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Find out what your peers are saying about Informatica PowerCenter vs. WhereScape RED and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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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.
The most valuable features are the dynamic reading of the file metadata profile, and the ability to define business rules that are used to verify and validate the uploaded files.
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.
WhereScape's deployment package is a fantastic feature. The application allows for selecting specific objects that you would like to deploy from one environment to another rather than deploying the entire database.
WhereScape RED has improved our business's ability to generate needed reporting without requiring a large team of developers to manually code all of the necessary plumbing.
Their support staff are very knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. I feel their support staff go above and beyond to assure their customers are satisfied.
RED has provided us the ability to integrate, stage, and transform data from diverse sources into an enterprise-grade data warehouse which meets the needs of my organization, but it also enables us to easily and quickly make ETL or DW changes.
RED generates comprehensive documentation and regenerates it as quickly as things changes, but it also provides impact documentation.
Data transformations and rollups are easy to accomplish.
Quickly develops a data warehouse for our organization with documentation and can track back/forward features.
This is a fantastically robust DW tool that will make you at least 10 times faster in producing a DW.
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.
The developer tool documentation can be enhanced with a more clear explanation of each utility, accompanied by relevant examples, so that developers are able to create programs with ease.
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.
The scheduled jobs which are run by the WhereScape scheduler seem to be a strangely separate animal. Unlike all other WhereScape objects, jobs cannot be added to WhereScape projects. Also, unlike all other objects, jobs also cannot be deleted using a WhereScape deployment application.
Jobs cannot be deleted via the deployment package. When deploying from dev to QA or production, a job has to be retired. The job has to be manually removed from the target environment.
The ability to execute SSIS projects within WhereScape would be nice because we have a lot of packages that are too cumbersome to recreate.
They need a more robust support center. It has been a bit difficult to find solutions to problems that are out-of-the-box.
It could use a tool to diagnose what is missing from the environment for WhereScape to install successfully.
Improve the object renaming ability (it works, but it could be more automated).
No support for change data capture or delta detection - that must be custom coded .
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
Cost could be improved.
Speed to market of a warehouse solution at a relatively inexpensive price point.
ROI is at least 10 times.
Factor in the price of specialized consulting who know this product. They're hard to find and expensive.
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|WhereScape RED is data warehouse software to help build data warehouses faster. But it is more than that. It also helps you to build data warehouses that are easy to support, change and extend. It is an integrated development environment, or IDE, especially designed to build great data warehouses faster in SQL Server, Teradata, DB2 and Oracle.|
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