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"We also like governance. It looks at what the requirements are for the company to identify the best way to ensure compliance is met when you move to the cloud.""I like its performance. It is well-structured and offers a lot of practical options. Because of the visual design of the product, it is very easy to find icons and other visual elements. It took me more than two weeks to understand how it works. I had an intensive training session to understand it, which was enough. It was not hard to understand how it works.""I have been working with Microsoft, and they have been very helpful.""We have found that it is easy to develop and to do the analytics in the modules of data.""The solution has been working well overall.""Its seamless integration with Azure services is most valuable. If somebody wants to use all Azure services, it is the best solution.""We've had a good experience with technical support in general.""I think the most valuable component is that pipelines are built into it and then the feature that you can mirror a cosmos BB for analytics."

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"Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance.""Out of the box, this solution has a lot of standard features.""The most valuable aspect of this solution is that the infrastructure is easy to understand.""It can calculate data in detail. Before we could not calculate financial documents and accountant documents in detail, we could not do it at a document level but now we can. This is the most important feature. It also has predictive analysis memory.""The solution is easier to maintain than traditional SAP products.""From an ERP point of view and a functionality point of view, it works very well. The benefits are in that of financial costing and material management.""The most valuable features are the speed of reporting and the HANA database.""The most valuable feature is the dashboard."

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"If I'm looking for something good in the cloud, I would want it to have better standard connectors.""This solution needs to have query caching so that if the same query is run and the results are available, it will return the data from the cache without having to re-run the query.""I would like to see them provide the ingestion of images.""The product could be more feature-rich.""The performance and data consistency need to be improved.""The initial setup is complex.""It's a complicated product.""Indicating what areas need improvement in this solution is a difficult question because the organizations that I am working for are really new in this area. However, an even better more simple interface, or perhaps an extension of a connector app store solution, would be helpful."

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"I would like more integration.""Not a ten because it's expensive and its ecosystem is not very open.""Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology.""It takes too long to escalate problems from the first level of support.""The solution does occasionally get a few bugs, but this is typical for any product.""They have taken out a few BW functionalities when they redesigned this. The way of multi-dimensional thinking and star schema got a little bit lost. It may be because of the cost, but certain functionalities that were previously implemented from the BW side should come back again in the whole product. It is a young product. It is version 2.0. In time, I'm pretty sure they will come back again because otherwise, it limits the potential of the product, and I have to do a lot of modeling towards that direction. For me, the analytics focus is too much. It is not cube-oriented in that way, so its functionality is limited. It is not really technically limited in the back end; it is more limited in the front end. It has a data-mining mindset for SQL developers. The navigational attributes should be easy. It needs to be built in models. I see the data mark cube or understanding that the composite provider needs to be models in a cube coming back. The multi-dimensional star schema approach and the reporting need to be done as well as possible to leverage the star scheme below. This is definitely not understood by many consultants and even composite providers for star schema. They always think in terms of flat tables, which is limiting. You need to build the right dimensions, objects, and so on. If you can build this in BW4HANA, then you have this understanding that BW4HANA is not forcing you in this direction, but it should force you a bit better in this direction. Maybe a few elements which were in use in BW should come back again. It would help the community to determine the direction to build on the cube. You can have maybe 50 elements, and then you can expand it to what you need by leveraging navigation. So far, this functionality is a little bit limited in the tool, and it is not thought through, but I think it will come. They should also be adding more capabilities for the transformation between different objects. In BW, this is currently limited, especially towards composite providers. It is a bit complex basically in the building. You have to have a lot of knowledge as well as know how to do it better because it is a bit different from BW. There is not too much expertise currently in the consulting markets. Many are trying to build something, but it may be based on their knowledge of what they have from the BW and HANA side. You have to find the right mix from both of them at this time. We also have HANA Native. These are our two different sync sources basically, and we have approaches to connect nicely, but it is hard to manage your team because a lot of coaching is required.""Connecting multiple sources is a challenge because you have to go through a lot of different setups.""In the next release, I would like to see their BI component introduced with a mobile version, as it is not currently present."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "All of the prices are available online."
  • "Our license is very expensive"
  • "They are cost aggressive, and it integrates well with other Microsoft tools."
  • "There is a cost calculator available online that allows you to input your entire scenario, and it will get back to you with information on what the costs are going to be."
  • "Its price could be better. It was a school project, and I got it for free. If I try to pay through my company, it is a little bit more expensive as compared to Oracle."
  • "The price of the package not expensive and depends on how much it is used."
  • "The cost of the licensing depends on the size of the warehouse, where the cost of storage is approximately $130 USD per terabyte."
  • "This is a cost-effective product."
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  • "This is an expensive solution and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "We started as early birds from the SAP side. We got this entire suite for free. I cannot really talk about the price because we didn't have to pay anything."
  • "As an investment, the solution is very expensive."
  • "In general, it's quite expensive."
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    Also Known As
    Azure Synapse Analytics, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft Azure SQL DW, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, MS Azure Synapse Analytics
    SAP BW/4HANA
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    Overview

    Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a Fast, flexible, and secure analytics platform for the enterprise. Azure SQL Data Warehouse lets you independently scale compute and storage, while pausing and resuming your data warehouse within minutes through a massively parallel processing architecture designed for the cloud. Seamlessly create your hub for analytics along with native connectivity with data integration and visualization services, all while using your existing SQL and BI skills.

    Streamline processes and support innovations with a single, trusted source for real-time insights. Based on SAP HANA, our next-generation data warehouse solution can help you capitalize on the full value of all your data from SAP applications or third-party solutions, as well as unstructured, geospatial, or Hadoop-based.

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    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Insurance Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company35%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Large Enterprise69%
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    Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics is ranked 2nd in Cloud Data Warehouse with 33 reviews while SAP BW4HANA is ranked 6th in Data Warehouse with 10 reviews. Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics is rated 8.0, while SAP BW4HANA is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics writes "Scalable, intuitive, facilitates compliance and keeping your data secure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP BW4HANA writes "Good capabilities, direct approach, and the right reporting tool for SAP companies". Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics is most compared with Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Apache Hadoop, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse and AWS Lake Formation, whereas SAP BW4HANA is most compared with Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse, Apache Hadoop and Oracle Database Appliance.

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