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Likelihood to Recommend

InfoSphere

Information Server is extremely useful to replace manual developments that require a lot of coding effort. It significantly increases the productivity of the initial development and the future maintenance of the processes since it has a visual development environment with self-documentation.
Karina Gonzalez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica Powercenter is the centerpiece of our overall enterprise data warehouse strategy. It's a critical enablement to ensure we can feed in multiple data stream and transform them into digestible data within our data warehouse. With its flexible capabilities and API availability, we were able to feed in industry standard data format as well as home grown data structure. Overall, we are very pleased with their capability and contribution to our data warehouse strategy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

InfoSphere
8.4
Informatica PowerCenter
8.5
Connect to traditional data sources
InfoSphere
9.3
Informatica PowerCenter
8.7
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
InfoSphere
7.5
Informatica PowerCenter
8.2

Data Transformations

InfoSphere
9.8
Informatica PowerCenter
8.5
Simple transformations
InfoSphere
10.0
Informatica PowerCenter
9.0
Complex transformations
InfoSphere
9.7
Informatica PowerCenter
8.0

Data Modeling

InfoSphere
9.1
Informatica PowerCenter
7.8
Data model creation
InfoSphere
9.9
Informatica PowerCenter
7.6
Metadata management
InfoSphere
9.1
Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
Business rules and workflow
InfoSphere
9.4
Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
Collaboration
InfoSphere
9.2
Informatica PowerCenter
7.7
Testing and debugging
InfoSphere
7.1
Informatica PowerCenter
7.6
feature 1
InfoSphere
10.0
Informatica PowerCenter
7.5

Data Governance

InfoSphere
9.9
Informatica PowerCenter
8.0
Integration with data quality tools
InfoSphere
10.0
Informatica PowerCenter
7.9
Integration with MDM tools
InfoSphere
9.9
Informatica PowerCenter
8.0

Pros

InfoSphere

  • IIS best for ETL ,not ELT , and many and diffrent source systems.
  • It also can process big data , unstuctured data
  • It is not only DWH , you can use infosphere for analys and see the bigger architecture of your OLTP systems
Gunes INAL | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica PowerCenter

  • Informatica has a wide range of support for databases. Pretty much every mainstream DBMS is compatible here.
  • Designing ETL mappings and workflows is a very intuitive process, and takes minimal learning time and effort even for a beginner.
  • Informatica's biggest strength is its sheer performance. It is unmatched in terms of handling large volumes of data.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

InfoSphere

  • I would be nice to have a new web development environment for DataStage.
  • Connectivity Packs such as Pack for SAP Application are a little pricey.
  • It is confusing for new developers the possibility of developing jobs using different execution engines such as Parallel or Server.
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica PowerCenter

  • 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.
Jody Gitchel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 8.0
Based on 1 answer
  • Scale of implementation
  • IBM techsupport
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica PowerCenter 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Our team enjoys using Informatica and feels that it is one of the best ETL tools on the market.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Very usable and user accessible
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica PowerCenter 9.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Gurcan Orhan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Information does load quick, but it depends on what's being done, the backend database seems to be the biggest bottleneck
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica PowerCenter 9.6
Based on 3 answers
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica PowerCenter 8.8
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

InfoSphere

DataStage is more robust and stable than ODIThe ability to perform complex transformations or implement business rules is much more developed in DS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica PowerCenter

PowerCenter is the industry leader when it comes to interfacing with multiple source and target systems. The graphical interface increases employee productivity while reducing human resource expenditures and training requirements. These other tools offer some similar capabilities, but lack the range and depth when compared with the PowerCenter platform.
Brian Randolph | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

InfoSphere

  • If you don't use all of the product family, it will be expensive. But if you want to plan use all the products and you will position it in the center of your infrastructure ROI will be effective.
Gunes INAL | TrustRadius Reviewer

Informatica PowerCenter

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

InfoSphere

General

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

Informatica PowerCenter

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

InfoSphere
7.7
Informatica PowerCenter
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

InfoSphere
8.0
Informatica PowerCenter
10.0

Usability

InfoSphere
9.0
Informatica PowerCenter
9.0

Performance

InfoSphere
8.0
Informatica PowerCenter
9.6

Support Rating

InfoSphere
Informatica PowerCenter
8.8

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