About the Services
Informatica is an iPaaS platform offering solutions for enterprise sector with its data integration (ETL, ELT) and cloud management products. It was founded in 1993 and currently provides service for more than 5000 customers worldwide.
Informatica offers integration products for both cloud and on-premise cases. The most popular products are PowerCenter for on-premise and Intelligent Data Management Cloud platform. The platform works with consumption-based pricing model and offers free (limited) usage of several products.
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a data integration tool from Microsoft. You have SSIS when you buy Microsoft SQL Server. Launched in 2005, SSIS works with a variety of sources and delivers it to the desired destination. It’s a mature product that is flexible, scalable, and reliable. It is ideal for small-scale data migrations to large-scale enterprise data warehouses.
You can design SSIS packages using Visual Studio with drag-and-drop functionality and then perform a variety of data integration scenarios. And this includes ETL, ELT, reverse ETL, data ingestion, replication, and more. SSIS provides a range of data connectors for SQL Server, Oracle, Excel, and other data sources. It can also work with structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. There are also third-party providers of free and commercial SSIS components. This adds more connectors and transformations to SSIS.
SSIS comes together with SQL Server installer. And it needs installation and configuration by a skilled IT professional. Data resides on customers’ on-premise or cloud servers. So, they are in control of its security. But you can also deploy it in the cloud. So, the security and privacy certifications of that cloud provider are in effect.
Skyvia is a no-code cloud data integration platform which supports a big variety of data integration scenarios including ETL, ELT, Reverse ETL, data migration, one way and bi-directional data sync, workflows automation, etc. It was created by Devart in 2014 to boost data-related performance: cloud data integration, backup and management.
Skyvia offers more than 160 ready-made data connectors for dozens of thousands of free users, including 2000+ paid customers. It's easy to use, offers drag-and-drop interface and suits both IT professionals and business users.
Skyvia has flexible pricing plans for each product, making it applicable for businesses of all sizes, from a small startup to an enterprise company. Also, Skyvia's freemium model allows users to start using it with a completely free plan and then decide if further upgrade is needed.
It is hosted in a Microsoft Azure cloud which provides the best data security and complies with a wide set of security standards including SOC 2, ISO 27001, and many others.
|Focus||Data Ingestion, ETL.||ETL, ELT, and Reverse ETL.||Data ingestion, ELT, ETL, reverse ETL, data sync, workflow automation.|
|Skill level||Varies from low-code to high-code, depending on the product.||Low-code, no-code solution.|
Or, coding in .Net languages like C#.
|No-code and easy to use wizard.|
|Sources||180+||ODBC, ADO, .Net, OLEDB compatible data sources.||160+|
|Destinations||Cloud, on-premises, mobile, and social data sources.||Supported data sources.||Supported data sources, including databases, data warehouses, cloud apps and flat files.|
|Database replication||Full table; incremental via change data capture.||Full and incremental load.||Full table and incremental via change data capture.|
|Ability for customers to add new data sources||Yes, by Connector Toolkit Developer.||Yes, by coding custom data source components.||Yes, by request or using REST API connector.|
|G2 customer satisfaction||4.2 out of 5|
|4.6 out of 5|
|4.8 out of 5 |
|Peer Insights satisfaction||4.5|
|Developer tools||Informatica Developer Tool, REST API, Connector Toolkit||Visual Studio, SQL Server Management Studio.||REST connector for data sources that have REST API.|
|Advanced ETL capabilities||Visual ETL designer.||Running external processes.|
Running within Azure Data Factory.
|Visual ETL data pipeline designer with data orchestration capabilities|
|Compliance and security certifications||SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA / HITECH, GDPR, Privacy Shield.||In the cloud: ISO/IEC 27001:2013, SOC 1/2, HIPAA, GDPR.|
On premise: IT departments are in control of security.
|HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS.|
ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (by Azure).
|Purchase process||Requires conversation with sales.||Bundled when you buy Microsoft SQL Server.||Self-service or sales.|
|Vendor lock-in||Annual contracts.||Based on SQL Server subscription.||Monthly or annual contracts.|
|Pricing||Consumption-based pricing.||Pricing is based on SQL Server Edition licenses.|
Developer Edition is free.
|Volume-based and feature-based pricing. Freemium model allows to start with a free plan.|
Informatica offers 180+ pre-built connectors for cloud, on-premises applications, platforms, databases, and flat files. There are such connectors as JSON Target, OData, and REST V2 for REST API and OData service. The platform also provides Informatica Connector Toolkit for developers to create new connectors.
