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Ling Li
Real User
Intern at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 13 2018

What is most valuable?

It provides very fast problem solving and I don't need to do much coding in it. I just drag and drop.

What needs improvement?

They could add more detailed examples of the functionality of every node, how it works and how we can use it, to make things easier at the beginning.

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

Previously I used some programming tools, but I needed to do a lot of coding. KNIME is simpler to use. The most important factor when I'm looking at which vendor or product to go with is the program's features.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it at nine out of 10. It's good, it makes thing easier.
Consultant
Data Science Consultant
Apr 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* The very easy-to-use visual interface * Help functions and clear explanations of the functionalities and the used algorithms * Data Wrangling and data manipulation functionalities are certainly sufficient, as well as the looping possibilities which help you to automate parts of the analysis For… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The clients I performed the analyses for were all very pleased with the results. For churn prediction, one of the companies proactively started contacting clients with high risk to churn, resulting in drastically decreasing churn rates. For organizations with a small team of data analysts or data… more»

What needs improvement?

The visualization functionalities are not good (cannot be compared to, for instance, the possibilities in R). The program is not fit for handling very large files or databases (greater than 1GB); it gets too slow and has a tendency to crash easily.

What other advice do I have?

I used it quite intensively for 10 months, long enough get familiar with it, to follow training, to use it in in several projects, to ask questions on the user forum.
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Giovanni Marano
Real User
Senior Data Scientist
Apr 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* Easy to connect with every database: We use queries from SQL, Redshift, Oracle. * Easy to have a clear view of the data at every single step of the ETL process, with the consequent possibility of changing the flow according to your needs.

How has it helped my organization?

In addition to leveraging KNIME flexibility to query data from our database for ad-hoc business cases, the product is very easy to understand even for non-analytical stakeholders. Sometimes we provide them with KNIME workflows and teach them how to run it on their own machine. In some particular… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the data visualization part is the area most in need of improvement.

What other advice do I have?

I’ve been using KNIME for more than four years now. I started using it in the company I was working for in Rome (Paddy Power Italy), then I moved to headquarters in Dublin (Paddy Power Ireland/UK) and started using it for their business. Eventually, I moved to the United States and started using it… more»
Real User
Business Analyst at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* Visual workflow creation * Workflow variables (parameterisation) * Automatic caching of all intermediate data sets in the workflow * Scheduling with the server

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to automate several functions which were done manually. I can integrate several data sets quickly and easily, to support analytics.

What needs improvement?

The overall user experience feels unpolished. * Data field type conversion is a real hassle, and date fields are a hassle. * Documentation is pretty poor. * User community… more»

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

KNIME desktop is free, which is great for analytics teams. Server is well priced, depending on how much support is required.

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

Alteryx. KNIME is much cheaper. The KNIME desktop client is free. KNIME handles 95% of our requirements.

What other advice do I have?

I rate it a seven out of 10. It's very useful but needs polish and improved UX and UI in several areas. For quick adoption, either get KNIME to provide training, or have a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Alteryx.
Evans Otalor
Real User
Business Intelligence Manager at Telecoms
Mar 19 2018

What do you think of KNIME?

What is our primary use case?

Primarily used for advanced analytics, include designing and running predictive models, and conducting segmentation analysis. With KNIME, I connect to different data sources but usually need to conduct some data transformations before the main task is carried out. My results are usually written to a database, then I use a different tool for data visualization

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to easily implement advanced analytics into various processes.

What is most valuable?

Easy to use nodes for ETL processes. This is because, in many cases, I usually transform the data before the main task even when the data is from a structured database.

What needs improvement?

Data visualization.

For how long have I used the solution?

Dusty Evely
Real User
Business Analyst at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Mar 19 2018

What is most valuable?

I know I don't use it to its full capacity, but I love the Rule Engine feature. It has allowed me to create lookup tables on the fly and break down text fields into quantifiable data.

How has it helped my organization?

I had been doing this via a mix of Excel macros and some things by hand. Even with the macros, it would take me 30-plus minutes every week, and even that was just for the raw data to get to pivot… more»

What needs improvement?

I'd like something that would make it easier to connect/parse websites, although I will fully admit that I'm not as proficient in KNIME as I would like to be, so it could be I'm just missing… more»

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

I had been using a combination of Excel macros and manual entry. I switched because I was looking for something a bit quicker and automated, something to remove as much human error as possible.

