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Score 7.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM InfoSphere Information Server ranks higher in 4 feature sets: Data Source Connection, Data Transformations, Data Modeling, Data Governance

Data Source Connection

10.0

InfoSphere

100%
8.1

Informatica PowerCenter

81%
IBM InfoSphere Information Server ranks higher in 2/2 features

Connect to traditional data sources

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
8.2
82%
17 Ratings

Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
13 Ratings

Data Transformations

10.0

InfoSphere

100%
8.3

Informatica PowerCenter

83%
IBM InfoSphere Information Server ranks higher in 2/2 features

Simple transformations

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
8.4
84%
17 Ratings

Complex transformations

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
8.2
82%
17 Ratings

Data Modeling

9.7

InfoSphere

97%
8.0

Informatica PowerCenter

80%
IBM InfoSphere Information Server ranks higher in 6/6 features

Data model creation

10.0
100%
3 Ratings
8.0
80%
14 Ratings

Metadata management

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
15 Ratings

Business rules and workflow

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
8.2
82%
17 Ratings

Collaboration

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
15 Ratings

Testing and debugging

9.0
90%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

feature 1

9.0
90%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Data Governance

9.5

InfoSphere

95%
8.2

Informatica PowerCenter

82%
IBM InfoSphere Information Server ranks higher in 2/2 features

Integration with data quality tools

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
8.2
82%
14 Ratings

Integration with MDM tools

9.0
90%
4 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM InfoSphere Information Server is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Informatica PowerCenter is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

InfoSphere

100%
6 Ratings
8.2

Informatica PowerCenter

82%
20 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.0

InfoSphere

80%
1 Rating
10.0

Informatica PowerCenter

100%
4 Ratings

Usability

InfoSphere

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Informatica PowerCenter

90%
3 Ratings

Performance

InfoSphere

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4

Informatica PowerCenter

94%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

InfoSphere

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Informatica PowerCenter

90%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

It's super terrific with workflow automation. Terrific with data backup and convenient with encryption of data. Reliable with asset management Great to discover virtual servers
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Informatica

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.
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Pros

IBM

  • Any source to any target support.
  • ETL flexibility without coding.
  • Extreme data volume processing.
  • Native integration with other Data integration functionalities such as data profiling, data cleansing, metadata management.
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Informatica

  • 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.
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Cons

IBM

  • 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.
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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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Pricing Details

InfoSphere

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

InfoSphere editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Informatica PowerCenter editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      IBM

      • Scale of implementation
      • IBM techsupport
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      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

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      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

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      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

      IBM

      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

      IBM

      DataStage is more robust and stable than ODI The ability to perform complex transformations or implement business rules is much more developed in DS
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      Informatica

      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.
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      Return on Investment

      IBM

      • 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.
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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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