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

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

Focus Data integration, ETL ETL, transformations, data prep Data ingestion, ELT
Database replication Full table; incremental via change data capture Full replication or change data capture Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources More than 80 Only Salesforce More than 100
Ability for customers to add new data sources Yes Yes Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing No No Yes
Support SLAs Available Available Available
Purchase process Requires 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 HIPAA, SOC 2, SOC 3, Privacy Shield HIPAA, GDPR HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing Yes, through Informatica Cloud No Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Annual contracts. No open source Annual contracts. StreamSets Data Collector is open source, other parts of the platform are proprietary. Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools Informatica Developer Tool, REST API, Connector Toolkit Several APIs 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

Informatica

Informatica has been an on-premises product for most of its history, and much of the product is focused on preload transformations, which is an important feature when sending data to an on-premises data warehouse. Informatica includes a library of prebuilt transformations and the ability to build custom transformations using a proprietary transformation language.

StreamSets

StreamSets comes with more than 50 pre-load transformation processors, which users can drag and drop onto a graphical workspace. Processors can look up, remove, convert, parse, and aggregate data from various sources. Developers can write their own custom processors in Java, Java Expression Language (EL), JavaScript, Jython, Groovy, and Scala.

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.

Informatica

Informatica provides Cloud Connectors for more than 100 applications and databases. The only cloud data warehouse destination it supports is Amazon Redshift. It also support Pivotal's Greenplum on-premises platform. The only data lake destination it supports is Microsoft Azure SQL Data Lake. Developers can create new connectors using Informatica Connector Toolkit.

StreamSets

The StreamSets DataOps Platform includes five components:

  • Control Hub is the dashboard for building, deploying, and operating data flows.
  • Data Collector is an open source tool for designing streaming data pipelines with both a graphical UI and a command-line interface.
  • Data Collector Edge is a data ingestion and analytics tool for IoT and cybersecurity edge systems that runs via an ultralight agent.
  • Data Protector discovers and secures sensitive data as it moves through a pipeline, to aid compliance with GDPR, HIPAA, and other regulations.
  • DataFlow Performance Manager adds historical comparisons and data SLAs for availability, accuracy, and security.
StreamSets Data Collector (SDC) supports more than 40 storage and database sources, plus Kafka Streams and MapR Streams; no SaaS integrations are available other than Salesforce. Destinations include Google BigQuery, Snowflake, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Lake, and more than 30 other database, storage, and streaming platforms.

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.

Informatica

Informatica provides three levels of support. Basic Success is available during business hours. Premium Success offers 24x7 support for Priority 1 cases. Signature Support offers 24x7 support for all cases. Documentation is comprehensive. The company offers training through Informatica University.

StreamSets

StreamSets provides support through a Zendesk ticketing system. 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

Informatica

Informatica has many products, each of which may have several optional components. The base version of Integration Cloud starts at $2,000 per month. The pricing of add-on tiers is undisclosed. Informatica provides a 30-day free trial for many of its products.

StreamSets

StreamSets provides a 30-day free trial. 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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