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Likelihood to Recommend

Informatica PowerCenter

PowerCenter is well equipped to handle large amounts of data movement in an organization with many disparate sources and a structured development team. It excels in enforcing enterprise development standards through things like metadata manager and the monitoring capabilities (as well as being able to design monitoring rules for everything from naming standards to design practices). It is especially well suited at handling flat-file data in addition to its many connectors and native support for just about any ANSI standard database. For large development teams or the desire to remain flexible at an enterprise scale, Powercenter is a top-tier solution.For small projects or even smaller development teams with mostly a single data source, expect frustration with being able to quickly test a solution as the design flow is very structured. It is also designed in a way that segregation of duties at a very high level can also cause small development teams to be counter-productive. Each step in the design process is a separate application, and although stitched together, is not without its problems. In order to design a simple mapping for example, you would first need a connection established to the source (example, ODBC) and keep in mind that it will automatically name the container according to how you named your connection. You would then open the designer tool, import a connection as a source, optionally check it in, create a target, optionally check it in as well, and design a transformation mapping. In order to test or run it, you will need to open a separate application (Workflow Manager) and create a workflow from your mapping, then create a session for that workflow and a workflow for those one or more sessions at which point you can test it. After running it, in order to observe, you then need to open a separate application (Monitor) to see what it is doing and how well. For a developer coming from something like SSIS, this can be daunting and cumbersome for building a simple POC and trying to test it (although from the inverse, building an enterprise scalable ETL solution from SSIS is its own challenge).
Jody Gitchel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Data Integrator

Oracle Data Integrator is well suited in all the situations where you need to integrate data from and to different systems/technologies/environments or to schedule some tasks. I've used it on Oracle Database (Data Warehouses or Data Marts), with great loading and transforming performances to accomplish any kind of relational task. This is true for all Oracle applications (like Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Essbase, Hyperion Financial Management, and so on).I've also used it to manage files on different operating systems, to execute procedures in various languages and to read and write data from and to non-Oracle technologies, and I can confirm that its performances have always been very good.It can become less appropriate depending on the expenses that can be afforded by the customer since its license costs are quite high.
Paolo Borghi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

Informatica PowerCenter
8.9
Oracle Data Integrator
Connect to traditional data sources
Informatica PowerCenter
9.5
Oracle Data Integrator
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Informatica PowerCenter
8.3
Oracle Data Integrator

Data Transformations

Informatica PowerCenter
8.7
Oracle Data Integrator
Simple transformations
Informatica PowerCenter
8.7
Oracle Data Integrator
Complex transformations
Informatica PowerCenter
8.6
Oracle Data Integrator

Data Modeling

Informatica PowerCenter
8.2
Oracle Data Integrator
Data model creation
Informatica PowerCenter
7.4
Oracle Data Integrator
Metadata management
Informatica PowerCenter
8.9
Oracle Data Integrator
Business rules and workflow
Informatica PowerCenter
8.4
Oracle Data Integrator
Collaboration
Informatica PowerCenter
8.7
Oracle Data Integrator
Testing and debugging
Informatica PowerCenter
7.8
Oracle Data Integrator

Data Governance

Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
Oracle Data Integrator
Integration with data quality tools
Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
Oracle Data Integrator
Integration with MDM tools
Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
Oracle Data Integrator

Cloud Data Integration

Informatica PowerCenter
Oracle Data Integrator
7.9
Pre-built connectors
Informatica PowerCenter
Oracle Data Integrator
8.4
Connector modification
Informatica PowerCenter
Oracle Data Integrator
7.8
Support for real-time and batch integration
Informatica PowerCenter
Oracle Data Integrator
7.9
Data quality services
Informatica PowerCenter
Oracle Data Integrator
7.9
Data security features
Informatica PowerCenter
Oracle Data Integrator
7.6
Monitoring console
Informatica PowerCenter
Oracle Data Integrator
7.7

