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Score 8.1 out of 100
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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

SharePlex

SharePlex really shines when set alongside GoldenGate. The licensing costs of the two products would appear to place them in entirely different ballparks yet they perform nearly identically in practice.SharePlex is suitable for heterogenous replication of one database to another. The list of targets is ever increasing, with support for all major RDBMS vendors as well as support for popular NoSQL and JSON replication.SharePlex is effective when replicating from on-premise to cloud. Whether that's migrating data, creating a high-availability presence in a public or private cloud, or populating a data mart, it does the job quite well.
Sean Scott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Data Source Connection

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

Data Transformations

Informatica PowerCenter
8.6
SharePlex
Simple transformations
Informatica PowerCenter
8.7
SharePlex
Complex transformations
Informatica PowerCenter
8.6
SharePlex

Data Modeling

Informatica PowerCenter
8.3
SharePlex
Data model creation
Informatica PowerCenter
7.4
SharePlex
Metadata management
Informatica PowerCenter
8.9
SharePlex
Business rules and workflow
Informatica PowerCenter
8.5
SharePlex
Collaboration
Informatica PowerCenter
8.7
SharePlex
Testing and debugging
Informatica PowerCenter
7.8
SharePlex

Data Governance

Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
SharePlex
Integration with data quality tools
Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
SharePlex
Integration with MDM tools
Informatica PowerCenter
8.1
SharePlex

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

SharePlex

  • SharePlex is highly configurable and versatile. It can handle virtually any kind of data replication needs.
  • SharePlex is very robust. Its message queuing mechanism provides fast data transfer from the source to the target.
  • SharePlex software is very stable and mature, and it is highly scalable and reliable.
  • SharePlex support is exceptionally good. We are very satisfied with its support engineers.
Robert Xu | 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

SharePlex

  • When first introduced the Change Data Capture process was awkward. Each subsequent release has improved the process.
  • Sometimes the Shareplex monitoring service in Foglight gets overly aggressive in sending out error notifications and can end up spamming the admins with email alerts for one problem. We have had to tone that down.
Joel Barrow | 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

SharePlex

SharePlex 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We depend on it to supply data to our various OLTP and Data Warehouse environments
Joel Barrow | 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

SharePlex

SharePlex 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very usable once you get over the initial setup.
Robert Xu | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SharePlex

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

SharePlex

SharePlex 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Support is very responsive. They take ownership of the problems and see them through to the finish. When a bug is found they work towards developing testing and making the fix available to us to solve the problem.
Joel Barrow | 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

SharePlex

SharePlex was a clear winner in comparison to its competitors. It beats GoldenGate on price, providing equivalent features and performance at a fraction of the price and without the need to license costly Oracle features at the database level. DB Visit was a strong contender for us as well and it is an excellent product I would also recommend, but it did not have quite enough of a user and community presence and penetration for our management to feel comfortable with.
Sean Scott | 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

SharePlex

  • Postive: easy to replicate data for non-prod use
  • Negative: we spent a lot time due to data out of sync
George Fu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Informatica PowerCenter

General

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

SharePlex

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
SharePlex
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Informatica PowerCenter
10.0
SharePlex
10.0

Usability

Informatica PowerCenter
9.5
SharePlex
9.0

Performance

Informatica PowerCenter
9.5
SharePlex

Support

Informatica PowerCenter
8.0
SharePlex
10.0

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