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Technical Partner Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Good for extracting data from different sources but it has a complicated interface

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the product's versatility to inject data."
  • "The interface needs improvement. It is really too technical. That is the main problem."

What is our primary use case?

My customers use it. I don't use this solution. It's used to extract data from several different sources, as well as to store data and load it into a data warehouse.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the product's versatility to inject data.

What needs improvement?

The interface needs improvement. It is really too technical. That is the main problem.

In the next release, they could offer more connectors with the new database, especially cloud databases.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this solution for five or six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It depends on project and the customer. Mostly, we have three or four developer users. Maybe three people maintain the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Microsoft Talend previously.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is quite complex. Actually, it is probably very quick to deploy, but a difficult project. Typical projects about ETL or extracting some information take dozens of days.

What other advice do I have?

Try to do a lot of training before beginning the project.

I would rate this solution as seven out of ten because I think there are some problems with the design of the interface. They should also develop new connectors. The solution is quite complex for people and you need a lot of training to use it.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
JM
Manager at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Robust and scalable but the initial setup is not straightforward and the price is high

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients. This solution has an end-to-end process used for data integration.

What is most valuable?

It's a robust solution.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup could be more straightforward.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been providing IBM InfoSphere DataStage for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I believe this solution is stable. We have not received any feedback from our clients.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

To my understanding, this solution is scalable. We have several customers who are currently using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not…

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

This solution has an end-to-end process used for data integration.

What is most valuable?

It's a robust solution.

What needs improvement?

The initial setup could be more straightforward.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been providing IBM InfoSphere DataStage for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I believe this solution is stable. We have not received any feedback from our clients.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

To my understanding, this solution is scalable.

We have several customers who are currently using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have a long list of different providers such as Informatica, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft SSIS, Pentaho, and Talend.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was not straightforward and I would rate it at medium complexity.

What about the implementation team?

The installation required assistance from an expert from IBM.

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

The price is expensive but there are no licensing fees.

What other advice do I have?

Informatica provides a cloud-based deployment but we only work with the on-premises version. This is a product that I can recommend.

I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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AG
Head of IT Integration & Finance Transformation at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Great flexibility with full delivery integration

Pros and Cons

  • "Offers great flexibility."
  • "Currently lacking virtualization ability."

What is our primary use case?

The most powerful use of this solution is for full delivery integration. Aside from the ETL aspect, it makes data lineage. We are customers of IBM InfoSphere and I'm head of IT integration and finance transformation.

What is most valuable?

The key feature for me is the flexibility this solution offers. 

What needs improvement?

The solution is currently lacking virtualization ability. If they were to include it, it could be a good evolution on this framework. I'd like to see an improvement in support and a more customer friendly and knowledgeable support staff.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for over 20 years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is a question of licensing, but it can definitely be done.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support could be better - more knowledgeable and customer friendly. 

How was the initial setup?

We outsourced deployment to IBM and didn't have any issues. Implementation took about two weeks. We have between 20 and 30 users in the company and our maintenance is carried out by IBM.

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

We pay an annual licensing fee. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated other tools, and this tool is competing internally with our PySQL development. It's a battle between code and local.

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Narasimhulu C
IT Analyst at Tata Consultancy Services
Real User
Top 20
A stable solution for loading data into our data warehouse

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this product for data loading. We take data from different applications and databases and put it into our data warehouse. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the data integration for data warehousing.

What needs improvement?

The response time from support is slow and needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using InfoSphere DataStage for almost eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have almost 30 people who use InfoSphere DataStage.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support can be slow.

What other advice do I have?

This product has…

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use this product for data loading. We take data from different applications and databases and put it into our data warehouse. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the data integration for data warehousing.

What needs improvement?

The response time from support is slow and needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using InfoSphere DataStage for almost eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have almost 30 people who use InfoSphere DataStage.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support can be slow.

What other advice do I have?

This product has a lot of good features.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner