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

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

Focus Data ingestion, ELT Data ingestion, ELT, and business intelligence Data ingestion, ELT
Database Replication Full table; incremental by field timestamps ? Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources About 70 About 60 Several dozen
Ability for customers to add new data sources Yes No Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / No Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing No Yes Yes (link)
Support SLAs ? ? Available
Purchase process Requires a conversation with sales 14-day free trial; purchased through cloud marketplace. Options for self-service or talking with sales
Compliance, governance, and security certifications None GDPR HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing No No Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Annual Contracts. No open source Annual contracts. No open source Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools None 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.

Rivery

Rivery supports transformations via a feature called Logic Steps, implemented in SQL.

Matillion

Matillion supports transformations through what it calls Transformation Components, which are predefined operations defined via point and click selection or SQL and dragged onto Matillion's Canvas at an appropriate spot in the data pipeline.

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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.

Rivery

Rivery supports more than 75 integrations, to databases, SaaS applications, and storage platforms. Rivery provides a Custom API feature that lets users add other data sources to their ETL pipelines.

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.

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.

Rivery

Rivery provides support via Zendesk through a form on its website, and via email. Documentation is available from a link on the Rivery console. Rivery doesn't provide training services, but does offer video tutorials.

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.

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.

Rivery

Rivery provides a 14-day free trial. Pricing isn't disclosed, but it is "based on usage, which is calculated by the frequency in which your data streams are updated, and the frequency in which data transformations are executed."

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.

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.