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Ab Initio
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1995
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(201-500 employees)
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"Organized and Excellent “Training Wheels” for Configurations"

What do you like best?

The software is user friendly and a great way for different departments to collaborate on different aspects of a dataset configuration while keeping a “paper trail”. It allows people with limited programming experience to create queries/configurations that may be saved and made available to others for testing.

What do you dislike?

Wish for a more customized reference guide for the way our organization uses it, focusing on just the modules we use in detail.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get contact info for support people so yo can email them directly with questions

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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"An initio - for really huge data"

What do you like best?

It really works well with million and billions of records .. it’s parallelism techniques are outstanding

What do you dislike?

It’s costly. That’s the only drawback

No help is available online for new user .

Recommendations to others considering the product:

When time is important and money isn’t a issue .. this is the tool

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When time is important and you want report out of millions of records every morning .

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Insurance
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"An Initio review from a newbie"

What do you like best?

That it’s much better than our old way of doing a similar process.

What do you dislike?

As someone that is still learning, it’s not that I dislike anything in particular, but rather that I’m not familiar enough or don’t understand they “why” behind it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company processes a TON of data and our old way of doing so was pretty much archaic. An Initio allows us to be much more efficient.

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"Better than informatica"

What do you like best?

It has excellent features and compatible with all big data components.

What do you dislike?

It has less usability at integration area also it has less advantages at data quality filters.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Please concentrate more on data quality filters

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data migration from legacy to modern systems

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"Very likely"

What do you like best?

Quick to learn and ease of use. Best solution for ETL solution.

What do you dislike?

Expensive but still worth to use this tool the. Any other tool

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Please use this tool for ETL solution.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

ETL solutions

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"Nice tool"

What do you like best?

Ab initio tool is easy to use. It is really really fast

What do you dislike?

It is not open source and the knowledge on i ternet is very less

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data problems

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"Best ETL tool in the market"

What do you like best?

Great features , involves less coding , lots of readily available functions . Fastest. Great product support

What do you dislike?

It is expensive still it hangs very frequently. Certain components respond slowly for example filter by expression causes my abinitio application to slow down or non responsive

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data warehousing, easy integration with rDBMS . Very fast $

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"Best ETL tool of you have the budget"

What do you like best?

Unix-based independent os of the tool makes it much faster than most of the ETL tools. Compatibily with all types of sources and reporting tools is good. Better at handling huge volume of data warehouses

What do you dislike?

Cost too high - a long term investment meant for large size organizations

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing and maintenance of a data warehouse

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"The best comes at a cost!"

What do you like best?

Ab Initio markets a variety of products that help in Data Integration, Data Management, Data Validation and Profiling. The most widely used products of Ab Initio are the GDE (Graphical Development Environment or the UI), the EME (Enterprise Meta Environment) and the Co Operating System (the brain, engine of tool). This review will concentrate mainly on these 3 products ffered by Ab Initio. The Ab Initio GDE provides a wide range of components that help in extracting data from any source (database, file, webservice, etc) transforming data and loading data into any target. Error handling and logging comes as a part of each component and can be modified as er user preference. The EME is the repository and provides version control and helps in dependency analysis (a concept where we can identify the impact of a code change across your project). The Co Operating system is the core or the compiler or the engine that runs the code developed in the Ab Initio GDE. The best feature of the Ab Initio tool is its ability to parallel process and the speed of processing volumes of data. The tool creates a Unix script behind the scene that can be wrapper and deployed as a job. The latest version of the tool comes with Big Data connectivity and can run Map/Reduce jobs as well. The transformations within Ab Initio are easy to write and have the drag-n-drop facility making it more intuitive. Anything and everything is possible in Ab Initio when it comes to extracting, transforming and loading data (and I can say this with confidence since I am using the tool for 8 years). Ab Initio also offers a product called Conduct It which helps in scheduling and running the code developed. Ab Initio offers continuous flows where jobs can be run continuously reading and transforming data real time. Such requirements are highly used in the telecom and banking domains to process real time transactions. Overall, Ab Initio is a highly scalable ETL tool that can be used to handle all the data related needs of an organization.

What do you dislike?

Well, all the cool things that Ab Initio offers come at a huge cost. Every product (GDE, EME, Co Op, Conduct It) comes under a license per user. The organization investing in Ab Initio would have to equally invest in hardware to make optimum use of the product.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Ab Initio mainly for legacy modernization and data integration. I have seen customers use Ab Initio for data profiling, data cleansing and scrubbing. Ab Initio basically can solve any data driven challenges of an organization with speed and high accuracy.

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"Ab Initio dev "

What do you like best?

Ab Initio is really fast for huge amount of data

What do you dislike?

It’s costly and there is no open help available

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If time is important and client is ok with cost then this is the best tool

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When time is important

It gives result fast for millions of records

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"Very good for Active data warehouse"

What do you like best?

Features of-course, very effective for high volume data loads.

What do you dislike?

To extract maximum output one should be good in UNIX.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very reliable and most useful for active data warehouse environment.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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Ab Initio User Ratings

8.6
Ease of Use
Average: 8.4*
8.3
Quality of Support
Average: 8.5*
9.2
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.4*
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