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- Tasks are more automated than having to create them by hand.
- Support is great either in forum settings or direct contact with support.
- Maybe ensuring that all assemblies are deleted when having to install Task Factory on the server.
- Good SSIS integration with other packages and processes.
- Easy to configure 3rd party account logins, credentials, etc.
- Intuitive interfaces.
- The user-experience could be a little more intuitive. Struggled a bit to put all the pieces together the right way in order to get the data processed the way I needed.
Although this was the main reason for the purchase, there are so many other components we use in SSIS like the termination task, the Sharepoint task, and the email task. Some of these tasks seem like "no brainers" that should be in SSIS by default!
Business problem: Your team can keep using SSIS and tackle data problems they could not resolve before (read from different sources without any code and do data upsert in one component).
- When the capabilities of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) are not enough for you.
- When you want to extract data from web sources without writing some code.
- If you have separate servers for all your environments (that will cost you more money).
- If your team does not know SSIS enough (the tool can be difficult to debug).
- Upsert - simplifies coding.
- Facilitates an odbc connection to the Sales Force world without the complication of using APIs.
- Various other utilities to simplify ETL development.
- We have run into compatibility issues or low level problems between SQL server and Task Factory. Working with both SentryOne and Microsoft, they both ended up blaming each other and not offering a fix.
Because of bugs/complications with data type conversions (eg. Decimal to Numeric), care must be taken when converting numeric types.
- Advanced Email task makes it easier for an end-user to configure.
- Fact Load task makes the data flow much easier to manage than the OOTB lookup function in SSIS.
- Dimension Load task makes it easier to track multiple dimension types when loading into the DB.
- Would really like to see an SSRS generate PDF output with parameter input.
- Load improvement for larger datasets in the Upsert function.
- Consistency with expressions for every task.
- One-click Auditing Feature. Simply push a button, and all of your SSIS packages now have detailed auditing built-in, including the ability to watch it in real-time.
- Wide variety of connections. If you need to connect to a common data source, Task factory will have what you need. No need to roll your own anymore.
- The Upsert Component. Task Factory has a simple and FAST way to do an insert or update with new row data. It just works and works well.
- SCD component could be a little more intuitive.
- The help documents could be more detailed and current with what is actually released.
- The task to call another package in a different solution
- Advanced lookup and other tasks
- Improvement can be achieved when new releases are tested better. We had a few times that our ETL stopped when implementing a new release.
- Great time gain in terms of development.
- Seamless integration with Integration Services.
- It has an excellent component for developing SCD tasks.
- It is an excellent program but it is obviously paid.
- The license must be renewed regularly if the product is to be updated.
- If you change visual studio version you need to update to the latest versions.
It speeds up development time by adding very useful transforms that are easier to use than the standard Microsoft transforms as well. It makes debugging and development faster.
- Expression editor is by far better than that in standard SSRS.
- The SharePoint destination and source is much easier to use than standard SSRS.
- The slowly changing dimension transform is very easy to use and adds a level of capability that gives a better outcome.
- More worked examples in the help.
- Our first use case was integrating with our Partners' Secure FTP Sites. Task Factory did this seamlessly.
- Our second use case involved Excel. We have multiple groups that use Excel to monitor their processes, and using the Excel refresh task made this very quick and simple.
- Our third use case was for SMTP. The basic SMTP did not give us enough control out of the box that we needed. We send out E-mails on behalf of our partners using their SMTP servers, so being able to change those connections effortlessly using this task was a huge time saver.
- Not sure. I have not run into an instance where their transform didn't provide what I needed more easily than other solutions.
- Relatively easy to set up and use on a SQL Server.
- Works like other connections in SSIS packages.
- When Microsoft upgraded our Dynamics 365 install from version 8 to 9, we delayed the upgrade for several months. Once we moved our dev platform to version 9, Task Factory stopped working. After we pushed every delay we reasonably could in prod, Task Factory had still not been updated to work with version 9 of Dynamics 365. In the interim we tried another product that had already been updated in lockstep with Microsoft. The Task Factory folks seemed to indicate that they knew about the problems when we called, and sent us a hotfix eventually after two or three months. However, the delay convinced us to go to another product.
- Weird or incorrect metadata in Dynamics 365 caused problems with the SSIS job whenever field changes were made in Dynamics 365. While this might not be the fault of Task Factory per se, our replacement product doesn't have this issue.
- Bulk update, upsert and delete tasks.
- Most tools work better than standard SSIS tools.
- Built-in documentation is a plus.
- I have not tried the generic nugget tools but would like to someday.
- A full upsert with insert, update, and delete would be useful.
- A full merge function that compares and makes all changes, including documenting either counts or by data that had to be corrected to synchronize.
- Re-introduce the prior feature to allow a user to copy or move SSIS variables from one package or scope to another.
- Provide a better upgrade path from one version of the product to another higher version. Our upgrade from 2008 to 2016 was quite complex and it seemed as though we might have been the first such upgrade Pragmatic Works had encountered.
- The ability to use the email source to play with individual messages in a mailbox is key. We get a lot of attachments that we download based on attachment extension and subject content to place them in network directories for further processing.
- The ability to pull from Sharepoint lists that easily was a game changer. We can allow our users to maintain content that we can then consume and push to our data warehouse.
- The REST source was easy to implement and utilize to pull data from vendor APIs.
- The documentation could use some polishing, though I have seen significant improvement now that SentryOne took over.
- Prebuilt templates or examples available for use to jumpstart development efforts.
- Job management
- Data Connectors
- Easy to Use
- It is hard to justify keeping a license when your platforms are adding the same functionality that Task Factory provides. This must keep ahead of software providers to justify the use.
- Slow changing dimension component helps the Data Warehouse ETL process
- Salesforce source/destination component helps the integration
- SFTP component is very useful
- Slow changing dimension component has some bug on the hash key comparison
- It provides some less common connectors such as SFTP.
- The PGP component is very easy to use as it support a cross platform encryption standard.
- The Upsert Destination is vastly superior than the build in ADO or OLE destination.
- The PGP task involves some hardcode parameter.
- The Surrogate key component does not fetch a new key automatically based on the current maximum key.
- it requires lots of insert and updates
- it needs less common connector
- it needs to work with external source / destination with PGP support
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- Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
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- Entry-level set up fee?No
|Standard Edition (30 SSIS tasks & components)||1,795||per server|
|Pro Edition (60 SSIS tasks & components)||2,495||per server|
|Azure Data Factory||1,495||per ADF node (subscription only)|
|Pro Edition Maintenance||$499||per year|
|Standard Edition Maintenance||$359||per year|
Task Factory is priced per Microsoft SQL Server instance. Any Microsoft SQL Server that executes an SSIS package containing Task Factory components requires a licenses. Users can install Task Factory custom components and use within VIsual Studio at no cost.
Task Factory Customer Size Distribution
|Small Businesses (1-50 employees)||0%|
|Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)||25%|
|Enterprises (> 500 employees)||75%|
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