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Real User
Business Intelligence Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 27 2018

What is most valuable?

I think the ease of use in the user interface is the best part of it. The ability to customize some of my streams with R and Python has been very useful to me, I've automated a few things with that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are that this product makes us a more efficient sales staff. We're reducing the inefficiencies in the buying patterns of our customers, by calling them when we know they're ready to… more»

What needs improvement?

Like I said, I'm really excited about the enhanced visualization that I know is coming down the pipeline. That, to me, has always been the biggest flaw in using this. It's very difficult to get good… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I came to the World of Watson Conference in 2015, and when I saw SPSS Modeler and what it could do, I just sampled it, and it really, to me, spoke volumes about some of the inefficiencies in the way… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We ended up working directly with an IBM partner, but we also worked with Revelwood and LPA.
ScottMiller
Real User
IT Specialist at a government with 51-200 employees
Mar 22 2018

What is most valuable?

All the statistical models that you are able to access. We have integration where you can write third-party apps. This sort of feature opens it up to being able to do… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has provided us a lot of small wins that we could bring to our leadership and it has given them confidence with what we were doing in regards to analytics. We have used… more»

What needs improvement?

The platform that you can deploy it on needs improvement because I think it is Windows only. I do not think it can run off a Red Hat, like the server products. I am pretty… more»

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

Cost can be a consideration or a factor when looking to try to deploy to more people. Everybody has to be cost conscious, so find a way to receive bigger bundle discounts… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using Excel and beating the heck out of it. We realized with Excel reaching its limits that we need to find out other options. We started to use R, then uncovered… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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Jerry Crabb
Real User
Director of Engineering at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 20 2018

What is most valuable?

* The ability to quickly prototype. * The integration into all the existing environments. * The ability to not have to manage a lot of code.

How has it helped my organization?

We are creating models and putting them into production much faster than we would if we had gone with a strictly, code-based solution, like R or Python. In the time it takes to write the code to build… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like better integration into the Weather Company solution. I have raised a couple of concerns about this integration and having more time series capabilities.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The organization did not have a solution before this one. I was familiar with SPSS having worked there. I knew its capabilities and got them involved on the front-end.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at Microsoft and Alpine Data. I also considered SaaS. I chose IBM SPSS because of their experience with the solution, what they brought to bear, and their relationships. * They are… more»
Greg Michael
Real User
Dealer Analytics Product & Services Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 26 2018

What is most valuable?

I don't use it for governance and security issues or for visual modeling. For data visualization we use ThoughtSpot, Tableau, Power BI. In terms of the graphic capability, those are existing platforms that have a larger user base, so it's unlikely that we'll use Modeler exclusively for data visualization.

What needs improvement?

I really can't think of anything off the top of my head because I feel like I'm under utilizing it as it is, because we're doing specific things. Two or three years ago, I would've said R and Python integration, but they've done that.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Real User
Founding Partner at Altdata Analytics
Nov 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* Automated data cleansing, transformations and imputation of missing data. * Some basic form of feature engineering for classification models, automated binning, etc… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Pretty much the automated modeling process helps us to get going so quickly. * A lot of jobs that are stuck in Excel due to the huge numbers of rows are tackled pretty… more»

What needs improvement?

* Formula writing is not straightforward for an Excel user. Totally new set of functions, and it takes time to learn and teach. * Automating procedures: Writing macros is… more»

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

When you are close to end of quarter, IBM and its partners can get you 60% to 70% discounts, so literally wait for the last day of the quarter for the best prices if you… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used SAS Enterprise Guide and Enterprise Miner. Compared to those, SPSS Modeler is easier to learn and utilize. when compared to Alteryx, Alteryx is a much more… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I checked out RapidMiner, which is a good alternative. However, SPSS Modeler is more capable and automated.
Real User
Vp, Data And Analytics at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 27 2018

What is most valuable?

We are big-time into data analytics. AI is another area which we want to start looking at. Digital banking is important. We are looking more into digital banking and we are trying to put some features in there. I think the trend is more on… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our go-live process has changed compared to the previously programmatic code based process. It’s not just the time to go-live but it’s also the process itself; the improvement in terms of performance, and maintenance is also important. I… more»

What needs improvement?

New features are always welcome, but I’m not the core person. A separate team can comment on this, but not me.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We already had SAS, we had R. It’s all legacy and it’s all homegrown. But we had an IBM shop also.

What other advice do I have?

I would say, look through every product in the market, like we do, and try to pick what works best.
Michael Mance
Real User
Analyst at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 20 2018

What is most valuable?

It handles large data better than the previous system that we were using, which was basically Excel and Access. We serve upwards of 300,000 parts over a 150 regions and we need to crunch a lot of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This is a new installation for us. We have not implemented it fully. It is going live now. Therefore, the impacts have yet to be determined. We are anticipating a more streamlined process.

What needs improvement?

The speed of the system could be improved, but I think that will be fixed once we get our data in line. I do not what additional features that I would like to see in the next release as I am still… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously, we were using an ad hoc system that we developed in-house. It was based on Access databases spitting data back into Excel.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking for an ERP system that would help us streamline the whole process. My director reviewed four or five different scenarios and decided on IBM. We did look at other vendors, but I cannot… more»
Miguel Villalobos
Real User
Director - Institute of Advanced Analytics at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 08 2018

What is most valuable?

It's very easy to use. The drag and drop feature makes it very easy when you are building and testing streams. That's very useful.

How has it helped my organization?

The main benefit is it makes things a little easier to do. If you want to solve a problem with R, for example, that's a lot more of a struggle. Essentially, R is a programming language. This package makes it more user-friendly, particularly for people who do not have a background in programming.

What needs improvement?

I understand that it takes some time to incorporate some of the new algorithms that have come out in the last few months, in the literature. For example, there is an algorithm based on how ants search for food. And there are some algorithms that have now been developed to complement rules. So that's… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
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