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Sigma

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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

Sigma

Sigma is great for organizations that want to give their business users access to generate their own insights from the data warehouse without having to go through Engineering or the Data Team. The product is a great fit if you already have usable data and you want to derive insights into a straightforward interface. It would be less appropriate for organizations that want a data cleaning or data transformation layer integrated with their BI platform, or for cases where very complex, advanced visualizations are needed.
Peter Jaffe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Magellan
8.0
Sigma
6.9
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sigma
7.6
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Magellan
7.0
Sigma
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Magellan
Sigma
6.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Magellan
7.7
Sigma
7.2
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Sigma
7.2
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sigma
6.8
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sigma
7.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Magellan
Sigma
7.8

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Magellan
8.0
Sigma
7.4
Publish to Web
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sigma
7.5
Publish to PDF
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sigma
7.6
Report Versioning
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sigma
6.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Sigma
7.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
OpenText Magellan
Sigma
7.2

Access Control and Security

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

Mobile Capabilities

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

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Magellan
Sigma
5.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Magellan
Sigma
6.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Magellan
Sigma
5.6
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Magellan
Sigma
5.1

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

Sigma

  • Clean UI makes the powerful system approachable and inviting to begin sandbox testing.
  • Modular approach. You can pivot and pull and plug away so much. The permutations are endless with lots of visualizations and integrations to keep the data and insights flowing.
  • Great for multi-user and getting people set-up across the org.
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

Sigma

  • Sigma's mechanism for defining and using filters in reports and dashboards is very far behind their competitors. Filter behavior is often inefficient and counterintuitive.
  • The queries Sigma generates for non-trivial operations seems to be relatively inefficient, and it makes extensive use of machine-generated column identifiers that make it difficult to diagnose which parts of the query are causing trouble.
Anonymous | 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

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Because we are very satisfied with the product and would most likely renew because of the services it provides. It is a tool that you bring into your organization and let it change the way you analyze your data, present your data and share you date within the Respective teams
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 7.5
Based on 28 answers
My learning curve with Sigma was very quick but also very steep. When I first looked at it, I was rather confused by the new paradigm but after playing with it for about 15-20 minutes it "clicked" and suddenly I was performing the most powerful non-handwritten-SQL queries of my career, and everything since then - visualisations, etc - have been a breeze. Their support team is also immensely helpful when I have been unable to find things, with chat right there in the app at all times (unlike some companies that like to bury it or hide it behind a crappy kb interface).
Nicholas Monje | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Yes, as long as you don’t conduct user error sigma is always up and running and waiting for you to complete your dashboards
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 8.2
Based on 2 answers
It depends, it loads quickly for smaller dashboards but when loading larger amounts of data it takes more time to do so
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | 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

Sigma

Sigma 8.2
Based on 41 answers
I must remain somewhat neutral on a support rating as I've had very limited exposure to their support organization. That said, in the self-service realm, there are a ton of resources/articles to help guide users though nearly every situation (e.g., understanding syntax, how to add basic objects/filters, etc.). Sigma Computing offers a vast collection of support articles (all fairly well formatted/written), and it's overall usage/adoption have allowed for a number of third-party resources and forums to spring up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 8.2
Based on 2 answers
I don’t have enough insight as I was not a big piece of this implementation
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | 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

Sigma

Sigma Computing is far and away more intuitive to navigate, much easier to look at, and seems to put all of the data and tools I need at my fingertips. I no longer need to dive deep into NetSuite to build reports, update them, or find data for one-off customers. This saves time, stress, and frustration. It aids quick conversation in meetings as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It is a cloud service offering that is able to expand based on your usage
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | 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

Sigma

  • Adoption of data to make decisions and measure goals.
  • Build-out of complex reports (regressions/cohort analysis) with relatively low levels of learning training; easy to use.
  • Drive-up run time (cost) on data warehouse cluster usage; both good and bad in that there's more usage of the data, but also no caching so a lot of extra unnecessary queries being run.
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

Sigma

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Magellan
7.0
Sigma
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Magellan
3.9
Sigma
7.3

Usability

OpenText Magellan
Sigma
7.5

Reliability and Availability

OpenText Magellan
Sigma
7.3

Performance

OpenText Magellan
Sigma
8.2

Support Rating

OpenText Magellan
9.1
Sigma
8.2

Implementation Rating

OpenText Magellan
Sigma
8.2

Scalability

OpenText Magellan
Sigma
7.3

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