SAP vs. OBIEE Review Roundup: Enterprise Wrestling Match

Wrestling for a position in an enterprise-level match up, both SAP and Oracle, SAP BO vs OBIEE, provide business intelligence (BI) solutions that are typically central to mission-critical reporting and strategic planning for most organizations. Each wSAP BI vs Oracle BIill be awarded points during the match for a “take down” or “reversal.” In some cases, a clear “pin” secures the match.

Both very competitive, SAP and Oracle could win depending on the circumstances of the day. Consider an evaluation of the match up before going the mat here on IT Central Station.

To see a full product comparison, check out SAP BO vs. OBIEE.

Here are a couple of reviews to highlight:

SAP BO – “Provides a platform for developing reporting that can be used by end users, which will give relevant, consistent and correct results. Also, ability to combine data, I created a report based on SAP data from BW and combined it with data from SQL server to be able to report on the data in a way that would not have been possible to do except with manual steps. The solution I built replaced a manual process that would take 3 weeks and provided an automated solution. We were able to get the critical analysis in a small fraction of time and able to run the business better as a result. Can be a little buggy. As with any system you need to do the work to set up the foundation; nothing is as easy as you install it and all your problems are solved.” Read the full review here.

OBIEE – “Exalytics combined with Exadata server makes it possible to query ~ 50TB of datamart data (uncompressed size), that’s really great and ~ 1000 of simultaneous requests.In the past it was not possible to join data from so many different sources due to the performance limitations imposed by the size of the data Self service BI. It’s clear that Endeca tends to be integrated into BIFS and probably self-service functionality will be covered by Endeca.” Read the full review here.

You can also look at a comparison of the two products matched up: SAP BO vs OBIEE or the BI RFP Templates available at IT Central Station, in the right corner of the Business Intelligence Category Page.


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!



eCommerce Solution Review Roundup: Demandware vs. Magento vs. Oracle

This week’s review roundup focuses on eCommerce solutions. Here at IT Central Station, our users are discussing the solutions their businesses are implementing. Join in the conversation by writing a review of the solution your business is using! Here are a few examples from our site: E-commerce

Demandware – “All the solutions based on the platform should be implemented by people who have experience. The platform is capable of handling thousands of orders per hour and Demandware take care of the scalability and hosting infrastructure, so you do not have to worry about that… If you have followed the best practices you will not have a problem, however you are allowed to change the caching for different pages and that may cause a lot of problems with the performance.” Read the full review here.

Magento – “Magento is well suited for direct to customer storefronts that offer a limited number of products to its customer like Boutique storefronts, single or Multi-Brand storefronts, Manufacturers and the likes. Magento however is not the best solutions for merchants who offer a large number of products (above several thousands) like large retailers or enterprises that need tight integration of eCommerce with their enterprise systems.” Read the full review.

ATG – “Good support for iphones, Android and other mobile devices – If you’re an Oracle shop, its integration with Oracle Apps is very valuable – Can manage multiple sites with an integrated dashboard – Merchandising and promotion features are very good…Our impressions from testing out ATG is that it requires a lot of customization and professional services, which is not what we were looking for.” Read the full review here.

Read other reviews of eCommerce solutions at IT Central Station including Intershop, Microsoft and others.

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Data Warehousing Review Roundup: Exadata vs. HP Vertica vs. SQL Server Data Warehouse

This week’s review roundup includes reviews of Data Warehousing solutions. Choosing the right solution can be key for businesses as these solutions integrate data from disparate sources to create a central repository, or Warehouse. Here are some recent reviews from our community members of three Data Warehousing solutions:warehouse

Exadata – “We have a number of statistics collected before cutover on our legacy environment compared to Exadata. Without doing anything other than copying the data across, we saw significant performance gains for most key processes. We receive feedback from users stating how fast the performance is compared to other systems. Performance issues are few and far between. Our database environment is extremely stable compared to the legacy DB configuration. The patching process is a continually evolving. It’s changed drastically over the years and foresee some continued refinement on the horizon, especially when comparing the process to something like ODA. We have one one-off patch which requires a SR with Oracle Support every time the quarterly patch comes out. This is a bit of a pain but I do know sometimes these one-offs get rolled into the quarterly patch or in our case the next version ( ” Read more here.

HP Vertica – “Not having to worry about speed or data volume changes you. Suddenly we began logging and reporting on everything. Where did users click? How long between clicks? How long does it take to type in a credit card number when you’re ready to pay? How much free memory does an iPad 1 have, and how does that change every second? Like all software engineers, we solve problems under constraints, and we had conditioned ourselves to think of logged data volume as a constraint. Suddenly that was no longer a constraint, but I would say it took us a full year to fully appreciate how powerful that was.” Read full review here.

