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AaronCooke
Real User
Founder at Helio Summit
Dec 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The key feature is the automated model-building. It has a good UI that will let people who aren't data scientists get in there and upload datasets and actually start… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The automated AI model-building reduces the time that projects take. Before I started working with SparkCognition, I worked on several projects where it took months, and… more »

What needs improvement?

There's always room for improvement in the UI and continuing to evolve it to do everything that the rest of AI can do. Because it's so much better than traditional… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Darwin has a great value statement. Customers always want it to be a little bit cheaper, but in the context of otherwise having to hire data scientists the pricing is very… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The route we looked at previously was that of hiring data scientists and having them build a model. That wasn't a business we wanted to be in, as far as our consulting… more »

What other advice do I have?

Machine learning is definitely not pixie dust. Often people fall into the trap of thinking "Oh, I just throw in some AI and it's going to magically make my data better."… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at some of the PowerAI stuff. We really got into it because we had a customer with a very specific problem. We started looking at what's out there and we looked… more »
NataliaCueto
Real User
Head of Technology at CapitalTech
Dec 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The model processing is valuable. However, what I find most valuable of all is the time. With the team, we could have maybe reached these numbers, but it would have taken… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Due to the predictions that we have been able to do because of the use of Darwin, we have decreased our delinquency index. We were almost at nine percent by July. After… more »

What needs improvement?

The challenge is very big toward making models operational or to industrialize them. E.g., what we want to do is to make unique credit models for each customer. So, we are… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The license cost is not cheap, especially not for markets like Mexico. But sometimes, you do have to make these leap of faith for some tools to see if they can get you the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another data intelligence solution before Darwin. We used regular traditional statistical tools, like Data Studio and R, but not something as powerful as… more »

What other advice do I have?

Do not be intimidated by the apparent complexity of it because it is more user-friendly than you think. It makes AI easy. Start testing it because it's very trial and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went with Darwin for its potential of disrupting the market with a new type of technology that could allow us to give unique customer journey experiences, which is what… more »
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JuliaJenal
Real User
Junior Data Scientist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 10 2019

What is most valuable?

I really liked how there were a lot of abilities to tweak how it was going to run: How many folds you were going to use and cross-validation. Also, while it wasn't super-relevant to me, I liked the data checking feature where it looks at… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Darwin is really useful for people who don't necessarily do a lot of data science. A lot of what you're doing in Darwin, while it's a lot more efficient, you could do yourself if you had the knowledge and the time. It's definitely more… more »

What needs improvement?

There were a couple flaws when I was using it that they've probably fixed by now. For example, scroll bars were not sticking; various little things that made it feel like it was still in beta mode. What I found was most important was the… more »

What other advice do I have?

Go into it with the mindset of playing around with it to see how it can work with different tweaks. You would probably want to start with one of their use cases that you know is going to work properly. My project was weird and didn't really… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I've never used anything else that packages everything together and does a lot of the work on its own. I used Azure Notebook and I use AWS coding in their version of Jupyter Notebook. I did use Weka back in college, which is also a machine… more »
Real User
Business Intelligence Director at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Dec 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution helps with the automatic assessment of the quality of datasets, such as missing data points or incorrect data types.

How has it helped my organization?

Both of our use cases are valuable. On one side it creates more business, but on the other side, it prevents impact on our company's equity. We have seen positive results on both sides, but especially… more »

What needs improvement?

We have used Darwin as a complement to other tools like R and SPSS to get the accuracy we want. This is one thing we've told the people at SparkCognition and they're working on it. In these kinds of… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our CEO started everything. He brought Darwin to us. We have also been using R and SPSS. There are a lot of differences between each of them. In R you have to code, but you can do more things. The… more »

What other advice do I have?

One of the most important things we learned, and that we also recommend to other companies, is to have a data link; to have all their data ready. Without data you cannot use Darwin. You really need… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't test any other AI solutions.
EmmanuelCruz
Real User
Manager, Business Data Analytics at CapitalTech
Dec 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The thing that I find most valuable is the ability to clean the data. In addition, it helps us to create a model. Instead of trying things one-at-a-time, Darwin helps us to improve models and select the best one.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of data sets with different kinds of mistakes. We're using Darwin to help us to fill in the blank spaces. It helps us to solve that problem and clean the data when we have blank spaces in it. We are increasing our number of… more »

What needs improvement?

Our main data repository is on AWS. The trouble we are having is that we have to download the data from our repository to bring it into Darwin. It would be great if there was an API to connect our repository to Darwin. It would provide… more »

What other advice do I have?

You need to have good data sets to get good results. Before Darwin, you need to work on your data sets to have the correct data sets to make the correct models. Darwin is a solid solution, but the main advice that I have is that if you… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In my studies, I work with a solution called BigML.
Real User
Artificial Intelligence Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the model-generation. With a nice dataset, Darwin gives you a nice model. That's a really nice feature because, if we're doing that ourselves, it's trial and error; we… more »

How has it helped my organization?

When you start to use Darwin, you realize how the parameters improve the model. Darwin uses an algorithm that creates 10 or 15 generations and gives you a really accurate model; a more accurate model… more »

What needs improvement?

An area where Darwin might be a little weak is its automatic assessment of the quality of datasets. The first results it produces in this area are good, but in our experience, we have found that extra… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I believe our cost is $1,000 per month.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not have a previous solution. I'm just an engineer. My manager came to me and said, "Now we have Darwin," and we started to use it.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to do extra cleaning of your data. Darwin is good when it has a really nice, clean dataset to generate a model, but you need to work at it to make sure you have that kind of dataset. On… more »
WaqarChaudhry
Reseller
Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Dec 22 2019

What is most valuable?

In regards to removing null values and the like, it did do so but that's a pretty basic task. I don't need an entire tool to do something like that. I can do it very quickly in Python or R. In terms of streamlining a lot of the low-level… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's a good tool for a beginner business analyst. I don't think it's good for advanced analytics. When I created a model, versus when Darwin created a model, my model seemed to perform better, simply because I have more knowledge about the… more »

What needs improvement?

The solution's ability to capture complex relationships over time and the resulting accuracy of its predictions could be improved. They could also improve customer relations with education on how to use the tool. It took us quite a while to… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using open-source software such as Python and R. We wanted something simpler and easier and faster to use. That's why we looked into SparkCognition.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I learned from using Darwin, honestly, was that they should interface with their clients much quicker and much more easily. They should make that process seamless to make sure clients are up and running ASAP so they can… more »
TalhaKhwaja
Real User
Software Engineer (ML/CompVision) at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Dec 10 2019

What is most valuable?

I found Darwin a simple tool. It's a really helpful. It's easy to clean data forwards and backwards when we need to analyze it and to get a quick model. The solution’s ability to capture complex… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We just load the data, then analyze the data. We just check if some of the data is missing or if there are some outliers in the data. We can analyze the data to see what are the relations between the… more »

What needs improvement?

The automatic generation of some models doesn't work. If it was automatic, this would accelerate the work that we do. As a data scientist, I would find some other tools available for new methods which… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As far as I understand, my company is not paying anything to use the product.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using open source tools, but nothing similar to Darwin.

What other advice do I have?

Once Darwin went down, then the product went down as well. This was a small issue. I would rate Darwin as an eight or nine out of 10, as a nontechnical person. I would prefer a tool with more control… more »

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