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4.3 out of 5.0 (12 ratings)

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  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012/2014

    Value appropriateness of SQL Servers

    Overall Comment

    The pace of successive releases is too high for a mature industry like ours

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

    Always have openness for adopting appropriate technology choice for data management (in this case)

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Ease of use

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Pace of change

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Make it inter-weavable with other database solutions especially like NoSQL

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

    Leave room to evolving database technologies such as NoSQL

    Service & support - overall comment

    Thoroughly satisfied


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012/2014

    Success with SQL Projects.

    Overall Comment

    The systems appear to be implemented well.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012/2014

    SQL Server a solid product.

    Overall Comment

    Generally good. Some implementations were clustered servers some were not. Had some problems with SSRS when migrating from 2008 to 2008 R2.

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

    Implement TEST environments that more closely match PROD environments.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Made SSRS upgrade from 2008 to 2008 R2 easier.

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

    Implement TEST environments that more closely match PROD environments w.r.t. server / database configuration.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012/2014

    SQL Server – Excellent and Reliable Product for Relational and BI Needs.

    Overall Comment

    I find SQL Server to be an extremely reliable database with great support from both the vendor and the SQL Server community. The performance is great when in the right hands and stable enough to handle financial data.

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

    It is important to find the right balance between addressing the immediate needs of the business and developing the overall standards and strategies for your database design. Without standards you will quickly find that things are spinning out of control and your users are starting to plug holes with poorly performing solutions. Have data standards in place to ensure consistency and manageability of data. Limit or completely restrict user’s ability to query the production database directly and instead offer a reporting layer.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    The available on-line support from the vendor as well as the overall SQL community.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    I assume that this is due to the fact the Microsoft purchases pieces from different companies that they acquire, but there are a lot of inconsistencies in the coding syntax between different tools and components.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Most of our issues came from our own lack of planning and were not caused by the vendor.

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

    Most of our issues come from the lack of proper architecture and not from the tool itself. Our company is growing very rapidly and we spend a lot of time putting out fires and not enough time planning and designing the proper architecture that would work for the entire company.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    This product is very easy to deploy and there is more than enough help available on line and from the vendor.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Azure SQL Database

    Azure PaaS solution fits right into an existing Microsoft house.

    Overall Comment

    Easy to provision, use and incorporate into our standard Microsoft stack including SQL Server on-premise.

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

    Go for it, try it out and play with it.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    The integration into existing SQL frameworks.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Get feature parity on the small stuff as well.

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

    Not buy on-premise licenses.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Damn easy.

    1 of 1 peer(s) found this review helpful.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012/2014

    Robust and Reliable

    Overall Comment

    Microsoft SQL has proven to be a reliable robust DBMS which we have deployed hundreds of times in our organization.

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

    Understand your growth to better determine licensing costs.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Tremendous user base and ease of maintenance.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    changing license model.

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

    Consolidate.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    We have deployed this numerous times and each one has been smooth.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012/2014

    SQL Server Rocks!

    Overall Comment

    Microsoft makes things easy to use, learn, maintain, and is reliable.

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

    There are many best practices online. The hard part will be filtering out the old from the new and the specific from the general.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Ease of use and reliability.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    It is hard to gather information when an error or crash occurs. Extra tools (from other vendors) are needed to easily track down issues.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    I wish Microsoft would alter their client data providers to recover from server disconnects rather than need the application to reconnect or use a solution from another vendor.

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

    Better position employees to empower them to use the product better and more efficiently.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    It would be a completely different work experience if only clients wouldn't break their connections so quickly to SQL Server. Using a 3rd-party tool to help this is extremely frustrating (i.e. ScaleArc).

    Service & support - overall comment

    Generally, Microsoft support is pretty good.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    We're having some issues with SQL Server, so I'm not giving it a 5 rating.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Azure SQL Database

    Tiers were very confusing

    Overall Comment

    Overall, very progressive. The original tiers of web and standard were confusing. The new DTE approach now is more straightforward.

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

    Understand your deployment strategy.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    It just works.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Support can be difficult to get in a timely manner. Use google with a date filter for best results.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    When they dropped the tiers, it was difficult to change to the new tiers.

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

    Don't develop locally on a self-installed SQL and try to port it later.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    Constantly growing with features.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Too slow.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Ok if you dev. against the same product.

    1 of 1 peer(s) found this review helpful.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Azure SQL Database

    Easy implementation, needs maturity if you are a power user.

    Overall Comment

    Good relationship with the vendor, clear vision and the pace of product maturing helped us decide on DbaaS.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012/2014

    Straightforward and easy to implement, but will require future thinking and planning.

    Overall Comment

    Very satisfied so far.

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

    Do not overlook future support/operational considerations and required talent.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Well known, mature and robust platform.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Married to OS (Windows).

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    N/A

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

    Too soon to tell.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Excellent so far.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Too soon to tell but good so far.


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Ratings Overview

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Section
1

Evaluation & Contracting

Overall rating of product evaluation and contract negotiation

(9)
4.0

Ability to understand your organization's needs

(7)
4.1

Timely and complete response to product questions

(9)
3.8

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

(8)
3.8
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Section
1

Integration & Deployment

Overall rating of integration and deployment

(12)
4.2

How long did your deployment take?

0 - 3 months (<3)

3 - 6 months (<6)

6 - 9 months (<9)

I don't know


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

(9)
3.9

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

(7)
4.3

Quality and availability of end-user training

(8)
4.1

Ease of deployment

(10)
4.4
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Section
1

Service & Support

Overall rating of service and support

(12)
4.2

Did you purchase a support package from vendor?

Yes

No


Was the support package worth it?

Yes

I'm unsure


Timeliness of vendor's response

(8)
3.6

Quality of technical support

(8)
3.8

Quality of peer user community

(9)
4.3
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Section
1

Product Capabilities

Overall rating of product capabilities

(12)
4.5

High-speed,high volume processing

(9)
4.2

Automated data distribution

(9)
4.2

Multiple data types/structures

(9)
4.2

Tunable consistency

(9)
3.8

Support for embedding

(5)
4.4

Continuous high-speed ingest

(7)
4.1

Cloud/hybrid deployment

(6)
4.5

Security

(9)
4.4

Programmability for HTAP

(2)
3.0

Administration and management

(9)
4.6
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1

Additional Context

What was the nature of your involvement?

Development/Integration

Rollout and Install

Technical Assessment

Maintenance and Support

Vendor/Product Selection

Application Lead

Executive Sponsor

Vendor Management

Functional Assessment

User Training

Other...


What other vendors were considered? Multiple responses allowed.

Oracle

Amazon Web Services

EnterpriseDB

Microsoft

SAP

Other...


Why did you purchase an Operational Database Management Systems solution?

Cost management

Process efficiency

Deployment of mobile applications

Deployment of mobile devices

Minimize risk of unmanaged devices

External audit recommendation

Implementing BYOD

Other...


What were the key factors that drove your decision?

Overall cost

Product functionality and performance

Product roadmap and future vision

Financial/organizational viability

Strong services expertise

Strong user community

Breadth of services

Pre-existing relationships

Strong consulting partnership

Strong customer focus

Other...


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

North America