Microstrategy vs Cognos—Face Off

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review
Check out the new Face Off on IT Central Station for Business Intelligence (BI) tools. Each solution has more than 28 real user reviews and four and five star ratings!

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review

Microstrategy Review vs Cognos Review

First look at these quick summaries from expert reviewers for each product:

Senior Manager of IT at government with 5000+ employees:

Cognos Review

“Provides us with “a single version of the truth.”

Manager of Development at tech services company with 5000+ employees:

Microstrategy Review

“Issues with reports, however can be quickly fixed.”

Here’s more of the Face Off—click each one to see all the reviews for each product:

Microstrategy vs Cognos

Now take a look at this line up of the industry’s top BI tools comparison on IT Central Station and add your perspective. You can comment on these reviews, check out what others are saying, or add a review of your own. Also make sure you check out Microstrategy alternatives and Cognos alternatives.

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Cognos Express       SQL Server Reporting . . .         QlikView              Microstrategy

To see a detailed comparison between Cognos and MicroStrategy, check out IT Central Station’s comparison.

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Every review on IT Central Station has been verified to be an authentic review by a real user. You can count on our Station Master, Russell Rothstein and his team to continue to provide you with the kind of tech-buying community source that will shape the future. Take a look at how it all started here.

 

Top APM Tools

Application Performance Management (APM) is a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance. It is a critical function managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 70,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in the past year and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing APM vendors on IT Central Station.

See all APM reviews here.

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The most compared APM solutions for the first half of the year was CA APM v. New Relic with 774 comparisons by real users, while the most compared for the second half of the year was Appdynamics v. Dynatrace with 730. The most compared APM solutions of all of 2014 were Dynatrace v. New Relic, with over 1,127 comparisons on IT Central Station.

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our APM section on IT Central Station at http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/application-performance-management.

Want to learn more about the top APM solutions on the market? Watch our recorded PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable.

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Microsoft BI vs Microstrategy

Microsoft BI Review vs Microstrategy Review

Check out the new Face Off on IT Central Station for Business Intelligence Tools. Each solution has more than 20 comments by real users!

Microsoft BI Review vs Microstrategy

Microsoft BI Review vs Microstrategy

Take a look at these quick summaries from expert reviewers for each product:

CEO at tech services company with 500-5000 employees:

Microsoft BI Review

“I’m a big fan of the Report Server Project Wizard which comes with the development studio – very helpful as I become more advanced in BI!.”

CEO at analyst firm with 1-500 employees:

Microstrategy Review 

“MicroStrategy is one step ahead of much of the competition, and delivers a highly configurable and quite uniquely functional BI environment.”

Here’s more of the Face Off—click each one to see all the reviews for each product:

Microsoft BI vs Microstrategy

Now take a look at this line up of the industry’s top Business Intelligence Tools on IT Central Station and add your perspective. You can comment on these reviews, check out what others are saying, or add a review of your own. Also make sure you check out  Microsoft BI alternatives and Microstrategy alternatives.

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Cognos Enterprise        Tableau       Spotfire                   OBIEE

Join the “face off” by getting involved in the Yelp for the tech-buying community.

Every review on IT Central Station has been verified to be an authentic review by a real user. You can count on the Station Master, Russell Rothstein and his team to continue to provide you with the kind of tech-buying community source that will shape the future. Take a look at how it all started here.

 

Veeam vs. EMC vs Acronis vs Unitrends: Review Round-up for Backup Solutions

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This week we present a roundup of the latest reviews of backup solutions from the IT Central Station community. Choosing the right solution can be a critical business and technology decision. Read what our real users have to say about these solutions: Veeam vs. EMC vs Acronis vs Unitrends.

Reviews of Backup Solutions from Real Users 

Veeam Backup – “There are a number of great features such as WAN acceleration, deduplication & compression, replication and the grandfather-father-son backup tree. Not to mention backup to tape which has been a key reason to migrate to Veeam. The primary feature of most value to me is the SureBackup and SureReplica featureset. Having the ability to verify backups and replicas of critical servers in a sandboxed environment means that I can sleep comfortably at night knowing that the data is valid and I can confidently restore data and services if required by the business. Snapshot capabilities within NetApp would also be high on that list.” Read the full Veeam review here.

