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Informatica Axon is #3 ranked solution in Data Governance tools. PeerSpot users give Informatica Axon an average rating of 8.2 out of 10. Informatica Axon is most commonly compared to Collibra Governance: Informatica Axon vs Collibra Governance. Informatica Axon is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 74% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 19% of all views.
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What is Informatica Axon?

What is Informatica Axon?

Informatica Axon is a data governance (DG) tool. Axon Data Governance is powerfully integrated with Informatica Data Quality and Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog to seamlessly deliver a robust collaborative data governance program to business and IT leaders. Business users can use this solution to easily create all of their key protocols, access all relevant data throughout the enterprise, and can see the quality of that data in real time. Users can characterize and discover data privacy and protection use cases, including compliance with such regulations as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Basel Committee of Banking Supervision (BSBS 239), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and more.

Informatica Axon Key Features

  • Democratize Data Access: Users’ governance teams develop already approved lists of governed data and can make them available to certain groups, teams, or individuals in the Axon Data Marketplace. The end user has a friendly graphic dashboard that will display all grouped data as well as some context concerning the available data. The dashboard will show who owns the data and whether they are able to access the data, and if not, will display the reasons why access will not be granted. If access is approved, users can access it immediately.

  • Analyze Data: Users have full transparency concerning the quality of their data and its fitness for the prescribed purpose. The integration of Axon Data Governance with Informatica Data Quality guarantees organizations are using trusted data. Additionally, users can capture cost and revenue to get a clear view of the effectiveness of the data governance program.

  • Improve Success: The solution lets users minimize complexities and potential risks across the business enterprise. Organizations can transition to becoming more cost-effective by identifying duplication and eliminating waste, enabling the delivery of more efficient projects with a lower failure rate. Organizations are able to allocate resources elsewhere and achieve higher output and productivity.

Informatica Axon Key Benefits

  • Improved Compliance: Users are easily able to report and prove consistent regulatory compliance standard adherence worldwide.

  • Trusted Data: Axon Data Governance ensures users a single source of truth throughout the entire organization. Users can be assured that all integral data-driven ventures, such as regulatory compliance, appropriate analytics, and customer experience, are secure and that every result will end with the appropriate desired result.

  • Streamline Processes: End users are able to access, find, and use data easily to immediately achieve the desired result without having to wait for hours and sometimes days or weeks for IT to approve access. Users can trust the data is accurate, trusted, and regulatory compliant.

Reviews from Real Users:

A Consulting Associate at a consultancy says, “Axon does one interesting thing that I don't think other tools do as well. It lets you rate data and incorporates Informatica's data quality feature into it. There are little indications and graphics that show you how good the data quality is, and you can drill into it to see where potential issues lie. Users can comment on the data, tag people, and ask questions or rate the data one to five based on their experience, which helps eliminate data silos. You have all your information right there, and it's easier for future users to know which data to draw from.”

A Data Architect at a retailer writes, “Everyone in the organization can view what is actually happening and what they could benefit from it. That's how collaborative data governance comes into the picture with Axon. It has got nice integrated quality dashboards as well.”

Informatica Axon was previously known as Axon, Diaku, Informatica Data Governance, Informatica Axon Data Governance.

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What users are saying about Informatica Axon pricing:
  • "Pricing is determined by the number of licensed users as well as the number of Core CPUs."
  • "You can purchase licenses for this solution at different intervals. For example, annually or every three years. They recently changed their terms for licensing and now it is more flexible."
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    VivekKumar1 - PeerSpot reviewer
    DG Consultant at Tieto Estonia
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    Top 20
    Flexible, with good auto-onboarding, but needs better technical support services
    Pros and Cons
    • "The feature of auto-onboarding of the assets, enterprise assets via EDC is good."
    • "The solution still is a bit manual in its functionality. We want t to be more automation-driven."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use it as an enterprise-level firewall. 

    What is most valuable?

    I have to incorporate my particular data, schema into Axon. I can do it in two to three ways. Either I have to do a bulk upload feature in Axon, and I have to create an Excel sheet and I have to incorporate all the columns, all the attributes, all the asset columns, and their definitions, and everything into the Excel sheet and then I have to upload it. That is a manual process, and an SME has to be required to accomplish that feature.

