Microsoft Analytics Platform System Overview

Microsoft Analytics Platform System is the #17 ranked solution in our list of top Data Warehouse tools. It is most often compared to Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics: Microsoft Analytics Platform System vs Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics

What is Microsoft Analytics Platform System?
The Microsoft Analytics Platform System can meet the demands of your evolving data warehouse environment with its scale-out, massively parallel processing integrated system supporting hybrid data warehouse scenarios. It provides the ability to query across relational and non-relational data by leveraging Microsoft PolyBase and industry-leading big data technologies. It offers the lowest price per terabyte for large data warehouse workloads.

Microsoft Analytics Platform System is also known as Microsoft APS, MS Analytics Platform System, MS Analytics Platform System, MS Analytics Platform System.

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Microsoft Analytics Platform System Customers
Transport for London, E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co. KG, Prometeia, Tangerine, SSM Health Care, Service Corporation International
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Microsoft Analytics Platform System pricing:
  • "The initial price is lower than Oracle, but extensive use of SQL may lead to a higher total cost of ownership."
  • "Users have to pay extra for premium-level technical support."
  • "We are currently paying $200,000 a year for all the different parts of the suite during an ingest model Microsoft now charges us $700,000 a year."

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Delivery Lead at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Has unique functionality for advanced analytics but could use enhancement in machine learning and AI features

What is our primary use case?

My primary use for this product would be as a data warehouse and to do business analysis.

Pros and Cons

  • "The Cube Solution is quite different when compared to the rest of the competition and has unique functionality for advanced analytics."
  • "Functionality needs to be more up-to-date with competing products."
  • "The pricing model needs to be improved."
  • "Machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities need to be more friendly for beginning users."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to people considering this solution is that as a user and administrator you need to know the internal workings of the product. We can downplay that software by simply saying that it is just a database engine like all the other ones without finding out the real capabilities. You need to know the capabilities in-depth to know what sets the product apart from other products and if the features are the features and capabilities that you need. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product overall as a five. This is probably because there…
Data Solution Architect at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
This suite of products performs many different and important tasks as a well-integrated system

What is our primary use case?

I am a freelancer in this area. Microsoft Analytics Platform System is a suite of many different products. I have been busy using Microsoft Analytics Platform for the last 10 years and it is not really one single product. There are many different tools and many different technologies used both on cloud and on-premise. It is maybe a hundred products. There is not one single component that I would call Microsoft Analytics Platform System because it is just that: a system. Because that is the case, it is very difficult to pick one thing as most important or that we use it for most because it is… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "This is a well-integrated solution and that integration empowers results."
  • "Releases of new products and functionality is never accompanied by associated documentation, training and resources that adequately explain the release."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend and do recommend using this product for others who need it. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as an eight-out-of-ten.
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Manager - Infrastructure at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Top 5Leaderboard
Integrated with other Azure products but the real application time monitoring needs to be improved

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for monitoring our servers. We have a virtual fleet within Azure and we monitor that.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like that it's integrated with other Azure products."
  • "I think the biggest problem with the product is that it does a data ingest model, which is very expensive."

What other advice do I have?

If you're going to do it, do it seriously. Implement it straight away. Don't do it piecemeal like we've done. Get the best out of it as you can. The trouble is Microsoft has changed their licensing. It's an extremely expensive product now. We are currently paying $200,000 a year for all the different parts of the suite during an ingest model Microsoft now charges us $700,000 a year. They changed the whole product but and the way it used to be done. You would buy a license per server and now it's an ingest model on data. I would rate it a four out of ten. To make it a higher score, they should…
Solution Manager at Erste group
Real User
Easy to install, good connectivity with databases, and good reporting

What is our primary use case?

We are integrating services to collect data and this solution is used to analyze data, prepare results, and then generate reports.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is database connectivity. This solution will connect to any database, you can combine databases, and you can create a cube or tabular model. This includes, for example, a relational model.

What needs improvement?

The flexibility of this solution needs to be improved because you cannot make changes at every one of the different steps.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have…