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Vendor
Business Intelligence and Decision Support Team Leader at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 30 2015

What is most valuable?

ETL is very useful. We use Data Services not only with data warehouse development but also integration with other 3rd parties and external data.

How has it helped my organization?

We have integration with 30 different systems now. Business users manual data-entry load has decreased, and data between different systems are consistent in almost-real time. We can develop… more »

What needs improvement?

Data mining and more visualized reports are the next steps.

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

No, we did not.

What other advice do I have?

First, perform an analysis of your business users' requirements. The data quality and your data warehouse models are the most important parts of a BI project. Design the model from both business… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* Cognos * Microsoft SSIS * SSRS
Vendor
Sr Solution Architect, Data at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 17 2014

What is most valuable?

Connectivity with SAP and low impact on SAP environments. Also overall stability of the product.

How has it helped my organization?

Kellogg (the company I work for) used this product for data migration into the new SAP environment that we have established for North America. We also used the tool during the Pringles acquisition.

What needs improvement?

Matching Transforms are quite complex.

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

Since I was not involved with the initial setup I am not able to answer a question about the start-up cost. As far as day-to-day cost, it is minimal (1/4 FTE) due to its stability.

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

No.

What other advice do I have?

Depends on the environment. If you are connecting to SAP environment I would recommend involvement of a 3rd party vendor with experience.
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Vendor
Consultant at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Nov 11 2014

What is most valuable?

* Impact and Lineage analysis. * Auto Documentation. * Recovery of jobs. * Text Data Processing.

How has it helped my organization?

I've done a migration project (from OWB to BODS) in Singapore. The reason customer opted for BODS over OWB was automated trigger E-mail when job fails and the recovery of the jobs from the point it failed in the last execution. Also, when loading data from flat files, once the data loading from a… more »

What needs improvement?

When working with custom functions, many times it fails to execute (from 4.0 onwards) because of the data types mismatch errors. This has to be corrected.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

OWB.
Consultant
Manager, Data and Analytics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 28 2014

What do you think of SAP Data Services?

What is most valuable?

SAP ERP and Salesforce.com integration.

How has it helped my organization?

We now have a single ETL tool for all data integration.

What needs improvement?

Technical Support; platform and database version support.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three and a half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, with some of the SAP extractors.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Fair. Technical Support: Not good enough.

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

Yes. We previously used Microsoft SSIS, but found this a poor solution for our…
Consultant
Business Intelligence Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 28 2014

What do you think of SAP Data Services?

Valuable Features

Scalability and easy to use.

Room for Improvement

There are a lot of version improvements in the years and makes it hard to sync up with older versions of the same tool.

Use of Solution

1 Year.

Stability Issues

It is very stable and doesn't crash easily.

Scalability Issues

Nope.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: On a Scale of 1-5, I would give them 3. Technical Support: On a Scale of 1-5, I would give them 3.

Initial Setup

It was already setup on the client system. I used it just for ETL purpose.

ROI

Pretty Good

Other Advice

Its a very great tool to be used for ETL process. It has support for all the databases and in most cases, it generates SQL by itself which is a big help for beginners.
Consultant
Business System Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 27 2014

What is most valuable?

Lineage analysis where used, export options, custom functions, connectivity to Business Warehouse (BW).

How has it helped my organization?

Fast data load to BW PSA, more integration options between different DBs.

What needs improvement?

Connections to DBs (datastores), unusual behavior of temp. and permanent tables that just get corrupted sometimes and only solution is to recreate them or re-import from data store.

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

Previously BW was being used, but is was a closed system , we had new source application which contained information in oracle and SQL DBs, and BW wasn't very good at loading the data in schedules.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nope, because of its connectivity to BW it was choosen
Vendor
Coordinator of response units at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Oct 27 2014

What do you think of SAP Data Services?

Valuable Features:

Friendly interface and online jobs.

Improvements to My Organization:

It gave us an easy way to collect different data sources into an analytic DB.

Use of Solution:

3 years.

Initial Setup:

It is straightforward.

Implementation Team:

I did it.

Other Advice:

It's a good product which does not require deep knowledge of programming and integrates well with SAP othet products.
Vendor
Director - Customer Intelligence at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 26 2014

What is most valuable?

Data Quality and ETL. The product has fantastic data quality options and matching/consolidation features. The ETL is very powerful and easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to increase data quality on the back-end. We didn't have great front-end capture. We are also able to add additional data sources very easily.