    The feature of auto-onboarding of the assets, enterprise assets via EDC is good. EDC will scan the data within the technical metadata, and then you can associate that technical metadata, and then Axon can consume that technical metadata and associate the business metadata to that technical metadata. Following some Axon systems, we have to create some systems to associate that technical metadata, as there has to be some logical hierarchy that has to be followed. It allows for some flexibility. You can have related features like policies, business glossaries, or maybe some regulatory compliance feature policies, et cetera, as well as governance.

    What needs improvement?

    If you have a DQ rule, data quality rule, on any particular subject area or any particular column, then one cannot create directly a rule in Axon. It has to ingest the technical tool we create in IDQ then into the Axon.

    Informatica Axon itself is not a very complete tool. It's highly dependent on Enterprise Data Catalog and IDQ. Blending data catalog and IDQ makes it complete. When I say blending, I mean in the sense they have internal plugins, internal listeners. Axon has internal listeners for reading EDC, as well as IDQ components. EDC is Enterprise Data Catalog, which's a metadata catalog from Informatica.

    I would like to have broader connectivity. Axon currently is limited. It cannot connect to any other application. It does not have any connectors for other applications. I want more applications to have connectivity to Axon. Axon should create more plugins for connecting to other applications, which are currently dominating the market.

    The solution still is a bit manual in its functionality. We want t to be more automation-driven.

    The solution needs to be more resilient.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been working with the solution for the last three years.

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Currently, what happens in a week or two, the server goes for a toss because Axon still uses PostgreSQL as its database. They have all the services and they, basically, fetch all the backend tables. All the tables are in the PostgreSQL database. That is also a kind of constraint for Axon as PostgreSQL nowadays is a solution that no one uses. That's why the server always goes for a toss and we have to restart the server. They have to make it more resilient. The resilience is missing. 

    For example, in EDC they have multiple nodes. When one node goes down, you can still use the backup node. You have to just configure it. In Axon, this does not work like that. They have to make it more vigilant instead of having to restart the cycle and again restart all the services, pre-configured services to get it up and running. That thing is a bit scary sometimes as, over in product staging and dev, it works, however, for production, if it goes down and we need our scanning and some processes running, then it's pretty tough.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support, nowadays, is a bit of a let-down. They will reply once you raise a ticket. They normally categorize their ticket as a P1, P2, or P3. A P1 ticket is for production for the first failure and the P2 and P3 are for normal failures. They reply promptly, however, the response is not very good. Earlier, GCS, Global customer support used to make sense and be helpful. However, nowadays, their quality of service is really going down. The person that comes to attend the ticket is often not very equipped, or not technically not very capable.

    Therefore, you need to have a regular follow-up. Normally what they do is not solve the problem. They will ask you, source this, the source that, and then send some kind of justification instead of trying to solve the issue. Sometimes the client is not technically equipped to answer their ticket. They want to see some logs which get embedded. They ask businesses for those logs. Then, the business has to log into Unix, find a particular folder, and access that backlog. These become a challenge for our business as there are not that many Unix-friendly people. In any case, it lengthens the process and draws out the resolution.. 

    What other advice do I have?

    When I started, I was using version 6.3 and now it's 7.2.

    The solution is on-prem in the sense that it's a web browser. It's browser-based so that you can use it on your desktop for unblocking your firewall. It's an enterprise firewall, you can deploy it. Since it's browser-based, it does not matter where the server is. The server can be on-prem and it can be deployed on an iPaaS service or other infrastructure at your service.

    Informatica has created the Axon brand in such a way that it's kind of an interesting strategy for them. Once you have Axon you cannot buy it as a standalone product. You will always have to buy IDQ and EDC. That's a sales strategy. However, they really need to improve on their customer support. I really would advise Informatica to work on support. They really need to catch up on this, and they really need to add more qualified engineers to their customer support team to meet the client's expectations.

    Overall, I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Fred_Scefi - PeerSpot reviewer
    Solutions Architect at Agile Technology Consulting
    Real User
    Top 20
    Feature-rich, data governance market leaders, and adequate technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "The dictionary, the search, and the ratings are without a doubt the most beneficial components of this solution."
    • "The main issue probably has nothing to do with end users, but installation can definitely be simplified."

    What is our primary use case?

    We essentially use Informatica Axon to set up a data governance framework for a corporation, usually a medium-sized or large organization.

    What is most valuable?

    The dictionary, the search, and the ratings are without a doubt the most beneficial components of this solution. 

