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IBM InfoSphere MDM vs Informatica MDM comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM InfoSphere MDM and Informatica MDM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Master Data Management (MDM) Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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Q&A Highlights
Question: Reltio: Question about Master Data Management Capabilities
Answer: Riversand technology is leader in the MDM space and makes a product called MDMcenter. Gartner and Forrester put these guys in a leader and visionary quadrant topping Informatica, oracle, and sap. They have a product used by many fortune 1000s and multinational companies. I have rolled out MDM solutions for a bunch of customers using different platforms and Riversand's is the best. They have cloud based and on premise solutions. It can scale from small projects to biggest implementations of the planet, different geographies/locations, langauges and near infinite entities. Their licensing can vary based on required modules; but they offer Matching, Deduplication, Searching, Workflow, Modeling, Analytics, Integration, Domain / cross-domain, Governance tools to change / commit / rollback. The applications modeling and framework is flexible so it can handle any domain, product, retail, manufacturing, customer, vendor, finance, investment vehicles, jewelry, oil and gas, person, auto, high tech, oil gas, fast food, grocery, etc. Hands down this is best product in its class. It's top shelf. Given the choice and having used other products, I'd choice Riversand over the other competing products. If you didn't check them out yet, you definitely should.
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"The advantage is that the matching engine is very good, so that's why customers generally prefer it. From the inbuilt data model perspective, IBM MDM is good."

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"The most valuable features of Informatica MDM are its reliability, match functions, and integration capabilities. The out-of-box functionality of deduplication and built-in data models ensure faster implementation.""Its data cleansing capabilities are very valuable. The match and merge and the audit trail functionalities are very good.""The fuzzy matching capability is a great feature.""MDM is very stable - it can handle millions of hits daily and still run 24/7.""The most valuable features of Informatica MDM are it is cloud-enabled and has all the elements that are supposed to have in terms of MDM as a solution. All the features that are there. It is very well-integrated with any of the SAP and non-SAP applications. It is quite user-friendly. The user experience that you receive in Informatica MDM is quite good.""The most valuable feature of Informatica MDM is hierarchy management. It's not something that's typically available and effective within ERPs.""I like the number of options that are presented with Informatica, fuzzy matching, and your screen.""Informatica MDM stands out as a tool that can give you the flexibility needed for doing channel-specific data quality or business validation."

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"The tool is difficult to understand from a customer perspective and for developers."

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"Informatica MDM can improve the data catalog and data marketplace.""We currently have issues with real-time integration.""From multiple masters that are there in Informatica MDM, we can improve the financials.""New machine learning could be added to Informatica MDM because the solution is outdated and is not moving with the current trends. The solution is good, but it definitely needs a lot of improvement and needs to speed up as per the market.""We promote our code changes from a lower to a higher environment, which is highly complex when working with a multi-domain MDM like Informatica. This is the biggest obstacle for Informatica MDM, and I think they should change it because that's very time consuming.""Informatica MDM could be improved by adding drag and drop options, business data insights, and visualization reporting.""If I compare it with other MDM solutions in the market, one thing that can definitely be improved is automation to help with the configuration. Currently, when we are creating any staging of base object tables, all the columns have to be configured manually in the Informatica Hub Console. A lot of tables and different kinds of business columns have to be configured manually. There should be an automated process for this, especially in the Dev environment. When people are creating tables and columns from scratch, if there is a backend automated process for that, it would be really helpful. In Stibo, a similar feature is there wherein you can tag attributes to certain objects. It would be helpful if Informatica also provides a similar option. It would reduce the manual effort. It could be that such a feature is already there, but I am not aware of it.""The UI is terrible and not user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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  • "It's pretty high for us. It's more on the higher side, like low to middle high."
  • "It is expensive. That's probably the biggest drawback. The business has heartache paying the license, but that's mainly because they don't realize what value it brings. The key thing about the MDM solution is that it is in the backend, and no one sees what it is actually doing. You don't know it is a problem until it is not there."
  • "Informatica MDM's pricetag should come down. They have to cut some costs."
  • "There is no doubt that it is very expensive, but the brand value comes at a cost. Other MDM solutions in the market that haven't proven themselves like Informatica are also pretty expensive. We need to understand that MDM itself is very expensive to implement. So, Informatica is also pretty expensive. I would rate it a two out of five for being pretty expensive."
  • "It's offers value for money. They're more competitive with respect to pricing and offerings."
  • "Informatica MDM recently changed its pricing model. It's usage-based but I don't have much insight into the current pricing."
  • "Informatica MDM's price could be lower."
  • "I rate the licensing cost of Informatica MDM a five out of ten."
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    Answers from the Community
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    it_user529854 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user529854 (CEO at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees)

    I cannot offer insight into the licensing policy of each vendor as they are very varied and indeed can change deal to deal. Oracle for instance might give you limited database license if you use it specifically for MDM - but will audit you and bill you for full use even if you add one custom table! What it also means is that if are going with the big ones - you can negotiate!!

    I can, however, help you with key MDM requirements as defined by Gartner.

