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"The integration with different technologies is the most valuable feature."

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"It has helped us monetize.""The partitioning and optimization to help enhance our development is a very valuable aspect of Informatica PowerCenter.""The most valuable features are the metadata repository and the data warehouse application console.""Ease and speed of building integrations, especially integrations between different applications, such as our Hospital Information System.""It's a complete package, which is why we use this solution.""The most valuable features are the monitoring tools and the reporting manager.""The technical support is excellent.""Deployment was simple and straightforward."

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"Their technical support needs improvement."

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"The documentation could be improved.""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.""Requires an established data center because there is no option for software as a service.""The multiple interfaces in Informatica PowerCenter are not great for the user experience. Because of this, I think it can cause confusion for any beginner developer.""An issue which should be addressed is that the solution only allows us to do structured, as opposed to unstructured, data processing.""There is some room for improvement in terms of pricing.""We need another tool for monitoring. It would be easier if all the features were consolidated into one tool.""The only problem with this product is the level of complexity with the number of levels of transformation that you have to go through."

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"The solution is in the middle price range compared to other solutions.""Our customers pay a licensing fee yearly.""I consider this to be an expensive product.""It's much more expensive, almost three times more expensive than most other solutions.""We are satisfied with the pricing.""Licensing costs are excessive and pose an obstacle to someone who lacks familiarity with the solution and wishes to have a proper understanding of it.""The price is mostly reasonable.""Its maintenance is expensive."

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IBM InfoSphere Information Server is a market-leading data integration platform which includes a family of products that enable you to understand, cleanse, monitor, transform, and deliver data, as well as to collaborate to bridge the gap between business and IT. InfoSphere Information Server provides massively parallel processing (MPP) capabilities to deliver a highly scalable and flexible integration platform that handles a variety of data volumes (big, small, and everything in between).

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

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Canadian National Railway Company, Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, Swedish Armed Forces, BG RCI, Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd., University of Arizona, Biogrid Australia
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, Rabobank
Top Industries
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider11%
Financial Services Firm11%
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm16%
Healthcare Company6%
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise76%
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise58%
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IBM InfoSphere Information Server is ranked 38th in Data Integration Tools with 1 review while Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 1st in Data Integration Tools with 20 reviews. IBM InfoSphere Information Server is rated 7.0, while Informatica PowerCenter is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM InfoSphere Information Server writes "Has good integration with different technologies but its support needs improvement". 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 Information Server is most compared with IBM InfoSphere DataStage, Oracle GoldenGate, IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog, Qlik Replicate and AWS Glue, whereas Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with Informatica Cloud Data Integration, SSIS, Azure Data Factory, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Informatica PowerExchange.

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