Skip to Main Content
IBM Data and AI Ideas Portal for Customers

This portal is to open public enhancement requests against products and services offered by the IBM Data & AI organization. To view all of your ideas submitted to IBM, create and manage groups of Ideas, or create an idea explicitly set to be either visible by all (public) or visible only to you and IBM (private), use the IBM Unified Ideas Portal (

Shape the future of IBM!

We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:

Search existing ideas

Start by searching and reviewing ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted, and add a comment, vote, or subscribe to updates on them if they matter to you. If you can't find what you are looking for,

Post your ideas

Post ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted and upvote them if they matter to you,

  1. Post an idea

  2. Upvote ideas that matter most to you

  3. Get feedback from the IBM team to refine your idea

Specific links you will want to bookmark for future use

Welcome to the IBM Ideas Portal ( - Use this site to find out additional information and details about the IBM Ideas process and statuses.

IBM Unified Ideas Portal ( - Use this site to view all of your ideas, create new ideas for any IBM product, or search for ideas across all of IBM. - Use this email to suggest enhancements to the Ideas process or request help from IBM for submitting your Ideas.

IBM Employees should enter Ideas at

Status Not under consideration
Workspace SPSS Statistics
Created by Guest
Created on May 21, 2020

Azure Managed Instance SQL Compatibility with SPSS

We would like to request Azure Managed Instance SQL compatibility to the SPSS product line.

We need to enable it for SPSS users to access and analyse data in the centrally available Azure Managed Instance (SQL Server) Version 12. The university-wide security requirement for accessing university data stores is via a Multi-Factor Authentication (using Azure Active Directory).

The connection to the Azure Managed Instance is set up via the ODBC Microsoft SQL Server version 17. The analysts and the data administrator were trying to set up access to Azure Managed Instance via SPSS but we were not successful. Even after installing the latest Data Access Pack and trying various drivers.

So we contacted IBM Support. As per IBM Support Case TS003694842, the only ODBC data source driver that is known to work with IBM SPSS Statistics and SQL Server 12.0.2000.8 is the one for 'SQL Server' that is in the SPSS Data Access Pack v8.x. This connection does not work, so we would like to suggest enable Azure Managed Instance SQL Server compatibility to the SPSS Statistics v26.

Needed by Date Jun 6, 2020
  • Guest
    Feb 23, 2023

    In terms of business criticality, the compatibility of Azure Managed Instance with SPSS may be important for organizations that rely on both technologies to support their business operations. For example, if an organization uses SPSS for statistical analysis and Azure Managed Instance for their database management, it may be essential for these two technologies to work seamlessly together.

    By having compatibility between Azure Managed Instance and SPSS, organizations can benefit from improved data integration and analysis capabilities. This can lead to better insights and informed decision-making, which can be critical to the success of a business.

    In conclusion, while the importance of Azure Managed Instance SQL compatibility with SPSS may vary depending on an organization's specific needs, it can be crucial for businesses that rely on these technologies to support their operations. Having seamless integration between the two can provide organizations with valuable insights and help them make informed decisions, ultimately contributing to their success.