What other advice do I have?

Do training up front to make building workflows clean and easy from the start.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I ran through a couple different options. None of them matched up to what KNIME could do.
Agus Kurdiyanto
Real User
Solution Integrator at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Mar 19 2018

What is most valuable?

Most important, it is open-source. Next is the ETL which helps me to collect, reformat, and load the data from multiple sources into one destination, a storage database.

How has it helped my organization?

It very much helps me to do my job while supporting my organization's delivery of service to our client.

What needs improvement?

I would like it to have data visualitation capabilities. Today I'm still creating my own data visualtions tools to present my reports. In my environment, I need to access a lot of servers with… more»

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

I created my own script. I switched to KNIME because it simplifies the flow of my script into one workspace, and doesn't necessitate a lot of jobs in my system.

What other advice do I have?

If you like data analysis, KNIME is the best option. It's free and easy to set up.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, KNIME is my first choice because it's open-source and has features to combine with other scripts.
Prithviraj Dutta
Real User
Data Scientist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 18 2018

What do you think of KNIME?

What is our primary use case?

We have used KNIME for text processing, specifically for leveraging the text processing features for entity extraction, document classification, relationship extraction, and other such NLP tasks.

How has it helped my organization?

We are far from reaping the benefits of this platform as an organization. However, so far, we have been able to appreciate the considerable reduction in prototyping time.

What is most valuable?

The most useful features are the readily available extensions that speed up the work. For instance, KNIME offers multiple document taggers, which one can use with relative ease. Similarly, the number of predefined NER taggers are also very handy.

What needs improvement?

The documentation needs a proper rework. 

For how long

Real User
Partner, Turkey and The Netherlands at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Dec 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Easy ETL operations * Rich algorithm set * Integrated with other languages like R, Python, and Java. * Works together with other technologies like DeepLearning4j… more»

How has it helped my organization?

My organization's field of activity is to develop business applications for niche areas. Almost three years ago, we decided to extend our solutions with advanced… more»

What needs improvement?

I mentioned about the distributed architecture in my previous answer, but they did with version 3.5. This time maybe I could add the integration with graph databases like… more»

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

KNIME is open sourced platform and has a free desktop version with unlimited data size and functionality. Also, the server version is good for teams and enterprise… more»

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

Before KNIME, I used SQL language and Excel for data analysis but machine learning algorithms. In parallel to KNIME, I worked on a few projects with R and Python… more»

What other advice do I have?

Data Science requires freedom for creativity. Sometimes you need to crawl data from the web or social media. Sometimes you need to blend different sources like NoSQL… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The Open Source licensing and community support is one of our important criteria. The second one is the interoperability with other technologies and openness to different… more»
Dharma Teja
Consultant
Associate Analyst at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Usability, and organising workflows in very neat manner. Controlling workflow through variables is something amazing.

How has it helped my organization?

Lot of manual work has been automated through this and single solution created on this can be used by others, too. We have implemented the same thing in our organization… more»

What needs improvement?

Data handling capacity. Currently it handless 25M rows of data, after which you will face lagging issue. System resource usage. Knime will occupy total system RAM size and… more»

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

It is free of cost. It is GNU licensed.

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

Previously, we used Alteryx for harmonizing. Cost was the main reason for the switch.

What other advice do I have?

It is best one for harmonizing data with no cost included.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Vendor
CEO with 11-50 employees
Jul 25 2015

What is most valuable?

* It has an excellent interface * Is very easy to use * It really boosts productivity * The performance is impressive, even in a normal laptop * The diversity of tools for pre-processing is very handy * The integration with R and Weka, make… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have use it in industry projects, for internal experiments, and for teaching.

What needs improvement?

The diversity of native algorithms could be improved.

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

I used the old Clementine solution (now in the IBM portfolio). I also keep using Weka, but now I tend to use Knime more, which ends up being more versatile, since it can integrate R and Weka.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, but long ago. I evaluated Oracle Data Mining, Clementine, and SAS Enterprise Miner.

What is KNIME?

KNIME is the leading open platform for data-driven innovation helping organizations to stay ahead of change. Use our open-source, enterprise-grade analytics platform to discover the potential hidden in your data, mine for fresh insights or predict new futures.
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KNIME customers
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