Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

3 Ratings
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Score 3.5 out of 101

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

3 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

I wouldn't recommend Data Integrator over SSIS, but it may be a better tool than other ETL offerings. Having a background in the Microsoft Stack, I am hesitant to recommend any other products especially in a Microsoft-centric company. If this was the only option to use, I think it does a good job at integrating systems after taking time to learn the approach. "Maps" in Data Integrator is definitely different than "process flow" philosophy in SSIS.
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IBM InfoSphere DataStage

Good for:
  • Integration Layer for a Data Mart and Data Warehousing implementation.
  • Batch or near real-time integration processes
  • Big data implementation (integrating non-Hadoop world with Hadoop)
Not so Good:
  • Real time integration
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
10.0
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0

Data Transformations

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.5
Simple transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
9.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
10.0
Complex transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0

Data Modeling

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
4.3
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
6.7
Business rules and workflow
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
Collaboration
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
3.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.0
Testing and debugging
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
6.0
Metadata management
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.0

Data Governance

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.5
Integration with data quality tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
Integration with MDM tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0

Pros

  • Map multiple source and destination tables - what would be done in many steps in SSIS can be done in one or two "maps" in Data Integrator.
  • Platform independent, cloud based, no client software.
  • Conversion of data types, write flat files - this helps us with integrating systems.
  • Fairly straightforward to use if the user has ETL experience.
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  • Proven MPP Engine. Excellent performance for integrating data.
  • 100% visual development, operational and monitoring environment.
  • Any source to any target capabilities.
  • Complex transformation capabilities without writing code.
  • Metadada and data quality capabilities.
  • Hybrid deployment (on-prem or cloud).
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Cons

  • Sometimes the screen does not load- since it is a web based software, this can be seen as a reliability issue.
  • "Maps" can become somewhat complex, and between multiple developers this can be painful when sharing or explaining others' work.
  • The concept of macros adds flexibility in how to solve problems, but is a separate language and can take time to learn and master.
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  • Unified processing engine.
  • Pricing.
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Alternatives Considered

Data Integrator was initially a part of a package deal for us with our new Student Information System. It was chosen prior to my arrival at the institution. Since I discovered we have SQL Server licenses, we have decided to use SSIS instead since I have a background in the MSBI stack and SSIS appears to be more straightforward (process flow philosophy vs "map" philosophy.)
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DataStage offers better integration capabilities without the need to write code manually. It also has a native ETL engine whereas MSIS requires a SQL Server. It has better integration capabilities with data quality, data profiling and data governance tools. The main drawback of DataStage vs. MSIS is pricing.
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Return on Investment

  • This tool was chosen prior to my arrival and was used to build three integrations. We have decided to switch to SSIS since we have licenses for it and it is a more common tool for ETL integrations.
  • It has been difficult to network with individuals that have experience with this tool.
  • Having been a part of a software package purchased, we have chosen to use a different tool for future integrations and plan to rewrite existing integrations.
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  • Reduce development time by 65% compared with hand coding.
  • Reduces ETL process maintenance times.
  • Better data governance for technical and non-technical people.
  • Improve time to market for initiatives that require data integration.
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Pricing Details

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

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

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

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