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Pros
"The most valuable features are the metadata repository and the data warehouse application console.""Good interface, reasonable documentation.""Ease and speed of building integrations, especially integrations between different applications, such as our Hospital Information System.""The partitioning and optimization to help enhance our development is a very valuable aspect of Informatica PowerCenter.""The most valuable feature is the new Data Lake feature, which provides the basic capabilities needed.""The most complex task, in this case, was to read and transform BLOB data, and Java transformation in Informatica Power Center was a great solution.""Technical support, and their approach is good. They have a support portal and support tickets. If you open a ticket it has multiple levels of severity from level one to very high or critical.""The features I find most valuable is that the solution is very user-friendly and the graphical design is very easy to understand."

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"The solution offers very good integration capabilities.""The most valuable feature is the logging capability.""The reporting on the data, even from third-party software, is very good.""The maintenance of data services is the solution's most valuable feature.""The HANA database, which is very fast, is a valuable feature.""It is a powerful product with a broad range of features.""The user interface is ok.""The fact that it's built on SQL, it makes it easy to write code. The database and the connection are quite smooth."

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Cons
"The only problem with this product is the level of complexity with the number of levels of transformation that you have to go through.""Lacks ability to calculate cost of the product.""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.""I found it is kind of weird that not all of the mapping changes are treated as true changes.""Include more instruments for LOGs analysis, interpretation, and job corrections.""The licensing cost for Informatica is very high. Other all-in-one solutions have much lower prices than Informatica.""I would like to see an improvement in the digital adoption.""Integration with Artificial Intelligence would benefit this solution."

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"There should be some kind of enhancement that can be done on the admin side of certain sites where we can assign the roles and responsibilities. We should be able to control who is using the tool and how.""The interface is not quite user-friendly and is in need of improvement.""The solution should offer more machine learning and automation.""The pricing of the solution should be improved.""Integration with other products could be improved.""Newer feature integration is lagging behind the company acquisitions and the product could do more to service a broader range of devices.""The initial setup is complex.""The description of error messages isn't extensive, although they point to the problem. With other solutions, like Talend, I was able to use the debugger to get directly to the problem, but with SAP Data Services the debugger is not working. I'm not sure if it's a problem with the version specifically, but I'm using it in an enterprise environment and I can't do an upgrade."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It's much more expensive, almost three times more expensive than most other solutions.""Its maintenance is expensive.""Price-wise, it's more expensive than SSIS, but it's a better tool, so it has more features. Licensing is on a yearly basis."

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"The pricing is a little high to make the product more competetive in the marketplace.""Pricing is good, there is no problem."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: My experience with both of these tools is that differences are not that meaningful. Informatica has nicer UI but that's it. For 95% of projects one will not feel a difference nor from a… more »
Top Answer: Ease and speed of building integrations, especially integrations between different applications, such as our Hospital Information System.
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the logging capability.
Top Answer: The interface is not quite user-friendly and is in need of improvement. In the next release of this solution, I would like to have a planning tool.
Top Answer: Our primary use is for storing incidents and all of the financial information that accompany them.
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PowerCenterSAP BusinessObjects Data Services, SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator, BusinessObjects Data Integrator
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Overview

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

You cannot afford to run your business on questionable data. With SAP® Data Services software, you can access, transform, and connect data to fuel your critical business processes. Together, these enterprise-class solutions enable data integration and data quality, providing the right level of insight across your business so you can make better decisions and operate more effectively.

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Sample Customers
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, RabobankEMC Corporation, LivePerson, Eldorado, Mozzart, The VELUX Group, AOK Bundesverband, Hilti Group, Nissha Printing Company Ltd., Asian Paints, Aareal Bank Group, Migros Group
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider10%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Healthcare Company10%
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Computer Software Company46%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company7%
Media Company5%
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Manufacturing Company33%
Comms Service Provider11%
Construction Company11%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
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Computer Software Company49%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company6%
Government5%
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Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise74%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise78%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise80%
Find out what your peers are saying about Informatica PowerCenter vs. SAP Data Services and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
438,944 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 2nd in Data Integration Tools with 13 reviews while SAP Data Services is ranked 8th in Data Integration Tools with 11 reviews. Informatica PowerCenter is rated 8.2, while SAP Data Services is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Informatica PowerCenter writes "Assists us with integration as we migrate from on-premise to cloud, but it needs a performance analyzer". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Data Services writes "Helps us to collect and analyze data and has enabled us to increase our product line ". Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with SSIS, Informatica Cloud Data Integration, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), Azure Data Factory and StreamSets, whereas SAP Data Services is most compared with Azure Data Factory, SAP Data Hub, SSIS, IBM InfoSphere DataStage and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). See our Informatica PowerCenter vs. SAP Data Services report.

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