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Azure Analytics up to 14x faster decisions than Google BigQuery1

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Azure Analytics up to 94% less expensive than Google BigQuery1

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Azure SQL up to 86% less expensive than Amazon Relational Database Service for SQL workloads.2

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Understand your organization's data maturity

Answer a few questions to get insights on your organization's data maturity, recommended next steps, and curated resources to accelerate your digital transformation.

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1. Do you have a data platform for aggregating and accessing data across functional and regional silos?
2. Does your team have a "data steward" or designated role which is responsible for ensuring the quality and usability of over 80 percent of your team’s data?
3. Do you have a single, centralized system—at least at a departmental level—to grant permissions and access to data?
4. Is there a centralized source of documentation for existing interdepartmental APIs or other systematic methods for sharing data with other teams in your organization?
5. Do you use APIs or other systematic methods to automatically share data externally?
6. When you add a new data source, do you have systems that automatically check that it meets your team’s data quality or format requirements?
7. Are you able to track the lifecycle or lineage of data as it is transformed and used by models or reports?
8. Do you have a data catalog which enables data scientists, BI analysts, and others to discover and access data in a self-service way?
9. Is your data platform built on a microservices architecture that enables modular and repeatable use of components?
10. Are there rules or standards in place for systematically sharing data between teams (e.g., via API), so that teams can quickly and easily interpret other teams' data?
11. Do you use performance reviews or other management tools to enforce compliance with data practices?
12. Are you able to process and run analytics on data in real time (as opposed to batch processing)?
13. Do you have a sandbox environment that enables you to test different features and models, and optimize their performance?
14. Does your organization develop machine learning models?
15. Does your organization use advanced machine learning techniques, such as deep learning or reinforcement learning?
16. Are you able to deploy machine learning models automatically without human intervention?
17. Do you enable future auditing of machine learning models by automatically archiving any artifacts that they generate?
18. Has your organization defined ways to address fairness or bias concerns in machine learning models?
19. Do you use performance reviews or other management tools to enforce compliance with machine learning practices?
20. Have technologies developed by internal, independent, and cross-functional teams been successfully rolled out across the organization?

Your result: Platform

Your organization has successfully digitally transformed and is now a leader when it comes to tech intensity. Your organization most likely has an integrated foundation of data, software, and artificial intelligence that supports a mature innovation process, as well as a strong culture of growth and measurement that empowers employees to collaborate extensively and make individual decisions that are aligned to organizational strategy. Get more information and insights for platform organizations.

Your result: Hub

Your organization has already taken significant steps towards digital transformation and is now poised to successfully make use of all your organizational assets. At this point, your organization is most likely looking to improve your processes rather than your technical foundations, and you’re also able to focus on developing and improving the use of analytics and machine learning to drive business performance and transforming your business culture so that your employees can effectively use the new data and analytics tools at their disposal. Get more information and insights for hub organizations.

Your result: Bridge

Your organization has already made some first steps towards digital transformation. As you continue to establish your data platform, your organization may face challenges in finding ways to keep building on your initial successes and in determining and prioritizing next steps for your data platform. Get more information and insights for bridge organizations.

Your result: Traditional

Your organization is still in the early stages its digital transformation and may face challenges in fostering collaboration across organizational boundaries, sharing data, and making effective use of your data. Get more information and insights for traditional organizations.

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1Azure Synapse (formerly Azure SQL Data Warehouse) outperforms Google BigQuery in all Test-H and Test-DS* benchmark queries from GigaOm. Azure Synapse consistently demonstrated better price-performance compared with BigQuery, and costs up to 94 percent less when measured against Azure Synapse clusters running Test-H* benchmark queries. GigaOm field tests also revealed that Azure Synapse (formerly Azure SQL Data Warehouse) outperforms Amazon Redshift in 86 percent of all the Test-H* benchmark queries. Azure Synapse Analytics also consistently demonstrated better price-performance compared with Redshift and costs up to 46 percent less when measured against Azure Synapse Analytics clusters running Test-DS* benchmark queries.

*Performance and price-performance claims based on data from a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by GigaOm in January 2019 for the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-H benchmark report and March 2019 for the GigaOm Analytics Field Test -DS benchmark report. Analytics in Azure is up to 14 times faster and costs 94 percent less, according to the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-H benchmark, and is up to 12 times faster and costs 73 percent less, according to the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-DS benchmark. Benchmark data is derived from recognized industry standards, TPC Benchmark™ H (TPC-H) and TPC Benchmark™ DS (TPC-DS). The GigaOm Analytics Field Test results are based on query execution performance testing of 66 TPC-H-like queries for TPC-H and 309 TPC-DS-like, conducted by GigaOm in January 2019 and March 2019, respectively; testing commissioned by Microsoft. Price-performance is calculated by GigaOm as the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-H/ GigaOm Analytics Field Test-DS metric of cost of ownership divided by composite query. Prices are based on publicly available US pricing as of January 2019 for the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-H queries and March 2019 for the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-DS queries. Actual performance and prices may vary. Both the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-H and Test-DS is derived from the TPC-H and TPC-DS benchmarks and as such is not comparable to published TPC-H or TPC-DS benchmarks results, as the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-H and GigaOm Analytics Field Test-DS does not fully comply with the TPC-H or TPC-DS benchmark.

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2Price-performance claims based on data from a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by GigaOm in August 2019. The study compared price performance between a single 80 vCore Gen 5 Azure SQL Database on the business-critical service tier and the db.r4.16x large offering for Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service (AWS RDS) on SQL Server. Benchmark data is taken from a GigaOm Analytic Field Test derived from a recognized industry standard, TPC Benchmark™ E (TPC-E), and is based on a mixture of read-only and update intensive transactions that simulate activities found in complex OLTP application environments. Price-performance is calculated by GigaOm as the cost of running the cloud platform continuously for three years divided by transactions per second throughput. Prices are based on publicly available US pricing in East US for Azure SQL Database and US East (Ohio) for AWS RDS as of August 2019. Price-performance results are based upon the configurations detailed in the GigaOm Analytic Field Test. Actual results and prices may vary based on configuration and region.

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