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SAS/Access

11 Ratings

Actian DataConnect

3 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

SAS/Access

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Score 8.1 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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SAS/Access

Really best suited for tasks where some statistical analysis is needed.Purely ETL work should be done with a different tool.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
SAS/Access
8.9
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
8.8
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
SAS/Access
9.1

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
8.3
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
8.1
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
8.6

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
6.9
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
7.0
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
8.0
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
7.0
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
6.0
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
6.4

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
SAS/Access
7.8
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
SAS/Access
7.6
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SAS/Access
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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  • SAS supports the main database connection options that allow you to optimize the performance of your extracts and loads.
  • Simplicity of the syntax for a basic connection.
  • Ability to configure by an administrator in a BI environment so that all users can benefit from the connection without having to establish it by themselves.
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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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  • Easier management in the administration platform. Connecting these can be a challenge.
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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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SAS/Access can work well with MySQL. There are some coding differences between the two, for example how missing values are handled or rules for variable names. MySQL has simpler coding, but if you are familiar with Base SAS, it is not too difficult to learn. With SAS/Access the user has more freedom with formatting the databases from the data source that they are pulling from. Also, modeling and analysis is easier in SAS. SQL does not do much with graphics or modelling.
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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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  • Hard to say because it's a part of a global solution. Definetaly help reduce cost by allowing users to use only one tool and not 2.
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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

SAS/Access

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