Astera Centerprise vs. IBM InfoSphere DataStage

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Astera Centerprise
Score 8.5 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Centerprise Data Integrator is an integration platform that includes tools for data integration, data transformation, data quality, and data profiling.N/A
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
IBM InfoSphere DataStage is an ETL platform for integrating data across enterprise systems, available on-premise or on cloud.N/A
Pricing
Astera CenterpriseIBM InfoSphere DataStage
Editions & Modules
Centerprise Enterprise
Contact rep
Lifetime License per Seat
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Astera CenterpriseIBM InfoSphere DataStage
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsDiscounts are provided for 10 pack, 20 pack, 50 pack, and enterprise wide Centerprise Professional licenses.
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Community Pulse
Astera CenterpriseIBM InfoSphere DataStage
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Astera CenterpriseIBM InfoSphere DataStage
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
7.9
27 Ratings
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.1
9 Ratings
Connect to traditional data sources8.527 Ratings9.59 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL7.31 Ratings8.78 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
7.8
28 Ratings
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.5
9 Ratings
Simple transformations8.528 Ratings9.89 Ratings
Complex transformations7.226 Ratings9.29 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
7.4
26 Ratings
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
9 Ratings
Data model creation8.416 Ratings9.36 Ratings
Business rules and workflow8.324 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Collaboration6.41 Ratings8.99 Ratings
Testing and debugging6.623 Ratings9.59 Ratings
Metadata management00 Ratings8.68 Ratings
feature 100 Ratings9.54 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.2
1 Ratings
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.8
8 Ratings
Integration with data quality tools8.21 Ratings8.88 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.21 Ratings8.98 Ratings
User Ratings
Astera CenterpriseIBM InfoSphere DataStage
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(41 ratings)
8.7
(9 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.5
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(6 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(23 ratings)
9.2
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Astera CenterpriseIBM InfoSphere DataStage
Likelihood to Recommend
Astera Software
I have only been using Astera Centerprise for about 6 months and I am still learning the ins and out of it. A scenario where it seems to do well is in generating reports from SQL queries that we already had and no longer have to run the reports manually. The SQL Query Source object has been the most useful tool for me thus far. I have yet to fully stress test the server side of Astera Centerprise, but currently there have been some version updates that required me to re-set up all the scheduled jobs that we have. We only have 8 jobs thus far but have plans to expand this into the hundreds and those same updates would require exponential amounts of work.
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IBM
Excellent Cloud data mapping tool and easy creating multiple project data analytics in real-time and the report distribution are excellent via this IBM product. Easy tool to provide data visualization and the integration is effective and helpful to migrating huge amounts of data across other platforms and different websites insights gathering.
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Pros
Astera Software
  • Astera's customer service and help team are quick to respond and have always found solutions to my questions or problems. They also follow up after completing a support request to make sure everything was working correctly. If it's not something the current version allows, as far as functionality, they develop a solution for the next version because they assume if one company has that need that others will as well.
  • I've never lost touch with our sales representative. She checks in at least twice a year, if not more, to make sure that we are happy with their product and to see if we need anything. I've rarely needed anything, but when I did she made sure to have the correct person contact me regarding what I asked for and she followed up to make sure the request was resolved.
  • EDI is a very complex language and making any changes can cause errors in other areas that you aren't aware of. Astera Centerprise creates an environment that is much easier to understand than looking at a raw data file. The functionality allows us to make changes to each transaction within a file in under a minute with no errors created. Making these changes before we had Astera Centerprise took a week for one file. We can now get to more files to create clean data for the state and have reached 97% acceptance.
  • Centerprise's functionality can be applied at any level. It can be a broad change to an entire segment, or it can be a single digit that is changed. You can program the system to look for specific items within a file and change only the records that need to be changed. It can sequence items, it can remove items and it can add items when specifically programmed to. And if you run into a wall creating the program, Astera's help desk will help you get past it. And the program language used is easy to understand as well. If you understand functions in Microsoft Excel or SQL statements, you will be able to use this product.
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IBM
  • Data movement
  • Seamless integration of scripts and etl jobs
  • Descriptive logging
  • Ability to work with myriad of data assets
  • Direct integration for Governance catalog
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Cons
Astera Software
  • We had some issues in getting the software running with their licensing model on our Citrix Desktop. They were very helpful in working with us on this issue.
  • With any product that creates SQL code in the background, I am skeptical of how optimized that will be for our specific environment. We have not yet had problems related to this, but customers may want to monitor closely.
  • They do not yet seem to have a large customer base and robust user community.
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IBM
  • Connector Stages to Snowflake on the cloud. We had some issues initially but since then had been corrected.
  • Accessing tool from a browser (zero foot-print). Currently we need to either install locally or connect to a server to do ETL work.
  • Diversify ways of authenticating users.
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Likelihood to Renew
Astera Software
We are in the process of converting many reports over to using Astera Centerprise. It would be foolish of us to not renew and lose the time and work put into this process.
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IBM
No answers on this topic
Usability
Astera Software
Centerprise is highly usable; however the version we are currently using could be a little more intuitive in some areas though by no means unworkable. I think some of the issues we have have been addressed and solved in the latest version.
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IBM
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
Astera Software
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IBM
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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Support Rating
Astera Software
Support is great! No matter if you need technical assistance or you have general questions about the tool - the support is very responsive and provides solutions quickly. They are available via various channels, which makes it very convenient to get in touch with them (Support portal, direct email contact, LinkedIn).
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IBM
I believe that IBM generally has one of the worst and most complex assistance systems (physical and online) that exists.
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Implementation Rating
Astera Software
Extremely fast implementation. From install to completed data flows in under a day.
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IBM
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Alternatives Considered
Astera Software
For us Astera Centerprise is a better tool as it helps in solving 2 problems. We use it as both an ETL tool as well as API integration tool. MuleSoft Anypoint Platform is used for API integration only. So we chose Astera Centerprise over MuleSoft.
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IBM
It's obvious since they both are from the same vendors and it makes it easier and can get better rates for licensing. Also, sales rapes are very helpful in case of escalations and critical issues.
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Return on Investment
Astera Software
  • It is tough to say on how Centerprise would have helped us with ROI. Unfortunately our project (after 3 years) was scrapped (put on hold) due to the impromptu purchase of another Crop Insurance company. But with that, Centerprise was huge in getting our warehouse loaded for our BI Team to make important decisions about our policies.
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IBM
  • Reduce development time by 65% compared with hand coding.
  • Reduces ETL process maintenance times.
  • Better data governance for technical and non-technical people.
  • Improve time to market for initiatives that require data integration.
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