EMC Avamar “I have experienced these scenarios numerous times with traditional full/incremental backup products. The more you backup, the more storage you consume and that means longer backup windows. When I first started in my current position, we were backing up 100 servers with specific savesets. At that time, we had over 500 production servers. As you can imagine, this was a nightmare scenario waiting to happen. We were only able to fulfill about 75% of our restore requests. Not because the savesets where corrupt, but because we weren’t backing up what was requested for restore. Fortunately, we were able to invest in a new purpose-built deduplicated backup appliance. (EMC Avamar, but there are other products on the market). Avamar is a disk based global deduplication backup appliance.” Read the full Avamar review.

Acronis“We update our Vaccination Tracking System (VTS) software on a monthly basis with software patches and added features, with Acronis Backup & Recovery, it enables us to always revert to the initial state when we experience challenges with the test environment. Because of the numerous reports we get from our staff in the filed while using the VTS, ABR allows us to incrementally backup important changes as we continually try to fix compatibility issues with different scenarios. Works very well with real-time backup of our database files server when staff upload information captured from polio vaccination tracking. Room for Improvement: Over the Network Backup.” Read the full Acronis review.

Unitrends -“With Unitrends CloudHook you have the possibility to archive your backups in the cloud. In earlier days we had to put our long-term backups on tape, because having the data that was been backuped in the same datacenter was no option. Getting it on tape and then moving it to another location ensured us of data salvation in case of a major event. Differential and incremental backups cannot be in the same schedule. A full backup must be in the schedule. The incremental forever strategy is not supported.” Read the full Unitrends review.

Visit IT Central Station for more research into the right backup solution for you!

Confluence vs. SharePoint vs. Jive vs. Drupal—Corporate Portals Bumper Cars

Coporate Portals

Corporate portal solutions for collaboration have become very popular lately, and being able to distinguish where you’ll do best and with which solution can be situational. You might use one of them for a Wiki, and another to manage your document sharing. Before jumping on the track, though, it’s good to take a look at what others are saying.

To see the full product comparisons, see the following:

Confluence vs. SharePoint

Jive vs. Drupal

Here are a few highlights from our community of real users:

Confluence“The ease at which any employee can curate content and the ease in which people can discover meaningful and important information to get their job done. Improvements to My Organization: We are hard core users so there are a lot of examples: At HomeAway we have product development teams for our sites, they use confluence both to document product roadmaps, and for the integration with JIRA to relay to stakeholders the updated status. It is the only place people go at HomeAway to get information.” Read the full review here.

SharePoint – “There are a lot of reasons to buy into or upgrade to SharePoint 2013: the latest iteration of Microsoft’s portal-web development platform represents a massive, multi-million dollar upgrade on the previous version of SharePoint (a version that was typically oversold given its underwhelming if not frustrating performance and lack of execution). SharePoint 2013 is a massive upgrade to 2010: noticeable improvements to social computing (social networking via My Sites), mobile computing (PDA access and accessibility), Office integration, cloud integration, search and more. But it’s not all good news, and it’s not a solution that fits every organization.” Read the full review here.

Jive – “Blogging, sharing, search, mobile use Full integration of MS Office and Outlook. Colleagues are more informed, easier to find content, silo breaking. A visual navigator would be very useful as many colleagues have an issue to find their way and connect the dots…The decision to use Jive as Intranet was practically taken over night and we went from a slow two unit pilot to a big bang approach, including shutting down the old intranet.” Read the full review here.

Drupal – “Because of Drupal, we now have the ability to provide our customers with multilingual, multi-regional content to an extent that would not have been possible otherwise. There are not enough Drupal developers to satisfy demand. Upgrading to new major versions has historically been complex and difficult. Hopefully the migration functionality being built for Drupal 8 will ease this work. Read the full Drupal review here.

We know what you’re thinking, the bumper cars and vendor competition seems a bit of stretch. You might not even have had the pleasure of going on this kind of ride before. Trust us, it’s a bit fun to bump each other in these cars with your friends or family without hurting anyone.

On IT Central Station, you can do exactly that, kind of bump and compare other solutions with your peers. Read these and other reviews of Corporate Portal. You can also look at side by side comparisons of these solutions on one of our useful comparison pages: Confluence vs. Sharepoint, Confluence vs. Drupal, or any other products of your choice!

