IBM InfoSphere DataStage Review

Helpful support, and the Hierarchical Data Stage is good


What is our primary use case?

We are a consulting company and we use this solution for our clients. We set up the data for them. We have various healthcare-related information from their vendor and business partners. They have integrated them and get data reports from it.

How has it helped my organization?

It improves how our client's organization functions.

What is most valuable?

We mainly use the designer and developer qualities. We use the basic features that we have.

They have many good features. The Hierarchical Data Stage is good.

What needs improvement?

The interface needs improvement. The interface in Informatica is easier than in DataStage.

The licensing can be improved. Many companies are moving away from DataStage because it is expensive.

The biggest issue that is unclear is how are they integrating into DevOps when they are binary files.

We would like to see DataStage integrated with DevOps so that a pipeline can be created for auto-deployment. Right now we are all doing it manually.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with IBM InfoSphere DataStage for seven years.

We have the 11.3 version but have recently migrated to the 11.7 version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable product, it's not new.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very scalable. Our clients are medium-sized companies with a 1.5 billion turnover.

How are customer service and technical support?

We reached out to IBM because the file was not readable, and they resolved the issue.

Technical support is good. I have not found any issues with technical support. I would rate them an eight out of ten.

In some cases, they have a delay in giving suggestions for the configuration.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, in another company, I worked with Informatica. There are not a lot of differences but the interface is easier than it is in DataStage.

How was the initial setup?

I don't do the setup, but I think that they have many challenges.

Initially, we had challenges with the configuration. We were trying to use the comparison for Excel, and reading the Excel files from the source, but the files were not readable.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's very expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?


What other advice do I have?

I am not a developer, I have a team within our company for that.

There is a cloud migration strategy going on, so they are thinking of moving to the cloud. They want a tool that is not heavy and suitable for their budget.

The recommendation for using this tool would depend on the requirements. 

I don't have anything bad to say about this product.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

11.7
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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