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) comes with various data connectors. These data sources are compatible with ADO, .Net, ODBC, and OLEDB providers. Some of the popular ones include connectors for SQL Server, Oracle, and Excel.
You can also create your own custom connectors to connect to unknown data sources. You can do this by creating a custom data source component. This allows customers to extend its functionality. And connect to any data source they need.
Skyvia offers more than 160 connectors and the number is rapidly growing. Among these connectors there are CRM, accounting, email marketing, e-commerce, human resources, marketing automation, payment processing, product management, all major databases and DWH, flat files, etc. Customers can also leave request for creating a new data connector and Skyvia will prioritize building it without additional payment.
Informatica offers various data transformation capabilities like aggregation, cleansing, masking, filtering, parsing, ranking, and more. The service processes data transformations in real time or batch and applies Apache Velocity transformation scripts to convert hierarchical inputs like JSON or XML into JSON, XML, or text output without flattening the data.
SSIS can handle data transformations in ETL, ELT, and reverse ETL scenarios. You can do transformation tasks like data cleansing, conversion, merging, and more. There are 30+ built-in transformations available in SSIS. And if you need something outside of that, code using C# or VB.Net to make your custom transformation.
Additionally, AI in Visual Studio can help you code faster. This is possible by using extensions like GitHub Copilot.
Skyvia is a full-featured ETL service that allows building data integrations with powerful transformations between multiple data sources. It is a no code solution with support for data splitting, complex expressions and formulas, lookups, and many more operations.
Skyvia's Data Flow and Control Flow components can be used for building more advanced ETL data pipelines with support for multiple connectors and additional features like modifying the data, flowing through them, splitting flows of records into multiple outputs, or modifying data flow variables.
Informatica offers three support levels for its customers and Informatica Network Portal. However, support is available only during local business hours and priority support is offered only for premium users.
Informatica also offers comprehensive documentation, portal with learning courses and certification training.
SSIS customers can receive support from Microsoft through a variety of channels. This includes online documentation, community forums, and direct support from Microsoft.
Different levels include free online resources, paid support plans, and premium support plans.
Customers can access support through the Microsoft Support Center. From here they can create a support ticket or chat with a support representative.
Microsoft also offers a Service Level Agreement (SLA) for its premium support plans. This guarantees a response time and resolution time for support requests. To avail, contact a Microsoft sales representative. Or visit the Microsoft Support website.
Skyvia offers free email, chat (on website or in app), and forum support for all customers. It also provides extensive documentation with lots of tutorials and user guides.
For paid customers there's also a phone support option, and additional support options for Enterprise customers.
Informatica offers consumption-based pricing model for all its products: customers buy capacity on Informatica Processing Units (IPUs). Users can subscribe to a certain number of IPUs (based on forecast usage), which can then be used interchangeably across all its major data integration product lines. The service also provides two free plans with limited features (without transformations, API management, data governance, etc.) and no support.
SSIS is part of the SQL Server suite of products. And the pricing model is per-core. You can choose to buy a SQL Server license with SSIS included, or they can buy an SSIS license separately. Prices vary depending on the SQL Server edition and the number of cores required.
Microsoft also offers cloud-based options for SSIS through its Azure services. Customers can choose to run SSIS packages on virtual machines. Or use Azure Data Factory, a cloud-based ETL service that includes SSIS functionality. Azure Data Factory pricing model is another thing to consider. But you will only pay based on usage.
Developers can use SSIS for free if they have a SQL Server Developer Edition. This version includes all features of SQL Server Enterprise. But the license is for development and testing only.
Skyvia Data Integration is a freemium tool with an option to request a 14-day trial. Paid plans start from $19 per month. Pricing tiers (from Basic to Enterprise) vary by the number of successfully loaded records, frequency of scheduling and the inclusion of the advanced ETL features. There are no purchase commitments and customers are able to upgrade or downgrade at any time depending on their needs. A detailed comparison can be found here.