Azure Data Factory vs. SAP BW/4HANA

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure Data Factory
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's Azure Data Factory is a service built for all data integration needs and skill levels. It is designed to allow the user to easily construct ETL and ELT processes code-free within the intuitive visual environment, or write one's own code. Visually integrate data sources using more than 80 natively built and maintenance-free connectors at no added cost. Focus on data—the serverless integration service does the rest.N/A
SAP BW/4HANA
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
SAP BW/4HANA is a next-generation data warehouse solution. It is specifically designed to use the advanced in-memory capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. For example, SAP BW/HANA can integrate many different data sources to provide a single, logical view of all the data. This could include data contained in SAP and non-SAP applications running on-premise or in the cloud, and data lakes, such as those contained in the Apache Hadoop open-source software framework. With SAP BW/4HANA,…N/A
Pricing
Azure Data FactorySAP BW/4HANA
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure Data FactorySAP BW/4HANA
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Azure Data FactorySAP BW/4HANA
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Azure Data FactorySAP BW/4HANA
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
9.1
7 Ratings
9% above category average
SAP BW/4HANA
-
Ratings
Connect to traditional data sources9.17 Ratings00 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL9.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
8.5
7 Ratings
3% above category average
SAP BW/4HANA
-
Ratings
Simple transformations9.17 Ratings00 Ratings
Complex transformations7.87 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
7.5
7 Ratings
7% below category average
SAP BW/4HANA
7.0
1 Ratings
13% below category average
Data model creation8.25 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Metadata management7.36 Ratings00 Ratings
Business rules and workflow7.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration6.76 Ratings00 Ratings
Testing and debugging7.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
7.6
7 Ratings
9% below category average
SAP BW/4HANA
-
Ratings
Integration with data quality tools7.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
-
Ratings
SAP BW/4HANA
8.8
1 Ratings
2% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Location-Based Data Governance00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Data Exploration
Comparison of Data Exploration features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
-
Ratings
SAP BW/4HANA
4.0
1 Ratings
30% below category average
Visualization00 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Data Warehouse
Comparison of Data Warehouse features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
-
Ratings
SAP BW/4HANA
6.0
1 Ratings
18% below category average
High-Volume Data Processing00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Data Warehouse Management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Administrative Automation00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Self-Optimization00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Azure Data FactorySAP BW/4HANA
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(7 ratings)
8.0
(9 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
9.7
(7 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure Data FactorySAP BW/4HANA
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
Well-suited Scenarios for Azure Data Factory (ADF): When an organization has data sources spread across on-premises databases and cloud storage solutions, I think Azure Data Factory is excellent for integrating these sources. Azure Data Factory's integration with Azure Databricks allows it to handle large-scale data transformations effectively, leveraging the power of distributed processing. For regular ETL or ELT processes that need to run at specific intervals (daily, weekly, etc.), I think Azure Data Factory's scheduling capabilities are very handy. Less Appropriate Scenarios for Azure Data Factory: Real-time Data Streaming - Azure Data Factory is primarily batch-oriented. Simple Data Copy Tasks - For straightforward data copy tasks without the need for transformation or complex workflows, in my opinion, using Azure Data Factory might be overkill; simpler tools or scripts could suffice. Advanced Data Science Workflows: While Azure Data Factory can handle data prep and transformation, in my experience, it's not designed for in-depth data science tasks. I think for advanced analytics, machine learning, or statistical modeling, integration with specialized tools would be necessary.
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SAP
Some scenarios where SAP BW/4HANA is well suited are retail industry, supply chain, finance, warehouse, stocking processes, BI, [and] some finance analytics reporting. Some scenarios where SAP BW/4HANA is less appropriate [is when] relational queries are needed [and] in some small business with infrastructure limitations. Another scenario that is less appropriate is for ABAP processes requirements.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • It allows copying data from various types of data sources like on-premise files, Azure Database, Excel, JSON, Azure Synapse, API, etc. to the desired destination.
  • We can use linked service in multiple pipeline/data load.
  • It also allows the running of SSIS & SSMS packages which makes it an easy-to-use ETL & ELT tool.
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SAP
  • High speed data warehouse regardless of data volumes.
  • Excellent integration with SAP systems and Data sets.
  • Simplified data modelling due to columnar data base.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Limited source/sink (target) connectors depending on which area of Azure Data Factory you are using.
  • Does not yet have parity with SSIS as far as the transforms available.
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SAP
  • Enterprise license pricing is very expensive and run-time license limits the usefulness of the tool.
  • Integration with SAP Analytics cloud for write-back to BW/4HANA. Live connection is only read from SAC.
  • Make run-time licenses more useful.
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Usability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
SAP
SAP BW/4HANA requires specialized skillsets around data warehouse modeling and the access to data, however the modeling capabilities are intuitive and have now become accessible to both SAP and non-SAP data warehouse specialists. This new model allows for Interchangeable skillsets and access to a broader pool of experts throughout the industry, as well as easier access to data.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
We have not had need to engage with Microsoft much on Azure Data Factory, but they have been responsive and helpful when needed. This being said, we have not had a major emergency or outage requiring their intervention. The score of seven is a representation that they have done well for now, but have not proved out their support for a significant issue
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SAP
SAP Max Attention and general support for SAP BW/4HANA is broadly available. Truth to be told, MaxAttention has a premium cost but brings great engineers. So this being an enterprise capability and extremely critical, we did not consider cost as the main factor since support works well. Just keep that in mind when making your selection.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
The easy integration with other Microsoft software as well as high processing speed, very flexible cost, and high level of security of Microsoft Azure products and services stack up against other similar products.
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SAP
SAP Analytics Cloud is complemented by SAP BW/4 HANA through connectors that work in real-time and allow the display of indicator information in interactive and user-friendly visualizations. SAP Data Services integrates with BW/4 HANA allowing to automate the loading of information in the system taking as a data source a wide variety of platforms.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • It is very useful and make things easier
  • Debugging can improve
  • Its better suited than other products with the same objective
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SAP
  • Faster turn-around to enhancements
  • End users can query structures that are not limited to multi-dimensional models.
  • Performance improvements means that business user can do more in the same time compared to traditional BW
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