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

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

Focus Application integration, data integration Databases and data integration Data ingestion, ELT
Database replication Full table; incremental via SELECT statements Unknown Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources More than 20 Several More than 100
Ability for customers to add new data sources Yes Yes Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / No Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing No No Yes
G2 customer satisfaction Not rated 4.1/5 4.8/5
Support SLAs Yes Yes Available
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, GDPR, SOC 2 Type II, SSAE18 Type II, ISAE 3402 Type 2 SOC 2 Type 2, PCI HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing Yes, via SnapLogic IIP Yes Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Annual contracts Annual contracts. DataFlow is based on the open source KNIME data mining platform Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools REST API Studio SDK for creating custom connectors, Runtime Client SDK for embedding integrations, Integration Manager API for managing integrations 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.

Actian

Actian DataFlow can run about 30 bundled preload transformations, including ones that perform operations like aggregating and filtering data, and ones that let users write custom code in JavaScript, R, and JVM-supported scripting languages. Users apply transformations (and specify inputs and outputs) by dragging icons onto a graphical workspace.

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 several products under its Intelligent Integration Platform (IIP) umbrella:

  • Ultra Pipelines and Resumable Pipelines both use the company's Snap connectors to access data. SnapLogic offers more than 100 Snap Packs, each of which offers multiple related Snaps. SnapLogic supports database, data lake, and data warehouse destinations.
  • 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.
  • Actian

    Actian (formerly Ingres Corp.) offers products in three areas: * Data analytics * Avalanche, a cloud data warehouse * Vector, a columnar analytics database * DataFlow (formerly Pervasive DataRush), a plugin to the open source KNIME platform for writing dataflows * Data management — database and application development tools * Data integration * DataConnect (formerly Pervasive Data Integrator) for creating data integrations * DataCloud, the cloud deployment for DataConnect * Business Xchange for B2B integration * PointConnect, for application integration Most run on a local Windows or Linux client. DataConnect supports more than 150 source and target connectors. It has connectors for file types such as ASCII, Binary, and Unicode; databases such as PostgreSQL, ODBC, and Sybase; and application files such as Excel, DataEase, and GoldMine. None are cloud data warehouses or data lakes, but some on-premises data warehouses are supported.

    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.

    Actian

    Actian provides online, email, and telephone support. Documentation is bundled with each downloaded application and available online. 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.

    Actian

    Actian provides evaluation licenses. 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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