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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio and TensorFlow based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two AI Development Platforms solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio vs. TensorFlow report (Updated: September 2022).
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"It's easy to deploy.""It's good for citizen data scientists, but also, other people can use Python or .NET code.""Azure's AutoML feature is probably better than the competition.""I like that it's totally easy to use. They have an AutoML solution, and their machine learning model is highly accurate. They also have a feature that can explain the machine learning model. This makes it easy for me to understand that model.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio is the ease of use for starting projects. It's simple to connect and view the results. Additionally, the solution works well with other Microsoft solutions, such as Power Automate or SQL Server. It is easy to use and to connect for analytics.""Azure Machine Learning Studio's most valuable features are the package from Azure AutoML. It is quite powerful compared to the building of ML in Databricks or other AutoMLs from other companies, such as Google and Amazon.""What I like best about Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio is that it's a straightforward tool and it's easy to use. Another valuable feature of the tool is AutoML which lets you get better metrics to train the model right and with good accuracy. The AutoML feature allows you to simply put in your data, and it'll pre-process and create a more accurate model for you. You don't have to do anything because AutoML in Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio will take care of it.""It's a great option if you are fairly new and don't want to write too much code."

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"It is also totally Open-Source and free. Open-source applications are not good usually. but TensorFlow actually changed my view about it and I thought, "Look, Oh my God. This is an open-source application and it's as good as it could be." I learned that TensorFlow, by sharing their own knowledge and their own platform with other developers, it improved the lives of many people around the globe.""It is open-source, and it is being worked on all the time. You don't have to pay all the big bucks like Azure and Databricks. You can just use your local machine with the open-source TensorFlow and create pretty good models.""The most valuable feature of TensorFlow is deep learning. It is the best tool for deep learning in the market.""Google is behind TensorFlow, and they provide excellent documentation. It's very thorough and very helpful.""TensorFlow is a framework that makes it really easy to use for deep learning.""It's got quite a big community, which is useful.""TensorFlow improves my organization because our clients get a lot of investment from their investors and we are progressively improving the products. Every six months we release new features.""Our clients were not aware they were using TensorFlow, so that aspect was transparent. I think we personally chose TensorFlow because it provided us with more of the end-to-end package that you can use for all the steps regarding billing and our models. So basically data processing, training the model, evaluating the model, updating the model, deploying the model and all of these steps without having to change to a new environment."

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"As for the areas for improvement in Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, I've provided feedback to Microsoft. My company is a Gold Partner of Microsoft, so I provided my feedback in another forum. Right now, it is the number of algorithms available in the designer that has to be improved, though I'm sure Microsoft does it regularly. When you take a use case approach, Microsoft has done that in a lot of places, but not on the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio designer. When I say use case basis, I meant recommending a product or recommending similar products, so if Microsoft can list out use cases and give me a template, it will save me a lot of time and a lot of work because I don't have to scratch my head on which algorithm is better, and I can go with what's recommended by Microsoft. I'm sure that isn't a big task for the Microsoft team who must have seen thousands of use cases already, so out of that experience if the team can come up with a standard template, I'm sure it'll help a lot of organizations cut down on the development time, as well as going with the best industry-standard algorithms rather than experimenting with mine. What I'd like to see in the next version of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, apart from the use case template, is the improvement of the availability of libraries. Microsoft should also upgrade the Python versions because the old version of Python is still supported and it takes time for Microsoft to upgrade the support for Python. The pace of upgrading Python versions of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio and making those libraries available should be sped up or increased.""The data processor can pose a bit of a challenge, but the real complexity is determined by the skill of the implementation team.""n the solution, there is the concept of workspaces, and there is no means to share the computing infrastructure across those workspaces.""It would be nice if the product offered more accessibility in general.""The AutoML feature is very basic and they should improve it by using a more robust algorithm.""Using the solution requires some specific learning which can take some time.""Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio worked okay for me, so right now, I don't have any room for improvement in mind for it. What I'd like added to Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio in its next version is a categorization for use cases or a template that makes the use cases simple to map out, for example, for healthcare, medical, or finance use cases, etc. This would be very helpful for users of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, especially for beginners.""I have found Databricks is a better solution because it has a lot of different cluster choices and better integration with MLflow, which is much easier to handle in a machine learning system."

