Cortana (discontinued) vs. SAP Predictive Analytics

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cortana (discontinued)
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's Cortana was a general purpose productivity assistant, that has been deprecated as a standalone product.N/A
SAP Predictive Analytics
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
SAP Predictive Analytics is, as the name would suggest, a statistical analysis and data mining platform that can be deployed with SAP HANA.N/A
Pricing
Cortana (discontinued)SAP Predictive Analytics
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cortana (discontinued)SAP Predictive Analytics
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Cortana (discontinued)SAP Predictive Analytics
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Cortana (discontinued)SAP Predictive Analytics
Small Businesses
Intercom
Intercom
Score 8.7 out of 10
IBM SPSS Modeler
IBM SPSS Modeler
Score 7.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
Posit
Posit
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
IBM SPSS Modeler
IBM SPSS Modeler
Score 7.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cortana (discontinued)SAP Predictive Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
7.1
(3 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cortana (discontinued)SAP Predictive Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
It's easy for anyone who is expecting some simple AI problems like fetching the keywords, understanding the intent, language translation, etc. to be solved from an existing database and all they need is to connect to their APIs via a subscription model. But for complex use cases, there is still room for improvement like customization of underlying AI models for a specific use case like identifying some unique identifiers with respect to industry.
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SAP
It's a great tool to merge actual data analysis (which Lumira doesn't do that well) with visualization (which Lumira does well) - so it can be seen as Lumira for data analysts. However, a lot of the 'predictive' side is hidden/black box which can be frustrating for those analysts, so you could argue it is too complex for casual users, but too 'black box' for analysts.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Being hosted in Azure solves a massive hosting problem
  • The language understanding system has the ability to revolutionize many vertical markets
  • Integrating with Cortana Analytics was really simple due to easy to understand documentation
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SAP
  • It doesn't require you to have a Ph.D. to build models!
  • You can use it to address a very large and wide dataset without worrying about sampling.
  • Automation is in the product DNA. You can prepare your data, ingest it into the "Kernel", then get insights about what was found, decide to publish it and schedule scoring tasks or model refresh in the same product.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • More partnerships with colleges and schools to increase the workforce with technical knowledge (increase local workforce)
  • Have more online training and documentation in other languages
  • Have affordable prices for students
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SAP
  • Working with this software is very simple and enjoyable for me as [an] IT consultant and expert, but it is a bit complicated for novice users.
  • Some big data takes more time‌to load, which I think could be faster
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Usability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
SAP
the UI is a bit dated and available as a desktop tool mostly.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
SAP
The documentation provides an explanation about what features are available but not necessarily what's happening behind the scenes. On the other side, the "community" has grown since the acquisition and most questions are properly addressed by SAP folks. Since the "product maintenance" mode announcement was made, there wasn't much new content published except on the Smart Predict side (which is built by the SAP Predictive Analytics team)
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
IBM Watson Assistant has been early into this market and has improved a lot over time compared to Azure AI Cortana. More documentation related to the services. But Ease of integration Azure AI ranks over IBM Watson Assistant. And again in terms of services offered under the ecosystem, Azure AI precedes IBM Watson Assitant.
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SAP
We have typically used Spotfire for data analysis but decided to move to SAP Business Objects due to its innate connection with SAP. I found Lumira to be good for visualizations but it is not meant for data analysis. Therefore, we have introduced Predictive Analytics to see if it can fill that gap. So far, it's been far less intuitive than Spotfire to get started, and as far as I am aware so far, it does not bring many additional capabilities. I do, however, like that it utilizes the Lumira look/feel and integrates very well.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Difficult to ascertain the ROI as we are a software house who have developed a module in our application using Cortana. However for companies that use our software I would say the use of sentiment analysis in our application could free up at least 1 full time resource to be used elsewhere in their organisation.
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SAP
  • Proper forecasting increases our credibility with partners and customers
  • Forecasting determines the amount of investment in each sector and reduces the cost of additional costs
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