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My business works with clients from a variety of outlets, with budgets ranging from six figures down to triple digits (not kidding). There's a TON of analytical software out there, so speaking as a guy who has worked with them all (or at least quite a few) if your client is on a budget – particularly a startup – AWR is a great program to use. They've been around for a while, the desktop version is pretty bug-free and updates in real-time, and it's budget conscious.
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Task Factory

The single most used component in our Task Factory toolbelt is the Upsert component. The time this component has saved our developers alone paid for the product in the first few months. If you've ever attempted to use the native SSIS components to do upserts, or gone the route of writing your own upsert/merge statements, you'll appreciate this component. Another component that helps in the debugging stage is the Terminator Destination component. This component allows you to test your source inside a Data Flow without the need to having a destination.We have had our challenges with the Salesforce connection. It does not seem to process as efficiently as we'd like.
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Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Advanced Web Ranking
6.5
Task Factory
Keyword analysis
Advanced Web Ranking
5.0
Task Factory
Backlink management
Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Task Factory
SERP ranking tracking
Advanced Web Ranking
7.5
Task Factory
Page grader
Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Task Factory
Competitive analysis
Advanced Web Ranking
6.5
Task Factory
Site audit / diagnostics
Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Task Factory
Site recommendations
Advanced Web Ranking
6.0
Task Factory
Task management
Advanced Web Ranking
6.0
Task Factory

SEO Channels

Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Task Factory
Local SEO
Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Task Factory
Social SEO
Advanced Web Ranking
6.5
Task Factory
Mobile SEO
Advanced Web Ranking
8.0
Task Factory
Global SEO
Advanced Web Ranking
6.5
Task Factory

SEO Platform & Account Management

Advanced Web Ranking
7.7
Task Factory
Multi-domain support
Advanced Web Ranking
8.0
Task Factory
Integration with web analytics tools
Advanced Web Ranking
7.5
Task Factory

Data Source Connection

Advanced Web Ranking
Task Factory
10.0
Connect to traditional data sources
Advanced Web Ranking
Task Factory
10.0

Data Transformations

Advanced Web Ranking
Task Factory
10.0
Simple transformations
Advanced Web Ranking
Task Factory
10.0
Complex transformations
Advanced Web Ranking
Task Factory
10.0

Pros

  • It only costs $49/month, which is great for clients that are working with limited budgets (they're cost-conscious!)
  • Its ease of use – I've worked with plenty of cloud-based rank tracking programs before, and AWR was by far one of the cleanest and easiest to navigate. I could use it on my iPad and the user-touch interface was pretty seamless.
  • The info is updated in real-time. We were able to show our clients their live data while in meetings. It made us look good, and it made our clients feel better about the service they were paying for.
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  • The single most beneficial component to Task Factory is the Upsert component. If you're familiar with writing MERGE statements in T-SQL, you'll appreciate the Upsert component. Drag the component into your Data Flow and a few clicks later you have a MERGE without the code complexities.
  • Where some native SSIS components leave you wanting more, Task Factory extends on many of these components as well as support for data sources not native to SSIS components.
  • The number of extra components that come in the Task Factory tool kit will expand your tool belt to do just about anything you need or want to accomplish in SSIS.
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Cons

  • The ability of the program to produce dashboards in web page format. While it can do this, it saves them out as HTML files on your hard drive or cloud server, which makes it super hard to share with others.
  • The cloud version is a bit more expensive, which offers the same tools as the desktop, which I found a little troublesome and it didn't make sense to me.
  • Their customer service was a little lacking. I had a couple of general questions and I was on hold for about 15 minutes...which isn't good when you're in the middle of a busy workday.
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  • Limited to only running on a licensed server or in BIDS. We have development servers that require licensing as well, but I've had to get creative to be able to execute packages against non-licensed servers.
  • Wish the logging was more detailed when components error.
  • Not alerted when a new version is available.
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Alternatives Considered

There's a ton of competition for AWR but in all honesty, if you're on a budget, I'd advise going with this one. It gets you pretty accurate results, updates their info in real time, and all for about $49/month base price. It's pretty good software for the money that you're paying
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I've not found too many tools to bolt onto SSIS that encompass what you get with Task Factory. I have used some Enterprise ETL tools like Dell's Boomi, but did not find it to be very intuitive. Task Factory does not leave you guessing how to use its components. Additionally, their support is very responsive and helpful.
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Return on Investment

  • It stayed within our client's allotted budget (which drives more business our way down the road!)
  • Updated information in real-time assures our clients that they get the most accurate information possible, as quickly as possible.
  • It's been only slightly detrimental to my workflow (which is one little drawback of the program) sometimes I have to enlist the help of a keyword generator (because i find the one with the program a bit lacking)
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  • Task factory has saved our company thousands of dollars in development time.
  • If money is no concern then licensing your Task Factory for all SQL Servers in your environment is the way to go. However, you could operate in an environment that has a dedicated SSIS bus that manages all packages on all servers. In that architecture, your single license will be sufficient.
  • We recently retired a legacy system and moved the data to Salesforce. We now use task factory to support building our data warehouse from a replicated copy of Salesforce data. The tools allow for simple and quick additions to an ever changing Salesforce and warehouse environments.
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Pricing Details

Advanced Web Ranking

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Advanced Web Ranking Editions & Modules
Advanced Web Ranking
Additional Pricing Details

Task Factory

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Task Factory Editions & Modules
Task Factory
Edition
Standard Edition
$1,4951
Professional Edition
$1,9951
1. per server
Additional Pricing Details
Task Factory is priced per Microsoft SQL Server. Any Microsoft SQL Server that executes an SSIS package containing Task Factory components requires a licenses. Users can install Task Factory custom components and use within VIsual Studio at no cost.