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Attribute Ratings

  • SAP BW/4HANA is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Actian Avalanche

80%
2 Ratings
9.1

SAP BW/4HANA

91%
8 Ratings

Usability

Actian Avalanche

N/A
0 Ratings
8.1

SAP BW/4HANA

81%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

Actian Avalanche

N/A
0 Ratings
9.7

SAP BW/4HANA

97%
13 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Actian

This is a tool geared for smaller to mid-sized business that has disparate sources of data from different platforms in varying incarnations. It’s a great ETL tool to solve the problems a scenario like that causes, but you can also achieve that with good BI Tools like Qlik Sense. So be careful that you really need an ETL tool, as opposed to an end-use tool with a built-in ETL component. If you are going ELT and have a lot of data an not a lot of corporate resources, this is a better option than Microsoft or Informatica
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SAP

Some scenarios where SAP BW/4HANA is well suited are retail industry, supply chain, finance, warehouse, stocking processes, BI, [and] some finance analytics reporting. Some scenarios where SAP BW/4HANA is less appropriate [is when] relational queries are needed [and] in some small business with infrastructure limitations. Another scenario that is less appropriate is for ABAP processes requirements.
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Pros

Actian

  • Quick response for queries involving multi-million rows
  • Low cost
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SAP

  • High speed data warehouse regardless of data volumes.
  • Excellent integration with SAP systems and Data sets.
  • Simplified data modelling due to columnar data base.
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Cons

Actian

  • As I said before, more training or greater visibility to training tools/options would be a plus. It’s easy to publish YouTube videos these days, I think they should make more of them.
  • Differentiation would help, there’s not a lot out there to drive you to buy the product if you are well informed in the market. If you know the market, you steer towards the large or trendy products. It’s a good product, but lost in the noise of the field I think.
  • Hitching the wagon to a major software brand (like Mule did to Salesforce) would help grow the user base, and thus increase the activity in the support community. More users also translates into product champions.
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SAP

  • Enterprise license pricing is very expensive and run-time license limits the usefulness of the tool.
  • Integration with SAP Analytics cloud for write-back to BW/4HANA. Live connection is only read from SAC.
  • Make run-time licenses more useful.
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Pricing Details

Actian Avalanche

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Actian Avalanche editions and modules pricing
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    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

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    SAP BW/4HANA

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SAP BW/4HANA editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Usability

      Actian

      No answers on this topic

      SAP

      SAP BW/4HANA requires specialized skillsets around data warehouse modeling and the access to data, however the modeling capabilities are intuitive and have now become accessible to both SAP and non-SAP data warehouse specialists. This new model allows for Interchangeable skillsets and access to a broader pool of experts throughout the industry, as well as easier access to data.
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      Support Rating

      Actian

      No answers on this topic

      SAP

      SAP Max Attention and general support for SAP BW/4HANA is broadly available. Truth to be told, MaxAttention has a premium cost but brings great engineers. So this being an enterprise capability and extremely critical, we did not consider cost as the main factor since support works well. Just keep that in mind when making your selection.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Actian

      Oracle>DB2>MS SQL Server>GreenPlum>Vectorwise
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      SAP

      SAP Analytics Cloud is complemented by SAP BW/4 HANA through connectors that work in real-time and allow the display of indicator information in interactive and user-friendly visualizations. SAP Data Services integrates with BW/4 HANA allowing to automate the loading of information in the system taking as a data source a wide variety of platforms.
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      Return on Investment

      Actian

      • We had to move out of VectorWise after using the database for 2 years. Hence no positive impacts.
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      SAP

      • Faster turn-around to enhancements
      • End users can query structures that are not limited to multi-dimensional models.
      • Performance improvements means that business user can do more in the same time compared to traditional BW
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