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4.3 out of 5.0 (22 ratings)

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  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    Beyond SQL 2000

    Overall Comment

    smooth migration, white paper to assist in migration strategy

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

    plan time to migrate completely and remove reliance on SQL2000 technologies

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    industry standard and many support resources

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    licensing cost structure

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    support a more robust migration of DTS to SSIS

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

    migrate databases by related groups, take time to migrate dts and reliant technologies to newer releases


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Azure SQL Database

    Good, could use better profiling

    Overall Comment

    Needs better profiling. Needs better authentication., should not have to keep adding user's IP addresses to firewall.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    low cost, fast

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Add more profiling Better user management, AD groups integration for access and authorization would be great


  • 3 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    SQL Server Implementation in a Solaris World

    Overall Comment

    Costing

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

    inform your community that the blue screen of death does not exist anymore

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Cost of available resources

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Was difficult to implemnt with a non-windows environment

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Support / Upgrade price structure

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

    More Publicity around implementation


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    solid product with security, avoid sa as applictaion user

    Overall Comment

    SQL Server overall is a stable and reliable product. However, depending on who you get when calling in to Microsoft support, could be a frustrating experience. Google for solution also depends on the site providing the solution. Suggestion to use sa account, is an easy way out, by some posts, which is againts the best practice with SQL Server security. SQL Server has a lot of security implementations to make it works really well and sysadmin permission should not be a requirement for end user applications. There are still vendors using sa as their application account and it is time to change and improve when security is a concerns for many businesses.

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

    avoid using sa permission as a user account for application. Get help from a DBA or local SQL Server users group.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    easy to set up with a lot of features, SSIA, SSAS, SSDRS and now integrated with cloud seamlessly.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    ease to sue that people forget about how powerful sa permissions is if used wrongly.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    using sa and system admin permission as a mujst have requriement for tehi applicatin to work.

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

    provide a DBA resource to all new projects using SQL Server to provide proper database and users security implementation.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    SQL Server

    Overall Comment

    Pleased with overall implementation.

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

    Consider all options. Don't buy more than you need.

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

    Better asses need.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    Microsoft SQL Server - the best there is!

    Overall Comment

    Microsoft SQL Server provides the best experience, and for less money. It's a world-class database product.

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

    You will find yourself missing out on a lot of wonderful features and performance benefits if you work with vendors who do not support the latest versions of this product.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Reliability and performance

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Pricing models

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Made it easier to transition from server/cal licensing to core licensing.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    SQL Server 2014

    Overall Comment

    Microsoft handled the deployment very well. We have worked with them in the past and I think that helped.

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

    Be prepared for the "What ifs"

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Ease of use and integration .Net technologies

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Nothing, great product.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Nothing

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

    More communication to Stakeholders


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

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

    SQL Server Implementation was easy and cost effective

    Overall Comment

    We have employed a SQL Server first policy due to MS SQL Servers overall technology equivalence and cost superiority over Oracle.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Cost effectiveness, licensing, operations, and support.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    SSRS incompatibility with the latest .Net versions


  • 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.


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1

Evaluation & Contracting

Overall rating of product evaluation and contract negotiation

(16)
4.1

Ability to understand your organization's needs

(16)
4.3

Timely and complete response to product questions

(18)
4.0

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

(15)
3.7
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Section
1

Integration & Deployment

Overall rating of integration and deployment

(22)
4.3

How long did your deployment take?

0 - 3 months (<3)

3 - 6 months (<6)

12 months or more

6 - 9 months (<9)

I don't know


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

(18)
4.1

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

(16)
4.1

Quality and availability of end-user training

(16)
4.2

Ease of deployment

(19)
4.4
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1

Service & Support

Overall rating of service and support

(22)
4.1

Did you purchase a support package from the vendor?

Yes

No

I’m unsure


Was the support package worth it?

Yes

I'm unsure


Timeliness of vendor's response

(15)
3.9

Quality of technical support

(16)
3.9

Quality of peer user community

(18)
4.3
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Section
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Product Capabilities

Overall rating of product capabilities

(22)
4.6

High-speed,high volume processing

(17)
4.4

Automated data distribution

(16)
4.2

Multiple data types/structures

(17)
4.4

Tunable consistency

(15)
3.9

Support for embedding

(10)
4.3

Continuous high-speed ingest

(12)
4.3

Cloud/hybrid deployment

(10)
4.4

Security

(18)
4.3

Programmability for HTAP

(4)
3.5

Administration and management

(18)
4.6
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Additional Context

What was the nature of your involvement?

Development/Integration

Maintenance and Support

Rollout and Install

Technical Assessment

Application Lead

Vendor/Product Selection

Executive Sponsor

Vendor Management

Functional Assessment

User Training

Other...


What other vendors were considered?

Oracle

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

IBM

Microsoft

Couchbase

EnterpriseDB

MongoDB

SAP

Other...


Why did you purchase an Operational Database Management Systems solution?

Cost management

Process efficiency

Deployment of mobile devices

Minimize risk of unmanaged devices

Deployment of mobile applications

Implementing BYOD

External audit recommendation

Manage lost devices

Other...


What were the key factors that drove your decision?

Product functionality and performance

Overall cost

Strong user community

Financial/organizational viability

Product roadmap and future vision

Strong services expertise

Breadth of services

Pre-existing relationships

Strong consulting partnership

Strong customer focus

Other...


In which region(s) did your deployment take place?

North America

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Asia/Pacific

Latin America