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"The solution has improved the time it takes to perform tasks related to batch applications.""The product is a stable and powerful data management solution that can run in parallel mode for enhanced speed.""The most valuable feature is the ability to transfer information via notes.""DataStage works better with Linux operating systems when the application services are hosted on Linux system equipment, but it's powerful on Windows too.""The data lineage report can be filtered for reporting. The reports are user-friendly and take less time to find what you need.""The ETL tools are probably the most valuable feature. It has an IBM tool, a friendly UI and it makes things more comfortable.""The most valuable feature is the product's versatility to inject data.""Finding logs is very easy on the solution."

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"The most valuable feature is the building of mockups and tasks.""The program is stable and scalable.""The features I find most valuable is the synchronization, verification, functionalities and all the data integration features.""The user interface which is very easy to use if we have any problems to solve.""I do a quite a lot of data transformations, and the fact that I can do them without changing any of my SQL queries from the code, using the inbuilt tools, is very helpful.""Whether we need data cleansing or data mastering, we get it all in one platform.""The solution's initial setup is quite straightforward.""Their new licensing is very flexible. With Informatica Cloud, you have plenty of items under the same umbrella, such as services, offerings, data quality, and data masking. You have also got master data management and API management. What I really like about them is that you don't need to go to Informatica and say that you need a data integration module. You would say that you need iPaaS or Informatica Cloud. They'll then try to understand your needs and give you IPUs, which are the processing units. If I purchased a hundred IPUs from Informatica as a customer, I can use 70 IPUs for data integration. I would also need data quality, so I can use 10 IPUs for data quality. I can use the remaining 20 IPUs for API management. Down the line, if I see that my initial data integration needs for the development phase are met, then out of the 70 IPUs assigned for data integration, I can use 30 IPUs for data masking. I can shuffle these numbers in any way within the Informatica Cloud umbrella for the tenure for which I have subscribed to these IPUs. I can use all services the way I want. This flexibility is what I really love about Informatica. It also has got good connectors."

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Cons
"The solution should be more user-friendly.""The interface needs work to be more user-friendly.""The documentation and in-application help for this solution need to be improved, especially for new features.""I really like this tool, but the administration should be on the same client application because a lot of administration features are not on the client-side, and they usually need to have administrative access. It's quite complicated to force IT teams to have separate administrative access from the developers.""We would be happy to see in next versions the ability to return several parameters from jobs. Now, jobs can return just one parameter. If they could return several parameters, that would be great.""Reduced cost would allow more customers to choose the product. It's quite expensive in relation to the cost of other similar solutions.""The interface needs improvement. It is really too technical. That is the main problem.""The template mapping could be easier."

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"I would like to see more functionality added so that it is a bit closer to how much you can do with Informatica PowerCenter.""One area that needs to improve is the user experience because it is very complex. The trial version is very complex so it's not easy to start using the program immediately. You must study the rules first.""I would also like to have profiling functionalities and quality transformations in the cloud.""A general improvement in icons and the virtual interface would be good.""I would like to see support for more data sources.""Connectivity could be improved, it can be a little slow.""There may be some types of limitations with the performance.""The regions in which the data resides are still limited. This could be an issue in terms of the data residency laws of some of the countries. They should get more regions."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing varies based on use, and it is not as costly as some competing enterprise solutions.""Small and medium-sized companies cannot afford to pay for this solution.""The cost is too high.""It's very expensive.""Our internal team takes care of group licensing and cost. We don't have individual licenses. We have group licensing at the company level. Usually, IBM doesn't charge anything separately on the licensing side. For storage and everything else, we are paying around $6,000 per month, which is not very high. It includes Linux data storage, execution, and licensing. They're charging $40 for one-hour execution. Based on that, we are spending around $2,000 on the production environment and $1,000 on the lower environment for testing and development-side executions. For the mainframe, we are using the Db2 mainframe database, and we are spending around $1,000 on the Db2 mainframe database as well. All this comes out to be around $6,000. We, however, would like to have some cost reduction.""The price is expensive but there are no licensing fees.""It is quite expensive."

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"My understanding is that Informatica is quite expensive compare to other tools that are available in the market."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The price is expensive but there are no licensing fees.
Top Answer: The initial setup could be more straightforward.
Top Answer: Their new licensing is very flexible. With Informatica Cloud, you have plenty of items under the same umbrella, such as services, offerings, data quality, and data masking. You have also got master… more »
Top Answer: The regions in which the data resides are still limited. This could be an issue in terms of the data residency laws of some of the countries. They should get more regions.
Top Answer: I would definitely recommend this solution. It is definitely worth a try, and you will definitely benefit from it and see the value of implementing it in your organization. They are a leader in the… more »
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IBM InfoSphere DataStage integrates data across multiple systems using a high performance parallel framework, and it supports extended metadata management and enterprise connectivity. The scalable platform provides more flexible integration of all types of data, including big data at rest (Hadoop-based) or in motion (stream-based), on distributed and mainframe platforms.
Informatica Cloud Data Integration is a unified and modern user experience across all iPaaS patterns, supported by a meta-data driven, modular, artificial intelligence-based microservices architecture tailored for IT, developers, and business users. It help delivers accessible, trusted, and secure data to facilitate more valuable business decisions and identify competitive advantages. Informatica Cloud Data Integration can help to distribute data warehouse and analytics projects. Features include the following: Deliver integrated and relevant data, Scale with data synchronization and replication, Integrate asset management, Support high-volume workloads, Design cloud mappings and Execute visual data integration flows.
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Dubai Statistics Center, Etisalat Egypt
Chicago Cubs, Telegraph Media Group
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Computer Software Company63%
Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Insurance Company7%
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Computer Software Company44%
Pharma/Biotech Company22%
Individual & Family Service11%
Manufacturing Company11%
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Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise56%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise45%
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IBM InfoSphere DataStage is ranked 5th in Data Integration Tools with 16 reviews while Informatica Cloud Data Integration is ranked 2nd in Cloud Data Integration with 8 reviews. IBM InfoSphere DataStage is rated 7.8, while Informatica Cloud Data Integration is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM InfoSphere DataStage writes "Powerful, reliable and the ability to run it in parallel mode makes it very fast". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Informatica Cloud Data Integration writes "Flexible licensing, good connectors, and timely upgrades and patches". IBM InfoSphere DataStage is most compared with SSIS, Azure Data Factory, Talend Open Studio, IBM InfoSphere Information Server and Informatica PowerCenter, whereas Informatica Cloud Data Integration is most compared with Informatica PowerCenter, Azure Data Factory, Matillion ETL, AWS Glue and HVR Software.

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