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"The product offers very good analytics.""The functionality of drag and drop is the most valuable. It is a very user-friendly tool that can be understood easily. My teams also work with other solutions, such as Integration Services, and these solutions are very difficult for people who don't have technical knowledge.""The most valuable features are the integrated properties and integrated connectivity.""The product is very stable. The performance is reliable.""I like Alteryx's browser tool because you can view how your data is handled live. There are many other valuable tools like transpose and the crosstab. You can quickly pivot your data, and there are connections throughout the database. It's so easy to create a connection. If you connect to sign apps or a more complex database, the tool contains all the tools you need."

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"As a data integration platform, it is easy to use. It is quite robust and useful for volumetric analysis when you have huge volumes of data. We have tested it for up to ten million rows, and it is robust enough to process ten million rows internally with its parallel processing. Its error logging mechanism is far simpler and easier to understand than other data integration tools. The newer version of InfoSphere has the data catalog and IDC lineage. They are helpful in the easy traceability of columns and tables.""The Hierarchical Data Stage is good.""It is quite useful and powerful.""It's a robust solution.""We are mostly using transmission rules. It has a lot of functions and logic related to transmission. It is a user-friendly tool with in-built functions.""Offers great flexibility.""Once you have Infosphere up and running properly, it is stable.""The most valuable feature is the data integration for data warehousing."

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"If the price were reduced then it would be more competitive.""Its price can be improved. It is too expensive for our country. Because of its high price, we can't sell Alteryx Designer in this region. We used to be their reseller partner. There is also an additional cost for automating the data and running the flows, which makes it even more expensive. It will be very good if they can let users automate the data for free. Other solutions like Tableau provide this feature for free.""Alteryx needs to improve its web governance. The gallery you use to filter the data is something else that could use some work. For instance, if you have a report connected to a database and want to filter a specific user, you should be able to suggest a specific region or a particular year. I know that the Alteryx isn't designed for data governance, but that would be great to think about.""The product could offer more connectors and more databases with support for the in-database function.""The actual usage part of it needs to be explained more. It's too vague right now."

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"Currently lacking virtualization ability.""The interface needs improvement.""The pricing should be lower.""The initial setup could be more straightforward.""It doesn't have any big data connections. It would be good to have them because most of the systems are moving towards big data. There should also be a user-friendly way to interact with the cloud. Its loading process is very slow. It takes a lot of time for around 5 or 6 million records, and we are not able to provide real-time data to the vendors due to this delay. Its performance needs to be improved. It is also like a legacy system. It is not updated much. In higher versions, they only do small changes. We would like to have new features and new technologies.""Its documentation is not up to the mark. While building APIs, we had a lot of problems trying to get around it because it is not very user-friendly. We tried to get hold of API documentation, but the documentation is not very well thought out. It should be more structured and elaborate. In terms of additional features, I would like to see good reporting on performance and performance-tuning recommendations that can be based on AI. I would also like to see better data profiling information being reported on InfoSphere.""The setup is extremely difficult.""It would be useful to provide support for Python, AR, and Java."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is too expensive for our country. We are a small country, so it is too difficult to sell this solution. With Alteryx Designer, if you want to automate the data and run the flows, you have to pay more money. We were trying to automate the flows, and we found out that people have to pay 600 more for this feature, which makes it even more expensive. We are a partner for Tableau, and we are working with Tableau Prep, which is like a mini Alteryx. In Tableau Prep, you can drag and drop and make new connections with the different data sources. You can make all the connections. You can also publish a source. You don't have to pay more money with Tableau. You pay like $5 per user per month to access it."
  • "Alteryx is a little bit expensive compared to competing solutions."
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  • "The cost is too high."
  • "It's very expensive."
  • "Our internal team takes care of group licensing and cost. We don't have individual licenses. We have group licensing at the company level. Usually, IBM doesn't charge anything separately on the licensing side. For storage and everything else, we are paying around $6,000 per month, which is not very high. It includes Linux data storage, execution, and licensing. They're charging $40 for one-hour execution. Based on that, we are spending around $2,000 on the production environment and $1,000 on the lower environment for testing and development-side executions. For the mainframe, we are using the Db2 mainframe database, and we are spending around $1,000 on the Db2 mainframe database as well. All this comes out to be around $6,000. We, however, would like to have some cost reduction."
  • "The price is expensive but there are no licensing fees."
  • "It is quite expensive."
  • "It's quite expensive."
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    Overview

    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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    Dubai Statistics Center, Etisalat Egypt
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company63%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
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    Comms Service Provider14%
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    Insurance Company6%
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    Small Business42%
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    Alteryx Designer is ranked 21st in Data Integration Tools with 5 reviews while IBM InfoSphere DataStage is ranked 6th in Data Integration Tools with 8 reviews. Alteryx Designer is rated 8.6, while IBM InfoSphere DataStage is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Alteryx Designer writes "Good analytics and data preparation and easy to set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM InfoSphere DataStage writes "Robust, easy to use, has a simple error logging mechanism, and works very well for huge volumes of data". Alteryx Designer is most compared with Azure Data Factory, Palantir Foundry, SSIS, Informatica PowerCenter and SnapLogic, whereas IBM InfoSphere DataStage is most compared with SSIS, Talend Open Studio, Azure Data Factory, Informatica PowerCenter and AWS Glue. See our Alteryx Designer vs. IBM InfoSphere DataStage report.

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