SAP IQ Review

A column-based solution with the highest performance on query


What is most valuable?

The column-based technologies (basically all the database for ITP) are used for SAP IQ. It is used as a column-based solution.

It's two things:

  1. Highest performance on query. This is very notable. Let's say, yesterday I was doing some of the performance improvements on the SAP AC, where the query was running for one and a half hours. I am told the query is a one-store procedure while running for six hours, but in IQ the same thing is running for just four minutes. Also, in AC, if I'm having any raw base of solutions, the data is around 100GB. Yet with IQ's compression it will be 20GB. So, you have all savings on your disk.
  2. Your performance is ultimate, and you have a column-based solution to solve all these problems. IQ has its own patented index. It has seven patented indices. It gives you the ultra performance. In the latest version of SAP IQ, you have an in memory solution called RLV (Raw Level Versioning). You can run your query, whatever you are running on the ASP, this will be also be on the IP, so no code changes are required. These are the ultimate performances I have seen on the SAP IQ.

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of having a PNO process at the end of the day, which was running forever (six hours) I moved the process into SAP IQ. Now, I am giving real time, or near real time, PNO. The portal runs for four minutes, rather than running for six hours, which is a performance improvement.

What needs improvement?

Yes. The room for improvement would be the marketing of the product, because this product is much better than advertised.

One of my colleagues was working with Adobe, where the Product Management team was using Hadoop. Hadoop was doing a performance test, let's say excessive performance, and X plus X was the performance improvement of the SAP IQ. Thus, SAP really has to really market this product very well because of its patented indexes. Because it's patented, the compression is even far better than SAP HANA. So, they have to improve it and its use, the RLV in memory solution. The RLV is there so they are currently using it just for keeping delta data. Instead, what I would recommend is, you have to take it into the next level and include it in memory data space and in memory database.

For how long have I used the solution?

Almost six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Very stable. It is an excellent product. We are running it for one of the banks for the last six years. So, in there are the P&L, securities, lending, and borrowing for those business, and we are running it in SAP IQ. No stability issues last I checked.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues. It's ultimately a very good product.

How is customer service and technical support?

Yeah. The support needs much improvement.

I would rate them a six out of 10.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Yeah, I was using a business solution SAP SD. SAP IQ is more powerful than SAP SD, and the customer service has to be much improved. It didn't have the radical help I am looking for nor the documentation.

How was the initial setup?

It's too complex. This is concerning something that will change immediately. I have to search for a very long time to obtain something if I need it. It's like a big dictionary. But, in the end, I don't get anything. If you go to infocenter.sybase.com, there is only a very small search. You have a lot of information, but it's not useful for me. The data coming with the SAP planning portal is not user-friendly. That is one of the major issues, which I'm facing at this point of time.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, definitely. We were evaluating the other products but when I came to SAP IQ, SAP IQ was the first column-based solution across the world. So, we moved to IQ, and IQ gave us the ASE performance. We have faced some issues, a little here and there, but with SAP IQ Information Lifecycle Management, we fixed all those problems, and it's still running and giving business to my bank in last 10 years. We are customers of SAP for this product and still this year we have renewed the product again.

What other advice do I have?

Save for a 100% guarantee, you will get the performance you are looking for with SAP IQ. It is just not for a normal solution, but I recommend it if you have performance issues and you have a huge database of data, for that it is the best product. For these type of issues, I would operate SAP IQ, over even SAP HANA.

I would go for SAP IQ. I am a HANA person, but I will still recommend IQ over HANA.

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