Most businesses have data stored in a variety of locations, from in-house databases to SaaS platforms. To get a full picture of their finances and operations, they pull data from all those sources into a data warehouse or data lake and run analytics against it. But they don't want to build and maintain their own data pipelines.

Fortunately, it’s not necessary to code everything in-house. Here's an comparison of three such tools, head to head.

About Actian

Actian (formerly Ingres Corp.) offers products in three areas:

  • Data analytics
    • Avalanche, a cloud data warehouse
    • Vector, a columnar analytics database
    • DataFlow (formerly Pervasive DataRush), a plugin to the open source KNIME platform for writing dataflows
  • Data management — database and application development tool
  • Data integration
    • DataConnect (formerly Pervasive Data Integrator) for creating data integrations
    • DataCloud, the cloud deployment for DataConnect
    • Business Xchange for B2B integration
    • PointConnect, for application integration

Most run on a local Windows or Linux client.

About Jitterbit

Jitterbit is a cloud-based API integration platform for application integration.

About Stitch

Stitch Data Loader is a cloud-based platform for ETL — extract, transform, and load. More than 3,000 companies use Stitch to move billions of records every day from SaaS applications and databases into data warehouses and data lakes, where it can be analyzed with BI tools. Stitch is a Talend company and is part of the Talend Data Fabric.

Competitors stitch
Focus Databases and data integration Application integration Data ingestion, ELT
Database replication Unknown Full table Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources Several More than 100 More than 100
Ability for customers to add new data sources Yes Yes Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / No Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing No No Yes
G2 customer satisfaction 4.1/5 4.7/5 4.8/5
Support SLAs Yes Yes Available
Purchase process Requires a conversation with sales Requires a conversation with sales Options for self-service or talking with sales. Also available from the AWS store.
Compliance, governance, and security certifications SOC 2 Type 2, PCI HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 1 Type I and II, SOC 2 Type I and II HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing Yes Yes Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Annual contracts Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools Studio SDK for creating custom connectors, Runtime Client SDK for embedding integrations, Integration Manager API for managing integrations Jitterbit's Harmony API is designed for building integrations with data, apps, or devices Import API, Stitch Connect API for integrating Stitch with other platforms, Singer open source project

Let's dive into some of the details of each platform.

Transformations

Actian

Actian DataFlow can run about 30 bundled preload transformations, including ones that perform operations like aggregating and filtering data, and ones that let users write custom code in JavaScript, R, and JVM-supported scripting languages. Users apply transformations (and specify inputs and outputs) by dragging icons onto a graphical workspace.

Jitterbit

Jitterbit specializes in application integration — moving data from one application or platform to another. Each application has defined data structures, so Jitterbit often has to transform data from a source to fit the destination schema. Jitterbit lets users select preload transformations in a graphical interface. The platform bundles several kinds of transformations, and lets users write their own functions in JavaScript or Jitterbit Script.

Stitch

Stitch is an ELT product. Within the pipeline, Stitch does only transformations that are required for compatibility with the destination, such as translating data types or denesting data when relevant. Stitch is part of Talend, which also provides tools for transforming data either within the data warehouse or via external processing engines such as Spark and MapReduce. Transformations can be defined in SQL, Python, Java, or via graphical user interface.

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Connectors: Data sources and destinations

Each of these tools supports a variety of data sources and destinations.

Actian

DataConnect supports more than 150 source and target connectors. It has connectors for file types such as ASCII, Binary, and Unicode; databases such as PostgreSQL, ODBC, and Sybase; and application files such as Excel, DataEase, and GoldMine. None are cloud data warehouses or data lakes, but some on-premises data warehouses are supported.

Jitterbit

Like other application integration platforms, Jitterbit typically replicates data changes one at a time between multiple SaaS, on-premises, and cloud applications as events happen, rather than pushing batches of data to a single central repository. Jitterbit claims to support more than 1,000 sources, and lists more than 200 of them on its website. Endpoints include SaaS platforms, databases, file formats, and transport protocols. Destinations include all source types, plus email and Salesforce Wave Analytics (Einstein Analytics) cloud datasets. Amazon Redshift, S3, and Snowflake are supported destinations.

Stitch

Stitch supports more than 100 database and SaaS integrations as data sources, and eight data warehouse and data lake destinations. Customers can contract with Stitch to build new sources, and anyone can add a new source to Stitch by developing it according to the standards laid out in Singer, an open source toolkit for writing scripts that move data. Singer integrations can be run independently, regardless of whether the user is a Stitch customer. Running Singer integrations on Stitch’s platform allows users to take advantage of Stitch's monitoring, scheduling, credential management, and autoscaling features.

Support, documentation, and training

Data integration tools can be complex, so vendors offer several ways to help their customers. Online documentation is the first resource users often turn to, and support teams can answer questions that aren't covered in the docs. Vendors of the more complicated tools may also offer training services.

Actian

Actian provides online, email, and telephone support. Documentation is bundled with each downloaded application and available online. Digital training materials are available.

Jitterbit

Jitterbit provides support via an online forum-based community and via online form submission. Documentation is comprehensive. Digital training materials are available.

Stitch

Stitch provides in-app chat support to all customers, and phone support is available for Enterprise customers. Support SLAs are available. Documentation is comprehensive and is open source — anyone can contribute additions and improvements or repurpose the content. Stitch does not provide training services.

Pricing

Actian

Actian provides evaluation licenses. Pricing isn't disclosed.

Jitterbit

Jitterbit provides three subscriptions tiers — Standard, Professional, and Enterprise — but pricing is not disclosed.

Stitch

Stitch has pricing that scales to fit a wide range of budgets and company sizes. All new users get an unlimited 14-day trial. Standard plans range from $100 to $1,250 per month depending on scale, with discounts for paying annually. Enterprise plans for larger organizations and mission-critical use cases can include custom features, data volumes, and service levels, and are priced individually.

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