SQL Server Data Warehouse – “Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse provides significant performance boost from 10-100 X times faster for data loading operation. It minimized the cost of design with lower infrastructure requirements. It is designed to provide optimized performance on latest industry hardware. It requires significant infrastructure expertise to implement. Possibility of over specified storage or under specified CPU (need proper planning before starting implementation) It requires significant SQL Server expertise. Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse is purposely built to provide high performance data warehousing. By adopting industry standard hardware it avoids vendor lock-in issue. It is best suited for mid-level to large scale organization.” Read full review here.

Visit IT Central Station to browse real user reviews of Data Warehouse solutions including InfobrightGreenplum, and more!


Learn About Crowdsourced Tech Buying at OracleWorld

Heading to Oracle OpenWorld this month?Oracle OpenWorld

Our co-founder and CEO, Russell Rothstein, will be presenting on the panel “Engaging Customer Communities for Insights to Drive Marketing Tech Procurement.”

The session will take place in the CX Marketing track at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday September 30 at 12pm PT in the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Speakers in the session include:

  • Roland Smart, VP of Social & Community Marketing (panel moderator)
  • Andrea Ward, VP Marketing Oracle/Eloqua
  • Russell Rothstein, CEO of IT Central Station

For more information about the session, visit

With the rapid adoption of SaaS and cloud technologies, marketing practitioners are increasingly being asked to inform procurement processes. The market is cluttered, but some of the best sources of insights come from your peers and the ability to connect with your peers through managed customer communities. In many cases, these insights can lead to a “try before you buy” opportunity that would otherwise never have been made available. The session will empower marketing leaders to tap the knowledge of front-line employees and peers to make smart procurement decisions.

We hope you’ll join us for this great event!


Relational Databases Review Roundup: SQL Server vs. MySQL vs. DB2 — Examining the Cube from All Sides

This week’s review roundup includes reviews of three of the big Relational Database solutions. Choosing a relational database can be key since these solutions handle the way data is stored, maintained, and retrieved. Here’s what our community members are saying about the solutions they are using: Rubik's_Cube_cropped

SQL Server – “A great database management system for all size companies. SQL server is more user friendly than competitors. Provides easy installation. If you need support or research for the product, it is easy to find help online. There are 3 editions available which will meet any companies needs. Latest version is cloud ready. Offers power and flexibility. For each additional core feature you want to add to your DBMS edition, it is more money. This is not a FREE program as most other DBMS are. So basically, the more you want, the more you pay.” Read more here

MySQL – “It is inexpensive as compared to other common databases like Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle. MySQL is an extensible, open storage database engine that integrates seamlessly with a number of programming languages and other web-based technologies. MYSQL is an open source system under the GNU General Public License. Developers can use it at no cost as long as the associated projects are also open-source.  Having excellent performance, MYSQL is used by many internet powerhouses like yahoo as their back-end database. MySQL has a limited storage capacity. It doesn’t support large databases and Database transactions are not handled efficiently.” Read more here

DB2 – “I have been using IBM DB2 (Mainframe Version) for more than ten years. I have benefitted from many features including: Product is built on RDBMS principles and principles of Normalization. Have benefitted by the normalization capabilities built into the product; SQL Query capabilities, Tools such as SPUFI, QMF, BMC Catalog Manager, DB2 File-Aid make it easy to query the data, Programming capabilities (such as host variables, cursors ) provided by languages such as COBOL to invoke DB2 DML statements to query, modify the DB2 Tables; and Ability of DB2 rows to be presented to CICS screens, Batch Jobs, Web Programs. [However] It should be easier for web enablement. It is currently easy, but the more web products use the tool, the better it is.” Read more here

Visit IT Central Station to browse hundreds of real user reviews of Relational Database solutions including Oracle, InfobrightSybase IQ, and more.

Virtualization Review Roundup: VMware vs. Citrix vs. Hyper-V – Big League Competition

This week’s review roundup features one of the most popular discussions in the IT community – the best server virtualization software on the market. The competition in this category is big-league. As one of our reviewers recently wrote: “A quick Google search for comparisons will return at least several hundred thousand hits. There seems to be a large number of posts and articles trying to make a case that one is better than the other.”


