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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 7.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Astera Centerprise

Astera Centerprise is specific to EDI files. From what I've seen it can be used on EDI files across multiple industries. We use it specifically for healthcare EDI files. We do not create any files using this software because we do not have that need at CCHP, but I know the software could be used for that. CCHP uses the software to correct EDI errors and to import EDI data to our SQL data warehouse. EDI files have a layered structure so they need to be broken down in order to be loaded into the data warehouse. Without this tool we would not be able to import the files. Also, with the layered structure, fields, segments, dependencies and hierarchy, making changes manually is both risky and time consuming. Centerprise reduces the amount of time used to correct files and removes the possibility of creating other errors.
Amanda Moede | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

If your environment is clean and well organized, but at the same time has many application domains with their own data sources, Informatica MDM can be a really good factor in maintaining "single points of truth" for all this data. However, the more application domains you have, the less "clean" your environment becomes. If your application domain landscape consists of multiple technologies (C#, Oracle, JAVA, web-based, windows services, console apps, third-party tools, etc), your environment becomes a real nightmare to maintain unless you implement a service-oriented approach. And this is where Informatica MDM fails completely since it promotes a "point to point" scenario. At least this is my experience. It could be that Informatica MDM supports a service-oriented approach, but I have not seen this. I could be that the developers in my organization who have expert Informatica MDM knowledge are just more "point to point" oriented. But even if that is the case, it's a valid argument against Informatica MDM, since it's already hard enough to find developers who are dedicated to this product, it becomes impossible to find SOA oriented developers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Astera Centerprise
7.9
Informatica MDM
Connect to traditional data sources
Astera Centerprise
8.5
Informatica MDM
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Astera Centerprise
7.3
Informatica MDM

Data Transformations

Astera Centerprise
8.2
Informatica MDM
Simple transformations
Astera Centerprise
8.6
Informatica MDM
Complex transformations
Astera Centerprise
7.9
Informatica MDM

Data Modeling

Astera Centerprise
7.7
Informatica MDM
Data model creation
Astera Centerprise
8.3
Informatica MDM
Business rules and workflow
Astera Centerprise
8.4
Informatica MDM
Collaboration
Astera Centerprise
6.4
Informatica MDM
Testing and debugging
Astera Centerprise
7.7
Informatica MDM

Data Governance

Astera Centerprise
8.2
Informatica MDM
Integration with data quality tools
Astera Centerprise
8.2
Informatica MDM
Integration with MDM tools
Astera Centerprise
8.2
Informatica MDM

Pros

Astera Centerprise

  • The user friendly interface to develop integration packages means that you don't need to be highly trained in SQL code.
  • There is a huge variety of out-of-box functions, translations, and connectors. This means you can get up and running with using these different components right away.
  • Centerprise Data Integrator can mine data from unstructured and semi-structured data sources like pdf files and csv's. It means that virtually anything you have can be moved into a SQL database or fed into other systems.
  • Centerprise Support has been excellent and responsive to our needs.
Andre Beaumont | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

  • Gather data.
  • Manage data.
  • Present data to the user.
  • Correlate data.
  • Data manipulation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Astera Centerprise

  • I have not upgraded to the latest version, but in the last version, could use better descriptions in error messages.
  • I have not upgraded to the latest version, but in the last version, it would be nice to have reports we could run or have emailed daily/weekly with success/failure of all jobs scheduled.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

  • Mapping within the tool can be difficult. But that is slated for upgrade with the next version.
  • Many detailed screens for the developer interface. This makes it hard to find options sometimes.
  • Address validation sometimes leads to incorrect results. This is my biggest issue with the product.
Brian Randolph | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Astera Centerprise

Astera Centerprise 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Best product I have evaluated. No need to seek alternatives.
Mark Rubin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Astera Centerprise

