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

Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle), Matillion, and Stitch are all 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, ELT, and business intelligence 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 for AWS-hosted Matillion ETL instances Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources Only Salesforce and Google Analytics About 40 More than 100
Ability for customers to add new data sources No No Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / No Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing No Yes Yes
G2 customer satisfaction 4.2/5 4/5 4.8/5
Support SLAs Yes No Available
Purchase process Requires a 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 None GDPR HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing Yes No Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Annual contracts. Open source version available Annual contracts. No open source 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

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.

Matillion

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

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.

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.

Matillion

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

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.

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.

Matillion

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

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

Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle)

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

Matillion

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

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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