OpenText Magellan Reviews

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Martin Rubens | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 03, 2020

OpenText Magellan is very powerful for custom reporting

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Ability to connect to different kinds of sources, including web services, and customize those queries to the extend needed
  • Provide tools to customize the look & feel of the reports as much as needed, even being able to choose different appearances for different outputs
  • Allowing scripting in the reports extends the functionality available
  • Allowing to embed reports without further licensing and maintaining all the functionality
  • 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
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Christopher Noyes | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 24, 2015

If you have the budget for it it can do great things, if you are a small company run, don't walk away.

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • In terms of extensibility this is the best reporting platform we have seen. You can build very sophisticated reports with different data sources, and extend the basic functionality with javscript code
  • Securing the BI system is also a strength and the system can be configured relatively easily.
  • Reports can be available on mobile devices
  • Good Javascript embedding framework does not require the site to be built in java
  • We have found a ton of bugs in there, our implementation is very complex and we use a lot of features, but we wish there were less bugs. Particularly with parameter display and validation.
  • Actuate has decided not to continue to support the birtondemand platform and it is running on older versions of their main platform.
  • Building out security extensibility is rather complex.
  • They have not had a rest interface until new versions of iHub.
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Bri Gipson | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 13, 2014

Actuate BIRT - open source that's worth a look

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
  • The report designer can be unstable at times.
  • The reporting engine tends to have memory leaks with certain types of massive-data reporting.
  • The report graphics don't have the sexiest appeal (e.g. Glossy feel, animated output)
  • Some extensibility is extremely difficult to get to without purchasing a license (e.g. Setting a simple flag so that HTML outputs in compressed mode requires either creating your own emitter or going the paid route)
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Todd Bellamy | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 17, 2014

Acuate 8 before the birth of BIRT

Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The software can be tied to Actuate Basic which is much like MS Visual Basic and can provide an almost custom application feel to some reports.
  • Actuate had field movement tools that allowed a user to line rows up and disperse them across a report based off the width. Comparative tools like Crystal did not provide these.
  • The Actuate Server also gave easy access to review who had been running a report or reports via its web interface.
  • The debug tool that came with the Actuate 8 developer was poorly written in my opinion; compiling a report could be very difficult when a number of functions were being called.
  • There wasn't any reporting that could be run to download Actuate utilization statistics. Analytics had to be done by manually reviewing who had been running reports.
  • At times when the Actuate Server would become overloaded the only solution was to restart it. There wasn't a way to clear up the list of pending report requests.
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Jeffrey Fischer | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 21, 2013

Actuate Reseller Support

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Actuate has permitted us to create stronger visualizations of data and customer data for our clients so they can make better decisions about the course of their businesses.
  • Birt Analytics integrates with, Microsoft Dynamics, Xcel in a short period of time and permits stronger massaging of data and integration with better "what if"scenarios.
  • The ROI on this product is remarkable.
  • Employees who visualize the data and other components who have been questioning the direction of management change their focus upon what they can do to improve the company. Managers who are "micro-managers of data" actually begin to visualize where some of the sub-strata they have wasted time is impairing company results.
  • Customer support for their products is excellent. If you need support on site they are there when you need them.
  • Anything that I would consider an area for improvement and have asked about from the company is a area where they are already doing development and refinement and when it is available it comes as a simple upgrade.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 11, 2014

Actuate gets the job done!

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • We integrate page level security allowing a single report to service audiences of 20,000+ consumers but only deliveing the data in the vast data set applicable to the consumer.
  • Publish common components allowing the development staff to deliver consistent look and feel based on the standard firm style guide.
  • Reusable library objects allow for fast deployment of new application reports.
  • Report rendering can take a long time for large reports (250,000+ pages) - we run these in batch over night
  • The deployment of production code from development to test to production enviroments can be complex due to the number of components that must compile
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 26, 2013

Actuate is the best tool

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The performance of Actuate IServer is tremendous. It can handle a large volume of reports with many concurrent users.
  • We can do anything in Actuate. We can write our own function, procedures, methods in Actuate. Basically we can create our own framework in Actuate. No other reporting tool is proving this functionality.
  • It supports the OLTP system very well. The data can be flowed easily from one report to another report, by using array.
  • Control level formatting is available.
  • Support for more databases, such as other BI tools.
  • There can be more graph types.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Customizable dashboards (1)
Report Formatting Templates (1)
Drill-down analysis (2)
Formatting capabilities (2)
Report sharing and collaboration (1)
Publish to Web (1)
Publish to PDF (1)
Report Versioning (1)
Report Delivery Scheduling (1)
Role-Based Security Model (1)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (1)
Single Sign-On (SSO) (1)
Responsive Design for Web Access (1)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (1)
Javascript API (1)
Java API (1)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (1)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (1)

About OpenText Magellan

OpenText Magellan is a flexible AI and Analytics platform that combines open source machine learning with advanced analytics, enterprise-grade BI, and capabilities to acquire, merge, manage and analyze Big Data and Big Content stored in your Enterprise Information Management systems. Magellan enables machine-assisted decision making, automation, and business optimization.

OpenText Magellan Features

BI Platform Features

Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureLive Connection to External Data
Has featureSnapshot of External Data
Has featureIn-memory data model
Has featureMulti-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
Has featureData warehouse / dictionary layer
Has featureETL Capability
Has featureETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

Has featureMS Excel Workbooks
Has featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureOracle
Has featureMS SQL Server
Has featureIBM DB2
Has featurePostgres
Has featureMySQL
Has featureODBC
Has featureCloudera Hadoop
Has featureHortonworks Hadoop
Has featureSalesforce

BI Standard Reporting Features

Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Has featureReport Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

Has featureDrill-down analysis
Has featureFormatting capabilities
Has featurePredictive modeling
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Has featureReport sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

Has featurePublish to Web
Has featurePublish to PDF
Has featureOutput Raw Supporting Data
Has featureReport Versioning
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

Has featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Has featurePredictive Analytics
Has featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Has featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

Has featureRole-Based Security Model
Has featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Has featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)

Mobile Capabilities Features

Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Has featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

Has featureREST API
Has featureJavascript API
Has featureJava API
Has featureThemeable User Interface (UI)
Has featureCustomizable Platform (Open Source)

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OpenText Magellan Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
Mobile Application:No
Supported Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish