Astera Centerprise vs. SAS Data Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Astera Centerprise
Score 8.7 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
SAS Data Management
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
A suite of solutions for data connectivity, enhanced transformations and robust governance. Solutions provide a unified view of data with access to data across databases, data warehouses and data lakes. Connects with cloud platforms, on-premises systems and multicloud data sources.N/A
Pricing
Astera CenterpriseSAS Data Management
Editions & Modules
Centerprise Enterprise
Contact rep
Lifetime License per Seat
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Astera CenterpriseSAS Data Management
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 CenterpriseSAS Data Management
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Astera CenterpriseSAS Data Management
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.1
31 Ratings
2% below category average
SAS Data Management
8.3
10 Ratings
1% above category average
Connect to traditional data sources9.031 Ratings8.610 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL7.31 Ratings8.19 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.6
32 Ratings
2% above category average
SAS Data Management
6.7
8 Ratings
22% below category average
Simple transformations9.832 Ratings6.18 Ratings
Complex transformations7.330 Ratings7.48 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.5
30 Ratings
4% above category average
SAS Data Management
6.7
8 Ratings
20% below category average
Data model creation9.819 Ratings5.56 Ratings
Business rules and workflow9.928 Ratings6.67 Ratings
Collaboration6.41 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Testing and debugging7.927 Ratings6.17 Ratings
Metadata management00 Ratings7.47 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Astera Centerprise
8.2
1 Ratings
0% below category average
SAS Data Management
7.9
9 Ratings
4% below category average
Integration with data quality tools8.21 Ratings7.69 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.21 Ratings8.27 Ratings
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Astera CenterpriseSAS Data Management
Small Businesses
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Score 9.6 out of 10
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Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
InfoSphere
InfoSphere
Score 8.2 out of 10
InfoSphere
InfoSphere
Score 8.2 out of 10
Enterprises
InfoSphere
InfoSphere
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Astera CenterpriseSAS Data Management
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(45 ratings)
7.6
(11 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(7 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(9 ratings)
6.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(21 ratings)
7.7
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Astera CenterpriseSAS Data Management
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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SAS
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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Pros
Astera Software
  • API integrations vis REST Web Service transformation
  • Stored Procedure integration via SQL statement Lookup transformation
  • Bulk imports and exports to and from tables
  • Data dumps from SQL tables to excel, csv, text files etc...
  • EDI Integrations like 810, 856, 940, 945 etc.. via Astera Centerprise Data Integrator plus EDI Connect
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SAS
  • SAS/Access is great for manipulating large and complex databases.
  • SAS/Access makes it easy to format reports and graphics from your data.
  • Data Management and data storage using the Hadoop environment in SAS/Access allows for rapid analysis and simple programming language for all your data needs.
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Cons
Astera Software
  • When purchasing Astera Centerprise you are given options on how you would like to be trained and each option comes with a different price tag. We chose to be trained using online meetings over several days. The training went too fast and it was not always easy to understand until I started using the product.
  • I am a person that wants to learn how and why something works so that I can use the knowledge in the future. When contacting the support team they take the problem, create a solution for you and send it back. The solutions always work, but when I get the solution I have to review every field and function to understand how it works so that I can re-create it for another solution I need. I would much rather have the support team explain what I had done incorrectly and what they changed or I would like to find a solution with them instead of having it handed to me.
  • Astera uses license keys to allow their customers rights to only the functionality that was purchased. Each user and server has its own key and each key is only good for one year. There have been 2 different times that we received keys that had less functionality that we purchased. It wasn't until it created problems that we noticed and had to request new keys. This year our sales representative made sure she was available when we updated our keys so that if there was a problem she could fix it right away; however, there were not issues this year. I believe this is something they pay closer attention to now.
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SAS
  • Requires third-party drivers to connect to common data sources like SFDC, MS SQL, Postgres.
  • Debugging errors from the logs is a complicated process.
  • E-mail alert system is very primitive and needs customization to make it more modern,
  • Cannot send SMS alerts for jobs.
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Likelihood to Renew
Astera Software
We've been using Astera Centerprise application for the last 6 years and we've already added EDI connect to it. Both applications are working really well for our enterprise needs so far with no issues, so we'll continue renewing the licenses.
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SAS
We are happy with the software and its functionality. As a SAS-shop, DataFlux is a logical choice for complex data integration.
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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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SAS
The main negative point is the use of a non-standard language for customizations, as well as the poor integration with non-SAS systems. However, there is no doubt that it is a high-performance and powerful product capable of responding optimally to certain requirements.
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Reliability and Availability
Astera Software
In most cases Astera is stable. However, our client experiences the error from time to time. Mostly they are related to cdc file and ServerAdminConfig.xml file.
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SAS
No answers on this topic
Performance
Astera Software
I think the performance for Astera is great when compare with other similar software.
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SAS
It worked as expected.
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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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SAS
With SAS, you pay a license fee annually to use this product. Support is incredible. You get what you pay for, whether it's SAS forums on the SAS support site, technical support tickets via email or phone calls, or example documentation. It's not open source. It's documented thoroughly, and it works.
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Implementation Rating
Astera Software
Astera support provided us implementation/installation tutorial and we were able to perform all the activities. Also one of the support was there to shadow us to make sure the process was smooth with no issues
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SAS
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Astera Software
We looked at continuing to use SSIS as an alternative. Although we own SSIS as part of our SQL licensing, we found that it takes a much higher skill level to create solutions. It also does not have the ability to parse unstructured data the way that Centerprise Data Integrator can. We also looked at Datawatch Monarch as a possibility but found it over-all to be cost-prohibitive. We also looked at a cheaper alternative called SimX but did not have a strong confidence in the product as we evaluated it. We landed on Centerprise Data Integrator as it met all of our business requirements and we know we could leverage it for many uses across our enterprise.
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SAS
Because of ease of using SAS DI and data processing speed. There were lots of issues with AWS Redshift on cloud environment in terms of making connections with the data sources and while fetching the data we need to write complex queries.
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Scalability
Astera Software
I think Astera can do multiple things. However, we are not sure what it can do. We only know the basic features. If they can give us some kind of training, then we maybe able to benefit for it. We are planning to use their Azure connection in the future. If they can provide the training for it, it will be wonderful.
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SAS
No answers on this topic
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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SAS
  • 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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ScreenShots

Astera Centerprise Screenshots

Screenshot of Centerprise's UI that is designed to enable business users to work with data easily.Screenshot of the library of Centerprise Connectors, which is preconfigured to provide a plethora of integration options.Screenshot of Centerprise's data profiling feature, that ensures that only quality data is delivered to end users.Screenshot of a variety of write strategies available for workflows.Screenshot of where the user defines how data moves and behaves with the workflow component.