Informatica PowerCenter maximizes the business value of data. PowerCenter is a unified enterprise data integration platform for accessing, discovering, and integrating data from virtually any business system, in any format.
Which features does Informatica PowerCenter support?
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Review of PowerCenter in our survey (partial results)
- Basic functionality
- Future Prospects
"Particularly in terms of access to application packages and the more obscure data sources PowerCenter does not an excellent job. Although these data sources are less and less used so the question is how big an issue this is, clearly the problem can be solved by using a product like iWay, but is that the intention?" Read more in our 100% vendor neutral ETL Tools & Data Integration Survey.
Information from the vendor
Traditionally seen as the market leader
Informatica’s PowerCenter is traditionally seen as the market leader together with IBM’s Information Server. Informatica is a pure data integration company concentrating on various kinds of data integration like consolidation, synchronization, migration and data warehousing. Their product is constantly being enhanced both by their own developments and by technology they acquire by buying other software companies.
Under more and more pressure
As probably the largest player in the ETL/Data Integration marketplace Informatica are under more and more pressure from both the database suppliers and the BI suppliers in the data warehousing business, which is good at least for their customers who benefit from the product improvements and the new features which they add to stay competitive. This very broad range of functionality makes them difficult to compare to other products, they have so much functionality that we question if it is all necessary.
This gives them a high rating on functionality, but their product appears to have been designed for the expert IT user making it difficult to use for less IT oriented people. PowerCenter is an engine-based ETL tool that supports all of the tasks that are essential for data integration. It was one of the first ETL tools to recognize that reusability is an important issue, to ensure, for example, that the definition of product prices is the same throughout the ETL process. This is supported by letting the developer define maplets, reusable components.
Informatica is realizing its new conceptual framework called “intelligent data platform”. The reference architecture will be generally available end of 2014 / start of 2015.
For more information: informatica.com.
“The newest version of the product has improved…”
Rick van der Linden, senior analyst and co-author of the ETL Tools & Data Integration Survey said about PowerCenter: “The newest version of the product (release 9.5) has improved on a number of weaker areas. The areas where it is surprisingly weak for a product that has dominated the market for so long are ease-of-use and connectivity.” Find out more and order now the ETL Tools & Data Integration Survey 2017.
100% vendor independent research
In the ETL Tools & Data Integration Survey 2017 you’ll find the list of ETL tools in the market, including for each ETL solution an expert review, many comparison graphs and a comparison matrix with all the details of PowerCenter.