IBM InfoSphere Information Server

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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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IBM Infosphere review by Direndra K. J.
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"IBM InfoSphere Information Server Review"

What do you like best?

Complex capabilities including parallel processing and Big Data Unstructured data.processing.

Well established product with strong user base and support communities.

IBM support is great. Simple GUI for easy learning.

What do you dislike?

Big Insights not at par with Cloudera and Horton works.

Cloud capability for Data Stage not effective.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Products in the suite and very diverse with strong capabilities. Strong integration with Data and Information Governance solutions IGC as well as support for Cloud and Big Data capabilities exist.

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

DataIntegration, ETL, OLTP and OLAP loads, Real time data processing using MQ,

ETL loads Scheduling using DataStage scheduler.

Address validation for Master Data Management.

InfoSphere Information server is our primary Data Integration tool for data cleaning, standardization and loading. We use it as part of data integration for our OLTP / transactional systems as well as batch loading into the data warehouse.

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IBM Infosphere review by Vincent M.
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"I am a 15+ year user of InfoSphere tools"

What do you like best?

The shared metadata between the tools and the ability to cater for technical and business users. In the early days the suite was all about DataStage - a lot of companies only used DataStage and underutilised profiling and metadata lineage. Today there is a lot more appreciation for Business Glossary and Data Quality Scorecards and these have just about taken over from DataStage as the key value of the suite.

What do you dislike?

It has a weak web user interface - especially the FastTrack mapping tool and the Information Analyzer profiling tool. This has really stopped it from becoming more widely used in big organisations. I think these problems are being fixed in the Data Works cloud version and hopefully the InfoSphere suite will have uniform web user interface tools soon across all business user functions.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Start with the strengths of the suite first - the massively scalable data integration. The business user interaction via the Business Glossary. The metadata imports to create a catalogue of information assets and put together some lineage. The Data Quality Monitoring and Scorecards.

Look for add on products that fill the gaps - like Analytix DS for a better mapping tool and ETL job generation and reference data management. This gives you a super-suite - a set of tools that works well together but has best of breed for Glossary, ETL, Mapping and DQ monitoring.

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

The main benefit is providing a catalogue of information assets that can deliver on Information as an Asset - letting an organisation catalogue what they have, the owners of those assets, the lineage, the definition, the security classifications and the data quality confidence scores. Without a catalogue of Information Assets you never really have Information as an Asset - it's only a slogan and not the reality. The Governance Scorecards that are now bundled are an ongoing measurement of how the organisation and divisions and project teams are doing with Information Governance standards such as ownership and classification and quality. Without scorecards and monitoring Governance is something that people can easily ignore to the detriment of the company.

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IBM Infosphere review by Patrick H.
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"Good if you already have IBM licensing, be wary of hidden costs though"

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.

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.

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.

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.

IBM Infosphere review by Administrator
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"Powerful ETL Platform"

What do you like best?

The Information Server / DataStage platform is an extremely versatile and scalable ETL platform.

What do you dislike?

The product is not readily available in a limited scope for developers to use in a sandboxing environment. Therefore, younger developers typically require several years of on-the-job training before they become proficient in using the product.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

In-house support staff well versed in your enterprise infrastructure, security, etc. can become invaluable when preparing for installations or upgrades, and working with support staff when it becomes necessary to work through product usage or troubleshoot problems.

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

We use DataStage for developing our ETL processes that support the data warehousing environments, along with various datamarts. The ability to rapidly prototype and productionize processes is incredibly beneficial.

IBM Infosphere review by Ashish D.
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"Has helped us scale our operations and deploy solutions."

What do you like best?

we like how easy it is to use and more importantly how easy it is to train new team members on it is.

Additionally we also like the capability to incorporate multiple solutions i.e. Governance, Data Management etc.

What do you dislike?

we think IBM can do better on the data quality and data profileing solutions that are offered as part of the Infosphere suite.

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

we are implementing healthcare solutions and health insurance solutions.

IBM Infosphere review by Max M.
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"The most complete plataform to all integration, data quality and infomration governance products. "

What do you like best?

Suite components are higlhy integrated, creating and holistic user experience in managing corporate data from a centralized way.

What do you dislike?

There is no negative points on this platform, as well as no other product in market with the same holistic approach

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

Customer 360 view and compliance requirements evolving personal data processing activities.

IBM Infosphere review by David C.
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"Advanced Functionality but not the simplest to use or learn"

What do you like best?

I like the spirit of the tool and how Xmeta really ties all the pieces together.

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.

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

Data quality, ETL. Transparency into costs. Centralized IT cost reporting

IBM Infosphere review by Administrator
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"Infosphere Information Server Review"

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.

What do you dislike?

Configuring each of these product to work the first time is always a challenge.

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

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

IBM Infosphere review by Bireswar G.
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"All in one information management bundle - very comprehensive toolset for Data platform"

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

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.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I think I have already provided the best part of this toolset - it's a very comprehensive bundle.

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).

IBM Infosphere review by User in Financial Services
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"Better than most ETL tools"

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.

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.

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.

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

Custom data integration into a data warehouse.

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"Integration of the tools in Infosphere Information Server"

What do you like best?

I like the tools that have been pulled together into the suite of the Infosphere Information Server. The IGC catalog product along with the Information Analyzer bring a powerful AI capability

What do you dislike?

I think there are parts of the suite that should be optional based on how your shop is currently operating.

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

Implemenation of a Business Metadata Glossary, with referenced lineage. The AI capability for auto assignment of terms to lineage is a something we are anxious to put into place.

IBM Infosphere review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"IBM IIS Information Governance Catalog Architecture"

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.

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.

What business 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.

