Astera Data Integration Review

Astera
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Centerprise
Astera
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Simi Valley, CA
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Centerprise At A Glance

Good: Data integration capabilities doesn't have to be IT's responsibility, flexible software, lower total cost of ownership.
Bad: Astera Centerprise software only available for on-premise deployment.
Bottom Line: Astera's solutions are developed with the business user in mind; complex data integration processes are re-designed for even a novice user to utilize the software.

Product Overview

Data integration has long been the responsibility of IT departments in most companies. As more and more tasks fall on IT’s shoulders, the challenge is to utilize their limited resources while controlling costs. The data integration process can instead be done by business users with a flexible and easy-to-use software.

Astera’s data integration solutions are designed with the business user in mind. It offers three solutions: its flagship Astera Centerprise Data Integrator, Astera EDIConnect, and Astera ReportMiner.  We will talk briefly about each in our Features section below.

Astera Centerprise offers these benefits for business users: their IT division can focus on other important tasks/duties, lower total cost of ownership, anytime, anywhere access to data, and increased ability to make better business decisions.

Features

Astera Centerprise is available in two versions: the Centerprise Professional and Centerprise Enterprise. The Centerprise Professional has a built-in runtime engine and includes several of these features: file connectors in delimited, Excel and fixed lengths formats, base database connectors (SQL Server, Access, etc), unstructured data mining, data transformation, data profiling, EDI, premium database connectors (Oracle, Teradata, etc), advanced data connectors (CRM, Quickbooks, etc), data quality mode, team project and version control integration, and .NET extensibility APIs. The Centerprise Enterprise has a server-based runtime engine; aside from all of the features of the Professional version, it also has workflow automation, job scheduler, and job parameterization.

Astera ReportMiner enables users to extract data from printed documents for integration into the company’s databases. Data can be extracted from these formats: PDFs, PDF forms, TXT, PRN, RTF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, and COBOL. Data is exported and mapped to any destination, including Excel, delimited formats, fixed-length format, and most databases (SQL Server, Access, MySQL, and PostgreSQL). ReportMiner processes large amounts of data in a short time, and  specific report models is reused at any time.  And in a single-click preview window, users can verify data conversion errors and test report models.

Astera EDIConnect is an electronic data interchange (EDI) functionality that allows systems to conduct business transactions without human involvement. For example, customer information can be transferred from a CRM system to a billing system. The EDIConnect includes a transaction builder, a repository manager, automation orchestration, and job scheduler.

Target Market

Astera provides solutions that are targeted to specific industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare, retail, government, media, utilities, and non-profits, among others. We’ve listed several of its customers below:

  • Hewlett-Packard
  • AutoTrader.com
  • Novartis
  • Scholastic.com
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Volvo
  • Xerox
  • Wells Fargo
  • USDA
  • Raymond James Financial

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Implementation/Integration

Astera offers four training options: three-day training at the customer’s site, one-day online overview course, customized online training, and on-demand training via video tutorials, product documentations and articles. Astera focuses its training strategy on methodology, expertise, benefits, and ecosystem.

Customer Service & Support

Users can contact Customer Support via phone or email. They can also access the Support site, where they will find a knowledge base, get information on future releases or upgrades, and submit a service request. Customer support requests are responded within one business day and critical product issues are resolved within 48 hours.

Pricing

Astera Centerprise starts at $30K per year, the Astera ReportMiner Express starts at $1,200 per year and the Astera ReportMiner Enterprise starts at $20K per year. Additional user licenses will cost more.

Shortcomings

The Centerprise software is only available for on-premise deployment, not for web-based or SaaS.

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About

Astera is a leading developer of enterprise solutions that help simplify the data integration process by delivering intuitive and fast structured and unstructured data integration. Its mission is to help business users learn and use data integration functions quickly and effectively without depending on IT – its Centerpiece solution is unified and code-free. It also aims to provide affordable software that contribute to users’ low total cost of ownership (TCO).

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