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Pros
"The Oracle database is able to get the data, process it, and return it to the company's CEO's and CFO's within a single day, and thus they are able to find out yesterday's P and L by today. It has drastically reduced the amount and time of processing from seven days to one day.""The database is solid.""If the database goes down on one of the servers, the load is automatically shifted to another server. You can troubleshoot the one that is down without affecting uptime.""The solution is simple to use and easy to maintain.""The solution is pretty automated, which takes out the possibility of human error.""The most valuable feature is the performance."

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"The most valuable features are the speed of reporting and the HANA database.""The most valuable aspect of this solution is that the infrastructure is easy to understand.""Its direct approach is the most valuable. You get more real time and capabilities than BW.""From an ERP point of view and a functionality point of view, it works very well. The benefits are in that of financial costing and material management.""The most valuable feature is the dashboard.""It can calculate data in detail. Before we could not calculate financial documents and accountant documents in detail, we could not do it at a document level but now we can. This is the most important feature. It also has predictive analysis memory.""The solution is easier to maintain than traditional SAP products.""Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance."

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"In terms of what can be be improved, I'd say Artificial Intelligence, AI. It would be really helpful if AI was incorporated within the solution.""The product is quite complex to set up, initially. It would be ideal if it was simpler.""If we were able to use Oracle Database to create mobile apps, that would be great. I don't know multiple languages, like Java, etc. I need to learn a separate language, right now in order to do this.""We would like the ability to add more storage without having to upgrade to Oracle Exadata.""Virtualization needs improvement. It's not easy to back up the virtual machines in the Oracle VM architecture. I would also like to see native support for Veeam Backup Software.""Oracle could improve its capacity for built-in visualization."

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"The dashboard should be simplified and made easier for exploration and decision making.""Pricing would be a good improvement. A lot of customers think that it's very expensive and especially support is very expensive.""The solution does occasionally get a few bugs, but this is typical for any product.""I would like more integration.""Connecting multiple sources is a challenge because you have to go through a lot of different setups.""Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology.""Not a ten because it's expensive and its ecosystem is not very open.""They have taken out a few BW functionalities when they redesigned this. The way of multi-dimensional thinking and star schema got a little bit lost. It may be because of the cost, but certain functionalities that were previously implemented from the BW side should come back again in the whole product. It is a young product. It is version 2.0. In time, I'm pretty sure they will come back again because otherwise, it limits the potential of the product, and I have to do a lot of modeling towards that direction. For me, the analytics focus is too much. It is not cube-oriented in that way, so its functionality is limited. It is not really technically limited in the back end; it is more limited in the front end. It has a data-mining mindset for SQL developers. The navigational attributes should be easy. It needs to be built in models. I see the data mark cube or understanding that the composite provider needs to be models in a cube coming back. The multi-dimensional star schema approach and the reporting need to be done as well as possible to leverage the star scheme below. This is definitely not understood by many consultants and even composite providers for star schema. They always think in terms of flat tables, which is limiting. You need to build the right dimensions, objects, and so on. If you can build this in BW4HANA, then you have this understanding that BW4HANA is not forcing you in this direction, but it should force you a bit better in this direction. Maybe a few elements which were in use in BW should come back again. It would help the community to determine the direction to build on the cube. You can have maybe 50 elements, and then you can expand it to what you need by leveraging navigation. So far, this functionality is a little bit limited in the tool, and it is not thought through, but I think it will come. They should also be adding more capabilities for the transformation between different objects. In BW, this is currently limited, especially towards composite providers. It is a bit complex basically in the building. You have to have a lot of knowledge as well as know how to do it better because it is a bit different from BW. There is not too much expertise currently in the consulting markets. Many are trying to build something, but it may be based on their knowledge of what they have from the BW and HANA side. You have to find the right mix from both of them at this time. We also have HANA Native. These are our two different sync sources basically, and we have approaches to connect nicely, but it is hard to manage your team because a lot of coaching is required."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This is an expensive solution and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""As an investment, the solution is very expensive.""We started as early birds from the SAP side. We got this entire suite for free. I cannot really talk about the price because we didn't have to pay anything.""In general, it's quite expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: If the database goes down on one of the servers, the load is automatically shifted to another server. You can troubleshoot the one that is down without affecting uptime.
Top Answer: Virtualization needs improvement. It's not easy to back up the virtual machines in the Oracle VM architecture. I would also like to see native support for Veeam Backup Software.
Top Answer: Some of the main features of this solution are that it uses HANA and it has good performance.
Top Answer: As an investment, the solution is very expensive. We pay 72% every year to SAP. Additionally, we pay for support for the solution and a vendor to do maintenance.
Top Answer: Other competitors provide better solutions that are more up to date with current technology. For example, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
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Overview

The Oracle Database Appliance saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database solutions for organizations of every size. Optimized for the world's most popular database--Oracle Database--it integrates software, compute, storage, and network resources to deliver database services for a wide range of custom and packaged online transaction processing (OLTP), in-memory database, and data warehousing applications. All hardware and software components are engineered and supported by Oracle, offering customers a reliable and secure system with built-in automation and best practices. In addition to accelerating the time to value when deploying database solutions, the Oracle Database Appliance offers flexible Oracle Database licensing options and reduces operational expenses associated with maintenance and support. 

Streamline processes and support innovations with a single, trusted source for real-time insights. Based on SAP HANA, our next-generation data warehouse solution can help you capitalize on the full value of all your data from SAP applications or third-party solutions, as well as unstructured, geospatial, or Hadoop-based.

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Sample Customers
LifeLock, Incarlopsa, Al Yusur Industrial Contracting
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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider30%
Financial Services Firm20%
Transportation Company10%
Marketing Services Firm10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company42%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider19%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise40%
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Small Business36%
Large Enterprise64%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Database Appliance vs. SAP BW4HANA and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,358 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Database Appliance is ranked 6th in Data Warehouse with 6 reviews while SAP BW4HANA is ranked 8th in Data Warehouse with 10 reviews. Oracle Database Appliance is rated 8.2, while SAP BW4HANA is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Oracle Database Appliance writes "Affordable, user-friendly, and offers good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP BW4HANA writes "Good capabilities, direct approach, and the right reporting tool for SAP companies". Oracle Database Appliance is most compared with Oracle Exadata, VMware Tanzu Greenplum, IBM Netezza Performance Server, IBM Integrated Analytics System and Vertica, whereas SAP BW4HANA is most compared with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse and SAP IQ. See our Oracle Database Appliance vs. SAP BW4HANA report.

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