What needs improvement?

Error logging is very cryptic. Embedded Data flows are only customizable on either input or output, not both.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Informatica. Wasn't as easy to use as Data Services and the data quality was not as robust.
Vendor
Business Intelligence Engineer at a religious institution with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 23 2014

What is most valuable?

The graphical user interface and powerful SQL generation capabilities make the coding of ETL flows very easy and efficient. The ability to easily run processes in parallel or sequentially is also very valuable. Overall the ease of use is Data Services key benefit.

What needs improvement?

While Data Services performs very well when dealing with relational structures and to a lesser degree with delimited files, there is significant room from improvement with the integration with web services and related data formats (XML, JSON, etc.). We have had to code our own ETL processes in Python or Java to extract data from all but the simplest web services.

What other advice do I have?

If you have a need to access non-relational data sources, review the tool’s capabilities for your specific use cases very carefully.
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 21 2014

What is most valuable?

Data Quality Transforms, Data Cleanse, Platform, Match.

How has it helped my organization?

Doing De-Deduplication of data for Data Cleansing is much easier and has been revolutionised with Data Services. Especially used in conjunction with SAP Information Stewards.

What needs improvement?

It needs a Web-client.

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

SSIS. I switched because a) my current company specialises in Data Services and b) because DS is the best tool for working with SAP ERP and SAP Hana.

What other advice do I have?

Prepare well, read the installation guide and make sure you have all the boxes ticked before going ahead and installing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

SSIS only.
Consultant
Microstrategy Developer Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 21 2014

What do you think of SAP Data Services?

For how long have I used the solution?

I am Microstrategy BI developer with 6 years experience and with 1 year experience on SAP Data Services.

How are customer service and technical support?

Out of 5, I would give SAP Data Services technical support a 4.5. The technical support from SAP was quick and technically very clear. The way the issues are being reviewed and the response we receive are great.

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

The first ETL tool being implemented is SAP Data Services and it was implemented during 2008.

What about the implementation team?

The product was implemented by a third party consulting company. The implementation was good from a technical perspective, but there were few flaws in the business logic which the third party…
Vendor
Project Leader with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 21 2014

What is most valuable?

The easy integration with SAP Systems and the possibility to create a dataflow which is executed directly in the SAP system source.

How has it helped my organization?

With the dataflows created in Dataservices, the customer could load and consolidate data from three different offices (USA, Europe and Argentina) using the same dataflows… more »

What needs improvement?

We used a different repository for every consultant and it created problems to maintain the final version of each dataflow in every user. I think there should exist a… more »

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

As the person in charge of the consultancy, we didn’t have costs.

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

No, in that project we only used BO Dataservices.

What other advice do I have?

From my point of view, Dataservices is a good ETL choice if there are SAP systems in the sources or the targets (it can help to make BW transformations much easier). In… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before working with Dataservices I had worked with other solutions, but in this project we had no choice of another tool. Anyway, I think that Dataservices was a good… more »
Consultant
Senior Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 20 2014

What is most valuable?

- Its single infrastructure for Data Migration and Data Integration. - Heterogeneous processing with broad database support. - Parsing, Standardization and Cleansing the Data. - Matching and consolidation of records. - Multi-user support… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It helps our organization and our clients achieve its goals and objectives by having the right information at the right time and at the right people. We can standardize business information though data is disparate or came from many sources… more »

What needs improvement?

I think it has a little trouble handling more users running parallel batch jobs in one job server but minimal.

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

Yes, because its more dynamic and has so many features.

What other advice do I have?

You can leverage this product in all your business needs regarding data or information or any business requirements in the systems but first you must find a dedicated consultant or developer for this product and they should also train the… more »

What is SAP Data Services?

You cannot afford to run your business on questionable data. With SAP® Data Services software, you can access, transform, and connect data to fuel your critical business processes. Together, these enterprise-class solutions enable data integration and data quality, providing the right level of insight across your business so you can make better decisions and operate more effectively.

Also known as
SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator, BusinessObjects Data Integrator
SAP Data Services customers

EMC Corporation, LivePerson, Eldorado, Mozzart, The VELUX Group, AOK Bundesverband, Hilti Group, Nissha Printing Company Ltd., Asian Paints, Aareal Bank Group, Migros Group

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