Fivetran vs. Informatica PowerCenter

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Fivetran
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Fivetran replicates applications, databases, events and files into a high-performance data warehouse, after a five minute setup. The vendor says their standardized cloud pipelines are fully managed and zero-maintenance. The vendor says Fivetran began with a realization: For modern companies using cloud-based software and storage, traditional ETL tools badly underperformed, and the complicated configurations they required often led to project failures. To streamline and accelerate…
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Informatica PowerCenter
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
Informatica PowerCenter is a metadata driven data integration technology designed to form the foundation for data integration initiatives, including analytics and data warehousing, application migration, or consolidation and data governance.N/A
Pricing
FivetranInformatica PowerCenter
Editions & Modules
Starter
$0.01
per credit
Standard
$0.01
per credit
Enterprise
$0.01
per credit
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FivetranInformatica PowerCenter
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
FivetranInformatica PowerCenter
Top Pros
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Features
FivetranInformatica PowerCenter
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Fivetran
9.9
7 Ratings
17% above category average
Informatica PowerCenter
8.5
18 Ratings
2% above category average
Connect to traditional data sources9.97 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL9.85 Ratings8.014 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Fivetran
4.7
6 Ratings
55% below category average
Informatica PowerCenter
7.5
18 Ratings
10% below category average
Simple transformations5.26 Ratings8.018 Ratings
Complex transformations4.14 Ratings7.018 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Fivetran
6.1
7 Ratings
28% below category average
Informatica PowerCenter
8.2
18 Ratings
2% above category average
Data model creation2.46 Ratings9.015 Ratings
Metadata management4.24 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Business rules and workflow7.85 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Collaboration7.14 Ratings6.116 Ratings
Testing and debugging8.93 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Fivetran
9.8
6 Ratings
16% above category average
Informatica PowerCenter
9.0
15 Ratings
8% above category average
Integration with data quality tools9.75 Ratings9.015 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools9.93 Ratings9.013 Ratings
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User Ratings
FivetranInformatica PowerCenter
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(8 ratings)
8.0
(21 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.4
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
FivetranInformatica PowerCenter
Likelihood to Recommend
Fivetran
Fivetran's business model justifies the use-case where we require data from a single source basically a lot of data but if the requirement is not on the heavier side, Fivetran comes to costly operation when compared to its peers. Otherwise, I'll recommend Fivetran for stability and update and seamless service provider.
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Informatica
1.- Scenaries with poor sources of data is not recomended (Very bad ROI). The solution is for medium-big enterprises with a lot of sources of data and users. 2.- Bank and finance enviroment to integrate differente data form trading, Regulatory reports, decisions makers, fraud and financial crimes because in this kind of scenary the quality of data is the base of the business. 3.- Departments of development and test of applications in enterprises because you can design enviroments, out of the production systems, to development and test the new API's or updateds made.
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Pros
Fivetran
  • Easily connects to source data using delivered connectors
  • Transforms data into standard models and schemas
  • Has very good documentation to help quickly setup connectors
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Informatica
  • Informatica Powercenter is an innovative software that works with ETL-type data integration. Connectivity to almost all the database systems.
  • Great documentation and customer support.
  • It has a various solution to address data quality issues. data masking, data virtualization. It has various supporting tools or MDM, IDQ, Analyst, BigData which can be used to analyze data and correct it.
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Cons
Fivetran
  • More detailed logging
  • More flexible choices for time range over which records are synced
  • More options for masking and excluding sensitive data
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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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Likelihood to Renew
Fivetran
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
Fivetran
Just need to input connection info.
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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
Fivetran
It runs pretty well and gets our data from point A to point cluster quickly enough. Honestly, it's not something I think about unless it breaks and that's pretty rare.
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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
Fivetran
No answers on this topic
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
Fivetran
We never seriously considered using anything else. Our data engineers had used Fivetran extensively in previous roles so when it came time to make a decision, there wasn't much of a process. They gladly signed the contract with Fivetran pretty quickly.
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Informatica
While Talend offers a much more comfortable interface to work with, Informatica's forte is performance. And on that front, Informatica Enterprise Data Integration certainly leaves Talend in the dust. For a more back-end-centric use case, Informatica is certainly the ETL tool of choice. On the other hand, if business users would be using the tool, then Talend would be the preferred tool.
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Return on Investment
Fivetran
  • Business and product data now co-located in the warehouse
  • Dashboards can be built using data from all corners of the business
  • Better visibility into customer health, product usage, business financials, and more
  • Enabled high-traffic operational dashboards that increase efficiency of our sales and ops teams
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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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