iFrames
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Magellan
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9

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

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Collect and combine data from multiple sources. For example, data from the college database, the National Student Clearinghouse and our student services tracking software can combine to feed one report.
  • Condense millions of rows of data into a single, easy to use report. For example, we can produce a cube that is collapsed at a high level, and users can drill down to their area of interest in seconds.
  • Create interactive reports. It was important that our reports contained the ability for users to play with the data. They had to be able to filter large datasets, drag and drop comparison groups into graphs, and drill down to student-level data. SAS BI provided all of this and more.
Nicole Jagusztyn | 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

SAS Business Intelligence

  • SAS Business Intelligence is generally slower than other business intelligence platforms. This surprised me because I've been a SAS user for 15 years and have found base SAS to be the most responsive and fastest processing tools around. Not sure why the SAS Business Intelligence is behind the other tools for processing speed.
  • Although SAS Business Intelligence offers many default graphics, rearranging things is not as easy as other business intelligence tools.
  • SAS Business Intelligence needs to work on improving the drill-down capability of the business intelligence charts. The software is behind other business intelligence tools that have been in the market for much longer.
Thomas Young | 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

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.3
Based on 3 answers
There is no other product that can match SAS. There are some products that can compare to ETL but lack the analytics that SAS has. Others can perform a limited set of analytical procedures but lack the data processing that comes with SAS. Using thin client allows users to access data whenever they have an internet connection.
Erik Larsen | 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

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 10.0
Based on 1 answer
When you call tech support, you are immediately routed to a person who can answer your question. Often they can answer on the spot. However, if they cannot, you are given a track number and then followed up with. There have been times when I have had multiple track numbers open and they will actually TRACK YOU DOWN to ensure that your problem has been resolved. Issues do not fall into black holes with SAS. They are also willing to do a WebEx with you to diagnose the problem by seeing your environment, which is always helpful.
Nicole Jagusztyn | 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

SAS Business Intelligence

I have used Crystal Reports, Jaspersoft and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). I would recommended Business Intelligence over SSRS and Crystal Reports. SSRS is very SQL-centric and Crystal Reports is more of an end-user tool. I would recommend Jaspersoft over Business Intelligence for developing a seamless web-based reporting interface but I highly recommend Business Intelligence for end-user ad-hoc reporting.
Anonymous | 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

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Having a stable reporting environment. That is, everyone is using the same starting data, thus alleviating differences for timing, etc.
  • Allows for a simple reporting environment for executives which do not have the technical knowledge to gather the data
Erik Larsen | 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

SAS Business Intelligence

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
SAS Business Intelligence
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Magellan
3.9
SAS Business Intelligence
9.3

Support Rating

OpenText Magellan
9.1
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0

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