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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Feature Set Ratings

    Data Source Connection

    7.5

    Informatica PowerCenter

    75%

    SAP PowerDesigner

    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%

    SAP PowerDesigner

    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

    8.5

    Informatica PowerCenter

    85%

    SAP PowerDesigner

    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%

    SAP PowerDesigner

    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

    Attribute Ratings

    • Informatica PowerCenter is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • SAP PowerDesigner is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Informatica PowerCenter

    91%
    21 Ratings
    8.0

    SAP PowerDesigner

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Informatica PowerCenter

    100%
    4 Ratings

    SAP PowerDesigner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    Informatica PowerCenter

    90%
    3 Ratings

    SAP PowerDesigner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.4

    Informatica PowerCenter

    94%
    4 Ratings

    SAP PowerDesigner

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.9

    Informatica PowerCenter

    89%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    SAP PowerDesigner

    100%
    2 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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    SAP PowerDesigner allows our team of data modelers to work and collaborate from a single repository and single data dictionary. This helps enforce consistency as data elements are referenced in other objects. Prior to our use of PD, we might have an element named "ppt" in one table, "participant" in another table and "part" in a third table. By forcing everything to be used from the data dictionary, we avoid these situations because everyone has to go to the dictionary. And we are able to easily do peer reviews on models before they are released because we are collaborating through the use of the repository.
    Gene Baker | 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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    • Impact Analysis
    • The domain structure helps you to handle different data types to unify.
    • Moving between from conceptual model to logical model and from logical model to physical model is so easy.
    • It also excels at implementation of database vendor-specific physical options.
    • The repository structure helps you to use in multi developer and architect based organizations by the check in and check out mechanism.
    • It also has a fully configurable naming convention implementation.
    • Coloring is simple with format copying and pasting option.
    Gurcan Orhan | 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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    • It took some time to figure out how to leverage the power of the repository. Some better examples in the documentation would have been helpful.
    Gene Baker | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Informatica PowerCenter

    General

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

    Starting Price

    SAP PowerDesigner

    General

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

    Starting Price

    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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    SAP PowerDesigner 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    We did have to reach out to support to learn how to properly utilize the repository feature and share the data model across many developers. Support was able to help us get this set up correctly. The downside was it took us several weeks before we gave up and contacted support. We should have done that earlier. I would say, however, the documentation wasn't clear on how to do this. So support was a great big help!
    Gene Baker | 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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler : Unfortunately this tool only supports Oracle Databases as a target database, but has many features similar to SAP Sybase PowerDesigner.erwin Data Modeler: Has some issues when switching from Conceptual Model to Physical Model, Impact Analysis, and formatting copy and pasting.Vertabelo: Only supports online models and from a governance perspective, it is impossible for me to connect my target database with an online application because of company policy and regulation requirements.
    Gurcan Orhan | 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

    SAP PowerDesigner

    • Standardization of models
    • Impact Analysis
    • Graphical User Interface
    • Ease of deployment
    Gurcan Orhan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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