SAP IQ vs SQL Server

SAP IQ is ranked 6th in Relational Databases with 7 reviews vs SQL Server which is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 28 reviews. The top reviewer of SAP IQ writes "A column-based solution with the highest performance on query". The top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Just like a Windows PC needs basic defragmentation maintenance to run effectively, SQL Server needs its own regular maintenance". SAP IQ is most compared with SQL Server, SAP ASE and Oracle Database. SQL Server is most compared with SAP IQ, Teradata and Oracle Database. See our SAP IQ vs SQL Server report.
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Pros
The column-based technologies (basically all the database for ITP) are used for SAP IQ. It is used as a column-based solution.It is very robust for ad hoc DW queries and its columnar compression is unique and valuable.Valuable features for us include the compression, speed, fast response time, and easy object maintenance.Columnar storage allows high compression, high load rates and high query performance.

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Enables us to convert to bigger DBs and more easily move or upgrade between branches.Without any doubt the Integration Services and Analysis Services are the most widely used. These are the basis for data quality, data gathering, ETL process, as well as collation for the data warehouse, Cube-generation, and ad-hoc processes. The ease in which you may mold a process flow or even modularly add in new structures is something which is much needed in my job.It's a very capable, efficient, price-performant OLAP server.SSAS is the most interesting feature to organize the data and let the users play with it.If backups and alerts are configured properly, I can also rely on my restoration plan.It is quite reliable in cluster configurations and has helped me to reduce downtime and improve SLAs.Comparing with other database management systems that I tried in other companies, SQL Server is quite easy to install, configure, and maintain.You could have an offsite and an onsite, and if the onsite goes down, the offsite picks it up. I like that flexibility to provide continuing operations.

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Cons
The room for improvement would be the marketing of the product, because this product is much better than advertised.Multiplex is very problematic. There are consistency problems in the metadata, meaning it is possible to lose metadata consistency. You should make sure you have healthy backups.I think the universe should be part of the Sybase IQ tool set.Concurrency and functional error messaging.

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From a DB administrator perspective, I would like to see more space requirements and space capacity history, so that we are able to see which DBs are growing, and by how much per day or week.An area for improvement would be the SQL Server process monitoring, which is quite basic and could sustain more information.The only item which I can list is application failure during Integration Services debugging, when restarting a process flow. In a number of instances the solutions fails. I have not given this much thought and simply stop and start the debugging service rather than restarting.The web interface and the command line interface could be better so we could manage and build some things around an API. If we could build our own solution, our own interface, and then manage the solution through that open API, that would be better.For a big amount of data, when we are speaking about IoT Segments, and Big Data projects, there are performance issues.The reporting services of the solution (SSRS and now Power BI) are the less valuable items of the SQL Server suite.I would appreciate a dark theme for SQL Server Management Studio and ability to add databases with TDE enabled into availability groups.It pesters you to update the Client every month when there is nothing new that you really need to add, but it is constantly pestering you. I do not care for it.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Negotiation is very important.Negotiate based on the features required.Evaluate all options; check to see if you need expensive add-ons.

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My advice is quite straightforward. If you know the number of users who really and truly need access to the Server then it is a no-brainer. If you do not know, then get the basic package and minimum licenses and start from there. Needless to say, users can develop/use data structures outside and then deploy onto the Server.The price has been going higher and higher. The market is quite price sensitive.This is a downside of enterprise Microsoft products.Currently, almost all of my machines are in Azure and I think it is the best way of licensing now (VM+software).​We are a Microsoft shop, so we use Active Directory. That integrates well with this product, but we did look at Oracle. We also looked at IBM. This was the best price point for us for what we were getting.​​It has the easiest licensing.The free version is cumbersome to use and maintain. But $5000 for a licence is more expense than the benefit I would get from a licensed version. A licence might be worth the price to simplify management and speed up searches.

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Also Known AsSybase IQMicrosoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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Overview

Transform your business and enhance in-the-moment decision making with SAP IQ (formerly Sybase IQ). This columnar relational database management system (RDBMS) is highly optimized for Big Data analytics. Leverage SAP IQ's extreme scalability and robust security features for enterprise data warehouse (EDW) use cases - and get unprecedented insights in a data-intensive world.

SQL Server is the Microsoft-driven relational database management system. This system is used to store data as well as retrieve it when necessary; these functions can be supported by individual users or by multiple users within a larger network. The Microsoft SQL Server has warehousing options, quality and integration services, management tools that are simple to implement, as well as robust tools for development.

Looking at the more technical end of things, Microsoft SQL Server uses query languages such as T-SQL and ANSI SQL. Disaster recovery is one of the product's most prominent features, in addition to in-memory performance, scalability, and corporate business intelligence capabilities.

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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersASR Group, Citrix, State of Indiana, PocketCard Co. Ltd.Microsoft SQL Server is used by businesses in every industry, including Great Western Bank, Aviva, the Volvo Car Corporation, BMW, Samsung, Principality Building Society, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.
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Financial Services Firm
67%
Marketing Services Firm
11%
Manufacturing Company
11%
Healthcare Company
11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
42%
Energy/Utilities Company
19%
Marketing Services Firm
8%
Healthcare Company
6%
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Software R&D Company
14%
Retailer
10%
Transportation Company
10%
Comms Service Provider
10%
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Software R&D Company
17%
Financial Services Firm
13%
Transportation Company
6%
Non Tech Company
6%
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Small Business
20%
Midsize Enterprise
13%
Large Enterprise
67%
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Small Business
14%
Midsize Enterprise
22%
Large Enterprise
64%
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Small Business
32%
Midsize Enterprise
34%
Large Enterprise
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VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
42%
Midsize Enterprise
20%
Large Enterprise
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