Informatica PowerCenter vs webMethods

Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 2nd in Data Integration Tools with 7 reviews vs webMethods which is ranked 1st in Other Data Integration and Access Tools with 17 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 webMethods writes "Integration Server and Universal messaging create an efficient development phase, enhance agility". Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with SSIS, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) and Informatica Cloud Data Integration. webMethods is most compared with Mule ESB, IBM Integration Bus and Oracle Service Bus.
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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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We have a reusable code that we can replicate for any new interfaces.The main assets are its flow language, debugging, and Broker. Flow language is far better and more flexible for debugging.The MFT component of webMethods, for example, is easy to set up and convenient to use. It handles files very efficiently and it is easy to automate tasks with complex schedules. Monitoring is centralized to MWS which can be used to monitor other products as well (Trading Networks, BPM, MFT, etc.)Application integration, business process integration, and B2B partner integration are valuable. But among these, I feel B2B partner integration is the most valuable. This module integrates two business partners and exchanges data through electronic data interchange messages in the form of specific standards, without any manual process needed.I feel comfortable using this product with its ease of building interfaces for developers. This is a better integration tool for integrating with various applications like Oracle, Salesforce, mainframes, etc. It works fine in the integration of legacy software as well.Given that you have one integration API in place, it takes very minimal effort to scale it to any other application that might want to use the same. Its flow-based development environment is a breeze and makes it really easy to re-use most of the existing components and build up a new API.It’s fairly easy to view, move, and mange access across different components. Different component types are categorized and can be viewed in a web based administration console.I would say the core Web-based integrations work the best. They are the most efficient and robust implementations one can do with webMethods.

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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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We got the product via a reseller, and the support from the reseller has been less than desirable.Documentation needs tuning. There is a lot of dependency with SoftwareAG. Even with the documentation at hand, you can struggle to implement scenarios without SAG’s help. By contrast, IBM’s documentation is self-explanatory, in my opinion.When migration happens from the one release to an upgraded release from Software AG, many of the existing services are deprecated and developers have to put in effort testing and redeveloping some of the services. It would be better that upgrade releases took care to support the lower-level versions of webMethods.The stability of the various modules of the product suite have been a bit of a concern lately. Though their support team is always easy to reach out to, I would prefer it not come to that.The product needs to be improved in a few ways. First, they need to stabilize the components of the whole platform across versions. Also, they should stop replacing old components with brand new ones and, rather, improve by evolution.​Large file handling is pretty hard comparatively to other middleware tools.Business monitoring (BAM) needs improvement because the analytics and prediction module very often has performance problems.This product has too many gaps. You find them after update installations. This should be covered by automatic testing.

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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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Pricing has to be negotiated with the local Software AG representative. SAG can always prepare an appropriate pricing model for every client.Always plan five years ahead and don’t jeopardize the quality of your project by dropping items from the bill of materials.Some of the licensing is "component-ized," which is confusing to new users/customers.It is worth the cost.Initialy good pricing and good, if it comes to Enterprise license agreements.

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

The award-winning webMethods Integration Server, our Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), is a complete enterprise application integration solution. It's standards-based so it "speaks" any technology. You can integrate any technology from any vendor: ERP systems, databases, mainframes and legacy apps. SaaS platforms, Web services, JMS messaging systems and packaged apps.

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Sample CustomersUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, RabobankFujitsu, Coca Cola, ING, Credit Suisse, Electrolux, GTA, CosmosDirekt
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