2019-07-29T10:11:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering SAP Data Services?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering SAP Data Services, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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19 Answers
Paul Mazvarira - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead Analytics at a non-profit with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-08-22T19:25:30Z
Aug 22, 2022

This is a good solution for medium to large organizations, but a lot of prior training is needed in order to support the product post-implementation.We would not recommend this solution for smaller organizations, due to the large numbers of staff required for ongoing support and maintenance. Also, if an organization is considering this solution, I recommend they look at the cloud-based version, which is less support-dependent I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

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FS
Director at Pixel Studio PTY
Real User
Top 5
2022-08-29T13:11:12Z
Aug 29, 2022

It's easy to learn, and you can start with the training courses provided within the tool and follow them. Because I've used this tool for a long time, I would give it a rating of ten out of ten.

Anzize BADAROU - PeerSpot reviewer
BI MANAGER at Abtech
Consultant
Top 10
2022-05-15T16:53:45Z
May 15, 2022

I rate SAP Data Services nine out of 10.

RambabuMandala - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Development Senior Advisor at Dell EMC
Real User
Top 10
2022-04-27T08:20:42Z
Apr 27, 2022

My advice to others is if they're specific to SAP applications, such as SAP CRM or any other SAP-specific applications, SAP provides a bundle package. It focuses on primarily 100 applications. A type of end-to-end full solution. I rate SAP Data Services an eight out of ten.

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Associate Consultant at Deloitte
Real User
2022-04-25T12:09:02Z
Apr 25, 2022

I'm an end-user of SAP. I'm using it with my partner. I'd advise new users that if they want to be on an equal level in the data analyst field, this is one of the finest tools. It is still a bit under the radar of people and many don't really realize its potential. They're still sticking on the data stage or Informatica. However, there are certain dependencies that SAP has created in which this particular Data Services works best. I'd rate the solution an eight out of ten.

VM
Senior Data Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2022-02-08T07:36:28Z
Feb 8, 2022

I rate this solution six out of 10.

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Nhlanhla Mgoza - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Services Consultant at Inch solution
Consultant
Top 10
2021-12-24T10:39:00Z
Dec 24, 2021

We are end-users. We provide services for the customer. I would not necessarily be the customer. I would provide services on behalf of the customer. We've installed what we call a specific DDI. We use a hybrid setup. I'd advise new users to know the product more before they implement it. It's important to be familiar with it before you commit. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten in the environment in which it's used, which is the best tool. In an environment where you've got theft as a source and you've got many targets, there are very few solutions that can match it.

Michael Lutz - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Data Warehouse Developer at Fox Chase Cancer Center
Real User
Top 10
2021-11-18T21:52:05Z
Nov 18, 2021

I rate SAP Data Services seven out of 10. It's a powerful tool that does a lot. It has a lot of strengths, but there are some annoyances that slow down the programmer. It gets frustrating over time. It's also crucial that your repository database technology performs well. I would say seven out of 10 because it's powerful. It would be a nine if it weren't for the clunky source code management and a few other hassles like its inability to generate code. I probably wouldn't choose this tool for what we're doing because I don't think SAP views this tool as their go-forward technology. SAP now has HANA and a new set of tools that operate in the cloud. I believe the company is primarily in a maintenance situation with Data Services. So if I were starting a new ETL project from scratch, I wouldn't go with SAP Data Services.

Christophe BERNARD - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Intelligence Manager at ALPTIS ASSURANCES
Real User
Top 5
2021-03-24T16:00:03Z
Mar 24, 2021

I would rate SAP Data Services an eight out of ten.

RK
BI and Visualization Platform Lead at a agriculture with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2020-12-17T10:15:15Z
Dec 17, 2020

Overall, we have good experience and feedback. We have very skilled engineers in our team, and I haven't heard any kind of negative feedback about this solution. I would rate SAP Data Services an eight out of ten.

MZ
Senior Functional Consultant at International Turnkey Systems - ITS
Consultant
2020-06-15T07:34:07Z
Jun 15, 2020

We are already an SAP gold partner. We have a significant level of partnership with SAP. We also used to do the reports for SAP. This is the only tool that we suggest to our clients and we do the implementation for banks in the Middle East. Nearly all customers have the same tool that we use. We are one of the leading banking software providers in the region. We do not work with the cloud. We do local installations only. We don't use anything on the cloud because banks normally have policies in place where they cannot share with the cloud for security and risk aversion reasons. It is one of the nicest tools on the market and people really should use it. As compared to the other tools it is easier to implement and easier to understand. It's very efficient especially if you are looking at performance and stability. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. I'd give it perfect marks, but there is always room for some more enhancements.

