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GaryM
Real User
Data Architect at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 05 2019

What do you think of SSIS?

Sql Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2016 Review Summary SSIS 2016 - the Good the Bad, and the Ugly SSIS is a unique ETL tool for a number of reasons. Most shops already own it but may treat it as a one-off free utility rather than as an enterprise ETL tool even though it can compete with the best of ETL tools. The lack of respect is primarily due to immature beginnings in its former "DTS" days. And some of it is because it comes bundled "free" with Sql Server and does not normally run (but can) on a separate server.  It can't be good if its free right?  Especially when competitors easily charge 6 figures for  their tools. Don't we get what we pay for?  My answer is, generally yes but this is a really big exception. SSIS has become extremely flexible, extensible and…
Toby Ward
Consultant
CEO at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jan 30 2019

What do you think of SharePoint?

SharePoint has conquered the enterprise intranet. Although the conquest is never as bloody nor expensive as more invasive conquests, such as the Mongols under Genghis Khan, intranet citizens are not always thrilled by the new system and structure under Gates Khan. SharePoint is present in 80% of the Fortune 100; and plays a prominent intranet role in about 70% of knowledge worker intranets (either powering the main intranet portal, or delivering associated collaboration sites and/or document repositories). This in spite of its history. SharePoint 2007 was a dog; SharePoint 2010 was a dressed-up dog; but SharePoint 2013 represents a leap forward, and SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 represent considerable improvement into a a very usable, complex digital workplace solution. SharePoint…
Aaron Krytus
Real User
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
Apr 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Customized Dashboard, Site-to-site and point-to-Site VPN, Virtual Machines, Web Apps, SQL, SharePoint, Storage, Test/Dev… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Creating VMs for development has been huge since we ran out of resources locally. Creating Hybrid solutions provides us… more»

What needs improvement?

Pricing is very difficult to guesstimate. With so many a la carte options and individual pricing it can be a hassle to… more»

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

We are MS partners. Depending on your partnership you may or may not get Visual Studio Enterprises licenses. Each license… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No I have not, but we chose Azure simply simply because we are Microsoft partners and get free Azure credits to work with… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest advantage to using Azure over any other cloud solution is the ability to move your domain into the cloud and… more»
GaryM
Real User
Data Architect at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 27 2019

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Excel interface * Simplicity * Soft delete support * Sophistication of business rules * Price (FREE for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It enables data stewards to directly interact with data on a web site or using Excel without building a custom solution… more»

What needs improvement?

* Largest shortcoming: Business rules cannot be used to prevent bad data from getting entered. Rules can only apply to… more»

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

None as our in-house staff did the setup. There is no day to day maintenance needed.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't have a previous solution. Any augmentation of source system data for reporting was done via spreadsheets. I find… more»

What other advice do I have?

* It's sweet spot is reference data. Attempting to use it for large scale customer data or products may be problematic. *… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Digital Ad-Operations at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

It was easy to deploy our applications on Azure. It provides more compatibility and scalability than the .NET application. This is why we chose to use Azure.

What needs improvement?

We are looking for the Azure to get involved in the case of other applications, like the Java application. Because it is predefined and has been set by Microsoft, who is providing… more»

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

The pricing is very competitive.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. Most important criteria for selecting a vendor: The client will choose the license and buy it. We can try to convince them, but we can… more»
Toby Ward
Consultant
CEO at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Apr 08 2019

What do you think of SharePoint?

SharePoint 2019 was unveiled recently, with great fanfare and buzz amongst those inside or close to the Microsoft community. But to most average users and administrators without insider caché, the new release – three years in the making – was met with little more than a nod. And very few have indicated they will rush to implement. Though those with Office 365 automatically have the latest features in SharePoint Online. SharePoint’s greatest strength is it’s an all-in-one approach – it’s a portal, a content management system, a search engine, a social collaboration platform, a web development platform, and so much more. Its greatest weakness is that it’s an all-in-one solution – everything and the kitchen sink; a jack-of-all-trades, a master of none. Some argue that SharePoint is a “mile…
Mohamed Sadek
Real User
Lead DevOps and Release Engineer-L2 at ITWORX
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

* Linking the project teamwork (bugs, tasks, user stories, test cases ) with the code, build, release, delivery * It's a matter of integration to have only one platform for all your software development life cycle.

How has it helped my organization?

Azure DevOps helps us to implement all our DevOps practices with a complete end-to-end cycle starting from code commit till the production deployment including continuous feedback. This enables us to release the silos between the teams and… more»

What needs improvement?

* Enable more control on Application Insights integration to open different types of work items as this is area still need more enhancements. * Test management extension is too high to be paid on a monthly basis. * Test and feedback chrome… more»
Vincent Diallo-Nort
User
student
Jul 12 2018

What do you think of SSIS?

What is our primary use case?

SSIS is a very flexible solution that allows data to be generated through code or external software. As a result, we can create reproducible patterns and improve code quality.

How has it helped my organization?

Because of the code generation, code quality improved and the time to develop decreased. This led to a quicker and more agile development phase.

What is most valuable?

It has the ability to be deployed into the cloud through Data Factory, and run completely as a software as a service in the cloud.

What needs improvement?

Metadata management. A change in the metadata source cripples the whole ETL process, requiring each module to be manually reopened.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.
cloudarc67895
Real User
Cloud Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Aug 06 2018

What do you think of SharePoint?

What is our primary use case?

Compared to other products, SharePoint is not only a content manager, but a wider product, like enterprise content management. You can use multiple components in SharePoint. Moreover, SharePoint is already moving to cloud, if you are using SharePoint online, which is cloud-based technology, it is more accessible. 

What is most valuable?

Data classification Search These two elements are cheap.

What needs improvement?

We would like more security features, like automating. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are some limitations on storage. 

How is customer service and technical support?

The product and technical support teams are really good.

How was

Robert Cattral
Real User
User
Apr 03 2019

What do you think of Microsoft Visual Studio?

What is our primary use case?

C++ desktop development.

How has it helped my organization?

It's easy to use and has a highly customizable IDE that is good for cross-platform development.

What is most valuable?

Support for many languages and cross-platform development makes it highly versatile.

What needs improvement?

Support for spell checking comments should be inbuilt and automatically installed.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.
Garett Patria
User
OTA Manager, VRA with 51-200 employees
Aug 02 2018

What do you think of SharePoint?

What is our primary use case?

Most departments use SharePoint for their own organizational homepages and their document repositories

How has it helped my organization?

It is better than static repositories via shared drives, and better than having to use software that is not mainstream (i.e. Microsoft is very mainstream).

What is most valuable?

Its configuration management ability is critical for document-based systems. It offers ease of use, which is crucial.

What needs improvement?

During uptime under our network, it is hard to find info when content is hefty. It should have a Google-caliber search ability and a model-based GUI.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.
Toby Ward
Consultant
CEO at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Dec 28 2018

What do you think of SharePoint?

SharePoint is appreciated for its simplicity of use out-of-the-box, though derided for problems (and the expenses) customizing the user experience (design, navigation and information architecture). SharePoint is replete with functionality and applications, and is the most comprehensive intranet development platform on the market. It is, unfortunately, expensive, and most of the feature set that we use, and that our clients use, fall short of expectations, and often below best-of-breed. SharePoint isn’t a niche product that is supposed to be superb at web content management, or social networking; it’s a broad solution, one that has something for everybody; a solution that can please some, but not all. SharePoint’s greatest strength is that it’s an all-in-one solution – it’s a portal, a…

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