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Metadata Management
September 2022
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Manoj Narayanan - PeerSpot reviewer
Practice Director - Digital & Analytics Practice at HCL Technologies
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Great metadata management with more visibility and great technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "The metadata management of Informatica is great."
  • "It is not easy to set up and configure the tool."

What is our primary use case?

I use the solution for enterprise-wide data discovery and traceability, providing business context to data and collaboration between different stakeholders of data.

My organization, being a service provider, uses the product to develop domain PoCs, customer PoCs, develop data management and governance use cases, etc. The major issue with enterprises are the ability to quickly develop an MVP and showcase it to business and other data users for greater buy-in. This is important as these are new technologies - and hence, users might not easily adopt.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization is a service provider as compared to an end-user. We have helped multiple organizations onboard onto data management using these technologies. 

It has improved different areas for different enterprises, including the improvement in overall business outcome and business experience, imbibing a data-driven culture, having easy availability of the right and relevant data, allowing for better compliance to regulations, and providing greater data quality and privacy management.

It has also improved overall time to service data requests such as DSAR requests.

What is most valuable?

The metadata management of Informatica is great. When an organization uses developer for data integration, IDQ for Data Quality, EDC for Data Catalog, Axon for Business Glossary, DPM for data privacy management etc., Informatica tools integrate metadata from all these tools seamlessly. The advantage is getting a complete view of your enterprise data through business and data lineage - as it not only provides you with pure data lineage but also associates related data quality measures, data protection levels, etc.

What needs improvement?

Additional metadata harvesters from different major tools can be an added advantage. Informatica provides some smart connectors for harvesting metadata from some of the industry tools. That said, this can be improved a lot more.

Overall, the toolsets are really good.

Installation and configuration can be another area where Informatica can improvise a bit. It is not easy to set up and configure the tool. A proper step by step guide to ensure this process goes smooth can be a huge advantage for end customers.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for more than six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is excellent.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is excellent.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support is good.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Most of our customers were using excel and email-based communication for data access. These new-age solutions improve efficiency ten times or more.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not very straightforward. This is an area of improvement.

What about the implementation team?

We, being a service provider, have implemented and configured the setup on our own.

What was our ROI?

ROI depends on the buy-in from businesses and overall adoption rates. There is a huge amount of change management and change strategy that needs to be in place to ensure users are adopting the new tools/technology.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Informatica has good pricing options and a good professional services team who can help with setup/configuration.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are other competing good products such as Collibra, Azure Purview, Erwin, IBM CP4D, and more. All have their strengths and weaknesses.

What other advice do I have?

If you are an Informatica shop, there is no need to think twice to opt for an Informatica-based Data Management product suit.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Gil Sabado - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Data Architect at ManuLife Financial
Real User
Difficult to operate, long process to publish, but scalable
Pros and Cons
  • "The initial setup was very easy."
  • "I have found the solution not easy to use. When publishing you have to download the HTML, make adjustments against the updated HTML, convert it to HTML, then finally paste the HTML. There is not an on-the-fly function available to bypass the step-by-step converting process that other solutions have."

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution for architecture management.

What needs improvement?

I have found the solution not easy to use. When publishing you have to download the HTML, make adjustments against the updated HTML, convert it to HTML, then finally paste the HTML. There is not an on-the-fly function available to bypass the step-by-step converting process that other solutions have.

The versioning system could be improved. We have to identify the connections and there are lots of limits in certain areas, such as the JDBC driver. I do not have a computer able to do the versioning system because we do not have a database to use. We do not have the budget for that. They should use something, such as GitHub, it would be helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sometimes the server goes down and I am not able to use the tools. The solution could be more stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution scalability is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated erwin, it has some enhanced features, such as easy publishing.

What other advice do I have?

We plan to migrate to erwin solution in the near future. I would not recommend it.

I rate SAP PowerDesigner a five out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Buyer's Guide
Metadata Management
September 2022
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