Compare Informatica PowerCenter vs. Zapier

Informatica PowerCenter is ranked 2nd in Data Integration Tools with 12 reviews while Zapier is ranked 10th in Cloud Data Integration with 3 reviews. Informatica PowerCenter is rated 7.6, while Zapier is rated 9.4. 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 Zapier writes "Connects web applications to trigger actions in another app". Informatica PowerCenter is most compared with SSIS, Informatica Cloud Data Integration and Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), whereas Zapier is most compared with Workato, Dell Boomi AtomSphere and Mule Anypoint Platform.
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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.The partitioning and optimization to help enhance our development is a very valuable aspect of Informatica PowerCenter.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.

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The connection between Facebook lead forms and MailChimp integrations is the most valuable feature.The ability to connect web applications to trigger actions in another app after having enriched, formatted, delayed, grouped, and filtered is really valuable for many businesses.

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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.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.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.

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Some apps are not available yet. For instance, a connection with Joomla! would be great. In general, all the most-used apps are available, but I bumped into Joomla! with a client.Being able to share Zaps and organize them with teammates would allow sharing and refining scenarios and even combining steps that require different people's credentials.

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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.

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Think your Zaps through to make sure you don't use more Zaps than you need.There is a free plan that is, of course, limited. However, it allows you to understand and check true scenarios for a while.

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Overview

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

Zapier is a tool for primarily non-technical users to connect together web apps.

An integration between two apps is called a Zap. A Zap is made up of a Trigger and one or more Actions or Searches.

Whenever the trigger happens in one app, Zapier will automatically perform the actions or searches in another app in order.

Zaps are very lightweight and easy to set up. Zaps do not import or export old data (they only operate on new items created after the Zap is enabled). Zaps are also not kept in sync ("two way syncing") after the Zap is triggered.

Zaps are deceivingly simple if you're used to dealing with complex and difficult integrations. Their simplicity is what enables anyone to create them.


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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, LexisNexis, RabobankBuzzFeed, Groupon, Spotify, Columbia University, FOX
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider15%
Healthcare Company15%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company36%
Financial Services Firm12%
Comms Service Provider12%
Insurance Company7%
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Recruiting/Hr Firm29%
Marketing Services Firm29%
Leisure / Travel Company14%
Transportation Company14%
Company Size
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise67%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise70%
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Small Business68%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise9%
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