Azure Data Factory vs. Informatica PowerCenter

As of May 2019, Azure Data Factory is ranked 17th in Data Integration Tools with 1 review vs Informatica PowerCenter which is ranked 2nd in Data Integration Tools with 7 reviews. The top reviewer of Azure Data Factory writes "Data Flow and Databricks are going to be extremely valuable services". The top reviewer of Informatica PowerCenter writes "Works with any multi-database, reduces legacy coding, and is easy to use". Azure Data Factory is most compared with Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog, Dell Boomi AtomSphere and StreamSets. Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with SSIS, Informatica Cloud Data Integration and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI).
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Pros
This solution will allow the organisation to improve its existing data offerings over time by adding predictive analytics, data sharing via APIs and other enhancements readily.Data Flow and Databricks are going to be extremely valuable services, allowing data solutions to scale as the business grows and new data sources are added.

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The most valuable features are the dynamic reading of the file metadata profile, and the ability to define business rules that are used to verify and validate the uploaded files.Informatica PowerCenter has been implementing mapping design, data flow, and workflow execution for years.It reduces a lot of legacy coding.It works with any multi-databases, so it works with Sybase, SQL Server. Also, the performance is really good and it is easy to use.Reusable definition of data sources and the out-of-the-box availability of a large number maplets for common transformation functions.Easy, scalable, robust platform to integrate heterogeneous source platform's data into the unified data warehouse.UI-based ability to create data mapping.Good product if you are trying implement data quality, data integration, and data management projects.

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The thing we missed most was data update, but this is now available as of two weeks ago.

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The developer tool documentation can be enhanced with a more clear explanation of each utility, accompanied by relevant examples, so that developers are able to create programs with ease.Integrated Reporting service should be more smoothly transitioned from view to function to be in sync with the main design.The initial setup is not straightforward. You need expertise to do it.While Informatica is great for data-integration, it does not have any analytics features. Thus, organizations have to always look for another product for their BI needs.There can be scalability issues. Huge amounts of data ingestion will impact performance.We had stability issues, mostly with JVM size.We had to take on a large volume of data from the legacy Sybase system. This was taking a very long time, i.e., more than a day. We were trying to improve it with partitions to gpload, but we were told that we can't go more than four partitions.The UI is outdated and old-fashioned, at least in our current version. Also, we have experienced some stability issues with the Workflow Monitor application.

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Licensing is a one time cost. But maintenance costs depend on what you want, how long you need it. Maintenance is a kind of insurance. With health insurance, you don't know whether you will get sick or need to go to hospital or not but you have to have insurance. It's the same thing with support. If you have that expertise in resolving issues, if you have enough experience in your IT department, I would say you don't need the support. But in practice, they recommend you go with the support. If you want support you have to pay for it.Cost could be improved.We have found the pricing very cost-effective. The licensing is CPU and data source-based.

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Overview

Create, schedule, and manage your data integration at scale with Azure Data Factory - a hybrid data integration (ETL) service. Work with data wherever it lives, in the cloud or on-premises, with enterprise-grade security.

Enterprise data integration platform to help organizations access, transform, and integrate data from a variety of systems.

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Sample Customers
Milliman, Pier 1 Imports, Rockwell Automation, Ziosk, Real Madrid University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, Rabobank
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REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company20%
Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider10%
Pharma/Biotech Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm37%
University7%
Healthcare Company6%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise78%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise67%
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