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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the level of processing power, and being able to complete tasks in parallel.""Its seamless integration with Azure services is most valuable. If somebody wants to use all Azure services, it is the best solution.""The stability is pretty good.""One central workspace to manage everything for your data warehouse including visualization.""I like SQL post, which is for storage and distributed computing. Another good feature is the copy activity.""The most important feature for me is the integration with PolyBase.""The architecture, including compute and storage, is good.""Can capture all the transactional data throughout a company."

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"Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance.""Its direct approach is the most valuable. You get more real time and capabilities than BW.""I like that it's quite quick.""The UI is completely new, beautiful, and user-friendly. There are some other helpful features like global filters and advanced tools. We can perform custom calculations easily From a technical perspective, the performance has been enhanced and optimized for a limited number of flows. The content settings are more advanced, and there are so many other features that I can't name them all.""The most valuable feature is that we can transform a huge amount of data and apply business logic as per the requirements.""We benefited from BW/4HANA's ability to utilize predefined content inside. We didn't need to start from scratch."

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Cons
"The initial setup is complex.""I would like to see them provide the ingestion of images.""More integration is needed to improve the product for the future.""It needs strong support for social media, internet data, and native support for NoSQL.""The only issue that we have run into with the solutions performance is with regards to concurrency.""Documentation could be improved.""It would be ideal if the solution could be better used intuitively by the staff without having a great deal of training.""They should provide a less expensive version with a smaller setup for small businesses. Currently, its price is quite high for entry-level or small businesses. In terms of integration, new connectors are always welcomed."

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"The speed of operations could be a little faster.""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.""I would like more integration.""Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology.""The solution is not easy to implement. It requires a lot of learning at the beginning.""BW/4HANA could improve query optimization. For example, there could be an error message that pops up when you hover over it if any query fails. That would make it easier to find out what went gone wrong. Guided SAP help tools would make it easier for us to go forward."

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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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  • "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."
  • "SAP BW/4HANA is expensive."
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    Top Answer:We benefited from BW/4HANA's ability to utilize predefined content inside. We didn't need to start from scratch.
    Top Answer:The solution is not easy to implement. It requires a lot of learning at the beginning. I would like to see the features be simplified.
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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

    Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics is an end-to-end analytics solution that successfully combines analytical services to merge big data analytics and enterprise data warehouses into a single unified platform. The solution can run intelligent distributed queries among nodes, and provides the ability to query both relational and non-relational data.

    Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics is built with these 4 components:

    1. Synapse SQL
    2. Spark
    3. Synapse Pipeline
    4. Studio

    Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics Features

    Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics has many valuable key features, including:

    • Cloud Data Service: WIth Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics you can operate services (data analytics, machine learning, data warehousing, dashboarding, etc.) in a single workspace via the cloud.

    • Structured and unstructured data: Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics supports both structured and unstructured data and allows you to manage relational and non-relational data - unlike data warehouses and lakes that tend to store them respectively.

    • Effective data storage: Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics offers next-level data storage with high availability and different tiers.

    • Responsive data engine: Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics uses Massive Parallel Processing (MPP) and is designed to handle large volumes of data and analytical workloads efficiently without any problems.

    • Several scripting languages: The solution provides language compatibility and supports different programming languages, such as Python, Java, Spark SQL, and Scala.

    • Query optimization: Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics works well to facilitate limitless concurrency and performance optimization. It also simplifies workload management.

    Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics include:

    • Database templates: Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics offers industry-specific database templates that make it easy to combine and shape data.

    • Better business insights: With Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics you can expand discovery of insights from all your data and apply machine learning models to all your intelligent apps.

    • Reduce project development time: Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics makes it possible to have a unified experience for developing end-to-end analytics, which reduces project development time significantly.

    • Eliminate data barriers: By using Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, you can perform analytics on operational and business apps data without data movement.

    • Advanced security: Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics provides both advanced security and privacy features to ensure data protection.

    • Machine Learning: Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics integrates Azure Machine Learning, Azure Cognitive Services, and Power BI.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics users who are currently using the solution.

    PeerSpot user Jael S., who is an Information Architect at Systems Analysis & Design Engineering, comments on her experience using the product, saying that it is “Scalable, intuitive, facilitates compliance and keeps your data secure”. She also says "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."

    Michel T., CHTO at Timp-iT, mentions that "the features most valuable are the simplicity, how easy it is to create a dashboard from different information systems."

    A Senior Teradata Consultant at a tech services company says, "Microsoft provides both the platform and the data center, so you don't have to look for a cloud vendor. It saves you from having to deal with two vendors for the same task."


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    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business33%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise74%
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    Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics is ranked 2nd in Cloud Data Warehouse with 43 reviews while SAP BW4HANA is ranked 7th in Data Warehouse with 7 reviews. Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics is rated 7.8, while SAP BW4HANA is rated 7.6. 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 Azure Data Factory, whereas SAP BW4HANA is most compared with Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse and Apache Hadoop.

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