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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 »
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.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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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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 »
Oct 04 2020
What is most valuable?The DataStage, the ETL tool is very robust compared to a lot of tools that are being made now. The whole suite in general is valuable. The solution works really well. The interface and dashboards are good. Support is okay. The solution can scale very well. We've never had stability issues.
What needs improvement?They're going to have to go to a more robust software as a service type of tool in order to keep enticing new people. That's one way they can continue to grow the platform if they need to. The solution could be better at sharing real-time information. It could be just a little bit more robust in… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?I don't have access to all of the pricing information. I'm not sure how much the solution costs overall.
What other advice do I have?We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with IBM. I would advise other organizations that this is a great tool if your data is complex and you need to work with a lot of transformations and stuff of that nature. I would warn others, however, that this tool is not the easiest tool… more »
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.
Dec 09 2019
What is most valuable?The solution is good for bringing in data from third-party systems. Various aspects of the solution are valuable, but it often depends on the use cases. Finding logs is very easy on the solution… more »
What needs improvement?The mod options should be simplified. Some options on DataStage aren't working properly. The solution needs to lower its price. The template mapping could be easier. The solution should allow for… more »
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The solution is quite expensive in comparison to similar solutions.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We previously used tools such as Informatica. We've also previously used SQL for billing.
What other advice do I have?We use the on-premises deployment model. If you are comparing the solution to Informatica, this solution is much simpler. In Informatica, for example, there might be two to three ways to find a log… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We did approach other vendors before ultimately choosing IBM.
Nov 28 2019
What is most valuable?I think the ETL tools are the most valuable features. It has an IBM tool, a friendly UI and it makes things more comfortable. A second good feature is that after you make some ETLs, migrations source to target, DataStage is capable of providing details and extracting data. The push down feature is also a valuable feature.
What needs improvement?The price would be the first thing I would want to change. Reduced cost would allow more customers to choose the product. It's quite expensive in relation to the cost of other similar solutions. I think it would also be helpful if the product was more adaptable to other platforms and vendors. I would also like to see an improvement in support.
What other advice do I have?I would rate InfoSphere an eight out of 10.
Dec 15 2019
What is most valuable?ETL is the most valuable feature, extract, transform and load.
What needs improvement?I think that performance monitoring could be improved. I know that my colleagues don't give good monitoring. I'm not sure if it's because of the product or because they don't do it normally, but performance monitoring is an issue. I also believe integration with the cloud is not so clear. It's typically a heavy system that people install on-premise. You can install it in the cloud, but it's not so… more »
What other advice do I have?I think DataStage is a product that one should look at as a good candidate in this segment. I would rate this product a seven out of 10.
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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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