Arcplan allows for the most complex business rules to be coded into the application. Data can be easily manipulated and transformed within arcplan, which is a major benefit for clients who may not have their data modeled or cleaned properly. This is by far the most powerful, customizable BI tool on the market. Security can be built from scratch or utilize existing security schemes (Active Directory or SQL based security). Report exporting can also be customized and does not need to be an exact screenshot of the report. Arcplan also has great driver support and writeback capabilities, as the application can write directly to databases.
What do you dislike?
Creating reports requires an experienced arcplan developer. This is not a tool for business users to build reports with. Arcplan is more of a platform and has to be used as such. It has very limited ad-hoc capabilities and mobile support, although both have been improved in the most recent version (arcplan 8)
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Arcplan is a directed analytics tool. It allows businesses to solve specific problems and cleanly filter out any irrelevant data. Examples of business problems solved are:
1) Understanding total business profitability down to the lowest level of product.
2) Managing payroll and commissions
3) Automatic scheduling of reports with the ability to set certain thresholds
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