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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

It is well suited if your data is quite complex and many data rules are in place. You have to write real complex data joins to generate output. While DataStage can handle it and provide you an intuitive design for support and analysis.
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SSIS

  • SSIS is particularly well suited for jobs that need to be consistent, repeatable, and error managed.
  • Ongoing extract, transform, load [ETL] jobs that are scheduled or manual.
  • One-time ETL with complex datasets.
  • Migrations of large datasets.
SSIS is not well suited for small or simple datasets that can be copied or exported safely to flat files for import. It is possible to do this but would generally take longer to build in SSIS unless there was a good reason to .remove manual handling of the data in transport or the action needed to be testable/repeatable.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.6
SSIS
8.5
Connect to traditional data sources
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.3
SSIS
9.5
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0
SSIS
7.6

Data Transformations

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.7
SSIS
9.1
Simple transformations
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
10.0
SSIS
9.9
Complex transformations
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.3
SSIS
8.2

Data Modeling

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.6
SSIS
7.2
Data model creation
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0
SSIS
7.4
Metadata management
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.7
SSIS
6.7
Business rules and workflow
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.5
SSIS
8.2
Collaboration
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
6.6
SSIS
6.3
Testing and debugging
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
7.1
SSIS
7.4
feature 1
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.0
SSIS
7.0

Data Governance

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
SSIS
8.0
Integration with data quality tools
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.5
SSIS
8.6
Integration with MDM tools
IBM InfoSphere DataStage
8.5
SSIS
7.5

Pros

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

  • Connectivity.
  • Handling large numbers of records.
  • Varied partitioning algorithms.
  • Complementary packages of connectivity to applications, SAP, etc.
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SSIS

  • SSIS works very well pulling well-defined data into SQL Server from a wide variety of data sources.
  • It comes free with the SQL Server so it is hard not to consider using it providing you have a team who is trained and experienced using SSIS.
  • When SSIS doesn't have exactly what you need you can use C# or VBA to extend its functionality.
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Cons

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

  • Unified processing engine.
  • Pricing.
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SSIS

  • SSIS memory usage can be quite high particularly when SSI and SQL server are on the same machine
  • SSIS is not available on any environment other than Microsoft Windows
  • SSIS does not function with any database engine back-end other than Microsoft SQL Server
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Likelihood to Renew

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SSIS

SSIS 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Some features should be revised or improved, some tools (using it with Visual Studio) of the toolbox should be less schematic and somewhat more flexible. Using for example, the CSV data import is still very old-fashioned and if the data format changes it requires a bit of manual labor to accept the new data structure
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Usability

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

IBM InfoSphere DataStage 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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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SSIS

SSIS 8.7
Based on 8 answers
If you use any of the Microsoft tools, it is easy to get using and understand since it uses Visual Studio and SSMS to work with. There are extensions you can get and some of those can be difficult to work with but usually they slide in nicely. The one thing to understand though is there is some installation and configuration on the SQL Server side that can take some time.
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Performance

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

IBM InfoSphere DataStage 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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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SSIS

SSIS 8.4
Based on 6 answers
You can, of course, accidentally make sloppy code or workflows but it’s not a tools issue if you run packages in an inefficient way. With a company of our size, we never had any performance issues but I can imagine for larger companies that this will have a greater focus.
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Support

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

IBM InfoSphere DataStage 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I mainly handle support cases with IBM and the support is really lagging behind.
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SSIS

SSIS 9.0
Based on 6 answers
The support, when necessary, is excellent. But beyond that, it is very rarely necessary because the user community is so large, vibrant and knowledgable, a simple Google query or forum question can answer almost everything you want to know. You can also get prewritten script tasks with a variety of functionality that saves a lot of time.
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Implementation

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SSIS

SSIS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The implementation may be different in each case, it is important to properly analyze all the existing infrastructure to understand the kind of work needed, the type of software used and the compatibility between these, the features that you want to exploit, to understand what is possible and which ones require integration with third-party tools
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Alternatives Considered

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

DataStage offers better integration capabilities without the need to write code manually. It also has a native ETL engine whereas MSIS requires a SQL Server. It has better integration capabilities with data quality, data profiling and data governance tools. The main drawback of DataStage vs. MSIS is pricing.
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SSIS

Look for where you are going to load the data and from where are you extracting it. A lot of those who sell you the DB already have tools for ETL. I have heard good things at an enterprise level from great colleagues about Informatica, but honestly, I prefer SSIS.Although I did like TIBCO Jaspersoft and it can be mixed with TIBCO Spotfire for data analysis. If your ERP is SAP, then you must keep in mind using SAP BusinessObjects. As for free tools, and if you have a great and constant team of scripting (Perl, Python) engineers, then you can think about going open source.
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Return on Investment

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

  • Provides us an excellent ETL application
  • Made our data handling easy
  • Provide the business with high quality reports
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SSIS

  • I use SSIS to automate tasks that I'm repeatedly asked to do. "Hey, can you go into the system and close any open orders that we've fully filled?" Sure....then I schedule a package to do that for me every hour so I'm never asked again. It saves me time, which gives value to the company.
  • It removes the risk of human error. When people build files and send them, there's the risk that it doesn't happen the same way every time or gets forgotten. With SSIS, you spend some up front time building a process, but then you deploy it and forget it (unless it emails you that there was an error. You are putting error handling in your ETL, right?). Very repeatable and consistent business solution.
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Pricing Details

IBM InfoSphere DataStage

General

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

SSIS

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
SSIS
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
SSIS
9.1

Usability

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
SSIS
8.7

Performance

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
9.0
SSIS
8.4

Support

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
5.0
SSIS
9.0

Implementation

IBM InfoSphere DataStage
SSIS
10.0

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