Actian DataConnect

3 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

Informatica Master Data Management

21 Ratings
Score 7.3 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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Informatica Master Data Management

I think Informatica Master Data Management is well suited for identifying the best version of the truth for master data. It provides a means to easily set trust and validation of multiple source systems to fine tune the resultant master data. It is by far a leader in the master data management space.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

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

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
Informatica Master Data Management
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
Informatica Master Data Management
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
Informatica Master Data Management

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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  • Allows you to implement detailed business rules to apply to your data.
  • Works well with any ETL tool, but especially well with Informatica PowerCenter.
  • Provides a browser based interface to facilitate ease of use.
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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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  • Mapping within the tool can be difficult. But that is slated for upgrade with the next version.
  • Many detailed screens for the developer interface. This makes it hard to find options sometimes.
  • Address validation sometimes leads to incorrect results. This is my biggest issue with the product.
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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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Informatica Cloud MDM was not available at the time of implementation. It has a direct connection with Salesforce, but as far as I can determine it is a solution that only addresses Salesforce and does not enable the sourcing of data from multiple external systems. Flat file support is lacking
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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 MDM allowed for a faster standup of our Salesforce environment.
  • Informatica MDM provided a means to keep our multiple source systems synchronized.
  • Informatica MDM can be pricey but is definitely a leader in the space.
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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 Master Data Management

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