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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

Ideal for monitoring AWS services and workloads. We have several of our websites entirely hosted on AWS and we're able to get a Grafana dashboard of all the relevant metrics from CloudFront, S3, EC2, RDS, and Elastic Beanstalk. This can be set up within the hour or templated on your code for infrastructure (we do this with terraform & cloud formation). By design, it isn't suited for non-AWS workloads.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Avalara

Avatax is well suited to how we process orders. Our website goes to Avatax to calculate an initial sales tax amount right when an order is placed on our website. Once the order has been picked and packed it is fulfilled and then finalized the sales tax amount through Avatax. This is exactly what we need it to do!
Bruce Griffith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Type of tax

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.5
Sales and Use Taxes
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
9.2
Cross-border Taxes
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.7
VAT / GST Taxes
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
7.9
Energy and Fuel Taxes
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.3

Tax Reporting & Compliance

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.4
Geolocation for Tax Assessment
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.8
3rd-Party Software Integrations
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.1
Tax Data Reporting
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.6
Compliance Administration Management
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.5
Tax Exemption Processing
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.5
Tax Document Management
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.8
Complex Tax Scenario Management
Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
7.9

Pros

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Managing log retention periods is very simple with CloudWatch, and can be configured on a per-group basis.
  • Monitoring host performance is very easy when coupled with the CloudWatch Agent on an EC2 instance. A simple installation and configuration replaces an entire 3rd-party host monitoring stack.
  • CloudWatch is flexible enough for not just host monitoring, but application monitoring as well. It's easy to pipe local logs up to CloudWatch and extract structured data in order to monitor and set alerts on custom app metrics.
Brian Dentino | TrustRadius Reviewer

Avalara

  • Avatax stays current with all the changes in rates and does an excellent job of calculating the correct sales tax to charge.
  • The reporting interface for sales tax reports is easy to use and once you set up a report you can save it as a favorite and rerun it any time with one click. Their UI on the reporting is simple and provides a minimum number of clicks to get the data you want and export it to Excel where every number lives whether it belongs there or not!
Tom Berkompas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon CloudWatch

  • CloudWatch doesn't monitor things outside of the cloud, it's not what it is intended for.
  • Billing is confusing as it bills on Dashboard, metrics called, custom metrics, etc. Hard to forecast the charge.
  • Paradigm is confusing sometimes and difficult to learn.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Avalara

  • CertCapture can take many days to validate a certificate, and/or does not provide explanation as to why a certificate was not validated.
  • Submitting cases to Avalara is not helpful. Once an answer has been provided, the case is immediately closed and no helpful dialogue is allowed.
  • When a mistake on return filing occurs, whether customer or Avalara's, correction of the error takes far too long.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Avalara

Avalara 9.5
Based on 18 answers
Nothing is perfect, so I suppose I would not give it a 10, but it has earned a high rating because it really does work well. Also, if any issues have arose, avalara has many ways to be contacted for assistance and has always helped in a timely manner
Matt Farmer, CPA, CGMA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 7.0
Based on 2 answers
The tool collects a great deal of data, and data that's not available many other places. But the data is hidden in obscure places, and the logs are hard to read and follow. The user interface could use a heavy rework, and several companies have made a business out of scraping the data and presenting it better.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Avalara

Avalara 8.8
Based on 286 answers
Once integrated and properly set up, the software does most of the work for you. There are occasional hiccups, but that is true of all software. A lot of the ease depends on to what extent you let the platform do for you versus what you take on. For us, it decides which transaction to tax, assesses the tax rate based on the specific jurisdiction (and any changes in the tax rate), stores the exemption certificates and files the returns. Mostly what we are responsible for is reconciling the ledgers to the tax liability worksheets. It turns a complex and long set of tasks into a fairly simple and quick process
Jere Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Avalara

Avalara 8.7
Based on 13 answers
I have been using Avalara for years and do not remember ever having an outage during working hours. The service is accurate and dependable.
Elaine Ware | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Avalara

