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GaryM
Real User
Data Architect at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 29 2017

What is most valuable?

Documentation has excellent potential as it provides the capability to generate data lineage and a complete set of rich... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It did not pass usability, reliability, sustainability or performance tests so there was no potential benefit other... more»

What needs improvement?

In my opinion, the tool requires a much different architectural approach to be effective. It has fundamental... more»

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

Factor in the price of specialized consulting who know this product. They're hard to find and expensive.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Currently use a traditional ETL tool that meets our requirements. The test scenario involved around 250 GB of source... more»

What other advice do I have?

The compelling selling point for this and similar tools as "datamart in a box" providers is that they are pre-built... more»
Kevin Marshbank
Real User
BI Architect at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 07 2017

What is most valuable?

Automated creation of documentation, quick time to market, ease of use, code standardization and support for Data Vault... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We can focus on the data itself (data quality, MDM, metrics) instead of spending time building code to move and... more»

What needs improvement?

Since WS supports Data Vault 2.0, I would like to see automated support for hash keys on the appropriate Data Vault... more»

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

Because WS builds native SQL code you don't have to worry about vendor lock-in as with other solutions. If you decide... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

1. Information Builders iWay Data Migrator 2. SQL Server Integration Services 3. Hand coded SQL procedures Data... more»

What other advice do I have?

No solution is perfect and I could probably find nits here and there, however, I find WhereScape RED to be exactly what... more»
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Ken Flerlage
Real User
Business Intelligence Architect at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Automation, Automation, Automation.... Automation of Data Warehouse Tasks - Traditional ETL tools are a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to build data models much faster than previously and much faster than using a traditional ETL tool. It... more»

What needs improvement?

As with any product, there are things that can be improved, but most are fairly minor, including things like greater... more»

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

The product is much less expensive than traditional ETL tools. Licensing is very simple to understand.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Our purchase of WhereScape was part of a larger re-architecture of our data warehouse. We chose to move away from other... more»

What other advice do I have?

As other reviewers have noted, data warehouse automation requires you to change your thinking and perspective somewhat.... more»
Jeff Christen
Real User
Manager Data Warehousing at a university with 10,001+ employees
Feb 06 2017

What is most valuable?

* Metadata-based architecture * Ability to prototype solutions quickly * Automated documentation * Great performance

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest win for my organization are the great improvements we have seen in load / refresh processing time over our... more»

What needs improvement?

I would love to see a GUI interface for defining dependencies between build processes. RED provides a spreadsheet like... more»

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

An additional influencing factor in our decision to purchase RED is their licensing model. The other products we... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously had a traditional ETL tool, which was being sunset by the vendor.

What other advice do I have?

WhereScape RED has been a great fit for my organization.
John Stassi
Real User
Senior Director, Software Development at a consultancy
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of WhereScape RED is its metadata-driven approach to data warehouse ETL development, although... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, our data warehouse codebase was homegrown, hand-written stored procedures that made scheduling,... more»

What needs improvement?

Self-Documentation capabilities while good, are an area we would like to see continued improvement.

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

WhereScape was very fair during pricing and licensing. We were an early adopter of the tool in the US almost 6 years... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Previously, we did a great deal of MS SQL Server stored procedure and SSIS package development. We knew we did not want... more»

What other advice do I have?

I highly recommend engaging with WhereScape service consultants during adoption of RED. Learn the best practices they... more»
Kenneth Edwards
Real User
Data Technology Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

* The automatic generation of all scripts allows for a very agile development process. * Wherescape also generates very thorough documentation... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The development speed was greatly improved by using WhereScape. It saves time in virtually every aspect of building a Data Warehouse. It... more»

What needs improvement?

There are some newer features that haven't been included in the training materials yet so they're a little outdated (although the help... more»

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

WhereScape pays for itself very quickly.

Which solutions did we use previously?

No, this was a ground-up Data Warehouse build.
Jim Mihalick
User
Sr. Technical Consultant/Architect with 11-50 employees
Jan 23 2018

What is most valuable?

* It does all the code generation for you. It has very easy code to read, and it is efficient. * Auto documentation feature * Plenty of additional custom documentation features *... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to produce consistently created, well-documented, easy to maintain DW solutions for our clients. This is a fantastically, robust DW tool that will make you at... more»

What needs improvement?

Here are some things that could improve the overall experience: * A tool to diagnose what is missing from the environment for WhereScape to install successfully. * Improve the... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

* DataStage * SSIS
Daniel Sprague
Real User
Director Information Systems & Software Development at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
May 31 2018

What is most valuable?

Documentation (both user and technical): With so many moving parts, it is hard to keep track of the gazillion databases, tables, columns, and sources. RED generates comprehensive documentation and regenerates it as quickly as things changes,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

RED has provided us the ability to integrate, stage, and transform data from diverse sources into an enterprise-grade data warehouse which meets the needs of my organization, but it also enables us to easily and quickly make ETL or DW... more»

What needs improvement?

Jobs cannot be deleted via the deployment package. When deploying from dev to QA or production, a job has to be retired. The job has to be manually removed from the target environment.
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What is WhereScape RED?

WhereScape RED is data warehouse software to help build data warehouses faster. But it is more than that. It also helps you to build data warehouses that are easy to support, change and extend. It is an integrated development environment, or IDE, especially designed to build great data warehouses faster in SQL Server, Teradata, DB2 and Oracle.
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