IBM SPSS Modeler Other Advice

Business Intelligence Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I'd give it a nine out of 10. I really think that for someone who is not the strongest programmer on the planet, but is trying to learn and trying to put together some of these basic data science projects, it's a really valuable tool, the UI is very user friendly. So, it definitely launched my journey into becoming a data scientist, and three years later I'm becoming a lot stronger with it. In terms of advice, the right partner can make all the difference. You need somebody who you can bounce questions off of when you get stuck, because you're going to get stuck, it's just inevitable. If you haven't implemented data science and predictive modeling before, you're always going to hit a challenge that is unique to your data, or to your process, and you need somebody who can lend the weight of experience to just talk you through it. View full review »
IT Specialist at a government with 51-200 employees
Once you get to the limits of Excel, then you go out and get your pick. Go with a product you know and a vendor you already know Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: We have familiarity with this vendor already. We are already in IBM shops, so it made it easy to go after those products because we already had a good relationship with them. View full review »
Jerry Crabb
Director of Engineering at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Take your time and do some PoCs with this solution and other solutions. At the end of the day, you will be highly impressed with SPSS capabilities and the capability to get models into production. You should take a hard look at SPSS. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * The vendor's willingness to invest in the relationship * Vendor's experience * Product's stability * Bringing the enterprise solution to bear. There are a lot of vendors out there that have been around for three or four years, what I would consider startups. Then you have enterprise solutions, which have been around for 20 or 30 years. View full review »
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Greg Michael
Dealer Analytics Product & Services Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's a solution that was available when I entered the role. I have heard from others who were in the process of trying to start from ground-zero, and the tendency for them is to go with open-source because of the revenue model, obviously. I would say, if you're considering that open source-solution, definitely consider Modeler as well. Put together some kind of proposal that allows you to figure out how much time it's going to take individual people to create those models, versus being able to have an out-of-the-box solution that gets your team going more immediately. Support is another benefit of going with Modeler over open-source. SPSS has been around for a long time. IBM acquired them, and they've added functionality and features to meet the needs of growing data science populations. View full review »
Founding Partner at Altdata Analytics
Do not dive into the server directly. It is very hefty for just doing calculations that can already be done by SQL Server R or Oracle or teradata at hand... Maximize the utilization of the desktop tool first. It is not a BI tool. It is pure analytics. It does not do reporting as well. And you unfortunately cannot publish your results to Qlik, Tableau, or Power BI. this was another reason we switched to Alteryx. View full review »
Vp, Data And Analytics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would say, look through every product in the market, like we do, and try to pick what works best. View full review »
Michael Mance
Analyst at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
SPSS and TM1 are so versatile that it depends on how you set it up within your company and with whomever guides them through it, because it is so customizable. You need a good guide and what you want out of it, as it is very transparent. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: ease of use. They should be able to handle our unique situation. We have many branches with many moving parts, and also a lot of internal customers. View full review »
Miguel Villalobos
Director - Institute of Advanced Analytics at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Weigh the pros and cons. A lot of companies do not want to go with SPSS Modeler because of cost. What I have told some of my customers - I do some consulting as part of my job at the university - is, don't look just at the dollars and cents, look at benefits in your use case. In terms of selecting a vendor, the most important thing to me is the availability of support. Maybe I'm biased because I used it for a long time at IBM, but I would give it a 10 out of 10. View full review »
Clinical Assistant Professor at a university
I would definitely recommend that other people try it. I still use it because when I got the latest version it had all those things that I wish I would've had when I was working at the office. View full review »
Research Assistant
If I had a colleague that was looking for a status analyzer I would recommend that they get started with SPSS. And if they want to go further I would suggest another option like SAS. Because, once again, you'll have more power to develop the algorithms, to improve the algorithms. View full review »
Analyst at American Airlines
Give it a try, start with a proof of concept, and see where it leads. View full review »
Unit Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
You should analyze your needs and your data, your projects. There is a lot of choice in data analytics. Which one is best depends on your needs and your budget. It depends on what you are looking to achieve. View full review »
Charles-Antoine Drouin
Bi Analyst at Health Canada
I have not used the visual modeling capability very much. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: As we are part of the government, we put up a proposal (an RFP). The government always select the lowest price meeting the requirements. That is who wins it. It is out of our control. We do not choose a vendor. It is a process. View full review »
Product Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
If you're hiring a data scientist, you don't need IBM SPSS Modeler. If you only have an MBA who needs to be running proofs of concept, then buy IBM SPSS Modeler. View full review »
Product Team at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
I would recommend SPSS to someone who has just started trying to run a lot of modeling, it's a good starting point. It is very easy to use and will do the basics. It does what it needs to do, but it's simple. If I want to modify things, then maybe I need to find something else. View full review »
Graduate Assistant
I would advise my colleagues to use SPSS, depending on the work that they want to do. Though for complex issues I might advise them to use better software. View full review »
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