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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon SageMaker

Amazon SageMaker is a great tool for developing machine learning models that take more effort than just point-and-click type of analyses. The software works well with the other tools in the Amazon ecosystem, so if you use Amazon Web Services or are thinking about it, SageMaker would be a great addition. SageMaker is great for consumer insights, predictive analytics, and looking for gems of insight in the massive amounts of data we create. SageMaker is less suitable for analysts who do generally "small" data analyses, and "small" data analyses in today's world can be billions of records.
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Microsoft BI

Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Drill-down analysis
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Formatting capabilities
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.0
Predictive Analytics
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
REST API
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
Javascript API
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.8
Java API
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Amazon SageMaker
Microsoft BI
7.6

Pros

  • Amazon SageMaker is great for visually seeing the development of machine learning models. The process is set up in a logical step-by-step process.
  • Amazon SageMaker makes training data models about as easy as it gets. It's straight-forward to construct training and test samples.
  • Amazon SageMaker makes deploying machine learning models much easier than other open-source tools.
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  • EASY visualization of business data. Excel is the killer app so anybody remotely good at basic office tools knows how to make PivotTables and PivotCharts. If you don't, it's really easy to learn; give it a try... People think big data visualization is hard but it's not for most business use cases.
  • FAST visualization of business data. There are BI/Analytics tools out there, some of them beginning with the letter S, that are slooow. I do my taxes waiting for them to run basic queries/filters/charts. Microsoft BI (and Tableau, etc.) create compact data models to allow for pretty fast data loading and slicery.
  • FREE or at least REALLY CHEAP visualization of business data. Who has MS Office on their business computer? Oh, everybody. If you don't have Office Pro, pony up for that or get the monthly license. The bigness of data you can run on your own machine is fairly big; don't use cloud if you don't need it. By comparison, who enjoys throwing thousands of dollars away on bloated legacy BI software? Well, too many companies, apparently.
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Cons

  • Amazon SageMaker is a great tool for a data scientist, although surprisingly, comparing different machine learning models with SageMaker is not as easy as one would think. I think Amazon needs to team up with a data scientist who does ensemble modeling.
  • Because SageMaker is targeted for machine learning models, other models a data scientist might use require more effort to get them incorporated. My guess is Amazon is moving to make SageMaker a more complete tool.
  • SageMaker can take a long time to run on larger data sets. That's the case with every big data science tool I've used, but SageMaker doesn't seem to be as quick as other tools.
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  • On the occasion some of the plug ins run unusually slow. I don't know if it's because they run in Silver Light or what. :) The plug ins have locked up more than once (once a week). My installation got so slow that I had to actually reinstall a couple of times over the past year. Is this a show stopper? For me, it was not. There are other features that keep me glued in. The office repair utility makes the re install a snap and if you are a realistic Microsoft fan, then you almost come to expect it.
  • The natural Language selection: We are a MS SQL house and we love MS. We have the skills for high end SQL statements with a full development staff but we still wanted to try the natural language selection tool. To no avail. We tried redoing the data and that did not work either. I'd call this beta still.
  • I would like to see them improve their visualizations. They are Microsoft and can easily compete with some of the visualizations of Micro Strategy, Tableau and Domo. They simply choose not to.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
The primary reason I give this a 10 is because of my previous experience with Microsoft. While I can be effective with other tools and solutions, my experience is primarily focused on the Microsoft solution stack and surrounding tools. Some people are Java-centric, some are C#-centric; I am Microsoft SQL Server-centric. Even with the explosion of "big data" tools, I always seem to gravitate toward the Microsoft solution because I know and understand it better than any other solutions.
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Usability

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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries. 2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI. It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend
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Reliability and Availability

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Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
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Support

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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
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In-Person Training

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Microsoft BI6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Online Training

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Microsoft BI8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
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Implementation

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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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Alternatives Considered

We have not invested in another machine learning software at this time and so far this has proved very successful with our machine learning teams. As mentioned, I am training these individuals simply on the fundamentals of the software and using it/customizing it for their needs. It has been very easy to do this and has gotten great reviews across the organization so far.
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Microstrategy - I went with Microsoft BI because of features, usability, integration capabilities, performance, availability of talent, cost, and end-user (self-service) capabilities.
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Return on Investment

  • Use of this tool across areas of our organization has allowed for more time to be spent on other things as this is taking a lot of the heavy lifting and developing out of the machine learning process all together.
  • Database of algorithms ready to use and adjust, customizing is key with this group of employees and their daily work while using this software.
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  • Cleaner, more accurate data returned to end users.
  • Better decision making.
  • Increased control over data.
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Pricing Details

Amazon SageMaker

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Amazon SageMaker Editions & Modules
Amazon SageMaker
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Microsoft BI

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Microsoft BI Editions & Modules
Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. per user per month
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