AHEAD vs. CDW

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AHEAD
Score 8.0 out of 10
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AHEAD builds platforms for digital business. By weaving together cloud infrastructure, intelligent operations, and modern applications, we help enterprises deliver on the promise of digital transformation. AHEAD was founded in 2007 and in 2019 merged with Sovereign Systems, and Data Blue. The services formerly available under those brands is now available from AHEAD, LLC.N/A
CDW
Score 6.6 out of 10
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CDW is a large, global value-added reseller and service provider, providing technology and services to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. CDW is a public, Fortune 500 company.N/A
Pricing
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Offerings
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
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AVI-SPL
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
AHEADCDW
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(42 ratings)
5.2
(8 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.4
(2 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
9.0
(5 ratings)
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Vendor post-sale
8.6
(3 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
8.6
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User Testimonials
AHEADCDW
Likelihood to Recommend
AHEAD (formerly Sovereign Systems + Data Blue)
They are easily our go to company for anything revolving around VMware suite, whether that is infrastructure related, automation related, or monitoring related. It's a no brainier to get their assistance with a lot of tasks as they can competently implement complex designs. Also on the storage architecture side they are great. I'm sure there is much more but for my team we mainly leverage them in these areas.
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CDW
CDW is a good solutions provider that has many offerings a client can choose from. CDW is well suited for solutions that require research and design, and providing the on-site implementation for the client. Hardware and software are also offered from CDW, but costlier, than if dealing with the hardware/software vendor directly.
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Pros
AHEAD (formerly Sovereign Systems + Data Blue)
  • The provided pre-req documentation was thorough and well thought out, making it easy to jump into the project.
  • The design session to gather our requirements was very helpful, Sovereign's familiarity with the vRealize product line along with diagramming our desired layout confirmed our decision to bring in assistance with the project.
  • When we ran into some issues with Sovereign's custom code their development team was on top of it and solved the issue in a matter of a few days.
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CDW
  • Website is very convenient and easily navigated.
  • Quotes are always competitive.
  • The range of products and services that they provide is outstanding.
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Cons
AHEAD (formerly Sovereign Systems + Data Blue)
  • Coordination of product orders with the vendor although I think the vendor is the bigger issue. Insuring delivery time frames are met is of great importance with these kinds of projects.
  • Communication between scheduled project meetings. There could be more contact between meetings.
  • Provide a customer portal for project tracking.
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CDW
  • High staff turnover.
  • Small organizations are treated as second-class citizens.
  • Seems to have an agenda based on what their vendors are offering them for incentives.
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In-Person Training
AHEAD (formerly Sovereign Systems + Data Blue)
I would not call it training, rather would call it knowledge transfer.
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CDW
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Implementation Rating
AHEAD (formerly Sovereign Systems + Data Blue)
Having extensive pre-implementaton dialogue really made the process much smoother. We had most of our bases covered and were ready for the equipment installation/implementation, except for the previously mentioned network configuration issues that arose.
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CDW
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CDW
CDW is a top-tier partner with most reputable tech companies. This aids in getting the best prices available.
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