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Score 7.3 out of 100
8 Ratings
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Score 7.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Data Source Connection, Data Modeling
  • SAS Data Management Platform ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Data Transformations, Data Governance

Data Source Connection

8.1

Informatica PowerCenter

81%
8.0

SAS Data Management Platform

80%
Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 1/2 features

Connect to traditional data sources

8.3
83%
17 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL

8.0
80%
13 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Data Transformations

8.4

Informatica PowerCenter

84%
9.0

SAS Data Management Platform

90%
SAS Data Management Platform ranks higher in 2/2 features

Simple transformations

8.5
85%
17 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Complex transformations

8.2
82%
17 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Data Modeling

8.0

Informatica PowerCenter

80%
6.4

SAS Data Management Platform

64%
Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 4/6 features

Data model creation

8.0
80%
14 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Metadata management

8.0
80%
15 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Business rules and workflow

8.3
83%
17 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Collaboration

8.0
80%
15 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Testing and debugging

8.0
80%
16 Ratings
2.0
20%
1 Rating

feature 1

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Data Governance

8.2

Informatica PowerCenter

82%
8.5

SAS Data Management Platform

85%
Informatica PowerCenter ranks higher in 1/2 features

Integration with data quality tools

8.2
82%
14 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Integration with MDM tools

8.2
82%
12 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Informatica PowerCenter is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Informatica PowerCenter and SAS Data Management Platform are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Informatica PowerCenter

82%
20 Ratings
7.0

SAS Data Management Platform

70%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Informatica PowerCenter

100%
4 Ratings

SAS Data Management Platform

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Informatica PowerCenter

90%
3 Ratings

SAS Data Management Platform

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.4

Informatica PowerCenter

94%
4 Ratings

SAS Data Management Platform

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Informatica PowerCenter

90%
3 Ratings
9.0

SAS Data Management Platform

90%
2 Ratings

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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SAS

SAS Data Management Platform is very well suited if you have common data sources like Oracle, SAP, MS SQL, etc.. Still, if there are a bit more obscure, then you need to purchase additional connectors to connect to those data sources. It is well suited when you don't have a business team with strong technical/coding background as the drag and drop interface makes creating jobs and scheduling them quite easy.
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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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SAS

  • Easy to use even for non-technical people
  • Connects to a variety of data sources
  • Statistical transformations available as part of the module
  • Graphical drag & drop interface
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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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SAS

  • Requires third-party drivers to connect to common data sources like SFDC, MS SQL, Postgres.
  • Debugging errors from the logs is a complicated process.
  • E-mail alert system is very primitive and needs customization to make it more modern,
  • Cannot send SMS alerts for jobs.
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Pricing Details

Informatica PowerCenter

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Informatica PowerCenter editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    SAS Data Management Platform

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SAS Data Management Platform editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      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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      SAS

      No answers on this topic

      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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      SAS

      No answers on this topic

      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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      SAS

      No answers on this topic

      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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      SAS

      SAS Tech Support is one of the best tech supports available. Not only do they respond faster, but they also have a global 24x7 support team that helps in case of production server issues. The staff is quite knowledgable and accommodating. They help you via e-mail, phone, or even WebEx if the issue demands. The solutions they provide are quite detailed and easy to implement even for someone who hasn't worked on SAS.
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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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      SAS

      SAS Data Management Platform requires third-party drivers to connect to common data sources like SFDC, MS SQL, Postgres. Has almost all features present as compared to the alternatives we evaluated. On top of it, SAS offered statistical transformations and strong metadata management. SAS Data Management Platform was also the most cost-effective solution despite having to purchase a couple of connectors for SAP and Salesforce. The easy of applying security templates was also a feature that can be easily used as compared to others mentioned.
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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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      SAS

      • The platform enabled us to have a single repository of customers to run campaigns on.
      • Feedback from various campaigns is stored in a single database, which makes running A/B analysis easier.
      • Helped improve data quality due to SAS Dataflux being a part of the SAS Data Management Platform.
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