If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Microsoft Analytics Platform System, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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 have real application time monitoring. It's not that good. They have to drill back. It's not very interactive.
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 is still a lot of room for improvement, features that other products have that are missing, and a lot of open-source technology nowadays that are very good and people can use instead. I still think five says it is average compared to modern technologies and advancements.
One needs to continually practice with this solution to keep improving. Every day, there are new challenges. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.