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Apache Drill

if you're doing joins from hBASE, hdfs, cassandra and redis, then this works.Using it as a be all end all does not suit it. This is not your straight forward magic software that works for all scenarios. One needs to determine the use case to see if Apache Drill fits the needs. 3/4 of the time, usually it does.
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Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is very suitable whenever the objective of the project is a database where:1. The timeframe of the project must be short and the start of the project must be immediate.2. Specialised personnel from IT department is not available, due to their own prioritization scheme.3. The designer tasked with the design, implementation and deployment of the database, is a technically-oriented person in general, but having no previous knowledge of Access in particular.4. The size of the envisaged database is relatively small, both in the number of records to be stored in it, as well in the number of concurrent users. Microsoft Access is not suitable when:1. The requirements are for an 'Enterprise' type of database, expected to acummulate over time a very large number of records (large manufacturing company, storing many parts numbers over the years).2. The database is expected to be access by a very large number of users concurrently (e.g., a bank, accessed by numerous customers simultaneously).3. The time taken by the execution for each transaction must be as small as possible.4. The database must be of 'industrial strength', meaning very reliable, with no crushes and no corrupted records.
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Pros

  • queries multiple data sources with ease.
  • supports sql, so non technical users who know sql, can run query sets
  • 3rd party tools, like tableau, zoom data and looker were able to connect with no issues
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  • Organization - Its layout is particularly conducive to organizing data and is very user-friendly. Working with data is simple so long as you have a working knowledge of either building your own forms/reports or SQL.
  • Integration - Since Access is an Office product, it integrates nicely with Excel. This allows for not only the freedom of designing the data and reports you generate but also that it is quick to pick up as most people have some experience with Excel.
  • Support - Since there is already a large compendium of help and useful tricks/tips for Office products, there is always an answer to whatever question you may have or outcome that you are trying to achieve.
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Cons

  • deployment. Not as easy
  • configuration isn't as straight forward, especially with the documentation
  • Garbage collection could be improved upon
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  • It could get much better by auto-coloring parts of the SQL code to show connections to certain tables and auto correcting any grammatical issues with capitalization that identifies certain fields, queries, or tables.
  • Importing from excel can be interesting because it draws from the first sheet of an excel document by default and makes users have to slide data around to get a proper input into MS Access.
  • Having templates for buttons, navigation pages, and more customization tools for these areas within MS Access.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Drill7.0
Based on 1 answer
if Presto comes up with more support (ie hbase, s3), then its strongly possible that we'll move from apache drill to prestoDB. However, Apache drill needs more configuration ease, especially when it comes to garbage collection tuning. If apache drill could support also sparkSQL and Flume, then it does change drill into being something more valuable than prestoDB
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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

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Microsoft Access7.0
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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

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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

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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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Alternatives Considered

compared to presto, has more support than prestodb.Impala has limitations to what drill can supportapache phoenix only supports for hbase. no support for cassandra. Apache drill was chosen, because of the multiple data stores that it supports htat the other 3 do not support. Presto does not support hbase as of yet. Impala does not support query to cassandra
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Overall, I feel that Microsoft Access stacks up well against the competitors. With Microsoft Access coming from Microsoft it has many qualities that people are already familiar with from using other tools, especially Excel. Microsoft Access comes with Office 365 and therefore eliminates a need to purchase another database tool. In addition, many people in the organization have a lot of experience with Microsoft Access making it the best choice.
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Return on Investment

  • Configuration has taken some serious time out.
  • Garbage collection tuning. is a constant hassle. time and effort applied to it, vs dedicating resources elsewhere.
  • w/ sql support, reduces the need of devs to generate the resultset for analysts, when they can run queries themselves (if they know sql).
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  • Negative impact is generally around supportability. If you create a read/write app in Access it isn't centralized so if a change is necessary you have to proliferate that change to each desktop where the application is running.
  • In certain instances, those Access front ends can be a much quicker way to develop an application.
  • The proliferation of Microsoft Access databases can make data governance very difficult.
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Apache Drill

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Free Trial
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No
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Microsoft Access

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Free Trial
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