    Socializing data governance is one of the examples, but I'm not sure what the others were. For instance, if you locate a specific data attribute, you can grade its accuracy by assigning it a star rating between 0 and 5. 

    When someone else conducts a search, they might discover whether employees at the company believe the data to be of high quality.

    In terms of additional features, I believe it is quite rich. As I previously stated, it is a fairly mature product.

    What needs improvement?

    The main issue probably has nothing to do with end users, but installation can definitely be simplified. Also, I believe that this is something that they are already working on it, but it needs to be provided as a service. 

    The Microsoft version, Purview, is now available as a cloud service, it must be provided as a service rather than just installation. You do not need to go through the installation, you literally create an account in five minutes. That is something they need to do. I believe that it is already something they are on working on, but I don't believe it has yet been released.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Over the past year, I have definitely used Informatica Axon.

    I have worked with Informatica Axon for two years.

    We are always working with the latest version.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Informatica Axon is a stable product.

    It's a fairly mature product. For many years, it has been the market leader.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Informatica Axon is a scalable solution.

    The smallest organization would have 500 users.

    Any of the multinational corporations could be the largest. It's quite pricey. 

    It is commonly used by large multinational corporations.

    It has two or three user interfaces, one for everyone in the organization, one for specific data analysts, and one for IT technical staff.

    How are customer service and support?

    Like many organizations, technical support responds quickly at times. It can take some time. It's about average, in my opinion. I wouldn't say it's particularly good or bad. It's average.

    I would rate the technical support a three and a half out of five.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Neutral

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

    I am just really familiar with Azure DevOps as a deployment technology.

    Some of the Azure services, such as Database and Purview, and Informatica tools, such as Axon, and Data Governance, are among the things I am familiar with.

    How was the initial setup?

    Informatica Professional Services should absolutely perform the installation due to its complexity. Additionally, training is required for end-client configuration. It is not something you can pick up and configure immediately.

    Although there is no cloud version of it yet, it can be deployed in the cloud as a virtual machine, or VM.

    Axon itself, you normally allow anywhere between five and ten days to conduct the installation configuration together, and that's not elapsed time. It normally takes a week to two weeks to install and configure an initial setup. This is elapsed time, not necessarily man hours. You will always need additional configuration to be done. Although the actual installation and configuration might be completed in a few weeks, getting it ready for use by the organization might take six months.

    What about the implementation team?

    We do not have a technical team. I was the person who deployed this solution.

    It was a challenge, but I did it for the POC.

    Informatica Professional Services was consulted when it came time for the client's actual installation.

    Axon can typically be present; the technical installation only requires one person, and a second data specialist is typically required for configuration. Normally two. Additional technical setup and data configuration are required.

    What was our ROI?

    It is definitely high if used properly, but many organizations spend all of the money and then fail to use it to its full potential. It is unquestionably a good investment if used properly.

    It depends on how the client uses it.

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

    Pricing is determined by the number of licensed users as well as the number of Core CPUs. 

    You can imagine how expensive it would be for a company with 10,000 users, but it all depends on how many analyst user licenses they require. 

    I believe there is a flat fee for the end user. 

    It is not expensive, but individual licenses are required for technical users, data analysts, data stewards, and the data governance team, which can add up if you have a large number of them.

    Different clients may have different licensing costs, but it is based on a yearly paid license. It is renewed every year. There is an initial licensing fee as well as an annual renewal fee.

    They are very expensive, and they charge a lot because they know they are number one. I would rate them a five out of five. Five being the most expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would definitely recommend it. If they can afford it. I strongly advise them to use it. But, before diving into Axon or any of the other governance tools, make sure they understand their data landscape thoroughly because the tool will not help them with that. They will fail if they do not have good data practices in place.

    I'm a freelancer, but the consultancy I went through is also independent, but they do have a partner relationship with Informatica, as they do with many vendors.

    I would rate Informatica Axon a nine out of ten.

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    On-premises
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    Data Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Flexible and stable with quality dashboards
    Pros and Cons
    • "The solution is stable."
    • "Right now, although they offer some templates, I would want more templates available to be imported."

    What is our primary use case?

    The solution is typically a bridge between business and IT. You use Axion as a tool for governance within the organization. The business people could use this tool to understand what information is being entered by IT. For example, if I'm an IT guy and if I'm using something called a column name or a table name which could be pretty technical out there, I just say, for example, BT_DT. I understand what BT_DT is, which, in this case, is birth date. That's the table name. However, the business side wouldn't really understand this. Therefore, I could actually tag BT_DT as birth date in Axon and I could relate it to this particular column and then the business side can use it from there. 

