Informatica PowerCenter vs. SSIS

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, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Talend Data Management Platform. See our Informatica PowerCenter vs. SSIS report.
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Pros
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
Rhea Rapps
etlsolut192060Real User

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
RahulMohanReal User

Informatica is more powerful than SSIS, But being myself an SSIS, SSRS developer I would recommend SSIS since it is less costly than Informatica and SSIS is more user-friendly and most of the transformations available in Informatica can also be done in SSIS.
It also depends on the project and volume of data you are handling in the project.
For less volume SSIS is compact but for huge volume, you can go with Informatica. In Our current project we are using SSIS and we are handling almost 2 TB data.
I would also recommend Pentaho Kettle as it is an opensource ETL tool that has the future credibility to overtake both SSIS and Informatica. But it is a freeware so you won't get more support until you pay for it.

13 April 18
Michael LuryeUser

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
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
Norbert WolffUser

Yes, Informatica is expensive, but has a lot of features and is very easy to learn. That's very important. We use it in very big international projects for insurance and banking projects. Not only data warehousing. If you are interested in smaller projects for middle companies we like to use Talend with its excellent graphically support. If you need more information about the features (multi-platform, easy connecting different sources, very good but old-fashioned looking user interface and so on) and possible performance problems you can contact me.

14 April 18
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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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