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Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

3 Ratings
Score 3.6 out of 101

SAS/Access

11 Ratings
Score 8.1 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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SAS/Access

SAS/Access is well suited for companies who need to manipulate and analyze large databases and data-sets. It does the same thing as SQL, and if you already know basic SAS coding it is easier to pick up. SAS/Access works well with analyzing data from multiple data-sources at once, including large databases stored in external and virtual environments like Hadoop. Data can be easily reassembled from relational databases for use by the user. SAS/Access is not necessary if you are only pulling data from one database that you have the physical file for.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SAS/Access
8.9
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SAS/Access
8.8
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS/Access
9.1

Data Transformations

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SAS/Access
8.3
Simple transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
9.0
SAS/Access
8.1
Complex transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SAS/Access
8.6

Data Modeling

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
4.3
SAS/Access
6.9
Business rules and workflow
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SAS/Access
7.0
Collaboration
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
3.0
SAS/Access
6.0
Testing and debugging
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SAS/Access
6.4
Data model creation
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS/Access
7.0
Metadata management
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS/Access
8.0

Data Governance

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS/Access
7.8
Integration with data quality tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS/Access
7.6
Integration with MDM tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS/Access
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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  • SAS/Access is great for manipulating large and complex databases.
  • SAS/Access makes it easy to format reports and graphics from your data.
  • Data Management and data storage using the Hadoop environment in SAS/Access allows for rapid analysis and simple programming language for all your data needs.
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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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  • Easier management in the administration platform. Connecting these can be a challenge.
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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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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

  • 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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  • 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 Pervasive Data Integrator

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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SAS/Access

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