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Likelihood to Recommend

Alteryx Analytics

Well suited: if an organization already has a lot of running ETLs or pipelines but need to systemize them, Alteryx is a good choice. It would be good to figure out how well Alteryx would be harmonized with the existing components, but in a general sense, it may be well harmonized. Less appropriate: Alteryx is good for "automation", but some data developers and analysts may prefer to remain and keep using SQL tools. One should be careful of not just adding "one more layer or tool" into the existing pipeline and make it more complicated to manage.
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Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is great for integrating with .NET for both stand-alone and web-based solutions. Since it is so widely-used, it is fairly easy to find people in your existing work pool who can use it, and also easier to find new applicants who can hit the ground running with this technology. It is terrific for small businesses or small departments within larger organizations who want to be in control of their own simple projects and prototyping. It is well-suited for environments where security is locked down but employees still need to accomplish simple programming tasks.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Alteryx Analytics
7.9
Microsoft Access
Pixel Perfect reports
Alteryx Analytics
8.0
Microsoft Access
Customizable dashboards
Alteryx Analytics
6.7
Microsoft Access
Report Formatting Templates
Alteryx Analytics
9.0
Microsoft Access

Ad-hoc Reporting

Alteryx Analytics
8.5
Microsoft Access
Drill-down analysis
Alteryx Analytics
8.3
Microsoft Access
Formatting capabilities
Alteryx Analytics
8.2
Microsoft Access
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Alteryx Analytics
9.5
Microsoft Access
Report sharing and collaboration
Alteryx Analytics
8.0
Microsoft Access

Report Output and Scheduling

Alteryx Analytics
8.7
Microsoft Access
Publish to Web
Alteryx Analytics
8.2
Microsoft Access
Publish to PDF
Alteryx Analytics
8.5
Microsoft Access
Report Versioning
Alteryx Analytics
9.0
Microsoft Access
Report Delivery Scheduling
Alteryx Analytics
8.9
Microsoft Access

Data Discovery and Visualization

Alteryx Analytics
7.9
Microsoft Access
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Alteryx Analytics
8.0
Microsoft Access
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Alteryx Analytics
7.5
Microsoft Access
Predictive Analytics
Alteryx Analytics
8.3
Microsoft Access

Access Control and Security

Alteryx Analytics
8.3
Microsoft Access
Multi-User Support (named login)
Alteryx Analytics
8.0
Microsoft Access
Role-Based Security Model
Alteryx Analytics
8.0
Microsoft Access
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Alteryx Analytics
9.0
Microsoft Access

Mobile Capabilities

Alteryx Analytics
4.0
Microsoft Access
Responsive Design for Web Access
Alteryx Analytics
4.0
Microsoft Access

Pros

  • Alteryx provides an integrated workflow management environment for data blending, analytics, and reporting. It is also very extensible to be connected to a variety of data connections including major databases (Oracle, etc.), analytics tools (R), and visualization tools such as Tableau through its plugins. Our department used Oracle and Tableau already and it was well integrated with Alteryx.
  • The workflow authoring environment in Desktop is easy to use so that most of the users (if they are a bit skilled data developers or analysts) may not need the training to use its basic functions. Drag and drop interface and icons are intuitive to understand.
  • When running Alteryx workflows, it is easy to monitor and track what's the progress by seeing percentages. It is helpful to balance and manage bandwidths of database servers, especially when to populate large data sets.
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  • Microsoft Access is great at cranking out quick solutions for simple programming problems
  • Once Access has been learned, the same concepts are readily transferable to create more complex VBA macros in Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office products.
  • It is easy to integrate with most other Windows-based back-end databases such as SQL and Oracle.
  • It can be placed on websites to allow remote users to access the data
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Cons

