Actian Pervasive Data Integrator

3 Ratings
Score 3.7 out of 101

SAS Data Integration Studio

10 Ratings
Score 7.8 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 Data Integration Studio

When data is in a system that needs a complex transformation to be usable for an average user. Such tasks as data residing in systems that have very different connection speeds. It can be integrated and used together after passing through the SAS Data Integration Studio removing timing issues from the users' worries. A part that is perhaps less appropriate is getting users who are not familiar with the source data to set up the load processes.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SAS Data Integration Studio
10.0
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SAS Data Integration Studio
10.0
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS Data Integration Studio
10.0

Data Transformations

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SAS Data Integration Studio
9.0
Simple transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
9.0
SAS Data Integration Studio
8.0
Complex transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SAS Data Integration Studio
10.0

Data Modeling

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
4.3
SAS Data Integration Studio
8.0
Business rules and workflow
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SAS Data Integration Studio
9.0
Collaboration
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
3.0
SAS Data Integration Studio
8.0
Testing and debugging
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SAS Data Integration Studio
7.0
Data model creation
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS Data Integration Studio
8.0
Metadata management
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS Data Integration Studio
8.0

Data Governance

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS Data Integration Studio
9.0
Integration with data quality tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS Data Integration Studio
9.0
Integration with MDM tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SAS Data Integration Studio
9.0

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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  • With SAS Data Integration Studio it doesn't matter to users where the data is originally from it all is presented in a consistent manner.
  • The SAS Data Integration Studio is fairly reliable it usually works well.
  • The visual design of reports our users even describe as fun.
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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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  • Sometimes parts of the data are not available, although this is generally because it is connected to so many different systems.
  • Price, it's not the cheapest software, however the value for dollars spent does seem to be good.
  • Sometimes all the different systems and platforms and folders and so forth get a bit overwhelming for new users.
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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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Because SAS Data Integration Studio is the third party it seems to work equally well with all our systems. That is to say that it doesn't really work better with Microsoft or Oracle but really just seems to work equally well with all of them. It has a very powerful back-end that allows us to transform and load our data quickly and efficiently programmer time wise.
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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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  • We have more users who can connect to the many different data sources.
  • Our users do have existing SAS programming knowledge and that can carry over.
  • Business functions are starting to rely on SAS Data Integration Studio work product shortly after introduction.
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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

SAS Data Integration Studio

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