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Score 8.3 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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Informatica Enterprise Data Integration

One of the main strengths of Informatica Enterprise Data Integration is its performance. If your business requirements include processing of huge volumes of data, then Informatica is strongly recommended over other tools. I would recommend Informatica over Talend.On the other hand, if your business primarily works on Apple machines, Informatica Enterprise Data Integration is a resounding NO. Running Informatica on a VM or a Remote Desktop completely kills its efficiency.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
9.5
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
10.0
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
9.0

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
9.5
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
10.0
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
9.0

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
8.1
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
8.3
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
8.8
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
7.6
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
7.5
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
8.1

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
7.9
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
8.2
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Enterprise Data Integration
7.7

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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  • Informatica has a wide range of support for databases. Pretty much every mainstream DBMS is compatible here.
  • Designing ETL mappings and workflows is a very intuitive process, and takes minimal learning time and effort even for a beginner.
  • Informatica's biggest strength is its sheer performance. It is unmatched in terms of handling large volumes of data.
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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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  • Setting up Informatica and integrating with your existing services can be a hassle. While the support team is quite helpful, it can still take a considerable amount of time and effort to get Informatica up and running.
  • Informatica Enterprise Data Integration unavailable for MacOS. This can be a huge problem for a business that primarily uses Apple machines.
  • Using Informatica PowerCenter for ETL designing can be quite intuitive for basic to moderately complex workflows. However, for achieving advanced tasks, there is not sufficient documentation available.
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Informatica Enterprise Data Integration8.9
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Availability of options to integrate with application oriented databases like SAP, Salesforce etc.Product Support.Reliability.
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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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While Talend offers a much more comfortable interface to work with, Informatica's forte is performance. And on that front, Informatica Enterprise Data Integration certainly leaves Talend in the dust. For a more back-end-centric use case, Informatica is certainly the ETL tool of choice. On the other hand, if business users would be using the tool, then Talend would be the preferred tool.
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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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  • Informatica allows us to achieve complex data integration among our systems and into our data warehouse environment. Without this tool in place, hours of manual manipulation would occur to integrate this data and extract it into the appropriate DW solution.
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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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Informatica Enterprise Data Integration

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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