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Actian DataConnect

3 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

PowerCenter

17 Ratings
Score 8.4 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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PowerCenter

PowerCenter is well suited for processing of large amounts of data that is structured and pre-defined. It is well-suited for large organizations that have the resources to install, configure and support PowerCenter. It is well suited for large organizations that have a large number of data consultants/analysts that do not have a software development/programming background.PowerCenter is not a good fit for smaller, agile organizations that work with unstructured data and changing/dynamic data.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
PowerCenter
6.0
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
8.6
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
PowerCenter
3.4

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
8.6
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
9.1
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
8.1

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
6.3
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
5.6
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
6.0
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
8.1
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
5.2
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
6.6

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
PowerCenter
6.1
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
PowerCenter
4.4
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
PowerCenter
7.9

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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  • PowerCenter connects to multiple sources and targets with ease, and at the same time.
  • PowerCenter allows the application of complicated business rule logic with ease through a user friendly interface.
  • PowerCenter logic can be captured and shared in mapplets, enabling reusability.
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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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  • As a developer/integrator, i feel that PowerCenter could use improvement, and that is in the area of automated deployments. There isn't really any scripting options to automate back end deployments of ETL Workflows from one environment to the next. Instead, everything has to be done via the GUI (Graphical User Interface). And while this is a relatively straight forward process, it can be time consuming.
  • There is no real interface between PowerCenter and programs that manage the encapsulation of password for System Accounts. All connections to source and target systems have to be updated via the Power Center Workflow Manager GUI, and entered manually. There is no interface with encryption programs such as MAC VAULT, and as such, admins are required to have access to passwords that information security departments might otherwise not want them to have.
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It is a good, efficient product. Lots of developers are easily available in the market to perform the work.
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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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PowerCenter is the industry leader when it comes to interfacing with multiple source and target systems. The graphical interface increases employee productivity while reducing human resource expenditures and training requirements. These other tools offer some similar capabilities, but lack the range and depth when compared with the PowerCenter platform.
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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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  • Low coding
  • High performance
  • Cross teams for different purpose
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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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PowerCenter

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