    Apart from that, you could define your data governance policies, your workflows, who's going to approve the data, who's going to use the data, and who should be consuming it. It can assure that data shouldn't get out of certain boundaries. 

    What is most valuable?

    What I like about Axon is that typically, with all tools, you will find that there are certain limitations when it comes to the user level. However, with Axon, the limitations are not there. You could have certain people getting into Axon and things like reading, writing, or editing the policies. However, apart from those people, everyone else in the organization can still view it, so it's not restricted. There are certain people who could just edit the tool or administer the tool. That said, everyone in the organization can view what is actually happening and what they could benefit from it. That's how collaborative data governance comes into the picture with Axon. 

    It has got nice integrated quality dashboards as well. 

    It has the BPMN enabled or BPMN compliant workflows embedded inside it, which is great.

    The solution is stable.

    It doesn't need too much memory. It's being used by the business as well as the IT guys in tandem. There is something called a Marketplace that is also available. Now, when you publish something, it's is available for all the consumers out there to use within the organization. 

    What needs improvement?

    If I wanted to improve something, it would be the way we import or the way we design the policies. Right now, although they offer some templates, I would want more templates available to be imported.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for two years or so.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable. there are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    When you talk about scalability, this is not a very, very heavy tool. It is a tool that is typically going to fetch all the data and everything from the governance perspective. It's not actually a memory-hogging application as such.

    In my previous company, there were about 100 uses on the solution.

    How are customer service and support?

    With Informatica technical support has never been a problem. They are fantastic. If you reach out to them and raise a case, they get onto it very quickly.

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

    We previously used an in-house solution. We did not use a different third-party solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is okay if you follow the steps that they have provided in the guide. If a new user does that, that should be fine, however, you need a dedicated person to do that. You cannot just click through. There are various components to it. You need a specialist to do that. That said, the guides are pretty comprehensive. If you follow those, that should be fine.

    In our environment, the setup was done within a day's time or a few hours - maybe four to five hours.

    What about the implementation team?

    You need knowledge of the underlying components, such as Linux, or your big data environment, et cetera. That's where specialists can be brought in. It's recommended you take advantage of them if you can.

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

    The license is a yearly one that can be renewed for a consecutive year. You can actually go with a three-year license as well, which will give you a better discount.

    What other advice do I have?

    While our deployment is on-premise, you can deploy it on any cloud of your choice.

    I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

    I would recommend the solution to other users and organizations.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Prasun-Nesu - PeerSpot reviewer
    General Manager/Data Lead at Maersk
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    It has a marketplace that allows you to showcase all the assets the data owner has
    Pros and Cons
    • "Axon has a marketplace that allows you to showcase all the assets the data owner has, so they can request access. That's one feature we use extensively. Axon also offers great visibility and intuitive searchability, allowing you to easily search data assets. You can check the lineage and see the work EDC does. EDC handles all the classification, cataloging, and lineage. It's integrated with Axon, and anyone can see that."
    • "Though EDC has maximum coverage, a few things were not available to scan, but I think EDC is evolving to address this issue."

    What is our primary use case?

    Axon is a platform that lets everyone see all the data assets, business glossaries, lineage, catalog, classification, etc., but the real activities are being done on EDC.

    We have only been using Axon for a short time in my organization, and we are decommissioning it, but I used the solution at my previous organization for data governance projects. Data owners, software developers, and architects all access the solution. In total, we have around 150 to 200 users on it. 

    What is most valuable?

    Axon has a marketplace that allows you to showcase all the assets the data owner has, so they can request access. That's one feature we use extensively.  Axon also offers great visibility and intuitive searchability, allowing you to easily search data assets. You can check the lineage and see the work EDC does. EDC handles all the classification, cataloging, and lineage. It's integrated with Axon, and anyone can see that.

    What needs improvement?

    Though EDC has maximum coverage, a few things were not available to scan, but I think EDC is evolving to address this issue.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working on Informatica EDC and Axon for nine months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Axon is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Scaling isn't a problem. It depends on how the implementation is done. Kafka is scalable If the implementation has an image, and it would definitely be scalable on the cloud. We run Axon on our private cloud instead of a Kubernetes cluster. If we wanted to implement it on Kubernetes, we could scale it easily. 