Microsoft BI vs Cognos

Editor’s Note: A 2017 edition of this post was recently published on February 23, 2017.

Read our updated BI review comparison: 

“BI Solutions Review Face-off: Tableau vs. QlikView vs. IBM Cognos”

Microsoft BI vs Cognos 

This week at IT Central Station check out the BI Face Off for a battle between two of the most popular Business Intelligence Tools. To see the full product comparison check out IT Central Station.

Microsoft BI vs. Cognos

Here are a sample of real user quotes from our community about these two BI giants:

Microsoft BI Review vs Cognos Review

Microsoft BI vs Cognos: Take a look at these quick summaries from expert reviewers for each product.

Microsoft BI – “Microsoft SSRS biggest advantage is its ability to integrate with other third party components. You could integrate it with Share Point web part or you can access it from a Web browser, depending on your existing scenario you don’t need to change much to be able to integrate SSRS with your existing application…Microsoft SSRS is unable to provide a mechanism where poor performance reports could be prevented to run on production environment. In case if a user creates a report which can cause huge impact on server resources/performance it should not be allowed to run on production server during normal working hours. ” Read the full informative review here.

Another reviewer writes: “There have been occasions when a certain application would work very slowly on other DB platforms and once we migrated to SQL Server the response times improved dramatically. For example, I recently migrated an application from TeraData to SQL Server and the response times for some functions were cut down from 90 seconds to about less than 1 second! This obviously speeds up the work that gets done within a day.” Read full review here.

Cognos  – “With Cognos we are able to present and analyze the KPI’s and outcomes our hospital needs to take decisions. Adding workflow functions to the reports could close the PDCA cycle and Speed of report-execution could be improved.Initial setup can be straightforward but expertise is needed to fully benefit from the capabilities of Cognos.” Read the full review here.

Another Cognos user writes: “It enables me to see trends of data we have from different angles and each end-user can run ad-hoc queries themselves. Go for it but it will require training. For us it was complex to setup for the first time and too much R&D had to be done. Later on it was easier. It may have been complex as it was our first time setting up the Cognos.” Read the full review here.

Here’s more of the Face Off— our comparison page of these two products to help you see all the great crowdsourced content on one useful page side-by-side!

MicroStrategy vs Tableau—Enterprise Vendor Boxing Match

Enterprise vendor comparisons such as the one here for MicroStrategy vs Tableau, help you evaluate what real users are saying—their implementation tips, tricks, and gotchas. View them as boxing matches that might last several rounds.MicroStrategy vs Tableau

Just as in a boxing match, you can be a spectator to find out the strengths and weaknesses of the players—or the strategies used by vendors in the ring—before investing in a solution or even talking to the sales teams. You want to get a sense for what’s really going to work in your environment to save you both time and money.

The first place you might want to visit is our comparison page for these two products. In addition, you can read highlights from some of our real user reviews:

One reviewer, Vijay Madhavan, compares both products and says that: “Tableau has found its sweet-spot as an agile discovery tool that analysts use to create and share insights. It is also the tool of choice for rapid prototyping of dashboards. Within a MicroStrategy project, applications can be built relating multiple visual insights analyses. A visual insights analysis may also support ad-hoc drilling workflows that access the data warehouse.” Click MicroStrategy vs Tableau to see his full review.

A Microstrategy user writes: “MicroStrategy can read data from a wide variety of different DBMS and web services, producing optimized SQL code for each of them. It’s a one stop solution for BI: after 10 years using it I still haven’t found a report or graph that can’t be done with the suite. We use it for any kind of reporting and analysis. It helped manage the institution, reduce costs and provide better service to the patients (which are our customers…) The web is full of very interesting data, and the number of web services providing datasets is increasing. I would like to see Support for OAuth 1.0 and 2.0 to be able to attach external data sources. I’d like to have Support for JSON data. I hope HTML5 and JavaScript will be used extensively in next versions, to substitute the Flash based components. Read the full review here.

A Tableau user writes “I will address Tableau’s enterprise web-based and mobile usage at a later date but for departmental desktop usage, there are few hurdles to using Tableau. If you have “spreadsheet jockeys” trying to perform data visualization with just Excel, then Tableau is a perfect holiday gift.” Read the full review here.