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

Oracle Data Integrator

  • Oracle Data Integrator nearly addresses every data issue that one can expect. Oracle Data Integrator is tightly integrated to the Oracle Suite of products. This is one of the major strengths of Oracle Data Integrator. Oracle Data Integrator is part of the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Suite - which is highly used by various industries. This tool replaced Informatica ETL in Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Suite.
  • Oracle Data Integrator comes with many pre-written data packages. If one has to load data from Excel to Oracle Database, there is a package that is ready available for them - cutting down lot of effort on writing the code. Similarly, there are packages for Oracle to SQL, SQL to Oracle and all other possible combinations. Developers love this feature.
  • Oracle Data Integrator relies highly on the database for processing. This is actually an ELT tool rather than an ETL tool. It first loads all the data into target instance and then transforms it at the expense of database resources. This light footprint makes this tool very special.
  • The other major advantage of Oracle Data Integrator, like any other Oracle products, is a readily available developer pool. As all Oracle products are free to download for demo environments, many organizations prefer to play around with a product before purchasing it. Also, Oracle support and community is a big advantage compared to other vendors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Informatica PowerCenter

  • One of the challenges of PowerCenter is the lack of integration between the components and functionality provided by PowerCenter. PowerCenter consists of multiple components such has the repository service, integration service, metadata service. Considerable time and resources were required to install and configure these components before PowerCenter was available for use.
  • In order to connect to various data sources such as Netezza database or SAS datasets, PowerCenter requires the installation and configuration of separate plug-ins. We spent considerable time trouble-shooting and debugging problems while trying to get the various plug-ins integrated with PowerCenter and get them up and running as described in the documentation.
  • PowerCenter works well with structured data. That is, it is easy to work with input and output data that is pre-defined, fixed, and unchanging. It is much more difficult to work with dynamic data in which new fields are added or removed ad-hoc or if data format changes during the data ingest process. We have not been as successful in using PowerCenter for dynamic data.
  • One of the challenges of learning PowerCenter is that it is difficult to find documentation or publications that help you learn the various details about PowerCenter software. Unlike SAS Institute, Informatica does not publish books about PowerCenter. The documentation available with PowerCenter is sparse; we have learned many aspects of this technology through trial and error.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Data Integrator

  • ODI does not have an intuitive user interface. It is powerful, but difficult to figure out at first. There is a significant learning curve between usability, proficiency, and mastery of the tool.
  • ODI contains some frustrating bugs. It is Java based and has some caching issues, often requiring you to restart the program before you see your code changes stick.
  • ODI does not have a strong versioning process. It is not intuitive to keep an up to date repository of versioned code packages. This can create versioning issues between environments if you do not have a strong external code versioning process.
James Parks | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Oracle Data Integrator

Oracle Data Integrator 10.0
Based on 4 answers
It is maturing and over time will have a good pool of resources. Each new version has addressed the issues of the previous ones. Its getting better and bigger.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica PowerCenter 9.5
Based on 2 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

Oracle Data Integrator

No score
No answers yet
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Performance

Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica PowerCenter 9.5
Based on 2 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

Oracle Data Integrator

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Informatica PowerCenter

Informatica PowerCenter 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Oracle Data Integrator

No score
No answers yet
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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

Oracle Data Integrator

ODI is the naturel successor of OWB, adopting the same EL-T approach but supporting a lot more technologies as source and target. The overall product is much more stable and not tied to the Oracle Database.Unlike Informatica, ODI generates all the code in the native underlying technologies used for source or target. This makes it easier to develop and usually faster to load.
Jérôme Françoisse | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Informatica PowerCenter

  • Positive - Easy to maintain processes built in Informatica Power Center.
  • Positive - Rapidly build and deploy ETL data mappings.
  • Positive - Develop the overall workflow process to run all ETL processes for the project.
  • Negative - Informatica Power Center can be a bit expensive, so your application needs to warrant the enterprise support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle Data Integrator

  • Lead time to complete data integration and transformation project was reduced due to Oracle Data Integrator tools that helped in setting up transformations relatively quickly once it was set up.
  • Reduced lead time helped in reducing project cost as less resources were spent in data conversion project.
  • Overall data consolidation project resulted in quick integration of data from varied DBMS and data sources.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Informatica PowerCenter

General

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

Oracle Data Integrator

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Informatica PowerCenter
8.6
Oracle Data Integrator
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Informatica PowerCenter
10.0
Oracle Data Integrator
10.0

Usability

Informatica PowerCenter
9.5
Oracle Data Integrator

Performance

Informatica PowerCenter
9.5
Oracle Data Integrator

Support

Informatica PowerCenter
8.0
Oracle Data Integrator

Implementation

Informatica PowerCenter
Oracle Data Integrator
7.0

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