IBM InfoSphere Information Server Reviews & Product Details

IBM InfoSphere Information Server Overview

What is IBM InfoSphere Information Server?

Better understand your data and cleanse, monitor, transform and deliver it. Build confidence in your data Delivers clean, consistent and timely information for your data warehouses or big data projects and applications. Create a flexible governance strategy Helps you adapt a data governance strategy to suit your organizational objectives, while shaping business information in unique ways to meet your needs. Modernize and consolidate your systems Enables you to consolidate applications, retire outdated databases and modernize your infrastructure, as well as automate business processes for improved cost savings. Connect business and IT Provides a unified platform that enables collaboration, which can help you bridge the gap between business and IT and align objectives.

IBM InfoSphere Information Server Details
Product Description

IBM InfoSphere Information Server is an advanced data integration platform that enables you to cleanse, monitor, transform and deliver data. The scalable solution provides massively parallel processing capabilities to help you manage small to very large data volumes. It helps you deliver trusted information to your key business initiatives such as big data and analytics, data warehouse modernization and master data management.


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Seller
IBM
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SWX:IBM
Company Website
Phone
1-866-277-7488
Year Founded
1911
HQ Location
Armonk, NY
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$77,147
Twitter
@IBM
615,531 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
519,733 employees on LinkedIn®
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IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers.

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AM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

scalable and solid integration capabilities Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Pricing on licensing could be cumbersome and expensive Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Oracle Agile, SAP Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Transparency for Master Data (Governance) and proactive signaling of data defects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Data Governance, Integration & Quality Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

I like the spirit of the tool and how Xmeta really ties all the pieces together. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The shift in agile development of the tool has made the tool adoption slower that desired. There have been some stability issues. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Data quality, ETL. Transparency into costs. Centralized IT cost reporting Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Single Repository across all the products in the suite which helps us collect repository from various modules and use it for our data driven decision. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Configuring each of these product to work the first time is always a challenge. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The kind of investments IBM is putting into the Information Server Product is appreciative. It helps the Education Industry which are very lean helps us to multi task our operations Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

THe Data Lineage across multiple products has helped us to manage our data well Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

IGC and other IIS components have a flexible event driven architecture and REST API's that allows its components to be extended and fit into a SOA. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

If you do not use a full IBM Stack (DB2, WAS Load Balancer, etc.) or install ad-hoc patches, then upgrades are not always tested against that infrastructure and have historically caused issues and support to be engaged. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Governing data so it can be trusted for business decisions and regulatory enablement through data lineage. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Information Server provides a full suite of data governance solutions in one platform Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Installation can be complex and time consuming Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Data lineage from source systems to reports to show traceability of data on reorts to increase confidence in report data Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Solid deployment model, robust and easy to support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

UI has a lot of customization - so learning curve is high initially. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Enterprise ETL software. Benefits are standard development and QA process. Easy support from offshore team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AO
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Info Server provides a wide range of products and has a very promising roadmap. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Learning curve can be intimidating to new users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The product offers a high performing solution for moving large amounts of data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CU
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

It's got profiling, connectivity, tranformation, and governance Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Needs DevOps features, including testing and better Git integration Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Data integration, transformation, and governance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

focus in AI in new products with data profiling and data quality Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

licensing model, integration other tools Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Sales and Architecture Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Transformation capabilities, Hadoop Connectivity Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Clearing locks with jobs........................ Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Transforming business data and loading to warehouse to take business decisions Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

both infrastructure and developing. advisory Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

routine stuff,lack of funtionality,lack of forum Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

datawarehousing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Great product but expensive. IBM InfoSphere is great for large/complex implementations. If your implementation is small, do not bother about using this product due to its complexity and licensing cost. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

IBM InfoSphere's exclusivity to handle Big Data. It does not process XML well. Licensing cost is too high for small implementations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

InfoSphere is allowing our business to solve and utilize ETL, Parallel processing, Address verification using , QualityStage, and Single view of information. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

easy to use, no extensive trainning required Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

performance and structure issues plus integration with other IBM products Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

term definition and business rules governance Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Lead Integration Developer
Automotive
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IBM InfoSphere offers tools to build integration hubs and services for large scale enterprises.

Datastage and Quality step is a competitive ETL/MDM solution and is comparable to informatica. The performance and ease of creating multinode jobs to improve processing speed is impressive.

Integrates well with Oracle and IBM DB2 rdms. Has SAP support via plugin, but it leaves much to be desired in this area.

If you already have an enterprise license for IBM tools then this should be an obvious choice, especially if you plan on pairing it with tools like Optim for test data management. Works well if you also utilize Sterling Commerce B2B for file transfer management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Terrible code version control. Two options:

[1] use CVS - really? 1990 called it wants its version control back

[2] or use IBM's proprietary version control system that doesn't integrate with your automated build system (such as Jenkins).

