We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Its connection to on-premise products is the most valuable. We mostly use the on-premise connection, which is seamless. This is what we prefer in this solution over other solutions. We are using it the most for the orchestration where the data is coming from different categories. Its other features are very much similar to what they are giving us in open source. Their push-down approach is the most advantageous, where they push most of the processing on to the same data source. This means that they have a serverless kind of thing, and they don't process the data inside a product such as Data Hub. They process the data from where the data is coming out. If it is coming from HANA, to capture the data or process it for analytics, orchestration, or management, they go to the HANA database and give it out. They don't process it on Data Hub. This push-down approach increases the processing speed a little bit because the data is processed where it is sitting. That's the best part and an advantage. I have used another product where they used to capture the data first and then they used to process it and give it. In Data Hub, it is in reverse. They process it first and give it, and then they put their own manipulations. They lead in terms of business functions. No other solution has business functions already implemented to perform business analysis. They have a lot of prebuilt business functions for machine learning and orchestration, which we can use directly to get an analysis out from the existing data. Most of the data is sitting as enterprise data there. That's a major advantage that they have."
"The solution provides very good and central logging systems. It offers high flexibility with vertical and horizontal extend capacity."
"The solution offers very good documentation and manuals to assist with understanding the solution."
"The monitoring is one of the greatest features in Process Orchestration because it is user-friendly and easy for somebody who is not experienced."
"SAP Process Orchestration is middleware where we are able to manage and interact with everything from a single location. One of the most beneficial areas is monitoring which is very easy because it is all in one place. There are many adapters added recently that can be used for new functionality. The solution is easy to operate and it is more mature than the cloud solution provided by SAP."
"The solution is easy to use."
"The standard adapter with EBA abilities is the most valuable feature. It has good process integration."
"Great monitoring tools and has its own alert framework."
"With the latest version what I find to be the most valuable are the REST, SuccessFactors, and Ariba Network adapters."
"In 2018, connecting it to outside sources, such as IoT products or IoT-enabled big data Hadoop, was a little complex. It was not smooth at the beginning. It was unstable. It took a lot of time for the initial data load. Sometimes, the connection broke, and we had to restart the process, which was a major issue, but they might have improved it now. It is very smooth with SAP HANA on-premise system, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP Analytics Cloud. It could be because these are their own products, and they know how to integrate them. With Hadoop, they might have used open-source technologies, and that's why it was breaking at that time. They are providing less embedded integration because they want us to use their other products. For example, they don't want to go and remove SAP Analytics Cloud and put everything in Data Hub. They want us to use SAP Analytics Cloud somewhere else and not inside the Data Hub. On the integration part, it lacks real-time analytics, and it is slow. They should embed the SAP Analytics Cloud inside Data Hub or support some kind of analysis. They do provide some analysis, but it is not extensive. They are moreover open source. So, we need a lot of developers or data scientists to go in and implement Python algorithms. It would be better if they can provide their own existing algorithms and give some connections and drop-down menus to go and just configure those. It will make things really quick by increasing the embedded integrations. It will also improve the process efficiency and processing power. Its performance needs improvement. It is a little slow. It is not the best in the market, and there are other products that are much better than this. In terms of technology and performance, it is a little slow as compared to Microsoft and other data orchestration products. I haven't used other products, but I have read about those products, their settings, and the milliseconds that they do. In Azure Purview, they say that they can copy, manage, or transform the data within milliseconds. They say that they can transform 100 gigabytes of data within three to five seconds, which is something SAP cannot do. It generally takes a lot of time to process that much amount of data. However, I have never tested out Azure."
"The cloud capability features need improvement."
"The monitoring governance offered by SAP is too technical and needs to be geared more toward business users."
"The solution could improve by making it more user-friendly by limiting the code required. We have to add some code in some cases where we need complex logic or some other functions. If this was able to be done in a more simplified manner then it would save a lot of effort and time."
"It's very difficult to find errors in a simple way."
"It does not have all of the industry-standard solutions available in PO and it is not plug and play, so we have to do a lot of development."
"In terms of technical support, it would be helpful if they handled the tickets a bit faster when queries are sent to them."
"The usability is an area where it can be improved upon."
"It is not a scalable solution for the cloud. I would not recommend this for the cloud."
"Looking at market conditions, vendors nowadays are giving products at very low price levels. However, SAP Process Orchestration have not yet reduced their prices. The prices could be reduced a lot to stay competitive."
"The cost of SAP products is quite high but the quality is really good."
"There are fees in addition to the licensing."
"The pricing for this solution is fine."
"It's not an expensive solution."
The SAP® Data Hub solution enables sophisticated data operations management. It gives you the capability and flexibility to connect enterprise data and Big Data and gain a deep understanding of data and information processes across sources and systems throughout the distributed landscape. The unified solution provides visibility and control into data opportunities, integrating cloud and on-premise information and driving data agility and business value. Distributed processing power enables greater speed and efficiency.
SAP Data Hub is ranked 7th in Data Governance with 1 review while SAP Process Orchestration is ranked 3rd in Business-to-Business Middleware with 12 reviews. SAP Data Hub is rated 6.0, while SAP Process Orchestration is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SAP Data Hub writes "Good push-down approach, on-premise connection, and integration with SAP products, but needs better performance and integration with other solutions". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Process Orchestration writes "Gateway for all integrations that is stable and quick to install". SAP Data Hub is most compared with SAP Data Services, Palantir Foundry, Azure Data Factory, Talend Data Fabric and Collibra Governance, whereas SAP Process Orchestration is most compared with Mule Anypoint Platform, SAP Data Services, webMethods Integration Server, Boomi AtomSphere Integration and IBM B2B Integrator.
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