MySQL, your SQL, everybody's SQL!
February 14, 2018

MySQL, your SQL, everybody's SQL!

Joseph R. Sweeney | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with MySQL

MySQL proved to be an extremely useful tool for my previous company when it came to database management and training those employees unfamiliar with it. We were not a database management heavy team, and we were also not integrating all of our database sources properly before introducing MySQL. MySQL provided the means by which we could easily incorporate many of the features that other database management systems use but were also able to test it out with its low cost (aka, free) and flexibility.
  • Ease of use since this is basically a sort of "starter" tool to get database management going.
  • Low cost - Instead of going in semi-blind and spending a lot of money on a BI solution that you are not sure about, you can try the Community version of MySQL and see if it fits your needs.
  • Data tool integration is phenomenal and allows for companies to expand their databases into other programs that provide more robust capabilities as well as handling more data as the company grows.
  • Independently, MySQL can be tough to use with large datasets. It becomes increasingly slower with the more data you are working with. So unless you are using another database management tool, it can take a while.
  • Before the recent upgrades, MySQL took a while to integrate features such as JSON into it. The responsiveness needs to be much quicker to keep up with the increasing demand.
  • Saving on the costs of managing as many databases and sources of data - MySQL allowed us to push the datasets back to their source so we could then pull them all back in with another tool. This saved us from having to manage everything in house, freeing up a lot more time for analysis.
  • Our client base over 3 years increased about 75% due to client referrals and upsells. Before, we were missing points of data that would dissuade new prospective clients from coming on board. MySQL made it possible for us to pull in various types of data that then covered the areas we were missing. Combined with a new BI management tool, our customers wrote more positive reviews for us and brought more business in than we had seen prior to using MySQL.
We actually use Sisense alongside MySQL as they integrate very well with one another. One of MySQL's flaws is its slow speeds on larger datasets which is why we began using Sisense. This way, we can organize several feeds into one source without having to do repetitious work on different sources.
MySQL is fantastic for those who just want to dip their toes in the water, as well as those Olympic style swimmers who are much more advanced. It is extremely flexible and there is a ton of support out there due to its increased popularity as a BI tool. I would definitely recommend using another BI tool that could integrate several MySQL databases together to avoid any lag times with reporting.