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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

Not many products like this exist, due to the tremendous effort needed to get them off the ground, but for data mining this product is perfect!
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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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  • Gather data.
  • Manage data.
  • Present data to the user.
  • Correlate data.
  • Data manipulation.
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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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  • Setup is complicated, involved months and sometimes years to set up and tune.
  • Maintenance is complicated.
  • Clustering could be a pain.
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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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Less expensive then the competitors, modules are self-sustained and able to function directly. It involves less coding, and a lot of things can be done in house!
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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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  • Ability to aggregate multiple sources and gather with Informatica has been great!
  • Ability to revert data back to the users in a timely fashion is a great asset of Informatica MDM.
  • Coding of the modules and such in-house has saved us thousands!
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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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