HD
Manager of Customer Care Center at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-01-07T06:27:00Z
Jan 7, 2020

This is not a solution I recommend for incident management. SAP works well for the financial side of the business, but for anybody who is researching solutions for incident management, I suggest that they use another product. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Gebrehiwot Tesfay Gebreslassie - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Intelligence Senior Developer II at Ethiopian Airlines
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2019-12-16T08:13:00Z
Dec 16, 2019

We use the on-premises deployment model. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

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Senior Manager at GTX Soft
Real User
2019-12-16T08:13:00Z
Dec 16, 2019

We use the on-premises deployment model. SAP Data Services predominantly works for event tracking or training environments. However, if you're talking about social media, where there needs to be a lot of understanding about the data, you could build this solution into that area as well. You will just need a lot of research and development. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. If they build in cognitive capabilities and went beyond just reporting on the dashboard, I'd rate it higher.

RM
Program Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-11-28T06:06:00Z
Nov 28, 2019

Many customers want to apply additional tools that are connected and integrated with SAP Analytics. It gives them more flexibility in building some reports. In some cases, we would still require an additional appliance, some additional tools to fulfill the needs of our customers. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.

Muzaffer Yontem - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Delivery Manager at Sybase Products Turkey
Real User
2019-08-06T07:17:00Z
Aug 6, 2019

On a scale from one to ten, when one is the worst and ten is the best, I think I would rate SAP Data Services BI a nine out of ten. For me, a product needs to be perfect to rate as a ten. I couldn't even give a ten to any product because I haven't seen any product that is perfect. My true feeling is that it is between eight and nine, but if I have to say eight or nine, I choose nine. I can recommend SAP as a product because the negative side of the product usually comes from different approaches to development. In a way, this is a kind of marketing because some developers prefer to use one type of development where they feel comfortable and think data services can be implemented properly. I believe there are better data services approaches which are much more of an advantage in the long run for projects, but of course, people don't always project the best long-term data approach because they expect short term results.

RD
Public Affairs Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-07-31T05:52:00Z
Jul 31, 2019

I would recommend this product, but nothing is perfect, there is always room for improvement. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

ZH
Technical Project Manager Big Data and BI - Banking at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-07-31T05:52:00Z
Jul 31, 2019

We are using the on-premises version of the solution. We work on the enterprise version and have a few hundred users. I like the platform. It's quite robust. It's just there are little improvements that could make the solution better, but it's quite a good tool. I would rate the solution seven out of ten.

NizarAhmad - PeerSpot reviewer
BI & EIS Manager at Almarai Company Limited
Real User
Top 10
2019-07-29T10:11:00Z
Jul 29, 2019

We use the on-premises version of the solution. We have started using the Cloud Platform Integration with the CPA Data Service. It's a hybrid: both on-premises and cloud. SAP Data Services has a tool, but it is not a cloud-capable solution. I would advise users thinking about integrating this solution to look at your entire landscape. If you have any cloud systems as part of your landscape, then you need to have a clear understanding of what BODS is capable of doing. BODS Data Services is not good for the cloud. I would rate this solution seven out of ten because cloud integration is not available and the scheduling part is very immature at this point.

Related Questions
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Dec 6, 2022
Do you think beginners can use this tool or is it for experts only?
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Dovid Gelber - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech blogger
Dec 6, 2022
I think after some preparation, a beginner will be able to use SAP Data Services, however, if you are completely unprepared, you may have some issues. I think that in particular you will need a more experienced colleague to help you set up the software. This is because this tool has many components which need to be configured - it is mainly for enterprises so that is only natural. If you come as an absolute newbie to this, you can definitely struggle to set it up. However, if you find someone else to do it, operating with it can be easier, especially if you watch some tutorials online. So, in conclusion - setting it up is for experts, but after that, pretty much anyone can use it.
Beth Safire - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
Dec 6, 2022
Yes, I would recommend SAP Data Services to complete beginners. If your company has not used such a tool before and is looking for a data store with a database, then this product is very easy to understand and utilize. The level of complexity may increase if you want to perform advanced tasks or connect the tool with other SAP systems. However, you can resort to their support for that, or you can hire an expert. If someone from your IT department installs it and does the technical things, your whole team, whether they are beginners or more experienced, can benefit from good data integration and quality.
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Dec 6, 2022
Do you think this product is worth the price or do you think it is overpriced?
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Dovid Gelber - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech blogger
Dec 6, 2022
I think that SAP Data Services is definitely worth the money. I work at a medium to large sized company and when we were deciding which licensing to get, we opted for the enterprise package. We did that with a future outlook as we hope to grow in the coming years and did not want to change our data quality software every time our data load increased. In retrospect, this was a great decision. The few extra thousand that this package adds are nothing compared to the quality of services it delivers. From my experience, the product-to-price ratio is completely fair and you get your money back through its good work.
Beth Safire - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
Dec 6, 2022
I believe the license for the product is fair, even though some competitors offer similar services at lower prices. The difference between the Edge edition and the next one up is significant in price - more than double. That's a bit off-putting if you are a smaller company that wishes to use more features of this tool. However, I feel the cheapest package is still worth the price. I am not sure if my company would be ever big enough for the most expensive edition of this product, thus I do not know what features it offers. But my general impression is that clients from all levels favor this product over its competitors and it is good for its price.
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