    How are customer service and support?

    I rate Informatica support eight out of 10. 

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

    We tried an open-source solution, but we stopped it midway through the project and adopted EDC and Axon. We also started using Atlas and Ranger.

    How was the initial setup?

    Setting up Axon wasn't too complicated. One to three people were involved. It took about three months to implement the solution and onboard various data assets. It was a continuous process, which means we were onboarding new assets as soon as we got them. After deployment, we only need one person for maintenance. They handle this in addition to some other responsibilities.

    What was our ROI?

    I can't give an ROI measured in dollars, but we see qualitative benefits. You gain the confidence of our customers because they know their data is secure and only accessible to those with authorization. Data quality is improving. We are gaining our customers' confidence, and they rely on us for data classification.  

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

    EDC comes with an Enterprise Licensing Agreement, whereas Axon is a yearly subscription. That is an expensive affair. I don't know the exact cost because the asset management team handles that. We only tell them how many licenses to get.  The administrator who manages the platform distributes the licenses, and we provide them to data owners who are making policy changes.

    Axon is sold separately, and it's subscription-based. Usually, EDC is included in a big data package as an enterprise license. It would be nice if EDC and Axon could be bundled in one enterprise license.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Every tool is evolving. New technology platforms and applications are coming out all the time, like Databricks, Scala, IBM Db2, z/OS, etc. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Informatica Axon eight out of 10. It's a leading solution in the data governance segment. If you're looking for a quick and easy implementation, I recommend Informatica EDC and Axon.

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    There are little indications and graphics that show you how good the data quality is, and you can drill into it to see where potential issues lie.
    Pros and Cons
    • "Axon does one interesting thing that I don't think other tools do as well. It lets you rate data and incorporates Informatica's data quality feature into it. There are little indications and graphics that show you how good the data quality is, and you can drill into it to see where potential issues lie."
    • "The cloud version of Axon is far behind the on-prem, and many of my clients want to go fully to the cloud. However, Axon has to be an on-prem installation. I would like to see their cloud products catch up with their on-prem capabilities."

    What is our primary use case?

    The organizations I work with often have trouble getting buy-in from business users and understanding how data governance relates to them or where the data lineage is. We use Axon in two key areas. 

    The first is automating data governance processes, policies, and roles in terms of data stewards, data owners, etc. Those process flow charts are typically stored in a PowerPoint, Excel, or board document. Everyone involved in data governance would have to send emails manually and such. Axon allows them to automate all that. So if there's a data owner that needs to update a definition, a request that needs to be flagged, or a data quality error, all that is embedded into the Axon system. That's one reason our clients go with it. 

    The use case is embedding the data or the business glossary into the day-to-day workflow. For example, we could integrate it with Tableau. When people are looking at a Tableau report, they understand exactly what the data lineage is and where this data is coming from. They'll also know exactly what those business glossary terms mean, so they can more accurately interpret and analyze the report.

    What is most valuable?

    Axon does one interesting thing that I don't think other tools do as well. It lets you rate data and incorporates Informatica's data quality feature into it. There are little indications and graphics that show you how good the data quality is, and you can drill into it to see where potential issues lie. 

    Users can comment on the data, tag people, and ask questions or rate the data one to five based on their experience, which helps eliminate data silos. You have all your information right there, and it's easier for future users to know which data to draw from.

    What needs improvement?

    The cloud version of Axon is far behind the on-prem, and many of my clients want to go fully to the cloud. However, Axon has to be an on-prem installation. I would like to see their cloud products catch up with their on-prem capabilities. 

    I would like to see Informatica add more automation and AI. Some of that is already there, but it would be helpful to have some automation to speed up the process of manually tagging and moving components of your IT setup into your business glossary and the front end.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We started our first Axon implementation at one of our clients in the fall of 2021. Two of my other clients are about to purchase the technology and start using it.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Axon is stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Axon is scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    Informatica support has been good. These data governance and metadata products are some of the newer products on the market technology-wise, so I've been impressed with their responsiveness and the tool's maturity.

    How was the initial setup?

