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IBM InfoSphere Information Server is #9 ranked solution in top Metadata Management tools and #42 ranked solution in top Data Integration Tools. PeerSpot users give IBM InfoSphere Information Server an average rating of 8 out of 10. IBM InfoSphere Information Server is most commonly compared to IBM InfoSphere DataStage: IBM InfoSphere Information Server vs IBM InfoSphere DataStage. IBM InfoSphere Information Server is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 72% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 27% of all views.
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What is IBM InfoSphere Information Server?
IBM InfoSphere Information Server is a market-leading data integration platform which includes a family of products that enable you to understand, cleanse, monitor, transform, and deliver data, as well as to collaborate to bridge the gap between business and IT. InfoSphere Information Server provides massively parallel processing (MPP) capabilities to deliver a highly scalable and flexible integration platform that handles a variety of data volumes (big, small, and everything in between).

IBM InfoSphere Information Server was previously known as InfoSphere Information Server, IBM Information Server.

IBM InfoSphere Information Server Customers
Canadian National Railway Company, Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, Swedish Armed Forces, BG RCI, Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd., University of Arizona, Biogrid Australia
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Developer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Has good integration with different technologies but its support needs improvement

What is most valuable?

The integration with different technologies is the most valuable feature. 

What needs improvement?

Their technical support needs improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for around six months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. 
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What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a seven out of ten. It's a reliable solution. Not a ten because it's not as user friendly as other solutions.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Data Analytics Architect at Covenant Technology Partners LLC
Real User
Improves efficiency through significant time reductions in ETL tasks

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for enterprise-level Data Integration.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has reduced the time it takes for ETL. We took an existing Teradata ETL application from three days to eight minutes.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the Parallel Extender.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have a server version of this solution.

This solution would benefit from the engine being made more lightweight.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for fifteen years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is extremely flexible and scalable.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Bob Edis - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Consultant
It provided us with data connections and partitioning, but don't run it on Unix if the primary database is a SQL Server.

Valuable Features

  • Data connections
  • Data partitioning
  • Flexibility
  • Performance

Improvements to My Organization

No improvements to the organization have been noticed so far.

Room for Improvement

  • Reporting
  • Training
  • GUI for developers - wizards would be very useful

Use of Solution

I've used it over seven years in various versions.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

It's poor.

Technical Support:

It's fair.

Initial Setup

It was medium complexity as there are many options available, and you need to know the license limitations.

Implementation Team

We used an IBM partner who were good.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Look at TCO not just the sticker price. Don't run on Unix if the primary database is a SQL Server.

Other Solutions Considered

No other options were evaluated.

Other Advice

  1. Read
  2. Try
  3. Ask
  4. Repeat
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're an IBM partner.
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Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Ideal tool for Datawarehouse and Data Integration projects

Valuable Features

Implementing SCD using SCD stage or Change Capture. RCP and Multiple instance jobs. Handling partitioned databases. Bulk loads Parameter sets.

Improvements to My Organization

Reduces the loading and development time for Datawarehouse ETL. Makes it easy for coding Complex business rules.

Room for Improvement

Better Index handling in connector stage with different loading patterns. Heavy use of scratch disk which sometimes leads to failure.

Use of Solution

9 years

Deployment Issues

I have seen issues with an Enterprise stage to connector stage migration

Stability Issues

The only issue I have seen is job locks (It depends on the internet speed).

Scalability Issues

No

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: It is excellent.Technical Support: It is excellent.

Initial Setup

Medium

Implementation Team

We implemented it in house.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user5589 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Architecture/Design at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Vendor
Supporting Data Governance

One of the selling points of the IBM InfoSphere data management suite is that its modules share the “XMETA repository” (a common metadata repository). This is useful in supporting two key data governance functions: data lineage reporting and the linking of metadata assets to business term definitions. Its 2005 acquisition of Ascential Software Corporation provided IBM with most of the modules it would later use in InfoSphere. IBM has invested considerable effort in integrating those modules with data management products acquired elsewhere as well as ones they developed. Their integration has been fairly successful, but in some cases  they were forced to design “bridges” between modules which have separate repositories (e.g., Metadata Workbench and Information Analyzer). Therefore, it is important to understand the structure of InfoSphere’s various repositories when designing your data management platform.

