Introduction

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 guide to help you choose the product that’s the best fit for your business.

Overview

Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle) and Stitch are popular platforms. Here's a side-by-side look at how they stack up against each other.

Focus Business intelligence, data integration, ETL Data ingestion, ETL Data ingestion, ELT
Database Replication Full table; incremental via binary logs or SELECT/replication keys Full table; incremental via SELECT/replication key, timestamp, change data capture Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources Only Salesforce and Google Analytics About 30 Several dozen
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 Yes Yes (link)
Support SLAs Yes Yes Available
Purchase process Requires a conversation with sales Options for self-service and talking with sales Options for self-service or talking with sales
Compliance, governance, and security certifications None HIPAA HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing Yes No Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Annual contracts. Open source version available Month to month or annual contracts Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools REST 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.

Transformations

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.

Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle)

Pentaho supports a wide variety of pre- and post-load transformations through dragging and dropping more than two dozen kinds of operations onto its work area. In addition, users can drag and drop custom scripts in Python, Java, JavaScript, and SQL onto the canvas.

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.

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Data, sources and destinations

Each of these tools supports a variety of data sources and destinations.

Stitch

Stitch supports more than 90 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.

Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle)

Pentaho can take many file types as input, but it can connect to only two SaaS platforms: Google Analytics and Salesforce. It connects to more than 40 databases, as sources or destinations, via JDBC, ODBC, or plugins.

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.

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.

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.

Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle)

Pentaho provides support through a support portal and a community website. Premium support SLAs are available. There's no live support within the application. Documentation is comprehensive. Pentaho provides free and paid training resources, including videos and instructor-led training. A certification program is also available.

Hevo Data

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

Pricing

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.

Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle)

Pentaho provides a 30-day trial download. Contract pricing isn't disclosed.

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.

Get started now

Which tool is better 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.