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SAP Data Services vs. SAP Information Steward
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about SAP Data Services vs. SAP Information Steward and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"I like how SAP Data Services links reporting and data integration. That's what's most interesting. You also have the opportunity to leverage the power of the Data Services server.""You can always manipulate a lot of things as long as you have the skill level.""I appreciate having access to the SAP data.""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.""We can extract data at a table level, extract data at the ETL level, and we can extract data at an ODP level.""Data Services' table comparison mechanism is very powerful. It's pretty hard to find a similar feature in other solutions.""The basic functionality is quite good as is the basic logic and data information.""The BA reporting tools, such as Data Services, and ETL tool in SAP Data Services are the most valuable. When we had in-memory requirements, we used HANA. HANA is most preferably for most the customers for in-memory. SAP is the first company that created the in-memory concept."

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"The solution is very fast.""Ability to collect information, monitor user access and to plan storage capacity.""Data insight is the most valuable feature.""Initial setup was straightforward.""The Data Cleansing and the scorecard dashboard are very valuable. Additionally, the financial aspect of SAP Information Steward is very good. When a rule is incorrect then it will show how much is it costing the business. These features are very valuable.""Very easy to deploy.""The data profiling was excellent, as was the ease of generating the dashboards.""Setup is straightforward."

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"At the integration level, there could be certain set of improvement to connect to various other systems.""The migration of the solution between different environments is quite complex.""It would be nice if this solution was a bit easier to move from development to production.""I want some more business intelligence applications. People need to know more and more about data, including the transformation rules, etc. Informatica is a better product for data cataloging. SAP should update the data catalog.""It's an ETL that is very good with relational databases but not as good with files and semi-structured files.""They could make it easier to work with web services.""Source code control is another headache. When your source code base gets too large, managing the source code becomes cumbersome.""Data Services SAP is lacking in sources and target databases compared to Informatica. SAP Data Services should have more connectivity."

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"Granularity could be reduced from an application level to the object level.""Support team is not very responsive.""Performance could be improved.""The user experience of metapedia could be improved.""The solution could improve by incorporating other applications, such as Power BI to show more visualization. More interaction with other solutions would be a good benefit.""Needs to be more powerful on rules.""We'd like to see some manipulation techniques included in SAP Information Steward.""A problem with the solution is that it does not allow us to review the results of Information Stewards for other analogies."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its pricing is as per the enterprise agreement and not a concern for us."
  • "The price is very reasonable."
  • "There is a one time purchase fee plus annual maintenance."
  • "The price of SAP Data Services is a little high when compared to other solutions. Due to the pricing and capabilities, many clients are switching to other solutions."
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  • "I do not know if there were additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees."
  • "SAP Information Steward is an expensive solution compared to others."
  • "A bit pricey, and better tools are available for a lower price."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the ETL functionality.
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer:Ability to collect information, monitor user access and to plan storage capacity.
    Top Answer:As a value proposition, the solution is an expensive one but the benefits of having it as a cost-benefit analysis to prevent intrusion, breaches, inappropriate access, is warranted. So I would venture… more »
    Top Answer:I would like to see the granularity of the configuration reduced from a global or an application level to the object level, together with the ability to archive data retention and make reporting and… more »
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    Also Known As
    SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator, BusinessObjects Data Integrator
    Information Steward, SAP Data Insight
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    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.

    Monitor, analyze, and improve data integrity with SAP Information Steward software.  Combine data profiling and metadata management tools for continuous insight into the quality of enterprise information to optimize processes, and enhance operational, analytical, and data governance initiatives.

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    Sample Customers
    EMC Corporation, LivePerson, Eldorado, Mozzart, The VELUX Group, AOK Bundesverband, Hilti Group, Nissha Printing Company Ltd., Asian Paints, Aareal Bank Group, Migros Group
    American Water, Graphic Packaging International, OSRAM Licht AG, Maxim Integrated
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Religious Institution7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Company Size
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Buyer's Guide
    SAP Data Services vs. SAP Information Steward
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP Data Services vs. SAP Information Steward and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,548 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    SAP Data Services is ranked 1st in Data Quality with 9 reviews while SAP Information Steward is ranked 3rd in Data Quality with 8 reviews. SAP Data Services is rated 8.0, while SAP Information Steward is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of SAP Data Services writes "It's a powerful tool that does a lot, but it has its annoyances". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Information Steward writes "Good for reporting and analysis purposes but not helpful for data transformation". SAP Data Services is most compared with Azure Data Factory, SSIS, Informatica PowerCenter and SAP Process Orchestration, whereas SAP Information Steward is most compared with SAP Data Quality Management, Informatica Data Quality, SAP Data Hub, SAP PowerDesigner and Collibra Catalog. See our SAP Data Services vs. SAP Information Steward report.

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