Azure Data Factory Review

Good support for SAP services and databases, a simple initial setup and good scalability


What is most valuable?

The support for SAP services and databases, specifically SAP HANA, has been a game-changer for us.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if they could adjust the data capture feature so that when there are source-side changes ADF could automatically figure it out.  

The solution needs to integrate more with other providers and should have a closer integration with Oracle BI.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with the solution for just over a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

From what we have seen so far, the solution seems very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. Right now, we have only three or four people on it. We may increase usage int eh future.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have direct technical support in Israel. In India, we haven't used it yet. However, for other services, the help provided is fine. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty fast and simple. I wouldn't say it was too complex. For deployment, it depends on your environment. In our POC, it didn't take more than two to three hours. In the production environment, however, it takes a bit more time for operations.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In general, we've been satisfied with the pricing. However, since it's a service based on usage, it's really hard to estimate the cost in advance for this product. This makes it hard to quote. It's not so easy to estimate the costs in advance when giving a quote. That makes it difficult to convince some customers because most would like to see a number in advance. 

What other advice do I have?

We primarily use the solution in a hybrid environment. We're Azure partners.

I would suggest others start with a small POC and with a smaller dataset or simple pipeline to test the product before fully implementing it. Users shouldn't hesitate to try it, because there are not so many risks. Practice is the best way to start with this service, as opposed to planning. 

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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