We performed a comparison between IBM InfoSphere DataStage and SSIS based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.
Comparison Results: SSIS beat out IBM InfoSphere DataStage in all categories we compared.
"When we have needed help from the IBM team, they were helpful. Our company is a premium partner so we get fast responses."
"The most valuable feature of the solution is the ability to incorporate very complex business rules in Data Stage."
"It works with multiple servers and offers high availability."
"The performance optimization is quite good in DataStage. It provides parallelism and pipelining mechanisms"
"It is quite useful and powerful."
"Offers great flexibility."
"The best feature of IBM InfoSphere DataStage for me was that it was very much user-friendly. The solution didn't require that much raw coding because most of its features were drag and drop, plus it had a large number of functionalities."
"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 initial setup was easy."
"SSIS' best feature is SFTP connectivity."
"Like most Microsoft products, SSIS is user-friendly and easy to use."
"The most important features are it works well and provides self-service BI."
"The most valuable feature of SSIS is that you can take data from other servers which are not MS SQL Server or Oracle."
"It is easy to set up the solution."
"Data Flows are the main component we use. These can range from a simple source to sink ETL, to many source to many sink dataflows."
"SSIS' most valuable feature is its reporting services."
"The error messaging needs to be improved."
"Currently lacking virtualization ability."
"The solution can be a bit more user-friendly, similar to Informatica."
"What needs improvement in IBM InfoSphere DataStage is its pricing. The pricing for the solution is higher than its competitors, so a lot of the clients my company has worked with prefer other tools over IBM InfoSphere DataStage because of the high price tag. Another area for improvement in the solution stems from a lot of new types of databases, for example, databases in the cloud and big data have become available, and IBM InfoSphere DataStage is working on various connectors for different data sources, but that still isn't up-to-date, meaning that some connectors are missing for modern data sources. The latest version of IBM InfoSphere DataStage also has a complex architecture, so my team faced frequent outages and that should be improved as well."
"In the future, I would like to see more integration with cloud technologies."
"Their web interface is good but the on-prem sites are outdated. The solution could also be improved if they could integrate the data pipeline scheduling part of their interface."
"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 initial setup could be more straightforward."
"SSIS is cumbersome despite its drag-and-drop functionality. For example, let's say I have 50 tables with 30 columns. You need to set a data type for each column and table. That's around 1,500 objects. It gets unwieldy adding validation for every column. Previously, SSIS automatically detected the data type, but I think they removed this feature. It would automatically detect if it's an integer, primary key, or foreign key column. You had fewer problems building the model."
"SSIS doesn't have a very good user interface, but if you can work with it, it'll provide you with almost all of the functionality."
"The creation of the measure in the DAC's model could be improved."
"I would like to see more features in terms of the integration with Azure Data Factory."
"In terms of its performance, it could be better. That could be something that would be easy and welcomed as an upgrade."
"The solution could improve by having quicker release updates."
"Options for scaling could be improved."
"The performance of SSIS could improve when comparing it to Oracle Database."
IBM InfoSphere DataStage is a high-quality data integration tool that aims to design, develop, and run jobs that move and transform data for organizations of different sizes. The product works by integrating data across multiple systems through a high-performance parallel framework. It supports extended metadata management, enterprise connectivity, and integration of all types of data.
The solution is the data integration component of IBM InfoSphere Information Server, providing a graphical framework for moving data from source systems to target systems. IBM InfoSphere DataStage can deliver data to data warehouses, data marts, operational data sources, and other enterprise applications. The tool works with various types of patterns - extract, transform and load (ETL), and extract, load, and transform (ELT). The scalability of the platform is achieved by using parallel processing and enterprise connectivity.
The solution has various versions, catering to different types of companies, which include the Server Edition, the Enterprise Edition, and the MVS Edition. Depending on which version a company has bought, different goals can be achieved. They include the following:
IBM InfoSphere DataStage can be deployed in various ways, including:
IBM InfoSphere DataStage Features
The tool has various features through which users can integrate and utilize their data effectively. The components of IBM InfoSphere DataStage include:
IBM InfoSphere DataStage Benefits
This solution offers many benefits for the companies that utilize it for data integration. Some of these benefits include:
Reviews from Real Users
A data/solution architect at a computer software company says the product is robust, easy to use, has a simple error logging mechanism, and works very well for huge volumes of data.
Tirthankar Roy Chowdhury, team leader at Tata Consultancy Services, feels the tool is user-friendly with a lot of functionalities, and doesn't require much coding because of its drag-and-drop features.
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a Microsoft platform designed to build enterprise-level data integration and data transformation solutions. Users now have the ability to solve intricate business queries by downloading and copying files, cleansing and mining data, loading data warehouses, and managing SQL Server objects and data through Integration Services. SSIS is a component of the Microsoft SQL Server data software used for many data migration tasks.
SSIS loads data into one or more destinations by extracting and transforming data from a wide variety of sources such as XML data files, flat files, and relational data sources.
Integration Services include:
Create packages programmatically and code custom tasks through programming the extensive Integration Services. With graphical Integration Services, you can create solutions without writing any code.
Benefits of SSIS
There are many benefits of SSIS, such as:
Reviews from Real Users
The SSIS platform stands out among its competitors for a variety of reasons. Two major ones are its debugging capabilities during data flow execution and its easy connectivity with other Microsoft tools.
Muhammad J., a senior manager software developer at Techlogix, notes, "The debugging capabilities are great, particularly during data flow execution. You can look into the data and see what's going on in the pipeline."
Ismail L., a data engineer at a tech service company, writes, "The most valuable thing is that it is easy to connect with Microsoft tools. In Europe, particularly in France, a lot of companies use Excel, SQL Server, and other Microsoft tools, and it is easier to connect SSIS with Microsoft tools than other products."
IBM InfoSphere DataStage is ranked 11th in Data Integration Tools with 10 reviews while SSIS is ranked 3rd in Data Integration Tools with 35 reviews. IBM InfoSphere DataStage is rated 7.8, while SSIS is rated 7.6. 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 SSIS writes "SSIS 2016 - The good, the bad, and the ugly". IBM InfoSphere DataStage is most compared with Talend Open Studio, Azure Data Factory, AWS Glue, Informatica PowerCenter and IBM InfoSphere Information Server, whereas SSIS is most compared with Informatica PowerCenter, Talend Open Studio, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), AWS Glue and Alteryx Designer. See our IBM InfoSphere DataStage vs. SSIS report.
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