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.
The MuleSoft Anypoint Platform includes several components:
SnapLogic is an Integration Platform as a Service, connecting cloud data sources, SaaS applications, and on-premises business software applications. The company offers several products under its Intelligent Integration Platform (IIP) umbrella:
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||Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), application integration||Application integration, data integration||Data ingestion, ELT|
|Database replication||Incremental replication depends upon manually written SELECT statements||Full table; incremental via SELECT statements||Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys|
|SaaS sources||About 70||More than 20||More than 100|
|Ability for customers to add new data sources||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes?||No / Yes||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes|
|G2 customer satisfaction||4.5/5||4.1/5||4.8/5|
|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||HIPAA/HITRUST, GDPR, Level-1 PCI-DSS, SOC 2, FIPS||HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2 Type II, SSAE18 Type II, ISAE 3402 Type 2||HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2|
|Data sharing||Yes||Yes, via SnapLogic IIP||Yes, through Talend Data Fabric|
|Vendor lock-in||Annual contracts||Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations|
|Developer tools||Runtime Manager REST API, CloudHub API||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.
Data connectors in SnapLogic are called Snaps. SnapLogic provides a Transform Snap Pack with 36 pre-load transformations. Users apply transformations (and specify inputs and outputs) by dragging icons onto a graphical workspace. Developers can build custom Snaps written in Java.
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.
Like other application integration platforms, MuleSoft typically replicates data changes one at a time between multiple systems, as events happen, rather than pushing batches of data to a single central repository. MuleSoft supports almost 300 connectors to databases, SaaS platforms, storage resources, and network services. It supports Amazon S3 data lakes, but no cloud data warehouses.
SnapLogic offers more than 100 Snap Packs, each of which offers multiple related Snaps, or data access connectors. SnapLogic supports database, data lake, and data warehouse 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.
MuleSoft provides online, email, and telephone support. Documentation is comprehensive. Digital training materials are available.
SnapLogic provides online, email, and telephone support. Documentation is comprehensive. Digital training materials are available.
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.
MuleSoft provides a 30-day free trial. Pricing isn't disclosed.
SnapLogic provides a 30-day free trial. Pricing isn't disclosed.
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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