    Installing Axon is straightforward. If the cloud version were more robust it would be easier, but it's just fine for the on-prem solution. Two people should be enough to deploy and support it. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Informatica Axon nine out of 10. If you're planning to implement Axon, I recommend having an identified data governance lead. I think the most difficult part of implementing this is getting your people and processes aligned, so you know what you're putting into the system. Having a clear data governance manager is the most helpful data governance practice for an organization.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud
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    If you have an Informatica installation already, be it IDQ or Informatica MDM, then Axon is the right choice
    Pros and Cons
    • "The features that I have found most valuable are, first of all, that it comes as part of this whole bundle of Informatica tools. So if you've been implementing Informatica MDM across a business, you'd often find it comes with it. It's been thrown in as a sweetener. The adoption of it is often the challenge because as part of your MDM project, governance is seen as something beyond the MDM and is often restrictive. So this tool actually, for the first time, when you talk to data governance teams, gives a holistic view of what a data governance team can do with this tool."
    • "In terms of what could be improved, they need to create a rules repository. Business rules for the attributes that you have, keeping them in that central repository, and governance of them is something which Axon is lacking a bit. The Informatica Data Quality tool actually caters to that, so that's probably why they have not built that up in the Axon, but it is definitely something that can be built in to this product, as well."

    What is most valuable?

    The features that I have found most valuable are, first of all, that it comes as part of this whole bundle of Informatica tools. So if you've been implementing Informatica MDM across a business, you'd often find it comes with it. It's been thrown in as a sweetener. The adoption of it is often the challenge because as part of your MDM project, governance is seen as something beyond the MDM and is often restrictive. So this tool actually, for the first time, when you talk to data governance teams, gives a holistic view of what a data governance team can do with this tool.

    Collecting a knowledge repository, creating a business glossary and visualizing the data lineage are quite fundamental as part of your data governance team's work. Once they see it in Axon, it becomes relatively easy for them to visualize what they have to do. Otherwise, it is often a challenge for them to grasp what their role is and what are they supposed to do. Informatica Axon provides that visualization which helps a lot.

    What needs improvement?

    In terms of what could be improved, they need to create a rules repository. Business rules for the attributes that you have, keeping them in that central repository, and governance of them is something which Axon is lacking a bit. The Informatica Data Quality tool actually caters to that, so that's probably why they have not built that up in the Axon, but it is definitely something that can be built in to this product, as well.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Informatica Axon for about four years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Informatica Axon is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Informatica Axon is scalable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have had experience with their technical support. It is definitely there, as in it's quite robust and is a mature tool. You do get enough technical support from Infomatica while implementing it.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is purely straightforward.

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

    In terms of price, Informatica products are all a bit pricier than the rest of the market. But if you want to go for products from that stable, I think you'll have to pay a price.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you have an Informatica installation already, be it IDQ or Informatica MDM, then Axon is the right choice. It's a no-brainer to have Axon.

    On a scale of one to ten, I would give Informatica Axon an eight.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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    Sunil Gotoor - PeerSpot reviewer
    Owner at Softpath System, LLC
    Real User
    Top 5
    Flexible licensing model, simple install, and helpful support
    Pros and Cons
    • "The solution allows the complete governance process, starting from the data quality, those definitions, and it can get the data quality in the EDC."
    • "I would like to see more API integration to have the capability to build a report using other third party reporting tools to streamline the operation."

    What is our primary use case?

    Some of my clients use it as a front end tool for the data quality governing process.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution allows the complete governance process, starting from the data quality, those definitions, and it can get the data quality in the EDC.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see more API integration to have the capability to build a report using other third party reporting tools allowing things to be streamlined.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for one year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is a stable solution, we do not see any kind of issues. When we do find issues we have to go to Informatica to get help, I would say it is not completely matured.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support is very good, they have resolved any issue we have had.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation is simple.

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

    You can purchase licenses for this solution at different intervals. For example, annually or every three years. They recently changed their terms for licensing and now it is more flexible.

    What other advice do I have?

    When choosing this solution you need to identify a path by asking yourself a few questions. Where are we going to start? What are the sources? What are the business pain points in terms of the data governance process?  Are you looking for metrics in terms of streamlining the whole process? Are we looking mainly in the bigger lineage? Are we looking to build reference data? We need to identify those areas and prioritize what is more important. Start small and then eventually add more sources, do not commit too much at the beginning you will not be able to be successful. Start thinking in terms of what are the business pain points currently. What would be the first result that you feel would make the business happier and then adjust accordingly, you can build on it further later.

    I rate Informatica Axon a nine out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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