Avalara 8.9
Based on 13 answers
For the most part don't have a problem with Avalara performance. On the few occasions I've had a issue isn't has been resolved quickly and usually without having to contact support.
Kathleen Gage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 7.6
Based on 16 answers
Support is effective, and we were able to get any problems that we couldn't get solved through community discussion forums solved for us by the AWS support team. For example, we were assisted in one instance where we were not sure about the best metrics to use in order to optimize an auto-scaling group on EC2. The support team was able to look at our metrics and give a useful recommendation on which metrics to use.
Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Avalara

Avalara 7.2
Based on 20 answers
Avalara is not consistent in giving us information timely. For instance, right now, we have a help desk ticket with them that's been open since October. They are still trying to figure it out and we haven't gotten any feedback on where they are at or what is going on. That seems to me a very excessive amount of time to be working on a problem. Was it forgotten? Is there something bigger going on? Do they need something from us? An update would be helpful.
Also, many times when we call with an issue or concern (wrong tax rate for instance) we generally feel like the help desk assumes it's of our doing instead of theirs and doesn't truely listen when we explain the problem because we end up repeating it over and over as well as sending examples. We expect more respect on our end.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Avalara

Avalara 8.0
Based on 2 answers
not applicable
Michelle Chow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Avalara

Avalara 7.3
Based on 3 answers
The videos go too fast; I kept having to pause them and go back. They don't allow for any practice transactions or provide training materials.
Kathleen Gage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Avalara

Avalara 8.0
Based on 363 answers
The implementation team from Avalara was very knowledgable and did a good job of passing along information so that we could maintain the system and be able to make future changes ourselves. We had asked for some custom tax setup and they worked with us to get additional taxes set up that they didn't previously have. They worked with us to pull our documentation on tax rules and make sure those were included. I had hoped more scenarios would be there out of the box to cut down on the configuration time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch

I can only speak to how it's positively benefited my organization. The problem was that hosting in-house servers is no longer a cost-effective solution vs. containerization in the cloud. But once you rely on hosting servers in the cloud you need a tool to manage every aspect of that including log monitoring, resource utilization, and application performance. Amazon CloudWatch is exactly the tool you need.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Avalara

We have looked at TaxJar as an alternative to Avalara. TaxJar is significantly less expensive than Avalara, but what we ran into during our evaluation was TaxJar did not have the needed connectors with NetSuite/SuiteCommerce. Also since Shopify is natively connected to Avalara, TaxJar was not able to connect with Shopify, but would have to have orders exported to NetSuite to be run by TaxJar after the customer had been charged tax in Shopify based on the Avalara calculations.
Marcus Warolin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Avalara

Avalara 9.0
Based on 6 answers
There is no change that has to happen as your company grows, Avalara continues to do it's job for any size company
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Scalability. Saving us cost when we can downgrade underperforming instances.
  • Great monitoring and peace of mine without always having to check logs to any services failure.
  • Support cost is high. It would be nicer if documentation would be easier to follow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Avalara

  • It saved me about half a day's work each month, as well as probably 2-3 days of work for the financial analyst per month.
  • Having nexus in only 4 states still required a lot of manual calculations each month, so saves many hours of work for the team each month.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Amazon CloudWatch Editions & Modules

Edition
First 10,000 Metrics$0.301
Next 240,000 Metrics$0.101
Next 750,000 Metrics$0.051
Over 1,000,000 Metrics$0.021
  1. Per Metric
Additional Pricing Details
With Amazon CloudWatch, there is no up-front commitment or minimum fee; you simply pay for what you use. You will be charged at the end of the month for your usage.

Avalara

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Avalara Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch
8.8
Avalara
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
9.5

Usability

Amazon CloudWatch
7.0
Avalara
8.8

Reliability and Availability

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.7

Performance

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.9

Support Rating

Amazon CloudWatch
7.6
Avalara
7.2

In-Person Training

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.0

Online Training

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
7.3

Implementation Rating

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
8.0

Scalability

Amazon CloudWatch
Avalara
9.0

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