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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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SSIS

Extracting, transforming and loading data from multiple sources with different formatting is not that easy. SSIS provides different ways to connect or import from html, json, comma separated, xml, or other databases, which makes it a very diverse tool.The only main competition I have noticed is the combo of Python, Pandas, and Jupyter; but for that other solution, you will need an experienced team in scripting. So at the end is choose what your team feels more comfortable.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SSIS
8.0
Connect to traditional data sources
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SSIS
9.2
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SSIS
6.9

Data Transformations

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
7.0
SSIS
8.8
Simple transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
9.0
SSIS
9.6
Complex transformations
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SSIS
7.9

Data Modeling

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
4.3
SSIS
7.1
Business rules and workflow
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SSIS
8.4
Collaboration
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
3.0
SSIS
5.8
Testing and debugging
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
5.0
SSIS
7.2
Data model creation
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SSIS
7.4
Metadata management
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SSIS
6.8

Data Governance

Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SSIS
7.5
Integration with data quality tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SSIS
7.7
Integration with MDM tools
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator
SSIS
7.4

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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  • Great for parsing data from various file formats into SQL server. As an example, we use it to extract data from XML, EDI and other flat files.
  • Great for applying custom business logic in the ETL process. These business logic could be built into functions, stored procedures and applied through the SSIS packages.
  • I like it's exception handling capabilities and how it's able to show the module that threw up the exception by highlighting it in red.
  • Works very well with Visual Studio and as a matter of fact, you can build all your SSIS packages right from SQL without even opening up SQL server or BIDS.
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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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  • Not sure if it has JSON support but if it does, that would be awesome! Basically, the ability to consume data from a JSON data set.
  • In as much as Microsoft built it for the SQL database, it would be awesome if we could leverage SSIS for data ETL into other databases like MySQL and Oracle etc.
  • Add more color themes! The default color theme is old school and really sucks if you ask me.
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Likelihood to Renew

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SSIS6.0
Based on 2 answers
A bit outdated compared to competitors, esp in the open source community
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Usability

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SSIS6.9
Based on 3 answers
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

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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SSIS works great with the above tools. We are a Microsoft shop so anything that fosters better integration among the various tools and platforms we use is very welcomed.
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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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  • SSIS can have significant ROI by automating data flow processes and putting data integrity checks and transformations in place during the process. The reliability of the process increases and time is recouped because no end user is responsible.
  • Ability for non programmers to create and automate processes.
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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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SSIS

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