Ok, let’s be realistic, it doesn’t have to be exactly like a real boxing match with a knockout blow that indicates one wins over the other. What makes more sense is what’s right for you in your environment. Let go of the analyst spin, the marketing spin—the spin for vendor success in general might not be what you need.

You might want to read the review of a real user who contributed a review on the “Yelp for Enterprise Tech” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal on IT Central Station. You can also check out these other vendor comparisons: QlikView vs Microsoft BI and Microsoft BI vs. SAP Business Objects. Enjoy!

 

 

SharePoint vs Yammer—Jousting on Social

We assume that Microsoft bought Yammer (for a lot of money) to joust as a complement to SharePoint and against other vendors.Yammer vs SharePoint

Over a year ago Kevin McLaughlin from the Business Insider had said about the acquisition: “It’s Been A Year Since Microsoft Bought Yammer And Ballmer’s Grand Vision Has Yet To Materialize.”

Any way you look at it, most big-time vendors are betting on the fact that enterprises need social apps and hosting them in the cloud or as a service is the way to go. No one wants to manage a homemade file-server system anymore or some patched together intranet that gets outdated quickly.

Here’s a nifty rundown from consultants featured on IT Central Station about the differences between Yammer and SharePoint as they go head to head against other vendors:

Choosing Between SharePoint and Yammer

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Sharon Richardson

SharePoint vs Yammer. What’s the difference?

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Chris Radcliffe

Checking out what others are saying about vendors can be critical to your success as a decision maker for your vendor solutions. Heck, just being informed about what “experts” are saying in the field might just give you enough oomph to your thought leadership credentials to help with whatever solutions you’re discussing. Keeping up with what’s going on is probably half the battle.

Read reviews of Sharepoint, Confluence, and Yammer!

PaaS Review Roundup: Microsoft vs. Heroku vs. Google

As opposed to Microsoft’s Windows phone which lags behind competitors Apple and Google, accounting for 2.5 percent of new shipments in the worldwide smartphone market in the second quarter, Microsoft’s cloud business is thriving. Indeed this past week Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, hosted an event in San Francisco to advertise the company’s cloud business. Nadella said 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies used Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure in some way.

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What are IT Central Station users saying about Microsoft and other PaaS solutions? This week’s review roundup compares Microsoft Azure, Heroku and Google. What is our community saying about their cloud computing solutions? Here are a few excerpts:

Microsoft – “The ability to kick start a new web application or website and having them up and running in matter of minutes still amazes me. Deploying new release for existing web applications has now become a matter of right clicking the name of the project and clicking ‘publish’, the same activity before might have been done in hours to days – depending on the complexity for the app. Anything to do with referencing other packages is simply frustrating, this is mostly a problem with the Windows framework and not the hosting service, but it is still the most time consuming and irritating thing about using ASP.NET.” Read the full review here.

Heroku – “Platform as a Service – you deploy an app in a sandbox and have a lot of useful add-ons for other services. You have two types of “dyno” – one that services web requests, and one that services background requests. Flexibility: low, because you run in a sandbox, but each add-on is configurable and there are a lot of add-ons, so it’s better than other PaaS options. The bad news for Java developers is that it only supports deployment by checking out from git, and building with maven. No other version control system or build tool.” Read full review here comparing various PaaS solutions.

Google – “Google App Engine is amazing, we got our prototype up and running in no time, and for no expense. We then decided it was the right platform to run a big part of our platform. We particularly appreciated the following features: No sys admin needed, Automatic scaling, Amazing uptime (despite earlier reports), Impeccable security credentials, Extremely flexible data model…But the devil is as always in the detail… As we have grown, so too has the impact of the limitations of app engine. Until TLS is supported more widely and app engine adopts that you cant have a custom HTTPS domain, you will have to do a bit of sys admin, and run a reverse proxy. Now you have just introduced a bottleneck, and depending on how you implement that possibly a single point of failure. “ Read this informative review here.

Visit IT Central Station to browse hundreds of PaaS reviews, about these solutions and others, including Amazon, Rackspace, Salesforce1 Platform and many more!