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 build everything in-house. We put together this ETL tool comparison guide to help you choose the product that’s the best fit for your business.

Overview

Qlik Replicate, Striim, and Stitch are all popular platforms. Here's a side-by-side look at how they stack up against each other.

Focus Database replication Data integration Data ingestion, ELT
Database replication Full table; incremental replication via change data capture Full table; incremental replication via change data capture Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources None None More than 100
Ability for customers to add new data sources No No Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing No No Yes
G2 customer satisfaction 4.7/5 5/5 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 None GDPR, HIPAA HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing No No Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Licensing issues are not disclosed Annual contracts. No open source Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools REST API REST API for monitoring and application management 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

Qlik Replicate

Qlik Replicate supports 10 types of simple pre-load global transformations, such as renaming tables and schemas, adding and dropping columns, and converting data types. Users can also build transformations through an Expression Builder graphical interface using SQLite operators and functions.

Striim

Striim provides pre-load transformations written in SQL or Java and specified through a drag-and-drop interface.

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.

Qlik Replicate

Qlik Replicate runs on a Windows or Linux server, and supports about 30 database and file data sources. The software focuses on high-volume and low-latency database replication scenarios, including streaming near-real-time updates. It supports a variety of destinations: cloud data warehouses and data lakes, on-premises data warehouses, flat files, and streaming services.

Striim

Striim supports file, database, protocol, and messaging system data sources, as well as two on-premises data warehouses. It can write data to data warehouses, data lakes, databases, messaging systems, and semistructured files.

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.

Qlik Replicate

Qlik provides online, email, and telephone support. Documentation is comprehensive. Digital training materials and on-site classes are available.

Striim

Striim provides support through an online ticketing system. Documentation is comprehensive. The company doesn't provide training materials or services.

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

Qlik Replicate

Pricing isn't disclosed.

Striim

Striim pricing is undisclosed.

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. After the trial, there's a free plan for smaller organizations and nonproduction workloads. 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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Which tool is best overall? That's something every organization has to decide based on its unique requirements, but we can help you get started. Sign up now for a free trial of Stitch.