  • Sometimes the desktop version of authoring tool crashes! It's been unstable in the previous versions but gets better. Even if it doesn't crash, it used to be slow or not responding.
  • When running several version of database drivers in local machine or server, it is tricky to set up database connections. Often you have to figure out it by googling the problem and solution. There are not many knowledge bases from Alteryx.
  • Alteryx project file creates .bak file automatically. It is useful to prevent for the purpose of back up, sometimes it's not necessary. But it is not changeable for some reason. By default, it always creates backups.
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  • Sharing an Access database with users of mixed Windows operating systems can lead to data integrity problems.
  • Security is only basic, so for sensitive data, a more robust back-end should be implemented.
  • Files can grow to an ungainly size, so periodic database compaction is necessary. The larger the files grow, naturally performance suffers.
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Likelihood to Renew

Alteryx Analytics6.5
Based on 14 answers
The product fulfills business needs and it is a pleasure to work with the provider.
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Microsoft Access9.4
Based on 16 answers
I and the rest of my team will renew our Microsoft Access in the future because we use and maintain many different applications and databases created using Microsoft Access so we will need to maintain them in the future. Additionally, it is a standard at our place of work so it is at $0 cost to us to use. Another reason for renewing Microsoft Access is that we just don' t have the resources needed to extend into a network of users so we need to remain a single-desktop application at this time.
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Usability

Alteryx Analytics10.0
Based on 2 answers
Through a graphical UI one can perform engineering and development, other vendors do not have such a code-less interface.
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Microsoft Access7.0
Based on 3 answers
Microsoft Access is easy to use. It is compatible with spreadsheets. It is a very good data management tool. There is scope to save a large amount of data in one place. For using this database, one does not need much training, can be shared among multiple users. This database has to sort and filtering features which seem to be very useful.
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Reliability and Availability

Alteryx Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
I use many programs and compared to others, Alteryx virtually never goes down, freezes up or gives an application error. Over a 4 year time period that I have used this program, any of these may have happened 3 times. It is an incredibly stable program that I feel completely confident in.
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Microsoft Access8.0
Based on 1 answer
I don't think the program has ever failed me. It is one of those programs where there is always a solution if you know where to look.
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Support

Alteryx Analytics9.9
Based on 2 answers
Overall pretty good. Depending on the quality of the question posed the CS team will get back as they are available
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Microsoft Access7.5
Based on 2 answers
I intend to elaborate very soon via another update, after checking some of my notes.
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Implementation

Alteryx Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
There is really not much to it (the installation, that is). Once you get it installed, along with any of the add-ons (demographics, R, etc.), you are up and running almost immediately. There is really no additional setup. You can immediately begin blending data, running demographics, performing spatial queries, running predictive analysis, etc. And for many of these functions, the learning curve is quite easy.
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Alternatives Considered

Alteryx's UI is fantastic insomuch that training can really be self-driven, albeit with several Google searches a day and visits to the Alteryx community. The other solutions we looked at were much less intuitive and not nearly as flexible, automated, and didn't give you the capability to watch the data be changed through every step of the process like Alteryx can do through browses and data samples.
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I do not have experience with any other database having capabilities and cost similar to Access.
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Return on Investment

  • The ease of use of this tool allows your data team to get off the ground quickly and efficiently.
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  • I'm not sure in which metric we could measure it's worth to our company. I can say that it's used every day within our organization, and it is an efficient tool that does its job well.
  • I think it's a testament to the basic usability of the software, in that it only requires upgrades periodically. Although I do at times think about whether or not we could benefit from even more use of its functionality.
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Pricing Details

Alteryx Analytics

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Alteryx Analytics Editions & Modules
Alteryx Analytics
On-premise Edition
Alteryx Designer
$3,9951
Alteryx Designer with Spatial
$12,9951
Alteryx Designer with Data
$29,9951
Alteryx Server
$45,0002
1. per user, per year
2. per server, per year
SaaS Edition
Alteryx Analytics Gallery
$1,5001
1. per user, per year
Additional Pricing Details
The above prices are in USD for Alteryx products and are per-year subscription prices based on a 3-year contract, with annual payment.

Microsoft Access

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Microsoft Access Editions & Modules
Microsoft Access
Additional Pricing Details