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Score 6.9 out of 100
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Score 8.2 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

Sisense

I believe Sisense is perfectly suited for any organization of any size that have access to the proper resources, as the tool is very expensive. The data connectors come in all shapes and sizes out of the box, which allows a great deal of data control within the ElastiCubes. Additionally, while the platform only runs on Windows platforms, the web application can be accessed on any client: mobile, Apple, Windows, etc. This allows a much more flexible user experience, resulting in data and dashboards reaching further than any other tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Magellan
8.0
Sisense
8.3
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sisense
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Magellan
7.0
Sisense
8.8
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Magellan
Sisense
6.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Magellan
7.7
Sisense
8.0
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Sisense
8.4
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sisense
7.9
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sisense
7.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Magellan
8.0
Sisense
8.6
Publish to Web
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sisense
9.1
Publish to PDF
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sisense
8.7
Report Versioning
OpenText Magellan
9.0
Sisense
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Sisense
8.0

Access Control and Security

OpenText Magellan
5.0
Sisense
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Sisense
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Sisense
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
Sisense
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.9

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Magellan
3.0
Sisense
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Magellan
3.0
Sisense
7.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Magellan
3.0
Sisense
7.0
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Magellan
Sisense
7.1
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Magellan
Sisense
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.5
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.2

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

Sisense

  • Customization - lots of supported and community plugins available. Users can also adjust the look and feel through JavaScript.
  • Innovation - Sisense is continuing to push the envelope by developing new features through Sisense Labs.
  • Customer support - the commitment to excellent customer service and ensuring organizations get the most out of their investment.
Andrew Goss | 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

Sisense

  • The usability of the application on mobile devices needs some improvement, especially navigation and filtering.
  • Dashboards that are created by multiple users can be a bit of a hassle to share by Admins.
  • If you need to embed dashboards into your website, you are require to buy a license separate from the user and platform license. This is a norm on most BI visualization tools, but Sisense can seem a bit on the high side, cost-wide.
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

Sisense

Sisense 8.9
Based on 14 answers
I think the business and myself as a user has come to rely on SiSense as a dashboarding and quick ad-hoc reporting tool. I am hoping to integrate SiSense dashboards into more parts of the business in the future. We have reduced our report turn-around time for the most part from hours/days to minutes and in some cases almost the speed of thought. Reports are also easier on the eye and more easily distributed.I would also like to say that the support and professionalism from the SiSense team has been excellent.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 7.3
Based on 4 answers
New V5 is ground floor of an exciting collection of possibilities. Weekly Sisense developers come up with new functionality that they share with us in their forums. The move to HTML5 has been pleasing in that widgets auto size themselves into appropriate forms in the board but everyone of them can be popped out to full page size to be looked at in more detail
Daniel Colussi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 8.2
Based on 2 answers
There are very few situations when there is unexpected downtime. Mostly during development, new dashboard implementation and during upgrades. other then that there were very few crashes.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 8.2
Based on 2 answers
SiSense is usually performing better then other solutions even if going for complex reports/dashboards(of course within reasonable frames). I haven't noticed any bad influence on other systems, usually if something happens it stays within SiSense.
Michał Becker | 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

Sisense

Sisense 10.0
Based on 10 answers
SiSense's support ninjas are very knowledgeable and are exceptionally responsive. So far, all of the issues we ran into were resolved within minimum time. My sense of dealing with the support staff at SiSense is that they are very focused on not just answering your immediate question, but also to delve into the cause of the matter.
Wicus Verhoef | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Easy and free training that allowed us quickly understand basics in SiSense and start using them. More advanced features requires some browsing through SiSense forums, but there is always support to help, and SiSense support is one of the best whith which I worked so far.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Many examples, videos and scenarios which you try on your own right away. This combined with in-person training gives you enough to utilize most of SiSense's power.
Michał Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 7.1
Based on 6 answers
Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
Holke Visser | 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

Sisense

1) Easy to use, really, there is nothing too much to say. The set up is easy and not confusing. You can use it internally or externally.
2) Customer Service, having spoken to various product reps from similar industry. Sisense rep provides you with the best support to get started, and it is really appreciated.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sisense

Sisense 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Product is quite easily scalable. The whole installation can be easily moved to stronger machine if needed.
Michał Becker | 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

Sisense

  • Report development time is reduced from 2~3 days to 2~3 hours.
  • Report querying time is improved from 0.5~10 mins to 2~30 seconds.
  • A 2-staff team delivers 10 times the BI output that we did on the old system.
  • We were able to deliver BI and data analysis for all business functions instead of a very limited group of users
Hui (Ken) Zheng | 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

OpenText Magellan Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Sisense

General

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

Sisense Editions & Modules

Modules
SAP Connector1
  1. Per User per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Magellan
7.0
Sisense
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Magellan
3.9
Sisense
8.9

Usability

OpenText Magellan
Sisense
7.3

Reliability and Availability

OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.2

Performance

OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.2

Support Rating

OpenText Magellan
9.1
Sisense
10.0

In-Person Training

OpenText Magellan
Sisense
7.3

Online Training

OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.2

Implementation Rating

OpenText Magellan
Sisense
7.1

Scalability

OpenText Magellan
Sisense
8.2

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