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

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

Focus Data ingestion, ETL Databases and data integration Data ingestion, ELT
Database replication Full table; incremental via SELECT/replication key, timestamp, change data capture Unknown Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources About 30 Several More than 100
Ability for customers to add new data sources No Yes Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / No Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing Yes No Yes
G2 customer satisfaction Not rated 4.1/5 4.8/5
Support SLAs Yes Yes Available
Purchase process Options for self-service and talking 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 HIPAA SOC 2 Type 2, PCI HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing No Yes Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Month to month or annual contracts Annual contracts. DataFlow is based on the open source KNIME data mining platform Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools REST API Studio SDK for creating custom connectors, Runtime Client SDK for embedding integrations, Integration Manager API for managing integrations 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

Hevo Data

Hevo offers preload transformations via code written in Python. Hevo can run transformation code for each event in the pipelines you set up. To perform transformations you must edit the properties of the event object received in the transform method as a parameter.

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.

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.

Hevo Data

Hevo supports about 40 integrations to SaaS platforms, databases, files, and BI and analytics tools. It supports 10 destinations, including Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, and Snowflake data warehouses; Amazon S3 data lakes; and PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MariaDB databases. Customers can request that the company build a new data source or destination, but no one outside of the company can build new ones or make improvements to existing ones.

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 tools * 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. 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.

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.

Hevo Data

Hevo provides support through Intercom online chat and via email. Documentation is comprehensive. The company doesn't provide 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.

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

Hevo Data

Hevo provides two monthly pricing tiers: Starter ($499) and Business ($999), as well as a monthly Enterprise plan that allows for private hosting. Annual contracts that provide a 20% discount are available. The company offers a 7-day free trial.

Actian

Actian provides evaluation licenses. Pricing isn't 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. 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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