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SAS Data Management Competitors and Alternatives

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PB
Senior Data Warehouse Developer at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
MSP
Top 20
Stable and scalable with a straightforward setup

Pros and Cons

  • "Finding logs is very easy on the solution."
  • "The template mapping could be easier."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for the UTS tool as well a for billing and data. We use it to clean the data from different systems and for pulling in data.

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.

Overall, compared to SAS or Informatica, the solution is much easier to navigate.

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 compression of data.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about 12 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Typically, the solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. We have about six or seven clients using the solution currently.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've never been in direct contact with IBM's technical support. We use a third party, so if we have issues, we turn to them for troubleshooting.

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.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy for the DataStage, but for billing and metadata, it gets more complicated. In our case, before installing the metadata, the proper documentation was not there, which complicated things a bit.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the implementation ourselves.

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

The solution is quite expensive in comparison to similar solutions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did approach other vendors before ultimately choosing IBM.

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, but with DataStage, they make it much easier. However, compared to other vendors, IBM's licensing costs are more expensive.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MA
CIO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Stable, easy to use, and integrates well with multiple systems

Pros and Cons

  • "Once you have learned Informatica, it is very easy to use."
  • "The documentation could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

One of my use cases is integrating personnel data from multiple systems.

What is most valuable?

Once you have learned Informatica, it is very easy to use.

The feedback that I have received from team members is that they found it easy to work with.

What needs improvement?

It is very difficult to learn.

The documentation could be improved. For example, if they were to create a system like SAS Books or IBM Redbooks that includes books on how to install, and how to troubleshoot problems, then it would be great.

I would like to see a centralized dashboard that can be used to access all of the Informatica products, rather than having a set of fragmented applications. A consolidated system with everything in a single platform would make it easier for technicians, as well as when it comes to purchasing it. That would be amazing.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Informatica PowerCenter for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product that has been around for a long time.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately eight people who use Informatica in the organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

The customer service is good but they can't move you through the entire installation and troubleshooting process.

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

I also have experience with solutions from IBM, SAS, and other vendors.

What about the implementation team?

My IT team was responsible for the deployment. Our team has approximately 12 people and they are responsible for installation and maintenance, including upgrades.

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

I consider this to be an expensive product.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, Informatica is a good product that is very difficult to learn but once you learn it, it's very easy to use. It is a product that I can recommend using.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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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