Informatica PowerCenter vs. SSIS

As of April 2019, Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 2nd in Data Integration Tools with 6 reviews vs SSIS which is ranked 3rd in Data Integration Tools with 4 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 SSIS writes "SSIS 2016 - The good, the bad, and the ugly". Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with SSIS, Informatica Cloud Data Integration and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). SSIS is most compared with Informatica PowerCenter, IBM InfoSphere DataStage and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). See our Informatica PowerCenter vs. SSIS report.
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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.The ability to scale through partitions helped us to improve the performance.

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Built in reports show package execution and messages. Logging can also be customized so only what is needed is logged. There is also an excellent logging replacement called BiXpress that provides both historical and real-time monitoring which is more efficient and much more robust than the built-in logging capabilities. And none of this requires custom coding to make it useful unlike many other ETL tools.It has the ability to be deployed into the cloud through Data Factory, and run completely as a software as a service in the cloud.In SSIS, the scope is not only to handle ETL challenges, but it will allow us to do so many other tasks, such as DBA activities, scripting, calling any .exe or scripts, etc.

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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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You have to write push down join & lookup SQL to the database yourself via stored procedures or use of the SQL Task to get very high performance. That said, this is a common complaint for nearly all ETL tools on the market and those that offer an alternative such as Informatica offer them at a very expensive add-on price.A change in the metadata source cripples the whole ETL process, requiring each module to be manually reopened.SSIS can improve in handling different data sources like Salesforce connectivity, Oracle Cloud's connectivity, etc.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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t's incredibly cost effective, easy to learn the basics quickly (although like all ETL tools requires the traditional learning curve to get good at) and has an immense user base.

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Answers from the Community
Miriam Tover
GaryMReal User

There's so much to this question that to answer it properly would require an extensive presentation.

I am curious however when people review tools they aren't very familiar with...yes SSIS has debug feature and it's just as robust as any .net debug...with breakpoints, watch for variables, etc. And it only requires SqlServer for it's repository and some SqlServer install to get the SSIS service to run. The only people who think it's hardwired to SqlServer as a source or target are only those who don't understand the tool. Informatica also requires a database for its repository, its just that it supports multiple DBs for it.

If you're a small shop with SqlServer, then SSIS is a no-brainer. If you're a large shop, it depends on a number of factors..

The largest drawbacks with Informatica are: Extremely high cost (especially with all the add-ons you'll likely want), complex logging requiring custom ETL to pull its logs out into a usable design, and its lack of support for parameter passing.

The largest drawbacks of SSIS are: Lack of robust parallel ETL capability, and no support for push-down SQL. Plus if you want simple logging and error handling you need to purchase the BiXpress product which isn't expensive but you need it for every developer.

All other comparisons in my mind are just comparing different ways to do the same thing in both tools (such as version control, deployment, scheduling, etc.) which will be different but not necessarily better or worse.

27 March 19
Dinesh SthapitUser

If you have Microsoft SQL Server in the mix and you have application enterprise applications that run on windows. SSIS is a must as it provides the best integration tools for tapping into the data pipe lines.

However, Informatica is cross platform tool. The answer is that “ it depends”. You need to have the total picture of what you have as databases and what is your need and you need to make the best compromise in terms of technical and intellectual personnel you to manage your business run economically.

25 February 19
Kavitha KumarasamyReal User

It is Informatica Powercenter. It is solid and robust.

MSBI stack as such is good for MS SQL SERVER database and if you have definite sets of procedures that gets executed and ran through SSIS packages.

If you need an ETL tool it is Informatica over SSIS for sure.

1)Transformations ease of use.
2)Error handling.
3)Look up strategies.
4)Implementing custom SCD's.
5)Mainly Performance.
6)Logging capabilities and re directing.
7)Maintaining scripts and calling them.
8)So on and so forth.

25 February 19
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PowerCenterSQL Server Integration Services

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

SSIS is a package is an organized collection of connections, control flow elements, data flow elements, event handlers, variables, parameters, and configurations, that you assemble using either the graphical design tools that SQL Server Integration Services provides, or build programmatically. You then save the completed package to SQL Server, the SSIS Package Store, or the file system, or you can deploy the ssISnoversion project to the SSIS server. The package is the unit of work that is retrieved, executed, and saved.
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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, RabobankPKP Energetyka, UniCredit Bank, Mostar, waldwasser, Ashok leyland, Florida Atlantic University, Stadt Frankfurt am Main
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Financial Services Firm37%
Healthcare Company6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm35%
Insurance Company14%
Non Profit9%
Comms Service Provider7%
Company Size
Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise81%
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise67%
Small Business42%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise50%
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