Informatica PowerCenter vs SSIS

Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 2nd in Data Integration Tools with 5 reviews vs SSIS which is ranked 3rd in Data Integration Tools with 3 reviews. The top reviewer of Informatica PowerCenter writes "It can work with any kind of database, including NoSQL ones, but when a database object changes then object definitions do not get refreshed automatically". The top reviewer of SSIS writes "SSIS 2016 - The good, the bad, and the ugly". Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with SSIS, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Informatica Cloud Data Integration. SSIS is most compared with Informatica PowerCenter, Talend Integration Suite and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). See our Informatica PowerCenter vs SSIS report.
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Pros
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.Once you figure it out, it is a powerful and simple ETL tool. Its stability has been very satisfactory.

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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.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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Cons
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.SSIS can improve in handling different data sources like Salesforce connectivity, Oracle Cloud's connectivity, etc.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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Rhea Rapps
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Hands down Informatica. I've used both. Informatica is system and DB
agnostic and can run on any platform. If set up correctly like I do in my
architecture moving from the platform (Windows) to Linux or AIX would take less
than a day.

Also, Informatica is highly parameterizable and easier to develop in. The
shared objects ability is a huge time-saving advantage. Also, Informatica
has built-in version controls.

11 April 18
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Mark BennettReal User

Informatica is the more capable tool on paper whilst SSIS is more widely used, less expensive and there is an abundance of expertise available. However, it all comes down to which tool better aligns to a customer's requirements.

11 April 18
Anonymous avatar x30

Like any other technology there is no universal answer to which tool is better, it all depends on your requirements, budget, skill set and other considerations. Having said that if your DW/BI environment is based on the SQL Server stack I would go with SSIS unless there is a good reason to bring in another ETL tool.

13 April 18
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Also Known AsPowerCenterSQL Server Integration Services
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Overview

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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Sample CustomersUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, RabobankPKP Energetyka, UniCredit Bank, Mostar, waldwasser, Ashok leyland, Florida Atlantic University, Stadt Frankfurt am Main
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Financial Services Firm
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Midsize Enterprise
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