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"It would be nice to have more pre-trained models that we can utilize within layers. I utilize a Mac, and I am unable to utilize AMD GPUs. That's something that I would definitely be like to be able to access within TensorFlow since most of it is with CUDA ML. This only matters for local machines because, in Azure, you can just access any GPU you want from the cloud. It doesn't really matter, but the clients that I work with don't have cloud accounts, or they don't want to utilize that or spend the money. They all see it as too expensive and want to know what they can do on their local machines.""TensorFlow deep learning takes a lot of computation power. The more systems you can use, the easier it is. That's a good ability, if you can make a system run immediately at the same time on the same task, it's much faster rather than you having one system running which is slower. Running systems in parallel is a complex situation, but it can improve. There is a lot of work involved.""In terms of improvement, we always look for ways they can optimize the model, accelerate the speed and the accuracy, and how can we optimize with our different techniques. There are various techniques available in TensorFlow. Maintaining accuracy is an area they should work on.""It doesn't allow for fast the proto-typing. So usually when we do proto-typing we will start with PyTorch and then once we have a good model that we trust, we convert it into TensorFlow. So definitely, TensorFlow is not very flexible.""I know this is out of the scope of TensorFlow, however, every time I've sent a request, I had to renew the model into RAM and they didn't make that prediction or inference. This makes the point for the request that much longer. If they could provide anything to help in this part, it will be very great.""Personally, I find it to be a bit too much AI-oriented.""It would be nice if the solution was in Hungarian. I would like more Hungarian NAT models.""However, if I want to change just one thing in the implementation of TensorFlow functions I have to copy everything that they wrote and I change it manually if indeed it can be amended. This is really hard as it's written in C++ and has a lot of complications."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing cost is very cheap. It's less than $50 a month."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
  • "I am paying for it following a pay-as-you-go. So, the more I use it, the more it costs."
  • "In terms of pricing, for any cloud solution, you should know the tricks of the trade and how to use it, otherwise, you'll end up paying a lot of money irrespective of the cloud provider, so at least for Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio pricing versus AWS, I would rate it three out of five, with one being the most expensive, and five being the cheapest. It could be cheaper, but you also have to be careful when choosing the plans, for example, consider the architecture and a lot of other factors before choosing your plan, if you don't want to end up paying more. If your cloud provider has an optimizer that seems to be available in every provider, that would keep alerting you in terms of resources not being used as much, then that would help you with budgeting."
  • "My team didn't deal with the licensing for Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, so I'm unable to comment on pricing, but the money that was spent on the tool was worth it."
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  • "TensorFlow is free."
  • "I think for learners to deploy a project, you can actually use TensorFlow for free. It's just amazing to have an open-source platform like TensorFlow to deploy your own project. Here in Russia no one really cares about licenses, as it is totally open source and free. My clients in the United States were also pleased to learn when they enquired, that licensing is free."
  • "We are using the free version."
  • "It is open-source software. You don't have to pay all the big bucks like Azure and Databricks."
  • "I did not require a license for this solution. It a free open-source solution."
  • "I am using the open-source version of TensorFlow and it is free."
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    Top Answer:The licensing cost is very cheap. It's less than $50 a month would costs for multiple users.
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    Top Answer:It is open-source software. You don't have to pay all the big bucks like Azure and Databricks.
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    Also Known As
    Azure Machine Learning, MS Azure Machine Learning Studio
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    Azure Machine Learning is a cloud predictive analytics service that makes it possible to quickly create and deploy predictive models as analytics solutions.

    It has everything you need to create complete predictive analytics solutions in the cloud, from a large algorithm library, to a studio for building models, to an easy way to deploy your model as a web service. Quickly create, test, operationalize, and manage predictive models.

    Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Will Help You:

    • Rapidly build and train models
    • Operationalize at scale
    • Deliver responsible solutions
    • Innovate on a more secure hybrid platform

    With Microsoft Azure Machine Learning You Can:

    • Prepare data: Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio offers data labeling, data preparation, and datasets.
    • Build and train models: Includes notebooks, Visual Studio Code and Github, Automated ML, Compute instance, a drag-and-drop designer, open-source libraries and frameworks, customizable dashboards, and experiments
    • Validate and deploy: Manage endpoints, automate machine learning workflows (pipeline CI/CD), optimize models, access pre-built container images, share and track models and data, train and deploy models across multi-cloud and on-premises.
    • Manage and monitor: Track, log, and analyze data, models, and resources; Detect drift and maintain model accuracy; Trace ML artifacts for compliance; Apply quota management and automatic shutdown; Leverage built-in and custom policies for compliance management; Utilize continuous monitoring with Azure Security Center.

    Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Features:

    • Easy & flexible building interface: Execute your machine learning development through the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio using drag-and-drop components that minimize the code development and straightforward configuration of properties. By being so flexible, the solution also helps build, test ,and generate advanced analytics based on the data.
    • Wide range of supported algorithms: Configuration is simple and easy because Microsoft Azure ML offers readily available well-known algorithms. There is also no limit in importing training data, and the solution enables you to fine-tune your data easily, saving money and time and helping you generate more revenue.
    • Easy implementation of web services: Simply drag and drop your data sets and algorithms, and link them together to implement web services. It only requires one click to create and publish the web service, which can be used from any device by passing valid credentials.
    • Great documentation: Microsoft Azure provides full stacks of documentation, such as tutorials, quick starts, references, and many other resources that help you understand how to easily build, manage, deploy, and access machine learning solutions effectively.

    Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Benefits:

    • It is fully integrated with Python and R SDKs.
    • It has an updated drag-and-drop interface, generally known as Azure Machine Learning Designer.
    • It supports MLPipelines, where you can build flexible and modular pipelines to automate workflows.
    • It supports multiple model formats depending upon the job type.
    • It has automated model training and hyperparameter tuning with code-first and no-code options.
    • It supports data labeling projects.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    "The ability to do the templating and be able to transfer it so that I can easily do multiple types of models and data mining is a valuable aspect of this solution. You only have to set up the flows, the templates, and the data once and then you can make modifications and test different segmentations throughout.” - Channing S.l, Owner at Channing Stowell Associates

    "The most valuable feature is the knowledge bank, which allows us to ask questions and the AI will automatically pull the pre-prescribed responses.” - Chris P., Tech Lead at a tech services company

    "The UI is very user-friendly and the AI is easy to use.” - Mikayil B., CRM Consultant at a computer software company

    "The solution is very fast and simple for a data science solution.” - Omar A., Big Data & Cloud Manager at a tech services company

    TensorFlow is an open source software library for high performance numerical computation. Its flexible architecture allows easy deployment of computation across a variety of platforms (CPUs, GPUs, TPUs), and from desktops to clusters of servers to mobile and edge devices. Originally developed by researchers and engineers from the Google Brain team within Google’s AI organization, it comes with strong support for machine learning and deep learning and the flexible numerical computation core is used across many other scientific domains.

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    Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio vs. TensorFlow
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio vs. TensorFlow and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio is ranked 1st in AI Development Platforms with 19 reviews while TensorFlow is ranked 2nd in AI Development Platforms with 11 reviews. Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio is rated 7.6, while TensorFlow is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio writes "Has a drag and drop feature and easier learning curve, but the number of algorithms available could still be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TensorFlow writes "The generator saves us a lot of time and memory in terms of development and the learning process of models". Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio is most compared with Databricks, Amazon SageMaker, Dataiku Data Science Studio, IBM Watson Studio and Alteryx, whereas TensorFlow is most compared with OpenVINO, IBM Watson Machine Learning, PyTorch, Google Cloud AI Platform and Caffe. See our Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio vs. TensorFlow report.

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