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Actian DataConnect

3 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

3 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 101

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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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IBM InfoSphere DataStage

Good for:
  • Integration Layer for a Data Mart and Data Warehousing implementation.
  • Batch or near real-time integration processes
  • Big data implementation (integrating non-Hadoop world with Hadoop)
Not so Good:
  • Real time integration
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
10.0
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.5
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
10.0
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
6.7
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.0
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.0
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
6.0

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.5
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0

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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  • Proven MPP Engine. Excellent performance for integrating data.
  • 100% visual development, operational and monitoring environment.
  • Any source to any target capabilities.
  • Complex transformation capabilities without writing code.
  • Metadada and data quality capabilities.
  • Hybrid deployment (on-prem or cloud).
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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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  • Unified processing engine.
  • Pricing.
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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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DataStage offers better integration capabilities without the need to write code manually. It also has a native ETL engine whereas MSIS requires a SQL Server. It has better integration capabilities with data quality, data profiling and data governance tools. The main drawback of DataStage vs. MSIS is pricing.
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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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  • Reduce development time by 65% compared with hand coding.
  • Reduces ETL process maintenance times.
  • Better data governance for technical and non-technical people.
  • Improve time to market for initiatives that require data integration.
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Pricing Details

Actian DataConnect

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

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

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