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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Data Source Connection

    7.5

    Informatica PowerCenter

    75%

    Microsoft Power BI

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Connect to traditional data sources

    9.0
    90%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL

    5.9
    59%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Transformations

    8.5

    Informatica PowerCenter

    85%

    Microsoft Power BI

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Simple transformations

    9.2
    92%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Complex transformations

    7.8
    78%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Modeling

    8.4

    Informatica PowerCenter

    84%

    Microsoft Power BI

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Data model creation

    8.8
    88%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Metadata management

    7.2
    72%
    16 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Business rules and workflow

    9.0
    90%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Collaboration

    8.8
    88%
    16 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Testing and debugging

    8.8
    88%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    feature 1

    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Governance

    9.0

    Informatica PowerCenter

    90%

    Microsoft Power BI

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Integration with data quality tools

    9.0
    90%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with MDM tools

    9.0
    90%
    13 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Microsoft Power BI

    84%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    119 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    138 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    127 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.4

    Microsoft Power BI

    84%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    138 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    137 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    103 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    135 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft Power BI

    83%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    128 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    120 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    100 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    103 Ratings

    Delivery to Remote Servers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    75 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft Power BI

    83%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    130 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    121 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    102 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.8

    Microsoft Power BI

    88%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    120 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    103 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    111 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    94 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Microsoft Power BI

    85%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    112 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    94 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    113 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.0

    Microsoft Power BI

    80%
    Microsoft Power BI ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    72 Ratings

    Javascript API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    57 Ratings

    iFrames

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    56 Ratings

    Java API

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    47 Ratings

    Themeable User Interface (UI)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    63 Ratings

    Customizable Platform (Open Source)

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    46 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Informatica PowerCenter is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
    • Informatica PowerCenter and Microsoft Power BI are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Informatica PowerCenter

    91%
    21 Ratings
    8.7

    Microsoft Power BI

    87%
    140 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Informatica PowerCenter

    100%
    4 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft Power BI

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    9.0

    Informatica PowerCenter

    90%
    3 Ratings
    8.5

    Microsoft Power BI

    85%
    56 Ratings

    Performance

    9.4

    Informatica PowerCenter

    94%
    4 Ratings

    Microsoft Power BI

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.9

    Informatica PowerCenter

    89%
    3 Ratings
    8.4

    Microsoft Power BI

    84%
    52 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    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

    Microsoft Power BI

    In operations we use the tool for many different topics, from factory quality systems to high level reviews.We have created kind of an internal "App Store" based on Power BI where you have a lot of different dashboards for different solutions (cost, cash, health and safety, sales, factories, distribution centers...) and you as an user just need to get in that "App Store" and enter in whatever tool can be useful for you. It is open to all the operations employees and can use on demand.Also it has raised the imagination of our colleagues, as they are not only working by themselves creating new reports, but also raising fantastic ideas that can be extended for the usage of all the community.
    Jose-Angel Mangas | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    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

    Microsoft Power BI

    • Quickly filter and view granular data sets with easily configurable reporting figures.
    • The ability to quickly switch between tabs allows for historical data comparisons and progress tracking.
    • It's helpful to dive into the data and break it down from high levels to small.
    • Achieve actionable insights faster by using real-time data. It's incredible to have online access to reports.
    Afia Tamanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    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

    Microsoft Power BI

    • The desktop app is great but needs a lot of performance improvements
    • No MacOS Version for the Desktop app, this is a big limitation for business since executives prefer Macs
    • Premium Cloud Version of Power BI is awfully expensive
    • On-Premise Version of the Power BI Reports Server is bundled only with SQL Server Enterprise License and cannot be purchased separately and requires Software Assurance Subscription
    • On-Premise Power BI Report Server doesn't support ADFS, AzureAD or any Claims-Based authentication platform, a sad disadvantage for enterprises
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Informatica PowerCenter

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Informatica PowerCenter Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Microsoft Power BI

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $9.99 per month

    Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Power BI Pro$9.991
    Power BI Premium$20.001
    Power BI Premium$4,995.002
    1. Per User/Per Month
    2. Per Capacity/Per Month
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    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

    Microsoft Power BI

    Microsoft Power BI 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    I find it helpful and easy to use
    jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    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

    Microsoft Power BI

    Microsoft Power BI 8.5
    Based on 56 answers
    At this point, I think we all know who has taken the lead in the business intelligence and analytics market worldwide. With fresh new updates every other day on top of an already robustly built product with all features that one can dream of is a no brainer, I feel. Microsoft will invariably be synonymous with quality and professionalism.
    Tanish Pruthi | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Performance

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Informatica PowerCenter 9.4
    Based on 4 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

    Microsoft Power BI

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Informatica PowerCenter

    Informatica PowerCenter 8.9
    Based on 3 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

    Microsoft Power BI

    Microsoft Power BI 8.4
    Based on 52 answers
    I can't really speak to the support overall, [but] I will say that in the almost three years I have used the system, I have only needed to contact their support team once. I think the team was helpful, but it did take some time for us to resolve the issues/ request that they had. I guess the good news is that the system is pretty stable, and I personally have rarely needed to contact their technical support team.
    Greg Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    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

    Microsoft Power BI

    [Microsoft] Power BI is practical and effective, like a hammer for a nail, it is easy to use and produces very quickly the results that in most cases are urgently required by clients (nice reports to share on the web). To start using [Microsoft] Power BI you need a business email address, with that you create an account in Power BI Service and in less than 1 hour you will have installed Power BI Desktop, a report will have been created and it will have been published on the web .
    Dustin Ghia | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    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

    Microsoft Power BI

    • It helps us track and achieve company goals.
    • It shows us [our] performance in areas we could not previously track and allows us to see and work on how to improve their performance.
    • Quick easy access for executives to use in helping teams and addressing issues.
    christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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