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4.2 out of 5.0 (31 ratings)

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  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services

    SSAS Review

    Overall Comment

    SSAS In-Memory engine has worked very well and scaled well in the last year


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): SQL Server

    SQL 2012 - a fine database program

    Overall Comment

    SQL Server has worked very well for our company for many many years...great product.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Know how to use Google to search for any issues that need resolving...I found great information on how to fix a slow server problem I had that way....tweaking SQL and finding ways to monitor performance and query data.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Features and Reliability.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    It costs money and licensing and choosing version a bit confusing.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Make the product free? Maybe even selling it through resellers instead of just Microsoft Store.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Nothing really....all went very smoothly.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services

    Worth the jump, but expect some issues and patch fully.

    Overall Comment

    Still some internal bugs with the base SL 2016 deployment that require updates, work-arounds, and brute force actions.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Read MS team blogs for updates, known issues and functionality differences from previous versions.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Speed

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    issues authenticating when publishing

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Rolled updates that address broken functionality into original install.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Start with demo data sets, like Adventure Works.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): SQL Server

    Very easy and speedy implementation with good support

    Overall Comment

    Great user community, tons of support from microsoft field engineers. Very good and detailed documentation.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Have a solid plan and requirements ready. Make sure that you have all stakeholders onboard with the solution. Don't rush through it, do it once and right.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Incredible new features on the BI side, nice performance enhancements. Easy migration path.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    No particular dislike.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    In this implementation we did not experience any issues, but in general microsoft could do a better job with communication about licensing and cost. Also, the constant push for Azure services gets a little bit old after a while.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    This was as smooth of an implementation as I have experienced in my 20 years of ERP and application develpment.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): SQL Server

    This project was easy to implement with good support from the vendor.

    Overall Comment

    Easy to implement. Good vendor support

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Make sure this is the correct solution for your business

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Good support

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Some features are difficult to use.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    NA

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    NA

    Service & support - overall comment

    Good service and support

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Worked well with our existing systems.


  • 3 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): SQL Server

    OldAge Interface - Repetition of same steps.

    Overall Comment

    SSIS Works well but still limited and old age interfaces causes lot of repetition of same steps over and over again.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Choose wisely - Lot of options are there.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Easiness.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    OldAge Interface - Repetition of same steps.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Have given some preference to SSIS/SSRS/SSAS Improvements.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Choose a different Product.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): SQL Server

    Implementation required additional training for users as well as our technical staff.

    Overall Comment

    Microsoft has a strong and reliable product, however, it is so big that support in particular issues may be tricky and may take longer.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Yes, to consider migrating to the cloud or at least hybrid.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Cost, reliability, development tools easily available, once understood easy to integrate.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    For particular configurations it requires too much research.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Provide better support.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    No, we think that was the right way to follow and would follow the same route unless there is a major change in MS strategy.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Very cost effective solution and customers are happy once all tech issues were solved.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): SQL Server

    Implementation is always a breeze with SQL Server.

    Overall Comment

    Microsoft is and has been a proven market leader in the database space. The change of CEO has only pushed MS further into the future as they embrace their changing role in technology and become more agile in their adoption to new tech and accepting of their changed role in the industry.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    With the change in CEO Microsoft is now looking to be a market leader in new emerging tech and not a follower. They are also embracing current methods of doing things and not looking to develop a proprietary MS method.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    We might have held of a couple of quarters and moved to SQL Server 2016 but that speaks more to our internal roadmap than what Microsoft was offering at the time.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): SQL Server

    Implementation with an old friend with new tech "SQL 2014".

    Overall Comment

    Easy to work with on implementation and support.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Do POC to make sure things work correctly.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Great community to help.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Licensing confusion.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Consolidated documentation. Seems to be spread all over the place.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Enterprise licensing across all systems.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): SQL Server

    Strong product that's cost effective and fast to implement.

    Overall Comment

    Excellent tool that is cost effective and easy to use!

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Manage your sprawl!

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Easy to work with.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Resides on Windows platform.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Make licensing more straightforward.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Start with core licensing instead of server.


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Evaluation & Contracting

Overall rating of product evaluation and contract negotiation

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3.9

Ability to understand your organization's needs

(26)
4.0

Timely and complete response to product questions

(25)
4.0

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

(26)
3.5
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Integration & Deployment

Overall rating of integration and deployment

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4.2

How long did your deployment take?

0 - 3 months (<3)

3 - 6 months (<6)

6 - 9 months (<9)

9 - 12 months (<12)

12 months or more


Availability of quality 3rd-party resources (integrators, service providers, etc.)

(26)
4.0

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

(28)
4.0

Quality and availability of end-user training

(27)
4.1

Ease of deployment

(30)
4.2
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Service & Support

Overall rating of service and support

(28)
4.1

Did you purchase a support package from the vendor?

Yes

No


Timeliness of vendor's response

(25)
4.0

Quality of technical support

(24)
4.1

Quality of peer user community

(30)
4.3
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Product Capabilities

Overall rating of product capabilities

(31)
4.3

Managing Large Volumes of Data

(29)
4.3

Loading Data Continuously

(28)
4.0

Other Data Types in Addition to Structured Data

(25)
3.6

Repetitive Queries

(29)
4.3

Queries Supporting Advanced Analytics

(30)
4.0

Queries on Many Data Types/Sources

(28)
4.2

Operational BI Queries

(28)
4.3

System Availability

(30)
4.6

User Skill Level Support

(31)
4.3

Administration and Management

(31)
4.3
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Additional Context

What is your licensing arrangement with your vendor?

Enterprise license

Core, socket or server based license

Contractually defined use case pricing/licensing

Volume-based license price


What was the nature of your involvement?

Development/Integration

Application Lead

Technical Assessment

Maintenance and Support

Rollout and Install

Vendor/Product Selection

Executive Sponsor

Functional Assessment

User Training

Vendor Management

Other...


Why did you purchase an Data Warehouse and Data Management solution for Analytics?

Create internal/operational efficiencies

Enhance decision making

Improve business process agility

Improve business process outcomes

Drive innovation

Cost management

Drive revenue growth

Reduce time to market

Improve customer relations/service

Improve compliance and risk management

Improve supplier or partner relations


What other vendors were considered?

Oracle

SAP

Amazon Web Services

IBM

Cloudera

Teradata

Microsoft

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kognitio

MapR Technologies

MicroStrategy

SAS

Other...


What were the key factors that drove your decision?

Product functionality and performance

Pre-existing relationships

Overall cost

Product roadmap and future vision

Strong user community

Strong services expertise

Breadth of services

Strong vendor partnership

Financial/organizational viability

Incumbent vendor

Strong customer focus

Compelling vision

Strong consulting partnership

Other...


In which region(s) did your deployment take place? Multiple responses allowed.

North America

EMEA

APAC

Asia/Pacific

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Latin America