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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 7.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Azure Data Factory ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Data Source Connection, Data Modeling
  • Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 1 feature set: Data Governance
  • Azure Data Factory and Informatica PowerCenter are tied in 1 feature set: Data Transformations

Data Source Connection

9.1

Azure Data Factory

91%
8.1

Informatica PowerCenter

81%
Azure Data Factory ranks higher in 2/2 features

Connect to traditional data sources

9.3
93%
7 Ratings
8.3
83%
17 Ratings

Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL

8.8
88%
7 Ratings
8.0
80%
13 Ratings

Data Transformations

8.4

Azure Data Factory

84%
8.4

Informatica PowerCenter

84%
Azure Data Factory ranks higher in 1/2 features

Simple transformations

9.1
91%
7 Ratings
8.5
85%
17 Ratings

Complex transformations

7.6
76%
7 Ratings
8.2
82%
17 Ratings

Data Modeling

8.7

Azure Data Factory

87%
8.0

Informatica PowerCenter

80%
Azure Data Factory ranks higher in 6/6 features

Data model creation

9.2
92%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
14 Ratings

Metadata management

8.3
83%
6 Ratings
8.0
80%
15 Ratings

Business rules and workflow

8.4
84%
7 Ratings
8.3
83%
17 Ratings

Collaboration

9.1
91%
6 Ratings
8.0
80%
15 Ratings

Testing and debugging

8.6
86%
7 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

feature 1

8.6
86%
3 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Data Governance

8.1

Azure Data Factory

81%
8.2

Informatica PowerCenter

82%
Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 2/2 features

Integration with data quality tools

8.2
82%
7 Ratings
8.2
82%
14 Ratings

Integration with MDM tools

8.0
80%
7 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Azure Data Factory is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Informatica PowerCenter is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Azure Data Factory

90%
7 Ratings
8.2

Informatica PowerCenter

82%
20 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Data Factory

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Informatica PowerCenter

100%
4 Ratings

Usability

Azure Data Factory

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Informatica PowerCenter

90%
3 Ratings

Performance

Azure Data Factory

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4

Informatica PowerCenter

94%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

7.0

Azure Data Factory

70%
2 Ratings
9.0

Informatica PowerCenter

90%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft

Suitable for virtually any scenario that involves working with linked Service, so that it is possible to connect Azure Data Factory to storage services for SQL data in the cloud, and that it is possible to access them at any time. Serves to make the information much cleaner and have the desired formats and structures in case of working with time tracking or general employee work tracking applications, so it is easy to create accurate and aesthetically acceptable analysis for general tracking software. It is extremely useful if you do not have any data server service, as Azure Data Factory has the ability to maintain almost 90 different data connectors without the need to use a server.
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Informatica

Informatica Powercenter is the centerpiece of our overall enterprise data warehouse strategy. It's a critical enablement to ensure we can feed in multiple data stream and transform them into digestible data within our data warehouse. With its flexible capabilities and API availability, we were able to feed in industry standard data format as well as home grown data structure. Overall, we are very pleased with their capability and contribution to our data warehouse strategy.
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Pros

Microsoft

  • It allows copying data from various types of data sources like on-premise files, Azure Database, Excel, JSON, Azure Synapse, API, etc. to the desired destination.
  • We can use linked service in multiple pipeline/data load.
  • It also allows the running of SSIS & SSMS packages which makes it an easy-to-use ETL & ELT tool.
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Informatica

  • Informatica has a wide range of support for databases. Pretty much every mainstream DBMS is compatible here.
  • Designing ETL mappings and workflows is a very intuitive process, and takes minimal learning time and effort even for a beginner.
  • Informatica's biggest strength is its sheer performance. It is unmatched in terms of handling large volumes of data.
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Cons

Microsoft

  • Limited source/sink (target) connectors depending on which area of Azure Data Factory you are using.
  • Does not yet have parity with SSIS as far as the transforms available.
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Informatica

  • There are too many ways to perform the same or similar functions which in turn makes it challenging to trace what a workflow is doing and at which point (ex. sessions can be designed as static or re-usable and the override can occur at the session or workflow, or both which can be counter productive and confusing when troubleshooting).
  • The power in structured design is a double edged sword. Simple tasks for a POC can become cumbersome. Ex. if you want to move some data to test a process, you first have to create your sources by importing them which means an ODBC connection or similar will need to be configured, you in turn have to develop your targets and all of the essential building blocks before being able to begin actual development. While I am on sources and targets, I think of a table definition as just that and find it counter intuitive to have to design a table as both a source and target and manage them as different objects. It would be more intuitive to have a table definition and its source/target properties defined by where you drag and drop it in the mapping.
  • There are no checkpoints or data viewer type functions without designing an entire mapping and workflow. If you would like to simply run a job up to a point and check the throughput, an entire mapping needs to be completed and you would workaround this by creating a flat file target.
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Pricing Details

Azure Data Factory

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Azure Data Factory editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Informatica PowerCenter editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Informatica

      Our team enjoys using Informatica and feels that it is one of the best ETL tools on the market.
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      Usability

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Informatica

      Positives; - Multi User Development Environment - Speed of transformation - Seamless integration between other Informatica products. Negatives; - There should be less windows to maintain developers' focus while using. You probably need 2 big monitors when you start development with Informatica Power Center. - Oracle Analytical functions should be natively used. - E-LT support as well as ETL support.
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      Performance

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Informatica

      PowerCenter is robust and fast, and it does a great job meeting all the needs, not just the most commercially vocal needs. In the hands of an expert power user, you can accomplish almost anything with your data. It is not for new users or intermittent users-- for that the Cloud version is a better fit. Be prepared for costly connectors (priced differently for each source or destination you are working with), and just be planful of your projects so you are not paying for connectors you no longer need or want
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      Support Rating

      Microsoft

      We have not had need to engage with Microsoft much on Azure Data Factory, but they have been responsive and helpful when needed. This being said, we have not had a major emergency or outage requiring their intervention. The score of seven is a representation that they have done well for now, but have not proved out their support for a significant issue
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      Informatica

      Informatica power center is a leader of the pack of ETL tools and has some great abilities that make it stand out from other ETL tools. It has been a great partner to its clients over a long time so it's definitely dependable. With all the great things about Informatica, it has a bit of tech burden that should be addressed to make it more nimble, reduce the learning curve for new developers, provide better connectivity with visualization tools.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Microsoft

      The easy integration with other Microsoft software as well as high processing speed, very flexible cost, and high level of security of Microsoft Azure products and services stack up against other similar products.
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      Informatica

      PowerCenter is the industry leader when it comes to interfacing with multiple source and target systems. The graphical interface increases employee productivity while reducing human resource expenditures and training requirements. These other tools offer some similar capabilities, but lack the range and depth when compared with the PowerCenter platform.
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      Return on Investment

      Microsoft

      • It is very useful and make things easier
      • Debugging can improve
      • Its better suited than other products with the same objective
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      Informatica

      • The data pipeline automation capability of Informatica means that few resources are needed to pre-process the data that ultimately resides in a Data Warehouse. Once a workflow is implemented, manual intervention is not needed.
      • PowerCenter did require more resources and time for installation and configuration than was expected/planned for.
      • The lack of or minimal support of unstructured data means that newer sources of dynamic/changing data cannot be easily processed/transformed through PowerCenter workflows.
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