Actian DataConnect

3 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

3 Ratings
Score 3.6 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Actian DataConnect

The choice to use Actian DataConnect really comes down to pricing and the type of integration project you are performing, specifically with the requirements, whether you want the integration to be on-premise or in the cloud, can you install agents on your servers etc. For integration tools it runs head to head with its competitors.
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Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

I wouldn't recommend Data Integrator over SSIS, but it may be a better tool than other ETL offerings. Having a background in the Microsoft Stack, I am hesitant to recommend any other products especially in a Microsoft-centric company. If this was the only option to use, I think it does a good job at integrating systems after taking time to learn the approach. "Maps" in Data Integrator is definitely different than "process flow" philosophy in SSIS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
9.0
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
4.3
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
3.0
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

Pros

  • The large connector base for DataConnect is outstanding. However even when they do not have a custom connector, they have a web services Invoker which allows you to connect to any web services.
  • The underlying scripting language is Visual Basic-ish. Very easy to start.
  • The product has been around a long time, through multiple company acquistions, and still is a competitive player via pricing.
  • Support team is awesome.
  • Large user community.
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  • Map multiple source and destination tables - what would be done in many steps in SSIS can be done in one or two "maps" in Data Integrator.
  • Platform independent, cloud based, no client software.
  • Conversion of data types, write flat files - this helps us with integrating systems.
  • Fairly straightforward to use if the user has ETL experience.
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Cons

  • Integration Manager needs better scheduling improvements. Like dependencies, and not running a process again if the prior run is still running.
  • New connector development does not seem a priority.
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  • Sometimes the screen does not load- since it is a web based software, this can be seen as a reliability issue.
  • "Maps" can become somewhat complex, and between multiple developers this can be painful when sharing or explaining others' work.
  • The concept of macros adds flexibility in how to solve problems, but is a separate language and can take time to learn and master.
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Alternatives Considered

As I stated earlier, DataConnect makes a head-to-head run against the others. It has advantages and disadvantages compared to the competitors. The choice really comes down to pricing and specific requirement needs for the project you are planning. Questions such as On-premise or Cloud, Security, and Specific Connectors available will drive your decision.
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Data Integrator was initially a part of a package deal for us with our new Student Information System. It was chosen prior to my arrival at the institution. Since I discovered we have SQL Server licenses, we have decided to use SSIS instead since I have a background in the MSBI stack and SSIS appears to be more straightforward (process flow philosophy vs "map" philosophy.)
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Return on Investment

  • Our customer likes the consistent reliable integrations we have built so we [got] a definite return on investment.
  • Problems are fairly easy to handle and rework.
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  • This tool was chosen prior to my arrival and was used to build three integrations. We have decided to switch to SSIS since we have licenses for it and it is a more common tool for ETL integrations.
  • It has been difficult to network with individuals that have experience with this tool.
  • Having been a part of a software package purchased, we have chosen to use a different tool for future integrations and plan to rewrite existing integrations.
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Pricing Details

Actian DataConnect

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details