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AWS Data Exchange fits best for scenarios where you have datasets that you would like to sell and you want to deliver it to anyone who would like to purchase it. It really beats having to set up downloads via your own website or portal. However, it can get complicated to manage if you're trying to deliver a dataset a client has already paid for.
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When data is in a system that needs a complex transformation to be usable for an average user. Such tasks as data residing in systems that have very different connection speeds. It can be integrated and used together after passing through the SAS Data Integration Studio removing timing issues from the users' worries. A part that is perhaps less appropriate is getting users who are not familiar with the source data to set up the load processes.
Read full review Pros Simplified data delivery Ability to create any amount of data products Ability to integrate payment plans with data products Tracking data downloads and users Integration with other AWS data services Read full review With SAS Data Integration Studio it doesn't matter to users where the data is originally from it all is presented in a consistent manner. The SAS Data Integration Studio is fairly reliable it usually works well. The visual design of reports our users even describe as fun. Read full review Cons Integration with more data sources Ability to deliver data to clients without AWS accounts Inclusion of direct data downloads in addition to asynchronous methods Read full review Sometimes parts of the data are not available, although this is generally because it is connected to so many different systems. Price, it's not the cheapest software, however the value for dollars spent does seem to be good. Sometimes all the different systems and platforms and folders and so forth get a bit overwhelming for new users. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
There have been a lot of problems with ADX. First, the entire system is incredibly clunky from beginning to end.First, by AWS's own admission they're missing a lot of "tablestakes functionality" like the ability to see who is coming to your pages, more flexibility to edit and update your listings, the ability to create a storefront or catalog that actually tries to sell your products. All-in-all you're flying completely blind with AWS. In our convos with other sellers we strongly believe very little organic traffic is flowing through the AWS exchange. For the headache, it's not worth the time or the effort. It's very difficult to market or sell your products.We've also had a number of simple UX bugs where they just don't accurately reflect the attributes of your product. For instance for an S3 bucket they had "+metered costs" displayed to one of our buyers in the price. This of course caused a lot of confusion. They also misrepresented the historical revisions that were available in our product sets because of another UX bug. It's difficult to know what other things in the UX are also broken and incongruent.We also did have a purchase, but the seller is completely at their whim at providing you fake emails, fake company names, fake use cases because AWS hasn't thought through simple workflows like "why even have subscription confirmation if I can fake literally everything about a subscription request." So as a result we're now in an endless, timewasting, unhelpful thread with AWS support trying to get payment. They're confused of what to do and we feel completely lost.Lastly, the AWS team has been abysmal in addressing our concerns. Conversations with them result in a laundry list of excuses of why simple functionalities are so hard (including just having accurate documentation). It was a very frustrating and unproductive call. Our objective of our call was to help us see that ADX is a well-resourced and well-visioned product. Ultimately they couldn't clearly articulate who they built the exchange for both on the seller side and the buyer side.Don't waste your time. This is at best a very foggy experiment. Look at other sellers, they have a lot of free pages to try to get attention, but then have smart tactics to divert transactions away from the ADX. Ultimately, smart move. Why give 8-10% of your cut to a product that is basically bare-bones infrastructure.
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Because SAS Data Integration Studio is the third party it seems to work equally well with all our systems. That is to say that it doesn't really work better with Microsoft or Oracle but really just seems to work equally well with all of them. It has a very powerful back-end that allows us to transform and load our data quickly and efficiently programmer time wise.
Read full review Return on Investment Reduced time to publish datasets for sale by more than 80% Increased net profit from dataset sales by ~10% Reduced data delivery time to clients by 15% Read full review We have more users who can connect to the many different data sources. Our users do have existing SAS programming knowledge and that can carry over. Business functions are starting to rely on SAS Data Integration Studio work product shortly after introduction. Read full review ScreenShots