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 two such tools, head to head.

About SnapLogic

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:

  • Ultra Pipelines and Resumable Pipelines both use Snap connectors to access a variety of data sources.
  • eXtreme supports big data integrations.
  • Data Science accelerates the development and deployment of machine learning (ML) models.
  • API Management is a tool for managing, scaling, and controlling API consumption.
  • B2B Integration provides a cloud-based B2B gateway to offer partner management, EDI document support, and EDI translation.
  • About Stitch

    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.

    Competitors stitch
    Focus Application integration, data integration Data ingestion, ELT
    Database replication Full table; incremental via SELECT statements Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
    SaaS sources More than 20 More than 100
    Ability for customers to add new data sources Yes Yes
    Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
    Transparent pricing No Yes
    G2 customer satisfaction 4.1/5 4.8/5 (+14%)
    Support SLAs Yes Available
    Purchase process 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, GDPR, SOC 2 Type II, SSAE18 Type II, ISAE 3402 Type 2 HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
    Data sharing Yes, via SnapLogic IIP Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
    Vendor lock-in Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
    Developer tools 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

    SnapLogic

    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

    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.

    SnapLogic

    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

    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.

    SnapLogic

    SnapLogic provides online, email, and telephone support. 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

    SnapLogic

    SnapLogic 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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