The following list of modules is an example of only one of the possible ways to combine IBM products to support a data governance program.

  • INFOSPHERE METADATA WORKBENCH

Metadata Workbench can be used by administrators to maintain the XMETA repository. In addition, it also functions as the user interface for displaying data lineage (after the repository is populated with metadata assets). With their release of Infosphere 8.7, IBM introduced Metadata Asset Manager (IMAM), a new suite function. This was a considerable improvement over the original import/export functions. After some initial implementation difficulties, IMAM has proved useful in implementation of the Metadata SDLC. Metadata Workbench also allows the linking of metadata assets (e.g., column names) to business term definitions (see Business Glossary).

  • INFOSPHERE BUSINESS GLOSSARY

Business Glossary uses the XMETA repository. Note that there are other IBM glossary products (particularly in the Rational suite) that are not integrated with the InfoSphere product. It is also important to keep in mind that the repository is empty when the “Information Server” (the InfoSphere platform) is built. The glossary is structured in a user-defined searchable hierarchy. A formal workflow can be constructed within the product to secure the maintenance of both hierarchies and the definitions to authorized users. Although Information Server is LDAP compliant, some modules, especially Business Glossary, may require additional user setup to implement some user roles.

  • BUSINESS GLOSSARY ANYWHERE

Business Glossary Anywhere is a Windows workstation client that first requires the end user to supply an Information Server user ID when starting the client on the workstation. Using key sequences or a simple right mouse click, the user invokes the client to begin a search of the Business Glossary by entering criteria into a search text box or by selecting a word or phrase from a document displayed on the workstation. Almost any document type can be employed (HTML, text, BI reports and dashboards, etc.).

  • INFOSPHERE DATA ARCHITECT

Data Architect is IBM’s data modeling tool. Models at all levels (conceptual, logical, or physical) contain metadata (and, indeed, are themselves metadata assets) that are stored in the XMETA repository. Whenever a user’s SDLC calls for change control at the model level, the XMETA repository will reflect updates to the production models. If change control is handled in the database directly, Data Architect allows the user to reverse engineer tables to update the XMETA repository.

  • INFOSPHERE DATASTAGE

Datastage is the IBM ETL system. All Datastage jobs contain metadata assets that will be stored in the XMETA repository. If Datastage jobs are used to transport data from an OLTP database to a data warehouse, then that transport will  appear in lineage reports. In an Inmon architecture, then Datastage should also be used to transport the data from the enterprise data warehouse to the data marts. If external data is brought on board to the OLTP using Datastage (possibly as a web service call), the lineage reporting will also include that transport.

  • INFOSPHERE QUALITYSTAGE

Qualitystage’s purpose is to perform data cleansing operations. As the functionality of Qualitystage jobs are built on the Datastage model, the XMETA repository also serves as its metadata storage. An optional module, it should be implemented either by a data governance directive or to serve as part of an MDM program to be of use.

  • INFOSPHERE INFORMATION ANALYZER

Used for data profiling, Information Analyzer does not use  XMETA.  Instead, Information Analyzer stores information in “IADB”, its own repository. It enables information from IADB to be imported into Xmeta. Like Qualitystage, Information Analyzer is optional, and, ideally, it also requires either a data governance directive or to serve as part of an MDM program.

  • COGNOS

Cognos is IBM’s business intelligence tool. We can bridge between its repository and the InfoSphere Business Glossary, allowing it to complete the lineage reporting from the database through the Cognos abstraction layer, and to the report asset.

Reporting capabilities from data management products have been traditionally dreadful and InfoSphere is really no exception.  While recent versions have made improvements, especially in data lineage reporting, there is vast room for improvement.  I have suggested to IBM that I would like to see the schemas published for both XMETA and IADB. In an organization that also owns (or is buying) Cognos, I would further suggest that it should be possible to define a data management datamart which would leave the actual report design (or other BI artifact) to the discretion of the user’s BI development staff.  This would relieve IBM from trying to improve the reporting capability and get back to integrating the products more fully.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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