Teradata Review
Improved the performance of our ETL procedures and reporting


What is our primary use case?

How has it helped my organization?

Improved performance of ETL procedures, reporting. Decreased efforts, time, and number of staff supporting DWH.

What is most valuable?

  • Scalability
  • Functionality
  • Performance

What needs improvement?

GUI of administrative tools is really outdated.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nothing major, as far as I can recall.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues, scalability is a key feature of Teradata.

How is customer service and technical support?

Support is on par with other vendors.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used Oracle. Scalability and performance were the reasons we decided to try Teradata.

How was the initial setup?

It was easy, the whole job was done by Teradata.

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

It is still a very expensive solution. While I very much like the pure technological supremacy of the software itself, I believe Teradata as a company needs to become more affordable. They are already losing the market to more flexible or cheaper competitors.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did performance testing. We had a set of real life MicroStrategy reports. Our conditions were: Not allowed to redesign data model, not allowed to rewrite the queries, all queries should be generated by MicroStrategy, no aggregates. Teradata appeared to be way faster than a similarly configured (in terms of hardware) Oracle server.

What other advice do I have?

Go with the Enterprise series and don't waste time and money on 25xx. Sooner or later you will migrate anyway, so don't even start with departmental solutions.

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

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