Informatica PowerCenter vs. Microsoft Power BI

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
Microsoft Power BI
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Power BI is a visualization and data discovery tool from Microsoft. It allows users to convert data into visuals and graphics, visually explore and analyze data, collaborate on interactive dashboards and reports, and scale across their organization with built-in governance and security.
$10
per month per user
Pricing
Informatica PowerCenterMicrosoft Power BI
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Informatica PowerCenterMicrosoft Power BI
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Informatica PowerCenterMicrosoft Power BI
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
17 Ratings
2% below category average
Microsoft Power BI
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Ratings
Connect to traditional data sources8.117 Ratings00 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL8.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
8.2
17 Ratings
2% below category average
Microsoft Power BI
-
Ratings
Simple transformations8.217 Ratings00 Ratings
Complex transformations8.117 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
8.0
17 Ratings
2% below category average
Microsoft Power BI
-
Ratings
Data model creation8.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Metadata management8.015 Ratings00 Ratings
Business rules and workflow8.117 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration8.015 Ratings00 Ratings
Testing and debugging8.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
14 Ratings
1% below category average
Microsoft Power BI
-
Ratings
Integration with data quality tools8.114 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.112 Ratings00 Ratings
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
-
Ratings
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
138 Ratings
10% below category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings6.7118 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings8.2138 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings7.3126 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
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Ratings
Microsoft Power BI
7.2
139 Ratings
12% below category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings7.4138 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings6.6137 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings7.6102 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings7.1134 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
-
Ratings
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
133 Ratings
6% below category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings8.2128 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings8.3121 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings7.3101 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings8.6103 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings7.073 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
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Ratings
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
135 Ratings
5% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings7.7130 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings8.0121 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings7.5101 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
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Ratings
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
126 Ratings
5% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings8.3120 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.8102 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings8.3110 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings8.794 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
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Ratings
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
117 Ratings
1% below category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings8.1111 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings7.593 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings7.5112 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
-
Ratings
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
80 Ratings
4% above category average
REST API00 Ratings8.272 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings9.456 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings8.055 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings7.946 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings8.363 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings8.344 Ratings
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User Ratings
Informatica PowerCenterMicrosoft Power BI
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(20 ratings)
8.0
(140 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(4 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(3 ratings)
8.9
(56 ratings)
Performance
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
8.2
(52 ratings)
User Testimonials
Informatica PowerCenterMicrosoft Power BI
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Microsoft
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.
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Pros
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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Microsoft
  • 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.
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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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Microsoft
  • 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
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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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Microsoft
I find it helpful and easy to use
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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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Microsoft
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.
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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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Microsoft
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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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Microsoft
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.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Microsoft
[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 .
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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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Microsoft
  • 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.
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ScreenShots

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