Informatica PowerCenter vs. SAP PowerDesigner

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Informatica PowerCenter
Score 7.7 out of 10
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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
SAP PowerDesigner
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
SAP PowerDesigner (formerly from Sybase) is an enterprise data architecture modeling tool, used to Build a blueprint of the current enterprise architecture and visualize the impact of change before it happens.N/A
Pricing
Informatica PowerCenterSAP PowerDesigner
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Informatica PowerCenterSAP PowerDesigner
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Informatica PowerCenterSAP PowerDesigner
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Informatica PowerCenterSAP PowerDesigner
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
SAP PowerDesigner
-
Ratings
Connect to traditional data sources9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL8.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
7.5
18 Ratings
10% below category average
SAP PowerDesigner
-
Ratings
Simple transformations8.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Complex transformations7.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
8.2
18 Ratings
2% above category average
SAP PowerDesigner
-
Ratings
Data model creation9.015 Ratings00 Ratings
Metadata management8.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Business rules and workflow9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration6.116 Ratings00 Ratings
Testing and debugging9.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Informatica PowerCenter
9.0
15 Ratings
8% above category average
SAP PowerDesigner
-
Ratings
Integration with data quality tools9.015 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools9.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Informatica PowerCenterSAP PowerDesigner
Small Businesses
Skyvia
Skyvia
Score 9.7 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Score 8.1 out of 10
IBM Blueworks Live
IBM Blueworks Live
Score 8.7 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Score 8.1 out of 10
IBM Blueworks Live
IBM Blueworks Live
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
Informatica PowerCenterSAP PowerDesigner
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(21 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Informatica PowerCenterSAP PowerDesigner
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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SAP
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.
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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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SAP
  • 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.
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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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SAP
  • 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.
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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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SAP
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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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SAP
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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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SAP
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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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SAP
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!
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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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SAP
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.
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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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SAP
  • Standardization of models
  • Impact Analysis
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Ease of deployment
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