What do you like best?
Databricks is my company's one stop shop for interacting with our expansive datasets. Databricks has been great so far for navigating our complex storage systems, accessing data, and being able to analyze it without having to switch programs. One of the best features of Databricks is that you can use a variety of languages within the program to complete all steps needed to fully use the data. I like being able to switch seamlessly between python, spark, and sql to work on big data sets.
Additionally, the formatting of the workbook is awesome. You can create new spaces below your original data view in order to perform the analysis.
What do you dislike?
When using Databricks on a cloud-based server it is sometimes difficult to search through the folders and tables to find exactly what you need. I think it would be beneficial if they created an S3 browser to speed up this process.
Recommendations to others considering the product
When looking for a new program to access and query your data, look no further. Databricks is better than any SQL server I've used and allows you to utilize python, scala, and spark without having to waste any time changing workbooks.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Databricks is helping our analytics group to sift through our mountains of data in order to create new and innovative products that paint a picture of client's customers (and beyond). Personally, I think this program saves a lot of time than having to work on data in silos based on the language you are working with.