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Ursula Fladeruf
Real User
Owner at mip GmbH
Jul 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The product is a very powerful data management tool and the ability to run it in the parallel mode makes it very, very fast. I would say that the ability to use parallel mode would be one of the most… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product has improved our organization by allowing us to provide the product to clients as a reliable data management solution.

What needs improvement?

The features that could be better starts with the user interface. It has been getting better in the last releases and in the past few years, and I guess that they will continue to make progress on… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is very difficult to say how much the product costs because there are variables depending on the configuration. Normally it's priced according to use, so the price can vary quite a lot. The more… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this particular product as a nine out of ten. It is very powerful and very fast, but the problems with the interface make it less than perfect. As far as other advice that I would have… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We currently also use PowerCenter from Informatica as a solution for some clients. It isn't really a previous solution or a solution we evaluated and discarded but it is one that we sometimes use… more»
KirillSlivchikov
Real User
Executive Director and Co-Founder at 7Spring Consult
Sep 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The data lineage report can be filtered for reporting. The reports are user-friendly and take less time to find what you need. It is a powerful tool with parallel data streams.

How has it helped my organization?

Our main goal of this project is to increase the efficiency of the usage of this solution and help the bank to get money from the data.

What needs improvement?

The previous project was based on Microsoft SQL. It moved huge amounts of data from different data sources and DataStage to a middle stage, then moved it to Netezza. This created a bottleneck in the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There were no problems with the licensing model for the bank.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our client previously used SSIS from Microsoft. They also used Oracle. However, they did not have a special solution for ETL. Ten years ago, they used another data warehouse solution which used XML… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is the best solution in the IBM environment. It uses IBM data models, such as data quality tools.
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Ahmed Adel
Real User
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 05 2019

What is most valuable?

DataStage itself is a very powerful tool and you have a lot of transformations that you can do. In comparison to Informatica, you can run very complex transactions on it. It's a precise and powerful environment. And when you have ETLs and you all your data documented on the data manager and you have the rest of management from IBM itself on InfoSphere, it's very powerful, especially when you use… more»

What needs improvement?

I really like this tool, but the administration should be on the same client application because a lot of administration features are not on the client-side, and they usually need to have administrative access. It's quite complicated to force IT, teams, to have separate administrative access from the developers. The platform also needs more stability. It caches a lot. It crashes on the application… more»

What other advice do I have?

The last version I interacted with was 11.3 because the later versions were cloud-based and usually our customers didn't want to use the solution on the cloud. In terms of advice, I would give to anyone trying to implement the solution is this: you to have accurate sizing. Clients always do the sizing wrong and they need more experience to get the sizing right. Setting up the environments takes… more»
RomLinhares
User
Partner with 11-50 employees
May 27 2018

What is most valuable?

* Its parallel processing capability allows you to go through extremely large data sets in no time at all, if you do your job right. * Highly customizable: Allowing you to handle multiple data… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have worked during many implementations using DataStage. All of the projects that I worked on have been successful. This is due mainly to the strict discipline around best practices, and by… more»

What needs improvement?

High-cost of ownership: They could take a page from open source software, such as Talend. Working with some of the big data components is good, but I can see improvements are needed, such as native… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Have used quite a few ETL tools in my job. * Ab Initio: Even pricier, but has a highly competent ETL tool. It is complete, but hard to use. * Informatica: Not as flexible and does not support the same… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you have the budget and your solution requires industrial/enterprise strength data integration, this product is always a good choice.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Have done many ETL tool evaluations based on client requirements. DataStage has always been in the top-three. It may not have been selected due to different weights being used for different sections… more»
Amir Miandarbandi
Real User
CEO at DELOMID IT
Aug 01 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is very easy to use because you can design to compile and to run. The most valuable feature is the ability to transfer information via notes.

What needs improvement?

The documentation and in-application help for this solution need to be improved, especially for new features. By comparison, in Talend, there is help available for all of the features. One of my clients has a problem using this solution… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Small and medium-sized companies cannot afford to pay for this solution.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product, but there is room for improvement. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This solution is for larger companies. Smaller businesses use Talend.
Real User
IT Administrator at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The parallel job scan has been a very valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution has improved the time it takes to perform tasks related to batch applications.

What needs improvement?

The solution should be more user-friendly.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were mostly using ETLs on mainframe jobs.

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give to others is to make sure they define a framework for development and for management. This could be very useful for the future of the product in the company. I would rate the entire solution eight out of ten. I… more»

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What is IBM InfoSphere DataStage?

IBM InfoSphere DataStage integrates data across multiple systems using a high performance parallel framework, and it supports extended metadata management and enterprise connectivity. The scalable platform provides more flexible integration of all types of data, including big data at rest (Hadoop-based) or in motion (stream-based), on distributed and mainframe platforms.
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