arcplan is a well regarded supplier of BI tools and solutions for large enterprises. The functionality provides an adequate environment for most BI needs without unnecessary distractions, and some interesting features are supported such as a two-way interface with data sources (BI apps can write back – potentially very useful, and very dangerous if not well managed). arcplan is to be preferred to many alternatives in this space, avoiding the bloat of some larger products and the frivolous functionality of some newer entrants into the BI market.
arcplan provides a broadly based BI environment capable of addressing the needs of most large organizations. This includes ad-hoc reporting, dashboards, planning, self-service BI, mobile device support, collaboration and connection to a wide variety of data sources.
Three ‘packages’ are offered. arcplan Enterprise provides the basic reporting and dashboard environment with an Application Designer to create reports and dashboards through a drag and drop interface, an Application Server for centralized execution of analytics processes and an Administration Console to manage and store applications. arcplan Engage provides a self-service, web browser based analytics environment with collaboration features and an Excel add-in. arcplan Edge is an integrated budgeting, planning and forecasting solution.