IBM Infosphere review by Administrator in Defense & Space
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"IBM InfoSphere Information Server very handy"

What do you like best?

We use IBM InfoSphere Server for collecting sets of scientific data and ingesting those sets of data into our ECM system. I am very happy with the speed and stability of InfoSphere Server

What do you dislike?

I am satisfied with IBM InfoSphere Information Server and I don''t have any dislikes with the systems I use.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a mature product and is very stable.

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

Content Collection and Categorization in a large ECM system.

IBM Infosphere review by Kushal R.
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"I used Datastage,Liked it "

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.

What do you dislike?

For coders drag and drop can be a little boring.But it gets the job done.

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.

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

ETL tool i used has impacted the way data is processed

IBM Infosphere review by Jossue R.
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"Intuitive and easy to adopt"

What do you like best?

Quick deployment, training available for users and lot of videos online

What do you dislike?

Database and licensing could be confusing. Although it will be only at the first setup.

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

MDM and entry level governance

IBM Infosphere review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"IBM InfoSphere"

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.

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.

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.

IBM Infosphere review by Shashi R.
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"Metadata management & Data Governance best integration"

What do you like best?

One bundle for Metadata management ,Data Governance ,Data Quality ,Dashboard & Data Quality .One shop for Data .

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 .

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

Data Governance

IBM Infosphere review by Administrator in Banking
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"Master Data Management"

What do you like best?

Very customizable.

Easy UI to work with.

What do you dislike?

Features are useful but newest and best pieces come in the future releases - have found in difficult to find examples of organizations that have upgraded from one version to another. Have a lot of baggage from the old versions which prevents easy transition.

Processing performance is a little lacking.

Fairly expensive licensing.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Keep up to date on the new releases. Don't customize too much.

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

Establishing one view of the customer - using this to establish unique identifiers for customers. Multiple uses for this - risk, marketing, analytics, etc.

IBM Infosphere review by Edward K.
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"This is a robust and easy to use product"

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

What do you dislike?

Too many rollup patches and frequent updates required

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

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

Compliance reporting, Enterprise glossary, data quality analysis,

IBM Infosphere review by Adam Z.
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"Metadata management at its best."

What do you like best?

Incredibly useful tool set for Metadata management and information management. A largely completely and all one stop product.

What do you dislike?

IBM constantly trying to merge multiple company's and product into the existing product makes updates too confusing to manage.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a very complete bundle for teams who need to manage meta data.

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

Customer / Management/ / Group / Entity View.

IBM Infosphere review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"IBM Infosphere Datastage"

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.

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.

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.

IBM Infosphere review by Venkata K.
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"Infosphere product catalog"

What do you like best?

We use DataStage and Quality Stage, XML processing stages are quiet comfortable

What do you dislike?

Minor Bugs in every release that impact most functionality in DB2 Stages, but managable

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend this internally within the company for most of the implementation, it saves cost and offer performance

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

IBM Infosphere review by Consultant
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"Data Governance with Information Server"

What do you like best?

Information Server provides a full suite of data governance solutions in one platform

What do you dislike?

Installation can be complex and time consuming

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

IBM Infosphere review by Consultant
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"Consultant on infoSPhere products, primarily information governance"

What do you like best?

that they are very much integrated and powerful in terms of connectors and data quality capabilities

What do you dislike?

way too difficukt to install and maintain

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very powerful, capable, and fantastic roadmap.

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

data governance, data quality, growing organizations into data-centric organizations

IBM Infosphere review by User
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"REview of IBM DataStage"

What do you like best?

Solid deployment model, robust and easy to support.

What do you dislike?

UI has a lot of customization - so learning curve is high initially.

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.

IBM Infosphere review by Internal Consultant
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"Information Server review"

What do you like best?

Love the seamless integration, ease of use, scalability and parallel processing env

What do you dislike?

ability for business users to use is low

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

ability to load and maintain the enterprise data warehouse and manage data integration for the enterprise

IBM Infosphere review by Administrator
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"Info Server is a compelling integration and governance solution"

What do you like best?

Info Server provides a wide range of products and has a very promising roadmap.

What do you dislike?

Learning curve can be intimidating to new users.

What business 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.

IBM Infosphere review by Consultant
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"Data Lineage Function"

What do you like best?

This tool brings it togther when it gets to lineage

What do you dislike?

Lineage becomes clumsy when we have huge content

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

Map of sources and targets and expose to the enterprise

IBM Infosphere review by Consultant
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"The only all-in-one data management platform"

What do you like best?

It's got profiling, connectivity, tranformation, and governance

What do you dislike?

Needs DevOps features, including testing and better Git integration

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

Data integration, transformation, and governance.

IBM Infosphere review by Executive Sponsor
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"IBM Think Review"

What do you like best?

Ecosystem - Provides all the tools nessesary

What do you dislike?

Is not best in class in any of the tools

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

Data integration, quality, governance

IBM Infosphere review by User
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"IGC "

What do you like best?

easy to use, no extensive trainning required

What do you dislike?

performance and structure issues plus integration with other IBM products

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

term definition and business rules governance

IBM Infosphere review by Consultant
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"complete data solution"

What do you like best?

focus in AI in new products with data profiling and data quality

What do you dislike?

licensing model, integration other tools

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

Sales and Architecture

IBM Infosphere review by Internal Consultant
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"Robust product for Transformation"

What do you like best?

Transformation capabilities, Hadoop Connectivity

What do you dislike?

Clearing locks with jobs........................

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

Transforming business data and loading to warehouse to take business decisions

IBM Infosphere review by Administrator
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"experienced iis user "

What do you like best?

both infrastructure and developing. advisory

What do you dislike?

routine stuff,lack of funtionality,lack of forum

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

datawarehousing

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