You can extract code as dsx (txt files) and store it manually in your preferred vault (svn, git, etc) but this is cumbersome and there is NO PLUGIN for these other control systems!

While cheaper than Informatica in many instances you will run into documentation/support issues. Sure you can pay for the enterprise support package, but when you need a "quick" solution and just need to scour the web for an answer, good luck.

For companies choosing to utilize the Integration technology like Datastage/QualityStep be aware it is extremely hard to find trained Datastage developers. Datastage makes up a small percentage of the US talent pool, meaning it is hard to attract and retain talent. So any savings you may get by going with IBM could very well be eaten away by the higher cost of human capital. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Good for cost savings if you own an enterprise license for all IBM software. Be wary of the lack of quick documentation and online support forums. Be sure before you switch products that you will be able to find talent. Outsourced talent is relatively easy to find for this product, on-shore US talent is extremely rare and expensive for experienced developers compared to the competition.

If you heavily use other IBM products you should at least consider this since it integrates well with other IBM tools. It however has lackluster integration with 3rd party tools like version control systems.

For a company that sponsors Eclipse, they have chosen not to use it as a basis for this suite of tools leaving its interface frustratingly stuck in 1990 by graphical standards and usability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Integration of large datasets for thousands of batch interfaces. (Datastage)

Use of Master Data Management with qualitystep and qualitystage.

IIB (related technology) is used for real time interfaces. Datastage can do real time interfaces, but does not function well for real time file interfaces since jobs must be scheduled to constantly check for files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Associate
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The InfoSphere Platform provides a data warehousing tool called Datastage which i used.

Found it very usefull. Its easy to learn and use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For coders drag and drop can be a little boring.But it gets the job done. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its a very much trusted and accomplished tool by IBM.Need not think very much if you are considering using it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

ETL tool i used has impacted the way data is processed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Whole suite of data integration products to fit every need. Products integrate well. Technical support is very good and able to resolve most issues in less than one day. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No abstraction between logical and physical objects, so it is difficult to create reusable objects. The underlying metadata is in a Universe database, so configuration changes and resolving system problems are cumbersome. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider the whole scope of data integration you need for the next five years, including real time heterogeneous data integration, data quality, data lineage, metadata management, and master data management. There are only two products on the market that have the full suite - IBM InfoSphere and Informatica. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Custom data integration into a data warehouse. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IBM Infosphere(Data Stage) v11.3 Administrator
Financial Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

One bundle for Metadata management ,Data Governance ,Data Quality ,Dashboard & Data Quality .One shop for Data . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Frequent change and IBM support for product .Lake of coordination with support team for integration issue with Data Governance ,MetaData & Data Quality . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Data Governance Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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VP, Manager Enterprise Data Quality Program
Financial Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I have used the Information Governance Catalog and Information Anayzer components at several companies and they are user friendly and rich in fucntionality Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Too many rollup patches and frequent updates required Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Always have existing use cases. Solve a problem, don't just bring it in and then try to find a use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Compliance reporting, Enterprise glossary, data quality analysis, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Datastage, part of the IBM Infosphere Suite is the best (if not one of) ETL tool out in the market. It's able to read from almost all platforms, performs needed transformations very efficiently and load to all target environments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are parts of IBM Infosphere with redundancies in terms of functionality. It's very easy for new developers to get confused on what tool to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The tool is mostly used for data integration from different sources, applying needed transformations to fit into a target datamart, later to be used for analytics. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AVP
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Very comprehensive tool set - starting from ETL, DQ, MDM, Metadata management and so on, None of the competitors have got this kind of completeness in a cohesive fashion supporting collaboration Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

IBM trying to merge 2 product's (Initiate MDM and DWL/WCC MDM) capability into one product in MDM space - just because they bought 2 companies with similar capabilities; but really it did not helped any one - architecturally it became more complex - hard to explain people - no proper use cases for virtual/ and then questions like why virtual - why 2 different things?

Batch processing at MDM is not still clean. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I think I have already provided the best part of this toolset - it's a very comprehensive bundle. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Single Customer / Party / Entity View.

Depends on the engagement and maturity of the customer - but many benefits (direct and indirect). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Consultant
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We use DataStage and Quality Stage, XML processing stages are quiet comfortable Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Minor Bugs in every release that impact most functionality in DB2 Stages, but managable Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend this internally within the company for most of the implementation, it saves cost and offer performance Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Most of the day migrations and integrations..cost saving and performance are addons Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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