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Score 3.2 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

Recommend for:Small and large data volumesFor development and processing of complex data (functions / routines)File managementMigrating Data from a Database to otherWhen you need to track all the data loaded, because you can have all the information about the transformation, the derivation, and where it was used
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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
9.8
Simple transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
9.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
10.0
Complex transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.5

Data Modeling

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
4.3
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.6
Business rules and workflow
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0
Collaboration
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
3.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0
Testing and debugging
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
6.5
Data model creation
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0
Metadata management
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.5

Data Governance

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
Integration with data quality tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.5
Integration with MDM tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.5

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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  • Connectivity.
  • Handling large numbers of records.
  • Varied partitioning algorithms.
  • Complementary packages of connectivity to applications, SAP, etc.
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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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  • You must understand and know the algorithms, since the wrong use of them generates more time in processing.
  • Metadata. You need to develop with connectors, and taking all the Metadata from the menu, all the data that you complete manually, you can't track it.
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Usability

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IBM InfoSphere DataStage9.0
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Because it is robust, and it is being continuously improved.DS is one of the most used and recognized tools in the market. Large companies have implemented it in the first instance to develop their DW, but finding the advantages it has, they could use it for other types of projects such as migrations, application feeding, etc.
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Performance

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IBM InfoSphere DataStage9.0
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It could load thousands of records in seconds. But in the Parallel version, you need to understand how to particionate the data. If you use the algorithms erroneously, or the functionalities that it gives for the parsing of data, the performance can fall drastically, even with few records.It is necessary to have people with experience to be able to determine which algorithm to use and understand why.
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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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Compared to other ETL tools, the connectors really work, and makes the developments less complex because they facilitate the development of the processes. The maintenance of the processes is simple, since it is a very visual tool, and you can count on the technical documentation given by the tool.
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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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  • The connection with SAP has allowed us to extract useful data, allowing us to set aside costly processes such as ABAP, etc.
  • DataStage can load data wherever the data is . This gives you the facility to integrate data, create a DW with all the integrity that you need.
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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