Azure Data Factory Room for Improvement

Sr. Technology Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
At this point in time, they should work on somehow integrating the big data capabilities within it. I have not explored it, but it would be good if somehow we could call a Spark job or something to do with the Spark SQL within ADS so that we wouldn't need a Spark tested outside. On the UI side, they could make it a little more intuitive in terms of how to add the radius components. Somebody who has been working with tools like Informatica or DataStage gets very used to how the UI looks and feels. In ADS, adding a new table or joining a new table and overriding that with an override SQL that I could customize would be helpful. Being able to debug from the design mode itself would be helpful. View full review »
Technical Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The user interface could use improvement. It's not a major issue but it's something that can be improved. It has the ability to create separate folders to organize objects, Data Factory objects. But any time that we created a folder we were not able to create objects. We had to drag and drop into the folder. There were no default options. It was manual work. We offered their team our feedback and they accepted my request. View full review »
Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The setup and configuration process could be simplified. View full review »
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Head of IT at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Because I have not really done a really deep benchmark against competitors, I may not be familiar enough with the potential of competing products and capabilities to be able able to say what is missing or should be improved definitively. From my perspective, the pricing seems like it could be more user-friendly. Of course, nothing is ever as inexpensive as you want. Perhaps one good additional feature would be incorporating more ways to import and export data. It would be nice to have the product fit our service orchestration platform better to make the transfer more fluid. View full review »
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I think more integration with existing Azure platform services would be extremely beneficial. In the next release, it's important that some sort of scheduler for running tasks is added. A built-in scheduling mechanism for running the treasury will be a very helpful improvement. View full review »
Data Strategist | Azure Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I'm not sure if I have any complaints about the solution at the moment. There are a few bits and pieces that we would like to see improved. These include improvements related to the solution's ease of use and some quality flash upgrades. However, these are minor complaints. If the user interface was more user friendly and there was better error feedback, it would be helpful. View full review »
Microsoft Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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. View full review »
Principal Data Architect at Predica
The solution could use some merge statements. The solution should offer better integration with Azure machine learning. We should be able to embed the cognitive services from Microsoft, for example as a web API. It should allow us to embed Azure machine learning in a more user-friendly way. View full review »
Suraj Kshirsagar
Azure Architect\Informatica ETL Developer at Relativity
Azure Data Factory is a bit complicated compared to Informatica. There are a lot of connectors that are missing and there are a lot of instances where I need to create a server and install Integration Runtime. The support and the documentation can be improved. There are a lot of tasks that you need to write code for. View full review »
Soumyojit Sen
Director of Product Management at EIM solutions
The speed and performance need to be improved. This solution should be able to connect with custom APIs. View full review »
Team Leader at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
The only thing that we're struggling with is increasing the competency of my team. So we think that the Microsoft documentation is too complicated. I would like to see it more connected. I know they're working on the Snowflake data warehouse connector, but more connectors would be helpful. View full review »
Tash Bickley
Consultant at FTS Data & AI
Data Flow is in the early stages — currently public preview — and it is growing into a tool that will offer everything other ETL tools offer. There are a few features still to come. The thing we missed most was data update, but this is now available as of two weeks ago. A feature that is confirmed as coming soon is the ability to pass in a parameter and filter, etc. View full review »
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