Shirin KanchwalaDatabase Administrator at a energy/utilities company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The main impact for Oracle LogMiner is the performance. Performance is drastically reduced if you use the solution’s Oracle Binary Log Parser. So, if we have 60 million records, initially it used to take a minute. Now, it takes a second to do synchronization from the source and target tables."
"It's a really powerful platform in terms of the combination of technologies they've developed and integrated together, out-of-the-box. The combination of Kafka and Spark is, we believe, quite unique, combined with CDC capabilities. And then, of course, there are the performance aspects. As an overall package, it's a very powerful data integration, migration, and replication tool."
"It's got it all, from end-to-end. It's the glue. There are a lot of other products out there, good products, but there's always a little bit of something missing from the other products. Equalum did its research well and understood the requirements of large enterprise and governments in terms of one tool to rule them all, from a data migration integration perspective."
"All our architectural use cases are on a single platform, not multiple platforms. You don't have to dump into different modules because it is the same module everywhere."
"Equalum is real-time. If you are moving from an overnight process to a real-time process, there is always a difference in what reports and analytics show compared to what our operational system shows. Some of our organizations, especially finance, don't want those differences to be shown. Therefore, going to a real-time environment makes the data in one place match the data in another place. Data accuracy is almost instantaneous with this tool."
"Equalum has resulted in system performance improvements in our organization. Now, I am ingressing data off of multiple S3 sources, doing data processing, and formatting a schema. This would usually take me a couple of days, but now it takes me hours."
"Equalum provides a single platform for core architectural use cases, including CDC replication, streaming ETL, and batch ETL. That is important to our clients because there is no other single-focus product that covers these areas in that much detail, and with this many features on the platform. The fact that they are single-minded and focused on CDC and ETL makes this such a rich solution. Other solutions cover these things a little bit in their multi-function products, but they don't go as deep."
"The best part of Kofax is that they have a whole concept. It's one product, but also has extra elements that can be integrated."
"The drag and drop functionality is quite good."
"This is a stable platform and we did not encounter any big problems."
"It is stable and scalable."
"The OCR was quite stable and flexible."
"The pricing of the solution is quite good."
"Provides valuable tools working in integration with RPA tools."
"The flexibility to use already-developed components is really good. You can use it for Excel-related operations and other things."
"Right now, they have a good notification system, but it is in bulk. For example, if I have five projects running and I put a notification, the notification comes back to me for all five projects. I would like the notification to come back only for one project."
"They need to expand their capabilities in some of the targets, as well as source connectors, and native connectors for a number of large data sources and databases. That's a huge challenge for every company in this area, not just Equalum."
"I should be able to see only my project versus somebody else's garbage. That is something that would be good in future. Right now, the security is by tenants, but I would like to have it by project, e.g., this project has this source and flows in these streams, and I have access to this on this site."
"The deployment of their flows needs improvement. It doesn't work with a typical Git branching and CI/CD deployment strategy."
"Their UI could use some work. Also, they could make it just a little faster to get around their user interface. It could be a bit more intuitive with things like keyboard shortcuts."
"There is not enough proven integration with other vendors. That is what needs to be worked on. Equalum hasn't tested anything between vendors, which worries our clients. We need more proven vendor integration. It is an expensive product and it needs to support a multi-vendor approach."
"I'd like to see a recording function and a more simple interface."
"The solution needs to be scalable."
"It needs a free training portal for anybody on the internet to use so that they can get an idea of what the possibilities are."
"There is really nothing special about the capabilities of this product."
"Exception handling needs to be improved."
"The product needs more AI capabilities."
"I would like to see them further enhance the OCR, specifically in the multi-language support."
"The process discovery could be a bit better."
"They have a very simple approach to licensing. They don't get tied up with different types of connectivity to different databases. If you need more connectors or if you need more CPU, you just add on. It's component-based pricing."
"Equalum was reasonably priced. It is not like those million dollar tools, such as Informatica."
"Equalum is rather expensive compared to its competitors. So, you have to make up that cost in time savings, and we usually do that. If we are saving money, it is because we are reducing our development time."
"As soon as you have more than six users, Equalum is lower in cost [than Talend] and if the group gets bigger, it's quite a big delta. If more users want to use it, you don't end up with an increase in licensing costs, so that makes it very easy. And if you need more licenses or more sources, it's a very simple upgrade methodology."
"The normal price for an on-premises license is €50,000. That's the price for one robot license. You can have more than one robot license but only one can be run at any one time. I believe the cost of adding a second robot is around €14,000."
"Price is not a problem, because they are a competitor and we have a special rate."
"I don't have complete insight at this point in time, but I would guess that Kofax is a lot less expensive than Automation Anywhere. I would expect its license to be on a yearly basis."
"Its pricing is reasonable given the product capabilities. Kofax has a wide range of products, and it can sometimes be confusing to understand which capabilities come with which product set. One of the key facets that we've been looking into recently is cognitive document recognition that was a core pile of some of their other technologies such as Kofax transformation modules (KTM)."
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Equalum is ranked 9th in Data Integration Tools with 6 reviews while Kofax RPA is ranked 12th in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with 9 reviews. Equalum is rated 9.2, while Kofax RPA is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Equalum writes "Frees staff to focus on data workflow and on what can be done with data, and away from the details of the technology". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Kofax RPA writes "Stable, scalable, and provides flexibility to use already-developed components, but its documentation is not widely available and it needs a feature similar to Discovery Bot". Equalum is most compared with StreamSets, Denodo, HVR Software, Alteryx Designer and Confluent, whereas Kofax RPA is most compared with UiPath, ABBYY FlexiCapture, Blue Prism, Microsoft Power Automate and Automation Anywhere (AA).
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