Pragmatic Workbench (discontinued) vs. SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Pragmatic Workbench (discontinued)
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Pragmatic Workbench Enterprise was a suite that combined four Pragmatic Works products: BI xPress, DBA xPress, DOC xPress and LegiTest. It was acquired by SentryOne in April 2018, and has reached its EOL phase. After the summer of 2022 it will likely no longer be available, and unsupported.
$2,490
per seat
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) enables deep visibility into database performance and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. What can you monitor with DPA? Oracle Oracle Exadata Oracle EBS Microsoft SQL Server Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Database Managed Instance MySQL DB2 SAP ASE Aurora MariaDB DPA monitors physical, virtual,…N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
Workbench Client Edition
2,490
per seat
Workbench Server Edition
8,995
per server
Workbench Enterprise Edition (Client + Server)
9,995
1 user / 1 server
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsWorkbench Enterprise combines all of the functionality within Workbench Client (local install) and Workbench Server (server install).
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Community Pulse
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Features
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Database Development
Comparison of Database Development features of Product A and Product B
Pragmatic Workbench (discontinued)
9.0
1 Ratings
4% above category average
SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
-
Ratings
Test data generation9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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DBeaver
DBeaver
Score 8.4 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
DBeaver
DBeaver
Score 8.4 out of 10
Redgate SQL Monitor
Redgate SQL Monitor
Score 8.2 out of 10
Enterprises
DBeaver
DBeaver
Score 8.4 out of 10
Redgate SQL Monitor
Redgate SQL Monitor
Score 8.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.2
(113 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
6.0
(1 ratings)
9.3
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(2 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Workbench Enterprise is consistent across devices and users so far. It works the same, and access is easy. I have a problem with its security. If you use an enterprise password to access databases, it's very easy to click the show password on the connection page and expose the enterprise password. You shouldn't allow users to use the same accounts to access the database because that means all users are sharing the same password.
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SolarWinds
This is an easy 10 because I actually have recommended this product to multiple clients and colleagues! Any shop that writes its own SQL queries will benefit from the insight provided by SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer, so they know which of their queries is causing a bottleneck. Small shops or databases with only a few tables likely will see far fewer opportunities for optimization.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • Querying is easy and quick.
  • Updating tables is very easy.
  • It gives us very accurate error messages.
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SolarWinds
  • Maintains historical SQL execution data, enabling forensic analysis
  • Has the ability to slice and dice the data so that you can drill down to the execution of a single SQL statement being executed by a stored procedure
  • Alerts to when the consumption pattern changes
  • Shows historical average run times against the current, illustrating problems when they arise
  • Provides tuning advice based on best practices
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Cons
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  • It has autocompleted, but I find it difficult to use or get to use.
  • It doesn't automatically complete table names or field names.
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SolarWinds
  • Alerts seem to be lacking in DPA compared to competitor's tools. They can be setup but are not quite as easy or as helpful as some other tools I have used.
  • Grooming/pruning the repository database isn't very easy. We don't manage a lot of instances but our repo DB has grown pretty significantly.
  • At times when I am drilled-down to a chart, it can be difficult to navigate around from that point to another time range/query/metric.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
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SolarWinds
We have relied on this product for a very long time and it continues to exceed expectations. The product is a vital part of our organization at this point, it would not be very ideal for us to abandon it. We use it almost every day and depend on its alerts for critical parts of our business
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Usability
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SolarWinds
I don't want to think about managing clusters of SQL servers in the future without this tool. We have demoed other tools and SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer is the gold standard for usability and insight into what your servers are doing. The UI is a bit dated, but everything is laid out in a logical manner and drilling down into queries or timeslices is extremely intuitive.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
Our team does the support for us. Sometimes we see download related issues that can easily be fixed by our team. Most issues you will see with one user in your org will probably happen to others, so keep a log and track those issues. Then have a fix for them somewhere that everyone has access to. This will save you a lot of time troubleshooting.
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SolarWinds
I have had to use their support on a few occasions, for reasons that I am not clear about until recently I have always had problems upgrading the software (although the last 2 updates have gone without issue which I am very pleased to say). On those unfortunate occasions, the support has been brilliant with either excellently documented guides on how to resolve the issue by myself or have been hands-on with calls and screen sharing to remotely fix the issue. Every time the problem was sorted and more importantly, nothing was lost (apart from a bit of time). And as I stated above whatever the problem was that was causing my upgrade issues appears to have been resolved in the last 2 updates.
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Implementation Rating
Discontinued Products
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SolarWinds
Follow the guidelines for the capacity of the servers. We found that the DPA databases were getting rather large and also that there are ways to reduce their size built into some of the options.
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Alternatives Considered
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SolarWinds
At the time, we found SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer to be easier to setup and to have a richer feature set than Redgate SQL Monitor, plus, from what I remember, the DPA pricing worked better for us over the course of a year. We're very happy with all the features DPA has to offer.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • I personally like Workbench Enterprise, and I can do everything I need to do using it.
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SolarWinds
  • It has allowed us to progress as an organization with much less reliance on a direct DBA than would traditionally be required
  • Allowed us to be much more proactive in our performance monitoring and responding to issues that would affect users.
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ScreenShots

Pragmatic Workbench (discontinued) Screenshots

Screenshot of Real-Time SSIS Execution DiagramScreenshot of Visual Object LineageScreenshot of Data Validation Testing DesignerScreenshot of Data Validation Testing -  Performance DashboardScreenshot of Workbench Launch Dashboard

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer Screenshots

Screenshot of DashboardScreenshot of Alerts and reportsScreenshot of Application-centric view of DPAScreenshot of Blocking deadlock analysisScreenshot of Collaboration across teamsScreenshot of Intuitive performance monitoring