IBM InfoSphere DataStage Review

Great flexibility with full delivery integration

What is our primary use case?

The most powerful use of this solution is for full delivery integration. Aside from the ETL aspect, it makes data lineage. We are customers of IBM InfoSphere and I'm head of IT integration and finance transformation.

What is most valuable?

The key feature for me is the flexibility this solution offers. 

What needs improvement?

The solution is currently lacking virtualization ability. If they were to include it, it could be a good evolution on this framework. I'd like to see an improvement in support and a more customer friendly and knowledgeable support staff.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for over 20 years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is a question of licensing, but it can definitely be done.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support could be better - more knowledgeable and customer friendly. 

How was the initial setup?

We outsourced deployment to IBM and didn't have any issues. Implementation took about two weeks. We have between 20 and 30 users in the company and our maintenance is carried out by IBM.

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

We pay an annual licensing fee. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated other tools, and this tool is competing internally with our PySQL development. It's a battle between code and local.

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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