    -Loading/synchronization/business services/integration (which is basically ETL) - but it gives you the ability to implement in different styles - centralized, registry, co-existence, consolidation
    -Information quality, semantic consistency : this is for DQ capability and survivorship
    -data modeling - strength based on metadata management, policy enforcement, dating and versioning
    -Stewardship support (such as 360 degree view, where used, decay analysis, ownership)
    -Governance (a combination of a lot of the above really)
    -multiple use cases (Operational and analytical) - here you can use ERP/PLM/CRM as operational examples and APS and DWH as analytical use cases.
    - multi domain (product, customer, supplier, account, HR, location, person) - Tricky, as many vendors including Oracle claim to be multi domain - but they do not use a single framework to manage multiple domains - that is really not multi domain because the CDO's office still needs to manage multiple frameworks and the cost of ownership is very high.
    - data quality dashboards
    - Task management (Advanced)
    - multi device support

    If you are interested, you can also check us out at : for cheaper alternatives if you are an Oracle eBusiness Suite user. You can also peruse our following whitepapaers: (gives you an insight on why we have eliminated ETL and modeling from MDM) (Talks about an emerging part of MDM called ADM - application data management. We argue why MDM is worthless, if it is not built to make applications that consume master data such as ERP, CRM etc cannot use it instantaneously)

    it_user348246 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user348246 (Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

    If you buy InfoSphere MDM Domain Hub Standard Edition you can use following products:
    IBM Process Server Standard v8.5.6
    IBM Process Server Standard for Non-production Environment v8.5.6
    IBM Process Center Standard v8.5.6
    IBM Process Designer v8.5.6
    IBM Content Integrator v8.6
    IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition v10.5
    IBM Cognos Business Intelligence V10.2.2.0
    IBM InfoSphere Information Server Enterprise v11.5
    IBM Integration Bus Healthcare Pack v3.0.0.0
    IBM Integration Bus Express Edition v9.0.0.3
    IBM Watson Explorer v10.0
    IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software v9.5
    IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment v8.5.5
    IBM WebSphere Application Server Base v8.5.5
    IBM WebSphere MQ v8.0
    IBM WebSphere Portal Server v8.5
    IBM Installation Manager & IBM Packaging Utility for Rational Software Development Platform v1.8
    IBM Security Directory Server v6.4.0.0

    For IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Enterprise Edition you can use also:
    IBM InfoSphere Big Match for Hadoop v11.5

    InfoSphere Information Server contains both DataStage (ETL engine) and QualityStage (DQ components which are fully integrated with ETL).

    You could always check which products are provided in license on Software License Portal (

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The advantage is that the matching engine is very good, so that's why customers generally prefer it. From the inbuilt data model perspective, IBM MDM is good.
    Top Answer:It's a tough tool for developers. Right now in the market, I think Informatica MDM is number one and is used a lot. IBM MDM was developed by some other company and IBM developed it more. There are… more »
    Top Answer:We're using this solution for some pharmaceutical companies. The solution is deployed on-prem. Right now, we're using version 11.6
    Top Answer:Informatica Cloud MDM is built on a completely redesigned platform, comparing to the older Informatica MDM platform. Currently, cloud MDM offering includes a few business solutions like Reference 360… more »
    Top Answer:It provides all the typical MDM capabilities like deduplication and machine survivorship.
    Top Answer:A lot of the solutions on the market are expensive and Informatica is at the top end in terms of licensing costs. They use a bundle model so you choose what you want to include in your bundle and… more »
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    Also Known As
    InfoSphere MDM, InfoSphere Master Data Management
    Siperian, Customer 360
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    InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) is the most complete, proven and powerful MDM solution with collaborative and operational capabilities. InfoSphere MDM manages master data for single or multiple domains - customers, patients, citizens, suppliers, locations, products, services offerings, accounts and more - for improving application & business process effectiveness

    Informatica MDM solution delivers the market-leading foundation on which to build that trusted 360-degree view. Companies around the globe rely on Informatica MDM to give business users easy access to the data that drives their strategic decisions about cutting costs, increasing revenues, improving operations, reducing risk, and capitalizing on opportunities. As the industry’s only true end-to-end MDM solution, it incorporates data integration, data quality, data governance, business process management, and master data management on a single vendor-agnostic platform to ensure faster time-to-value.

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    Sample Customers
    L'Oreal S.A., Kingland Systems, Oncor, Farmaceuticos Maypo, Volkswagen Financial Services
    UPMC, Citrix
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company5%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Company Size
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise80%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise83%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Buyer's Guide
    Master Data Management (MDM) Software
    September 2022
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    IBM InfoSphere MDM is ranked 5th in Master Data Management (MDM) Software with 1 review while Informatica MDM is ranked 1st in Customer Data Integration with 16 reviews. IBM InfoSphere MDM is rated 8.0, while Informatica MDM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM InfoSphere MDM writes "Provides inbuilt data model and good matching engine". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Informatica MDM writes "A mature product that comes with a handy Provisioning tool and can be used for data deduplication purposes in any industry". IBM InfoSphere MDM is most compared with SAP Master Data Governance, Microsoft MDS, IBM Master Data Management on Cloud, TIBCO EBX and Informatica PIM, whereas Informatica MDM is most compared with SAP Master Data Governance, TIBCO EBX, Microsoft MDS, Stibo STEP MDM and Informatica PIM.

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