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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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SSIS

Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services is suited for development by those who are NOT very experienced developers. End-users with some database experience may find the development environment easy to use allowing development of basic ETL. Experienced developers will likely feel restricted by the "Microsoft-only" interface. Additionally, many larger organizations that have made a significant investment in databases other than SQL Servers will be unable to use SSIS against those database servers.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian DataConnect
9.5
SSIS
8.0
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
9.1
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian DataConnect
9.0
SSIS
6.8

Data Transformations

Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
8.7
Simple transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
9.5
Complex transformations
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
7.9

Data Modeling

Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
7.2
Data model creation
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
7.5
Metadata management
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
6.8
Business rules and workflow
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
8.5
Collaboration
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
6.0
Testing and debugging
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
7.3

Data Governance

Actian DataConnect
9.5
SSIS
7.6
Integration with data quality tools
Actian DataConnect
9.0
SSIS
7.7
Integration with MDM tools
Actian DataConnect
10.0
SSIS
7.4

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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  • There are many good workflow tools and ways to control the order in which things happen. In a short amount of time, you can quickly create a package that will move data from point A to point B and have it scheduled to run 4 times a day. Or if you need error handling or other business logic, you can spend more time and completely automate repetitive tasks. Robust? Check!
  • SSIS can consume multiple sources of data. From flat files, to Excel, to Oracle, or DB2...I've been able to access multiple data types and move them in and out of SQL databases with SSIS. We had one linux system that ran a Basis database system and there was a need to have something done, but no one could figure out how to make it work. I was able to use SSIS to import files and execute code on a server that had nothing to do with SQL server. So flexible? Check!
  • We already use SQL server almost exclusively for our enterprise database needs. The fact that we already have access to this tool at no additional cost to the business is a bonus. The fact that it is powerful, even better. Value? Check!
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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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  • I know in my "pros" comments, I said it was nice because we already had access to SSIS by virtue of being able to install it on existing SQL servers with no additional license cost. But, if you rely heavily on SSIS, you will want to have it on its own server rather than letting it share resources with a very active SQL server. That means additional licenses. It can consume a lot of resources, depending on the amount of data you're pushing through SSIS at any given time.
  • Current versions of SSIS do a much better job of managing deployment of packages into production. It used to be an all-or-nothing proposition so if you had to make a small change to a project that had many packages in it, you'd have to redeploy the entire project which means lots of extra testing. The introduction of package level deployment was welcome.
  • SQL server and SSIS play very well together when they have enough resources. If you're using virtual servers and can add CPU/RAM/Space easily, then by all means, put them together and manage the resources so they stay out of each other's way. If you don't have the capability to do that, then you'd be better off having SSIS on a separate server. When everything is working well, it is amazing. But if you make SSIS and SQL fight over resources, it's not pretty (SQL wins that fight by the way in case you were wondering!)
  • If I'm being honest, I haven't had to point SSIS to a huge variety of source systems. It could be that SSIS doesn't play well with certain DBMS' (I've heard Sybase compatibility complaints before) and you'll need to do some research and testing before actually using it in production.
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SSIS6.0
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A bit outdated compared to competitors, esp in the open source community
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Usability

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SSIS7.0
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Easy to use, however there are functionality limits
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Performance

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SSIS6.0
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SQL Server Integration Services performance is dependent directly upon the resources provided to the system. In our environment, we allocated 6 nodes of 4 CPUs, 64GB each, running in parallel. Unfortunately, we had to ramp-up to such a robust environment to get the performance to where we needed it. Most of the reports are completed in a reasonable timeframe. However, in the case of slow running reports, it is often difficult if not impossible to cancel the report without killing the report instance or stopping the service.
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Support

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SSIS9.0
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The support, when necessary, is excellent. But beyond that, it is very rarely necessary because the user community is so large, vibrant and knowledgable, a simple Google query or forum question can answer almost everything you want to know. You can also get prewritten script tasks with a variety of functionality that saves a lot of time.
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Implementation

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SSIS10.0
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The implementation may be different in each case, it is important to properly analyze all the existing infrastructure to understand the kind of work needed, the type of software used and the compatibility between these, the features that you want to exploit, to understand what is possible and which ones require integration with third-party tools
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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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Among the various ETL products on the market, I only used DataStage. I think that SQL Server Integration Services is much more intuitive than many others and allows for relatively little time to create a viable and very powerful solution. That obviously requires the right training and good experience to create very high-performance tools
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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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  • Faster implementations
  • Integrated reporting environments
  • Cost savings via automation
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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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SSIS

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