Informatica PowerCenter vs. Matillion

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
Matillion
Score 6.4 out of 10
N/A
Matillion is a productivity platform for data teams. Matillion's Data Productivity Cloud helps data teams – coders and non-coders alike – to move, transform, and orchestrate data pipelines with the goal of empowering teams to deliver quality data at a speed and scale that matches the business’s data ambitions. The vendor states enterprises including Cisco,N/A
Pricing
Informatica PowerCenterMatillion
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Informatica PowerCenterMatillion
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsBilled directly via cloud marketplace on an hourly basis, with annual subscriptions available depending on the customer's cloud data warehouse provider.
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Community Pulse
Informatica PowerCenterMatillion
Considered Both Products
Informatica PowerCenter

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Matillion
Chose Matillion
Removes most of the complexity around setting up and preparing things.
If you could describe with words what needs to be done to move data from A to B, the implementation in Matillion would probably be the most similar in terms of simplicity of understanding what you are doing …
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Features
Informatica PowerCenterMatillion
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
8.5
18 Ratings
2% above category average
Matillion
7.2
128 Ratings
14% below category average
Connect to traditional data sources9.018 Ratings7.5127 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL8.014 Ratings7.087 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
7.5
18 Ratings
9% below category average
Matillion
6.0
129 Ratings
31% below category average
Simple transformations8.018 Ratings6.6129 Ratings
Complex transformations7.018 Ratings5.4128 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
8.2
18 Ratings
2% above category average
Matillion
6.8
121 Ratings
17% below category average
Data model creation9.015 Ratings9.133 Ratings
Metadata management8.016 Ratings9.140 Ratings
Business rules and workflow9.018 Ratings6.1113 Ratings
Collaboration6.116 Ratings3.9113 Ratings
Testing and debugging9.017 Ratings4.5114 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
9.0
15 Ratings
8% above category average
Matillion
8.2
23 Ratings
1% below category average
Integration with data quality tools9.015 Ratings8.222 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools9.013 Ratings8.220 Ratings
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User Ratings
Informatica PowerCenterMatillion
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(21 ratings)
6.1
(130 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(4 ratings)
8.4
(6 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(3 ratings)
5.3
(129 ratings)
Performance
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
7.4
(7 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
5.2
(122 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Informatica PowerCenterMatillion
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Matillion
Matillion is very easy to learn and develop quickly. It also allows complex orchestration on a visual platform. It has many ready-made components, and it is easy to develop new user components. Although Git integration needs some further development, it enables teamwork in the same project with the "Versions."
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Pros
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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Matillion
  • Matillion has a rich transformation library. It provides multiple functionalities, such as join, group by, pivot, various sources, and sinks.
  • It provides the security capability as well. All the credentials can be securely stored in Matillion.
  • Reusable templates can be built which reduces the redundancy.
  • Time to production is very minimal.
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Cons
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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Matillion
  • Static and monolithic, it will show its limits when running multiple concurrent jobs.
  • Github and versioning implementation is messy and broken. Don't use it.
  • There's not way to see/query the system resources, just wait for a server to crash due to out of memory. An admin panel would be appreciated + some env variables with updated info.
  • API implementation is cumbersome and limited.
  • There's no concept of hub and worker engine, everything happens of the same server (designing workflows and executing them). Having separate light ETL engines to run job could be better. (sort of docker/kubernetes/lambda functions).
  • Handling of variables is limited especially for returned values from sub components.
  • Some components could return more metadata at the end of their execution instead of the standard one.
  • Billing is badly designed not taking into account that the server is hosted by the client. Expensive.
  • We had several issue with migration where starting a new instance was required and then migrating the content. It was painful and time consuming also have to deal with support and engineering team on Matillion side.
  • CDC doesn't work as expected or it is not a mature product yet.
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Likelihood to Renew
Informatica
Our team enjoys using Informatica and feels that it is one of the best ETL tools on the market.
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Matillion
With the current experience of Matillion, we are likely to renew with the current feature option but will also look for improvement in various areas including scalability and dependability. 1. Connectors: It offers various connectors option but isn't full proof which we will be looking forward as we grow. 2. Scalability: As usage increase, we want Matillion system to be more stable.
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Usability
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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Matillion
Data modeling and SQL knowledge are still heavily recommended when using Matillion because designing a successful and maintainable data transformation requires modeling it with a developer mindset. The data transformation components are often a thin wrapper around SQL concepts, and they don't simplify life that much, IMO. An example is the window component, which cannot facilitate the complex concept of SQL windows just by exposing it to a different interface. On the other hand, low code ingestion is very good and usable, especially for GSheets, Salesforce, and others.
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Performance
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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Matillion
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Support Rating
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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Matillion
Overall, I've found Matillion to be responsive and considerate. I feel like they value us as a customer even when I know they have customers who spend more on the product than we do. That speaks to a motive higher than money. They want to make a good product and a good experience for their customers. If I have any complaint, it's that support sometimes feels community-oriented. It isn't always immediately clear to me that my support requests are going to a support engineer and not to the community at large. Usually, though, after a bit of conversation, it's clear that Matillion is watching and responding. And responses are generally quick in coming.
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Implementation Rating
Informatica
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Matillion
We were able to control on access and built various enviroment for implementation
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Alternatives Considered
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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Matillion
Matillion is much easier to set up and easier to work for the team. Offers a lot more connections which are easier to set up. Environment variables make it easy to set up once and job creation is easy. We use Metadata tables to just loop through the list of tables that need to be loaded. So development is just a matter of seconds when there are new tables to be loaded.
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Scalability
Informatica
No answers on this topic
Matillion
The current connectivity is set to provide information primarily in one direction; from simpler OLTP systems to big data warehouses. Allowing the big data warehouses (e.g., Snowflake) to be used as a source for transmission elsewhere would be a big extension to the product line and provide more flexibility in architecture.
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Return on Investment
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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Matillion
  • Our embedded data analysts (data analysts that sit in a team outside of the Data team) all now use Matillion to create proof of concepts (POCs). This allows them to debug logic at a component level and quickly explore ideas without investing lots of time and effort.
  • Since the soft-announcement of ‘Data as a product’ (a beta launch) and demoing Matillion to some of our internal customers we’ve had a huge number of requests from people to get their hands on this new method of self serving data. We’ve yet to release the full product and make a company wide announcement, but early estimates show we can expect around 10-15% of the company to be onboarded and using Matillion as part of Data as a Product. Given the Data team only accounts for around 2% for the company's employees, that’s a huge increase in the number of people using and manipulating raw data!
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ScreenShots

Matillion Screenshots

Screenshot of Matillion's GUI, used to orchestrate jobs with control data flow functionality, automating the ETL process.Screenshot of where structured and semi-structured data can be prepared to create clean data sets that can be used with any BI/reporting/visualization tool of choice. Matillion reads and combines data across a target warehouse external storage, such as S3 or Blob.Screenshot of Matillion's self-validating components, sample and row counts. If a job does fail, the warehouse queue services available with Matillion can be used get an alert to a connected email or Slack account.Screenshot of the SQL component used to run custom scripts from within Matillion. With hundreds of pre-built connectors out of the box, Matillion can handle complex transformation needs.