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"Finding logs is very easy on the solution.""Offers great flexibility.""Once you have Infosphere up and running properly, it is stable.""ETL is the most valuable feature.""The most valuable feature is the data integration for data warehousing.""It is quite useful and powerful.""It's a robust solution.""The Hierarchical Data Stage is good."

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"Complex transformations can be easily achieved by using PowerCenter. The processing layer does transformations and other things. About 80% of my transformations can be achieved by using the middle layer. For the remaining 15% to 20% transformations, I can go in and create stored procedures in the respective databases. Mapplets is the feature through which we can reuse transformations across pipelines. Transformations and caching are the key features that we have been using frequently. Informatica PowerCenter is one of the best solutions or products in the data integration space. We have extensively used PowerCenter for integration purposes. We usually look at the best bridge solution in our architecture so that it can sustain for maybe a couple of years. Usually, we go with the solution that fits best and has proven and time-tested technology.""Deployment was simple and straightforward.""The number of docs has been reduced drastically, which is very good.""We have found the PowerCenter and B2B data transformation most valuable.""Informatica PowerCenter is very good for integrating a huge amount of data in a very short duration, such as a minute. It is also very easy to use. After you provide the source and the target, mappings are automatically done, which makes it easy to use for the development team.""If the systems get migrated or upgraded, the amount of resources required are very minimal. We can change the connections and establish a new connection. It's very helpful.""The most valuable features are the monitoring tools and the reporting manager.""I like the automated scheduling feature."

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"The interface needs improvement.""The setup is extremely difficult.""The pricing should be lower.""It would be useful to provide support for Python, AR, and Java.""There are three things that could improve - the cloud, monitoring and cloud integration. It's a solid product but not a modern one and of course it depends what you're looking for.""The interface needs improvement. It is really too technical. That is the main problem.""Its documentation is not up to the mark. While building APIs, we had a lot of problems trying to get around it because it is not very user-friendly. We tried to get hold of API documentation, but the documentation is not very well thought out. It should be more structured and elaborate. In terms of additional features, I would like to see good reporting on performance and performance-tuning recommendations that can be based on AI. I would also like to see better data profiling information being reported on InfoSphere.""The response time from support is slow and needs to be improved."

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"We need another tool for monitoring. It would be easier if all the features were consolidated into one tool.""The pricing could be improved.""It would be nice to have all tools in one place. CDC needs more effort, as it's only easy to develop if you are familiar with Linux.""Its interface can be modernized. It is an old product. I have been working with it for 14 years, and it still looks the same. It hasn't been modernized much. It also needs to handle more modern formats, such as JSON files. It works with the old text files and databases, but it does not always work with the newer, modern stuff. You need to make your own programs to support that kind of stuff. Support is also a kind of difficult with Informatica. They don't do direct support and rely on using their distributors around the globe for support, which means that you kind of have to go through this layer of different companies before you get help.""I would like to see it be able to import data from NoSQL.""Lacks ability to calculate cost of the product.""Requires an established data center because there is no option for software as a service.""The documentation could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price is expensive but there are no licensing fees.""It's quite 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.""It is quite expensive.""The cost is too high.""It's very expensive."

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"The price is mostly reasonable.""The pricing is a little expensive, but in the same range as IBM and other competitors.""Our customers pay a licensing fee yearly.""According to what I've heard and read on various blogs, it's quite expensive when compared to similar competitive products.""Its maintenance is expensive.""The price of this solution is high.""Our client has purchased the license, and we are using it.""We are satisfied with the pricing."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Comparable solutions will have common disadvantages, which is the total cost of the project. It's quite expensive.
Top Answer: From a practice point of view, solutions such as IBM InfoSphere DataStage and Oracle Data Integrator are losing ground, whereas open-source solutions are becoming increasingly powerful. For example… more »
Top Answer: Azure Data Factory is flexible, modular, and works well. In terms of cost, it is not too pricey. It offers the stability and reliability I am looking for, good scalability, and is easy to set up and… more »
Top Answer: SSIS PowerPack is a group of drag and drop connectors for Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, commonly called SSIS. The collection helps organizations boost productivity with code-free… more »
Top Answer: Complex transformations can easily be achieved using PowerCenter, which has all the features and tools to establish a real data governance strategy. Additionally, PowerCenter is able to manage huge… more »
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Overview
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.

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

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Dubai Statistics Center, Etisalat Egypt
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, Rabobank
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company63%
Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Insurance Company6%
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Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm16%
Retailer9%
Healthcare Company6%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
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Small Business42%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise54%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise76%
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Small Business27%
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Large Enterprise58%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM InfoSphere DataStage vs. Informatica PowerCenter and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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IBM InfoSphere DataStage is ranked 6th in Data Integration Tools with 11 reviews while Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 1st in Data Integration Tools with 20 reviews. IBM InfoSphere DataStage is rated 7.4, while Informatica PowerCenter is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM InfoSphere DataStage writes "Robust, easy to use, has a simple error logging mechanism, and works very well for huge volumes of data". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Informatica PowerCenter writes "A stable, scalable, and mature solution for complex transformations and data integration". IBM InfoSphere DataStage is most compared with SSIS, Talend Open Studio, Azure Data Factory, AWS Glue and IBM InfoSphere Information Server, whereas Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with Informatica Cloud Data Integration, SSIS, Azure Data Factory, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Talend Open Studio. See our IBM InfoSphere DataStage vs. Informatica PowerCenter report.

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