Astera Centerprise 8.0
Based on 5 answers
It's very intuitive and visually descriptive. The interface is standard windows drag and drop although cut and paste are not universally available depending upon what function you're trying to do. You see the ETL and what it's doing. You can inspect the data elements the transformations and perform data previews incrementally along the data flow. You actually SEE what the results are and you can make adjustments without black box testing
Phil Nacamuli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Astera Centerprise

Astera Centerprise 8.4
Based on 22 answers
Astera support team is one of the key ingredients that makes using Astera products a very wise choice. The support team is quick to respond, helpful, understands our requirements/needs and customizes the outcome to match that. The readiness to help us out with activities that typically would fall into our realm like software install, workflow config (even in simple straightforward cases), upgrades, etc, is what makes this one of the best support teams we have worked with.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

Informatica MDM 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I'm not sure since I never used support. My colleagues never had any issues with it, therefore my rating would be an 8 with a certain range of uncertainty.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Astera Centerprise

Astera Centerprise 9.1
Based on 6 answers
Think outside the box because Centerprise can take on more than just data integration.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Astera Centerprise

After the purchase of the new company, we were required to go with their software choices until after TSA. The ETL product they had in use was Informatica. I'm sure Informatica has some great benefits for huge companies, but I am having a hard time adjusting to their style. Centerprise has Dataflows (Informatica has Mappings). You can run a Dataflow all by itself (Informatica you cannot run a Mapping by itself therefore requiring a workflow to run which doubles up your objects and maintenance). With Centerprise you can preview your data in every object in the Dataflow saving development time (with Informatica you cannot). Centerprise has a very nice scheduler to use (An Informatica consultant suggested not using the scheduler in Informatica because it wasn't very good thus, requiring a 3rd party purchase | we are using JAMS). Centerprise is a stand-alone product (Informatica had to be put on an Unix Box--thus requiring unix knowledge). Centerprise can pass variables quick easily between Flows (Informatica has to read parameter files from a stored/LAN location). Both products have the exact same project set up for the Government file transmissions: Centerprise had a total of 112 objects (DataFlows and Workflows). Informatica has 651. The once nice thing about Informatica is that you can call unix jobs to run (not sure if this was available in Centerprise)
Dawn Bauer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

Less expensive then the competitors, modules are self-sustained and able to function directly. It involves less coding, and a lot of things can be done in house!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Astera Centerprise

  • We have seen that the use of this package saved us 2 hours per conversion but now since the templates are already developed it is saving us more. This reduces our lead time for conversions, and increases our efficiencies as a conversion team.
  • We have four licenses and in one conversion this year it allowed us to do a conversion that would not have been done. This conversion generated more than enough money to cover the cost of these four licenses for the entire year. The customer is ecstatic about the information that we were able to pull out of their reports and most of all the upper management of our company had their socks shocked off of them. Since the supplier of the software for this customer would not provide data to us for a conversion our upper management was going to cancel the sale to this customer, unless the customer was going to build our system from scratch. We were able to provide nearly a complete accounting and payroll conversion to this customer all from the data on their reports thanks to centerprise.
Don Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica MDM

  • Informatica MDM allowed for a faster standup of our Salesforce environment.
  • Informatica MDM provided a means to keep our multiple source systems synchronized.
  • Informatica MDM can be pricey but is definitely a leader in the space.
Brian Randolph | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Astera Centerprise

General

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

Astera Centerprise Editions & Modules

Edition
Centerprise EnterpriseContact rep1
  1. Lifetime License per Seat
Additional Pricing Details
Discounts are provided for 10 pack, 20 pack, 50 pack, and enterprise wide Centerprise Professional licenses.

Informatica MDM

General

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

Informatica MDM Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Astera Centerprise
8.3
Informatica MDM
6.0

Likelihood to Renew

Astera Centerprise
9.1
Informatica MDM

Usability

Astera Centerprise
8.0
Informatica MDM

Support Rating

Astera Centerprise
8.4
Informatica MDM
8.0

Implementation Rating

Astera Centerprise
9.1
Informatica MDM

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