Rodolfo PatiñoSubDirector of Project Management at a comms service provider
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature is that you have the same familiar environment of an Oracle database but with the additional performance you get from this architecture."
"Compression is a great feature, where one can really save a lot of storage."
"Exadata is also a very stable environment. Their Smart Scan feature is great for every banking environment and financial institutions willing to implement it."
"The performance of the data is the most important part."
"This product can noticeably enhance performance of contextual Oracle databases."
"It has improved the performance, now we run with more performance cores with less CPU to attend all the database demands. Reducing Time to Market, increase our ability to face the competition with speed and low cost."
"The most valuable feature is the time to solution."
"Oracle Exadata's performance is one of its best features. We very satisfied with it."
"Out of the box, this solution has a lot of standard features."
"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 solution is easier to maintain than traditional SAP products."
"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 most valuable aspect of this solution is that the infrastructure is easy to understand."
"The most valuable features are the speed of reporting and the HANA database."
"Its direct approach is the most valuable. You get more real time and capabilities than BW."
"It's too expensive per terabyte. It's complex."
"The technical support is in need of improvement."
"It would be good if Exadata made some new features available regarding data retrieval and speed capacity functions."
"The management monitoring tools are quite important and an area that needs some improvement."
"It is difficult to evaluate return-on-investment because of the way billing is handled for the product. This should be improved by oracle."
"I believe Oracle must improve its procedure to support the clients. The customer Ready Service must provide more use cases and benchmarks of their infrastructure to support client design decisions. Oracle must audit their partners regularly to guarantee they provide quality service even after been passed on partnership examination."
"There is room for improvement with the handling of the Temp IO, which is often used for JOIN statements."
"There is a feature for security, but it is not included in the first purchase of this solution. That means if you need to increase the security, you need to buy the security feature which doesn't come by default on these solutions."
"Connecting multiple sources is a challenge because you have to go through a lot of different setups."
"In the next release, I would like to see their BI component introduced with a mobile version, as it is not currently present."
"The solution does occasionally get a few bugs, but this is typical for any product."
"The dashboard should be simplified and made easier for exploration and decision making."
"Not a ten because it's expensive and its ecosystem is not very open."
"Pricing would be a good improvement. A lot of customers think that it's very expensive and especially support is very expensive."
"It takes too long to escalate problems from the first level of support."
"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."
"Exadata is an expensive tool, but, considering the ROI, it's worth going for the solution."
"Oracle is always costly but it's fine."
"It is an expensive product and you pay more for certain performance enhancements."
"All things considered, the price of this product is fairly high, as is always the case with Oracle."
"I did note that Oracle does tend to internally oversize things especially if they want to fill up a budget, and hence third-party oversight is essential."
"The licensing can be a bit expensive because you need to have certain tools enabled that require them."
"The majority of our customers are in government or big enterprises, and the projects that we sell come out to several million USD. With this amount of money on the table, it's always better to have an experienced team of consultants, who know Exadata very well, handle the implementation."
"This is an expensive solution and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"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."
"As an investment, the solution is very expensive."
"In general, it's quite expensive."
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Oracle Exadata is ranked 2nd in Data Warehouse with 18 reviews while SAP BW4HANA is ranked 8th in Data Warehouse with 10 reviews. Oracle Exadata is rated 8.8, while SAP BW4HANA is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Oracle Exadata writes "High performing and reliable work environment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP BW4HANA writes "Good capabilities, direct approach, and the right reporting tool for SAP companies". Oracle Exadata is most compared with Teradata, Oracle Database Appliance, Amazon Redshift, IBM Netezza Performance Server and Snowflake, whereas SAP BW4HANA is most compared with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse and Kovair Data Lake. See our Oracle Exadata vs. SAP BW4HANA report.
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