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.
Fivetran is a cloud-based ETL platform.
Matillion is a cloud-based ETL platform.
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.
|Focus||Data ingestion, ELT||Data ingestion, ELT, and business intelligence||Data ingestion, ELT|
|Database replication||Full table; incremental via change data capture||Full table; incremental via SELECT/replication key, timestamp; change data capture for AWS-hosted Matillion ETL instances||Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys|
|SaaS sources||Almost 90||About 40||More than 100|
|Ability for customers to add new data sources||Yes||No||Yes|
|Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes?||Yes / Yes||Yes / No||Yes / Yes|
|G2 customer satisfaction||4.0/5||4.0/5||4.8/5|
|Purchase process||Requires conversation with sales||14-day free trial; purchased through a conversation with sales||Options for self-service or talking with sales. Also available from the AWS store.|
|Compliance, governance, and security certifications||HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2||GDPR||HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2|
|Data sharing||None||No||Yes, through Talend Data Fabric|
|Vendor lock-in||Annual contracts. No open source||Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations|
|Developer tools||REST API for Enterprise accounts||REST API||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.
Fivetran is an ELT tool. It does not transform data prior to loading. It recently added support for post-load transformations via copy-and-paste SQL.
Matillion supports post-load transformations through what it calls Transformation Components. Users can create Transformation Components via point and click selection or by writing them in SQL. Components may be dragged onto Matillion's visual workspace at an appropriate spot in the data pipeline.
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.
Fivetran offers connectors for more than 100 data sources. It supports more than a dozen data warehouse destinations, but no data lakes. Customers can request that Fivetran build a new data source, but no one outside of the Fivetran team can build new data sources or make improvements to existing sources.
Matillion integrates with about 60 data sources in seven categories: CRM and marketing communications, ERP, finance, social networks, databases, document and file formats, and internet resources. Customers can request that the company build a new data source, but no one outside of the company can build new data sources or make improvements to existing sources. It supports Redshift, BigQuery, and Snowflake destinations.
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.
Fivetran provides support through an in-app form. Documentation is comprehensive. Fivetran does not provide training services.
Matillion provides support through an online ticketing system accessible through a support portal or via email. Documentation relies on articles accessible through the support portal. The company doesn't provide training services, but tutorial videos are available on the company's YouTube channel.
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.
Fivetran provides a 14-day free trial, and does not disclose pricing.
Matillion offers a 14-day free trial. Matillion pricing depends on the platform on which the customer's data warehouse runs. Charges are hourly at a rate that depends on the instance size customers run. Annual billing plans are available.
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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