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Pros
"It is quite useful and powerful.""The Hierarchical Data Stage is good.""Once you have Infosphere up and running properly, it is stable.""Offers great flexibility.""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.""It's a robust solution.""The most valuable feature is the data integration for data warehousing.""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."

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"The solution offers very good integration capabilities.""The most valuable feature is the ETL functionality.""Its integration capabilities and the data migration capabilities are the most valuable. It is very good for SAP and non-SAP tools. It has very good integration with SAP, but it also has the capabilities to connect to other systems. We find it very helpful and stable.""Data Services' table comparison mechanism is very powerful. It's pretty hard to find a similar feature in other solutions.""We can extract data at a table level, extract data at the ETL level, and we can extract data at an ODP level."

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Cons
"The initial setup could be more straightforward.""It would be useful to provide support for Python, AR, and Java.""Currently lacking virtualization ability.""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.""The response time from support is slow and needs to be improved.""The setup is extremely difficult.""The pricing should be lower.""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."

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"There should be some kind of enhancement that can be done on the admin side of certain sites where we can assign the roles and responsibilities. We should be able to control who is using the tool and how.""It's an ETL that is very good with relational databases but not as good with files and semi-structured files.""Source code control is another headache. When your source code base gets too large, managing the source code becomes cumbersome.""They could make it easier to work with web services.""The skillset of data engineers matters a bit to use all the functionality of this solution. Otherwise, the delivery speed won't be faster."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Its pricing is as per the enterprise agreement and not a concern for us."
  • "The price is very reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Comparable solutions will have common disadvantages, which is the total cost of the project. It's quite expensive.
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    From a practice point of view, solutions such as IBM InfoSphere DataStage and Oracle Data Integrator are losing ground, whereas open-source solutions are becoming increasingly powerful. For example… more »
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    The most valuable feature is the ETL functionality.
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    Dealing with the REST API is not easy with Data Services. It is mandatory to have a WADL file and it is difficult to find this file and set it up. I would like to see a better connection with the API… more »
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    Also Known As
    SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator, BusinessObjects Data Integrator
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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.

    You cannot afford to run your business on questionable data. With SAP® Data Services software, you can access, transform, and connect data to fuel your critical business processes. Together, these enterprise-class solutions enable data integration and data quality, providing the right level of insight across your business so you can make better decisions and operate more effectively.

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    Sample Customers
    Dubai Statistics Center, Etisalat Egypt
    EMC Corporation, LivePerson, Eldorado, Mozzart, The VELUX Group, AOK Bundesverband, Hilti Group, Nissha Printing Company Ltd., Asian Paints, Aareal Bank Group, Migros Group
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company63%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company6%
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    Manufacturing Company25%
    Religious Institution8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    University8%
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM InfoSphere DataStage vs. SAP Data Services and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    IBM InfoSphere DataStage is ranked 6th in Data Integration Tools with 8 reviews while SAP Data Services is ranked 8th in Data Integration Tools with 5 reviews. IBM InfoSphere DataStage is rated 7.6, while SAP Data Services is rated 8.2. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Data Services writes "It's a powerful tool that does a lot, but it has its annoyances". IBM InfoSphere DataStage is most compared with SSIS, Talend Open Studio, Azure Data Factory, Informatica PowerCenter and Oracle GoldenGate, whereas SAP Data Services is most compared with Azure Data Factory, Palantir Foundry, Informatica PowerCenter, SSIS and Talend Data Management Platform. See our IBM InfoSphere DataStage vs. SAP Data Services report.

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