Compare Informatica PowerCenter vs. SSIS

Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 2nd in Data Integration Tools with 12 reviews while SSIS is ranked 1st in Data Integration Tools with 20 reviews. Informatica PowerCenter is rated 7.8, while SSIS 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 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), whereas SSIS is most compared with Informatica PowerCenter, IBM InfoSphere DataStage and Talend Open Studio. See our Informatica PowerCenter vs. SSIS report.
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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.In the end, you have structured, proper data for use in an integrated BI solution.The performance and design of Informatica have been very valuable. I find the performance faster than, say, Oracle Data Integrator or DataStage.Technical support is great. It's one of the reasons we really like them. When you compare support from IBM and support from Informatica, Informatica is much better.

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The most valuable features of this solution are the fast insert and fuzzy logic matching.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.This solution is easy to implement, has a wide variety of connectors, has support for Visual Basic, and supports the C language.The initial setup of this solution is very straightforward.The setup is straightforward. It's very easy to install.With this solution, there is the potential to expand, so that you can immediately write code onto the SQL server.The workflow features have been very valuable. You can have automated workflows and all the steps are controlled. The workflow functionality of integration services is excellent.It has a drag and drop feature that makes it easy to use. It has a good user experience because it takes into account your most-used tools and they're lined up nicely so you can just drag and drop without looking too far. It also integrates nicely with Microsoft.

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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.As a connector to big data, it is not well developed. We've had problems connecting Informatica with Hadoop. The functionality to connect Informatica with Hadoop, for me it's not good.Now they are migrating to a new version, and they have something that is called Informatica Developer. Previously, they just had PowerCenter. Now, when they move everything to Informatica Developer it's not as good or stable like it was when it was PowerCenter, though it has some nice features. This Developer tool could be better.

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Generic processes should be used instead of custom code for each table.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.Tuning using this solution requires extensive expertise to improve performance.The performance of this solution is not as good as other tools in the market.Video training would be a helpful addition.The solution should work on the GPU, graphical processing unit. There should also be piping integration available.It needs more integration tools, so you can connect to different sources.There were some issues when we tried to connect it to data storage. It was a connection issue.

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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.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.

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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.This solution is included with the MSSQL server package.My advice is to look at what your configuration will be because most companies have their own deals with Microsoft.This solution has provided an inexpensive tool, and it is easy to find experienced developers.

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Miriam Tover
author avatarGaryM
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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.

author avatarDinesh Sthapit

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.

author avatarKavitha Kumarasamy
Real 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.

author avatarZion Shmila

Error handling is much easy on Informatica.
we have the option to debug in Informatica which is not allowed (as I know) on SSIS.

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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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