Informatica PowerCenter vs. Pentaho Data Integration

As of May 2019, Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 2nd in Data Integration Tools with 7 reviews vs Pentaho Data Integration which is ranked 8th in Data Integration Tools with 3 reviews. The top reviewer of Informatica PowerCenter writes "Works with any multi-database, reduces legacy coding, and is easy to use". The top reviewer of Pentaho Data Integration writes "Simple to install and simple to use and helps us mine, clean, and arrange terabytes of data". Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with SSIS, Informatica Cloud Data Integration and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). Pentaho Data Integration is most compared with SSIS, Informatica PowerCenter and IBM InfoSphere DataStage. See our Informatica PowerCenter vs. Pentaho Data Integration report.
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Pros
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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It has improved our data integration capabilities​.Provides a good open source option.It's very simple compared to other products out there.Data transformation within Pentaho is a nice feature that they have and that I value.

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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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​There is not a data quality or MDM solution in the Pentaho DI suite.​​I could not connect to our Hadoop environment in an easy and flexible way, and it was important to scale our data warehouse​.​I work with the Community Edition, therefore I do not have support. There was an issue that I could not resolve with community support.​One thing that I don't like, just a little, is the backward compatibility.I would like to see more improvements with AS400 DB2.

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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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There is a good open source option (Community Edition)​.

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Overview

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

Pentaho data integration prepares and blends data to create a complete picture of your business that drives actionable insights. The complete data integration platform delivers accurate, "analytics ready" data to end users from any source. With visual tools to eliminate coding and complexity, Pentaho puts big data and all data sources at the fingertips of business and IT users alike.

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Sample Customers
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, Rabobank66Controls, Providential Revenue Agency of Ro Negro, NOAA Information Systems, Swiss Real Estate Institute
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Retailer10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm37%
University7%
Healthcare Company6%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm20%
Comms Service Provider20%
Healthcare Company20%
Government10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm32%
Software R&D Company19%
Transportation Company14%
Government12%
Company Size
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Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise78%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise67%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise50%
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