Indeed, many of our community members passionately discuss the pros and cons of the virtualization solutions they are using. Read what our real users have to say about three of these solutions:

VMware – “I have tried other hypervisor technologies including XenServer, Hyper V, KVM, Parallels and virtual box. They all do the same thing, but ESXi has been doing it better for longer…[Valuable features] You can get it downloaded and installed for free. It allows you to do more with less. It’s easy to use and simple to configure. There are hardware vendor specific builds of the software, increasing visibility and manageability of the product.” Read more here.

Citrix – “Pros: Xen is an open source virtualization server widely used in IT. It provides simple and robust commands to manage Xen environment for managing virtual hosts.Backup and recovery of virtual hosts are simple. It can be managed remotely with XenCenter. It supports all client OS like windows, linux etc. Cons:  It requires system with large number of CPUs and large number of memory to support guest operating systems. Not able to export virtual hosts in other virtualization software.” Read more here.

Hyper-V – “I’ve used Hyper-V 2012 for 6 months for deployment of new VM’s. The speed of the VM’s has improved the way we function, although the storage features could use some improvement. Overall, I gave Hyper-V 4 stars although we did encounter issues wit “h deployment and there were times when it was not stable which caused the VM to reboot without notice. Before implementing Hyper-V, we also evaluated options from VMware. If you don’t have a need for complex apps then Hyper-V is the correct solution to choose.” Read more here.

Visit IT Central Station to browse hundreds of real user reviews of virtualization solutions including VMwareCitrix, OracleMicrosoft, and more.


Review Round-up for System Monitoring Solutions

This week we present a roundup of the latest reviews of system monitoring solutions from the IT Central Station community.

Making sure you use the right system monitoring solution for your organization can be critical to IT ops. There are many factors to keep in mind when evaluating the different system monitoring solutions. These include: configuration, supported protocols, performance and data access. Read what our real users have to say about these system monitoring solutions:

Oracle vs HP vs Microsoft vs EMC

System Monitoring

EMC UIMp – “I must say I have been a big UIMp skeptic. When I got my hands on a vBlock in December 2011 UIMp was around version 2 and it was crap! … Well things have improved dramatically since then…” Read the full EMC review.

Catchpoint – “Has everything you could want in a synthetic tool, and many things that you didn’t know you wanted but you are ecstatic to have. [However,] the only thing that occasionally bugs me about Catchpoint is some aspects of the UI … because of the large volume of data that they are presenting and the various ways to slice it, you can end up with a proliferation of windows when debugging an issue.” Read the full Catchpoint review.

Oracle Enterprise Manager –“We have different database platforms and being able to support and monitor all the different types of platform versions from one tool makes our life easier…. [but] I would like to see is the option of agent less monitoring … [and] monitoring only at LDOM level so if you are using Solaris zones you only monitor at LDOM level. Read the full OEM review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more reviews of system monitoring solutions, including HPInfrared360, Microsoft and many more.

Microsoft vs Oracle vs Informatica: Review Round-up for Data Integration Solutions

Microsoft vs Oracle vs Informatica

Microsoft vs Oracle vs Informatica

This week’s review roundup is about the latest reviews of data integration solutions from the IT Central Station community.

Many of our community members discuss how when choosing a data integration solution you need to consider database availability, migration, processing and replication. Read what our real users have to say about these solutions: Microsoft vs Oracle vs Informatica.

Reviews of Data Integration Solutions from Real Users

Microsoft – “SSIS is an unusual ETL tool – most shops likely already own it but it’s slow to be taken seriously as an enterprise tool or utilized to its full extent… SSIS is extremely flexible and extensible, integrated with many other Microsoft tools and add-ons, extremely cost effective, easy to learn the basics quickly although steep learning curve to get good at, and a large user base… [But, con’s include:] no support for push-down, … limited scalability, … inconsistent data types for variables and parameters …” Read the full SSIS review

Oracle – GoldenGate vs Active Dataguard- “GoldenGate ensures cross-platform replication and migration with zero-downtime. Active Dataguard requires the configuration to have the same editions of the database on the same operating platform on both the primary and secondary environment… GoldenGate is flexible enough to support the previous releases for replicating data from a newer version or release. This means that the data of Oracle 11g can be replicated on a Oracle 10g database.” Read the full GoldenGate vs Active Dataguard review.

Informatica vs Microsoft SSIS – “Proclaiming a winner in this … would greatly depend on your business requirements. Of course, there are pricing differences between the two technologies and notable differences in their features, capabilities and differences as well for their level of usability.” Read the full Microsoft review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more data integration solution reviews of GoldenGate, Informatica vs. SSIS and many more.